Parents' Guide to

Killer Outbreaks

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Anxiety-inducing true tales of rare infections and diseases.

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The advent of a hundred different cable channels means there are countless hours to fill with programming. This has been good news for those who enjoy a good real-life documentary story; there's no shortage of amazing people undergoing remarkable experiences.

Killer Outbreaks provides a sensationalized look at the modern outbreaks of a series of recognizable diseases, from anthrax to E. coli. The narration and reenactments frequently lay on the melodrama way too thick, especially when the fundamental horrors of the diseases themselves need no elaboration. But the show does feature ample interviews with victims and their families and well as the doctors and scientists who battled these outbreaks, and when the focus is squarely on these real stories, it's pretty gripping drama.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 15, 2011
  • Network: Animal Planet
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: November 5, 2022

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