Parents' Guide to

Human Planet

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Gorgeous tour of world's diversity is great for families.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

A picture of our existence

We really need more documentaries like this - snapshots of lives we couldn't imagine existed; lives that live in a tradition far older than you or me and continuing still this day. For their rarity and potency such stories are quite important, and very interesting. I wished to briefly review this quality documentary to repeat Common Sense's warning of some rather unexpected content. I hardly consider female upper nudity and full frontal and rear male nudity any part of a family's pastime! In the Grasslands episode, male Ethiopian warriors from the Surma people (if I have my details correct!) compete essentially nude in order to earn respect from family and peoples. Before switching this one on for the kids, consider passing on Grasslands. Aside from such subjects, this John Hurt-narrated short series deserves the attention of young and old alike!

This title has:

Too much sex
age 10+


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

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