How Human Are You?

 
(i)

 

Informative science show touches on aggression, mating, etc.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Science demonstrates how and why many human social behaviors are similar to animal social behaviors in a manner that's informative.

Positive role models

The conscious decisions humans make when determining how to behave aren't always noted as positive things. 

Violence

Bullying and other human behaviors are discussed; occasional brief pushing and shoving matches shown. Some scenes of animals engaging in violent behavior. These are all offered in an educational context. 

Sex

Flirting, dating, and other mating behaviors are discussed. 

Language

Occasional language is bleeped; the words are barely identifiable. 

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasionally alcohol is visible during reenactments.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that How Human Are You? explains the similarities between animal and human social behavior in an informative and engaging way. Some of the reenactments involve arguing and the occasional bleeped word and can show people being briefly bullied. Some of the show's themes include mating rituals and other adult behaviors, but these issues are approached from a scientific point of view. 

What's the story?

HOW HUMAN ARE YOU? is an informative docuseries that reveals the connection between animal and human behavior. With the help of naturalists, human behaviorists, neuroscientists, and other experts, explanations of animal behaviors ranging from choosing group leaders to attracting a potential mate are explained. Reenactments of human-specific activities help to highlight what makes their behavior similar to those of various animals. The unique and different characteristics that people bring to these behaviors are also noted.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

How Human Are You? offers an interesting look at the way the behaviors among different species of animals are replicated among human beings. The show identifies the different actions and activities that both animals and people engage in when trying to exist in a group, including asserting dominance, flirting, and even bullying. Scientific explanations behind these behaviors are offered. 

Some of the similarities between animal and human behavior is surprising. The explanations behind some of our human behaviors, including being seduced by good looks vs. good ideas, and choosing style vs. substance, is also a little uncomfortable to think about. Nonetheless, it also reminds us that we, unlike animals, have the capacity to make different choices if we want to. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way people are portrayed in social settings in the media. How do movies and TV shows feature people who fight to be leaders, or who are followers? People who are looking for dates? Are these true depictions of what people are like, or are they based on stereotypes

  • What can you learn from a show like this? Does anything on this show surprise you?

TV details

Network:NatGeoWild
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

This review of How Human Are You? was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Famed trainer helps dogs with serious (and scary) problems.
  • Sheep reality gets into the nitty gritty of farm life.
  • Rural vet's life is positive entertainment for older kids.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass