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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

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Gorgeous family-friendly series celebrates nature.

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This awe-inspiring 11-part series is the result of four years of filmmaking from the farthest reaches and depths of the world, and to experience it is to have your appreciation for the natural world forever changed. Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, each episode is an amazing glimpse at the beauty and diversity of nature, from the smallest insect to the largest mammal.

With so much educational content just waiting to absorbed, Life is a wonderful choice for families, but it's best to exercise some caution before letting youngsters tune in. The fact that the show doesn't shy away from the harsh realities of survival in the wild is one of the many things that makes it outstanding, but the flip side is that there are many graphic scenes of animals hunting, killing, and eating prey, which might be upsetting to sensitive kids. In addition, the series includes many references to mating practices of different species and shows some animals having sex, so if you're not ready for "the talk" with your kids, you might want to pick and choose the segments they see.

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