Living Wild

TV review by
Deirdre Sheppard, Common Sense Media
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A beautiful, untamed look at life in the wild.

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Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Animals feed on their prey and are sometimes hunted by humans.

Sexy Stuff

Some mating scenes -- not overly graphic, but it's obvious what they are.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series takes an intimate look at the lives of many different wild animals. Although the show is informative, visually beautiful, and even touching at times, some sensitive younger viewers might not be ready to face the reality of how animals behave in the wild -- from mating to hunting and killing their prey.

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What's the story?

LIVING WILD gives viewers a close look at the life of some of the world's most striking creatures -- from killer whales to bald eagles -- focusing on their habitats and survival tactics. The show looks at all the parts of a wild animal's life, including mating, fighting, hunting, and capture by humans.

Is it any good?

Although Living Wild is a bit tamer than edgier nature shows like Totally Wild, it's still far from censored. Some young viewers may be upset by watching the tribulations of, say, an adorable cub turning into a menacing bear. The show is gorgeous to look at and beautifully filmed; it may just be the next-best alternative to buying an around-the-world airplane ticket and heading into the wild yourself. And the narration is informative, though kids may find it a little dry -- it's obviously not designed to spark or engage a young audience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between wild animals and domestic pets. Which animals make good pets? Which animals should remain in the wild? How do they survive on their own? Did you expect the animals in the show to behave differently than they did? Why? What should you do if you ever encounter a wild animal?

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