A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's no end to the educational opportunities that exist, and the series is a perfect way to broaden your family's understanding of the world and its inhabitants. Each episode offers lessons in geography, history, anthropology, and social behavior.
The series encourages curiosity and a greater respect for the world's diversity and the adaptability of the human spirit. Viewers experience the lifestyles of people from all walks of life and far-reaching corners of the globe, witnessing their struggles for survival over the elements of nature.
Positive Role Models
The show's style encourages respect rather than judgment, detailing the subjects' abilities to overcome challenges with ingenuity and determination.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic footage of predators and human hunters killing and eating prey. Some customs involve violence, including one case that shows village people beating each other with sticks to prove their courage.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity is common when it relates to the show's subjects. Male genitalia, buttocks, and female breasts are visible, though not in a sexual manner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Human Planet is a beautiful series from the makers of Planet Earth and Life that chronicles the struggles and triumphs of the planet's most adaptable inhabitants: humans. From the majestic jungles of South America to the barren Sahara Desert, this show introduces viewers to an array of indigenous people and their lifestyles, so there's plenty of opportunity for learning. Very young children and sensitive kids might be bothered by the graphic scenes of animals being killed by predators and by humans, so be sure to gauge your kids' readiness for this issue. What's more, there is plenty of nudity (male genitalia, buttocks, and female breasts) related to some subjects' customs. But if your kids can handle these aspects of this stunning series, then it's a great choice for the whole family.
Is It Any Good?
This series is a fascinating journey that will change the way you look at the world, inspire a new awe for the human spirit, and redefine how you interpret "civilization." Human Planet takes viewers around the world in six hours, bypassing the traditional tourism hotspots in favor of remote locales like the Altai Mountains of Mongolia, Inuit territory in Northeast Canada, and West Papua.
With six hour-long episodes packed with geography and anthropology lessons and plenty of lead-ins to discussions about global warming and conservationism, it's a sure bet that this series caters to families looking for something worthwhile to tune into. But if your kids are sensitive to issues like animal violence, be sure to preview the show before you watch it with them, as many scenes show in graphic detail animals being killed (by predators and by humans) and dismembered. The same holds true for viewers' sensitivity to nudity, since some subjects' customs mean that at times whole segments center on groups of people who go about their business wearing next to nothing.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.