Parents' Guide to

Frozen Planet

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Stunning tour of the poles is great for the whole family.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

A Need To See Series

This series is absolutely stunning! If it weren’t for my Dish Remote Access app I wouldn’t even have known it exists. I had always pictured the Polar Regions being desolate, but this series has completely changed that foundation. If seeing is believing than Frozen Planet will certainly give children, as well as adults, a new found appreciation for nature. A talk about he birds and the bees is certainly suggested before watching a few of the episodes. There is predator capturing prey footage but I think if your kids have seen the Lion King they should make the transition fairly easily. I do a lot of business traveling for Dish but this series has shown me places and animals that I may never observe myself.

Is It Any Good?

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Move over, pampered Real Housewives and commercialized American Idols -- this vibrant series is reality TV at its best. These new stars of the small screen will not only captivate viewers of all ages, they'll actually inspire them to look at the world differently and want to learn more about it. Topics you -- or your kids, for that matter -- probably never found interesting suddenly come to life in Frozen Planet. Weather patterns? The habits of solitary caterpillars? Crime rates among Adelie penguins? Viewed through the lens of this series, these are fascinating topics.

Drama, suspense, comedy, tragedy, and romance all have a part in the stories that comprise this masterfully rendered nature series. For families, this makes for a rare gem: TV that's equal parts entertainment and education and offers something for viewers of every age. That said, this series doesn't gloss over the harsh realities of life, so if your kids are sensitive to the plight of prey, be warned that there are many scenes that end in one animal killing and eating another. On a similar note, if you haven't had "the talk" yet, you may want to preview each episode to screen for segments that discuss breeding and, in a few cases, show polar bears, elephant seals, and other animals in the act of reproduction itself.

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