Jonathan Bird's Blue World

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Viewers learn a lot about life under the sea and get close-up views of creatures of every size and shape.

Positive Messages

The show inspires global awareness and respect for the natural world and has underlying themes of conservation and environmentalism.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bird and his team have great respect for the wildlife they study, and they always keep in mind the well-being of the sea life (as well as their own) in their encounters.

Violence & Scariness

Some of the crew's underwater encounters bring them face to face with dangerous creatures like sharks and stingrays, but the divers always put safety first and emerge unscathed.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series brings viewers face to face with a range of oceanic species -- like Thresher sharks, manatees, and Sperm whales. Host/star Jonathan Bird’s enthusiasm for marine biology makes the subject fun for the whole family, and because the show travels to the far reaches of the globe, viewers are treated to beautiful scenery and diverse geography alongside inspiring underwater landscapes. Very young or sensitive viewers could be alarmed by some of Bird's encounters with dangerous creatures like stingrays and sharks, but no one is ever harmed.

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What's the story?

Emmy award-winning underwater cinematographer Jonathan Bird invites viewers to dive the ocean depths with him in JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD, which spans the globe to see firsthand the beautiful, curious, and elusive species of the sea. Bird and his team of biologists and divers track creatures like wolffish, sea turtles, and whale sharks, studying their behavior and habitats -- and, in some cases, making new scientific discoveries about them.

Is it any good?

This delightful series is a wonderful way to broaden your family’s familiarity with the diversity of the natural world. Bird and his team are a wealth of marine biology knowledge, and the show’s style invites enthusiasts of all ages to learn about life under the sea.

While the show doesn’t specifically discuss issues like conservation and environmentalism, it is a great way to start conversations with your kids about the relationship between humans and creatures of the wild. Want to make sure your kids are reaping the show's full educational benefit? Check out Bird’s website for study guides and discussion questions about each episode.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about wildlife. In what ways are some animal species threatened? What factors have contributed to that? How have humans impacted them? What responsibilities do we have to protect their habitats?

  • Kids: What did you learn from this show? How did learning from it compare to learning from books? What other series have you seen that have taught you something?

  • Kids: What do you want to be when you grow up? What special skills and knowledge will you need? How can you use your job to positively affect others?

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