A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A lot of parallels can be drawn between human families and lemur groups. The idea of sticking together to survive is a constant theme. Offers educational insight into wildlife.
Violence & Scariness
The lemurs are constantly fighting one another, sometimes fiercely. There's also the constant threat of predators.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mating scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while the violence of life in the wild is softened here, the sometimes-brutal reality of nature is always at play. For example, when a baby lemur is knocked out of a tree by another lemur, viewers don't see the baby hit the ground. But the narrator constantly mentions that the baby's life is in peril because of the resulting injury to his leg. Because the lemurs are cute and furry, young viewers may get emotionally attached -- which can make the inevitable fights and danger harder to watch. Parents may also find themselves starting the "birds and bees" conversation after mating scenes or explaining nature's "survival of the fittest."
Is It Any Good?
The show works very well. Obviously, it's impossible not to compare it to Meerkat Manor. Fortunately, it's not a direct copy. LEMUR KINGDOM looks at two rival gangs rather than focusing on one. And humans are seen in this one, partly because the lemurs live so close to a tourist camp. But, ultimately, what makes Lemur Kingdom is the nature of the animals themselves.
This is compelling storytelling, with distinct characters (impressive, considering how alike they all look!). While the realities of foraging for food and dodging predators are emphasized in the narration, the fact that the actual violence isn't shown softens things somewhat. Sensitive younger viewers might find the cliff-hanger episode endings and certain lemurs' fight for survival a tad too intense, especially since this isn't fantasy. But parents can point out how humans are different from lemurs and take the opportunity to talk about what life in the wild is really like.
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