I, Predator

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Matt Springer, Common Sense Media
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True-life nature series depicts graphic animal battles.

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Educational Value

The show's focus is solely on educating the viewer about the science of animals and how they are able to hunt and capture their prey. Computer-generated graphics are used extensively to illustrate specific physical attributes of the animals.

Positive Messages

The show encourages respect and admiration for the power and abilities of animals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While there is little to no human presence on the series, experts on the various animals do provide a positive example of how learning about nature can lead to an admirable career.

Violence & Scariness

While no human violence is depicted, there are graphic sequences of animal violence involving a great deal of blood.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this true-life nature series offers plenty of educational value, the focus is solely on animals hunting, attacking, and eating one another. The show does not shy away from the realities of how animals behave in the wild. For younger children who may not be comfortable with seeing animals act this way, the show could prove disturbing.

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What's the story?

There is perhaps no more important relationship in the animal world than that between the predator and its prey. I, Predator takes a "first-person" perspective on some of nature's greatest hunters, following them as they track down their preferred meals and detailing how every aspect of their bodies and behavior is tailored toward being the best at tracking and devouring prey.

Is it any good?

Animal Planet has made a cottage industry out of the ocean's greatest predator, the shark. Perhaps their new series I, Predator is designed to share the wealth a bit with other master hunters in nature. Could Lion Week, Polar Bear Month, or Orca Fortnight be in the offing?

I, Predator takes a fresh approach to its "animals attack animals" premise with plenty of computer animation used to illustrate some of its educational points. The first-person technique is also unique, as the camera provides a look at what it might be to see through the eyes of a deadly predator. Its biggest problem is that each episode focuses on only one match-up -- great white shark vs. cape fur seal, for example. That's a full hour of television devoted essentially to how one animal totally eats another animal. No matter how interesting the science might be (and regardless of how many trivia games you may be able to win by knowing that a shark's ears are inside his head), after about 20 minutes, you may be ready to move on.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the show depicts graphic violence from the animal world. Is it more or less upsetting than seeing people attack one another?

  • What most surprised you about how the animals on the show are able to effectively hunt their prey? Was it easy to imagine yourself in the animals' position?

TV details

  • Premiere date: January 11, 2011
  • Network: Animal Planet
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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