A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series inspires respect for nature and all of its diverse inhabitants. Although it doesn’t discuss environmental issues like global warming in depth, it does imply a relationship between some of the animals' struggles and the changing environment.
Violence & Scariness
Some scenes show animals fighting for food, survival, or the right to mate, and victims are bloodied, killed, and dismembered.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasionally the show’s content touches on breeding rituals, and animals engage in mating onscreen. One segment shows male gazelles enticing potential partners by flaunting their erect penises and soaking the ground with hormone-laden urine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sweeping nature series will inspire a new appreciation for the beauty and wonder of nature with stunning high-definition scenes that treat viewers to intimate glimpses of animals in their most natural surroundings. Although the narration never directly focuses on environmental issues, it does bring to light the changing nature of the animals' habitats and the stress that puts on their survival. The show offers an unedited view of life at its most natural, and young kids might be upset by scenes of predators killing and eating prey or of males battling for the rights to a female. Even more, parents might not be ready for their kids to see the animals engaging in the act of procreation, which is shown in detail in some segments.
Is It Any Good?
Inspiring and beautiful in its scenery, this fascinating series brings viewers up close and personal with a diverse cast of animals on the move, including elephant seals, army ants, Mali elephants, and Indonesian jellyfish. No two tales of survival are the same, and each one will inspire viewers' appreciation for the delicate balance of life in the wild, which lends itself to some great follow-up discussions about environmental issues like global warming and conservation.
That's not to say the show is appropriate for everyone, however. The fact that it doesn't shy away from showing the bad with the good when it comes to these animals' struggles makes for plenty of tense moments and some potentially upsetting scenes of predators killing and eating prey. What's more, segments that center on the animals' breeding practices feature fairly graphic scenes of the act itself (animals mounting mates and noisily doing the deed), so unless you're ready to talk birds and bees with your kids, you probably should save this one for your tweens and teens.
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