A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series gives viewers an in-depth, educational look at how the human body works.
Violence & Scariness
Some episodes include re-enactments of desperate real-life situations (firefighters racing against forest fires, a man falling into a deep cave, etc.), but there's little to no blood or serious injury shown. Frequent computer-animated images of a stripped-down, skinless, skeleton-like "person."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Rare scenes show couples kissing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that each episode of this fascinating four-part docuseries centers on a separate group of body functions (brain power, sensations, etc.); depending on the topic, there may be images of kissing, people doing dangerous things, and so on. The series will intrigue science-savvy tweens and teens, but younger kids may not like the images of humans' internal structures (or the stripped-down, skinless, skeleton-like "person" used to illustrate how bones, muscles, and so on work). The frank discussions of how bodies respond to danger (shutting down functions or feeding off themselves, for example) could also upset young or sensitive viewers.
Is It Any Good?
If you're at all intrigued by the mysteries of the human body, then HUMAN BODY: PUSHING THE LIMITS is right up your alley. Each episode offers a unique glimpse into how we function, with computer images literally peeling back the skin on our physical structures to reveal internal systems (muscular, skeletal, nervous, etc.) and demonstrate how they work. The best part is that the wealth of information is thorough, yet presented in a way that's appropriate for average (a.k.a. non-scientist) viewers, making it a worthwhile series to share with tweens and teens.
That said, younger kids and/or particularly sensitive ones may be frightened or made squeamish by the computer-generated skinless bodies and the graphic discussions of real-life stories of extreme survival.
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