A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids can learn about chimpanzee behavior and some facts about chimps.
Emphazises that it's important to take care of animals and treat them well.
Positive Role Models
Human staff at the chimpanzee sanctuary is empathetic and caring; also good representation of female veterinarians.
Violence & Scariness
Chimps sometimes push and shove each other when trying to show dominance. Chimps passing away due to illness/old age is mentioned, but not dwelled on.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some episodes mention chimps pursuing each other romantically and sex (obliquely). Veterinarians talk about chimp birth control failing and a chimp being an "oops baby," and they do a chimp paternity test. Sexual behavior is never shown on screen, and is referred to as "breeding."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Meet the Chimps is a hybrid nature documentary/reality show that follows chimpanzee life at Chimp Haven, a sanctuary in Louisiana. As the stars of the show are wild animals, there are some "circle of life" elements to the plots that parents should be aware of. Some episodes mention chimps pursuing each other romantically and sex (obliquely). Veterinarians talk about chimp birth control failing and a chimp being an "oops baby," and they do a chimp paternity test. Sexual behavior is never shown on screen, and is referred to as "breeding." There is a moderate amount of violence between chimps -- nothing graphic but they sometimes push and shove each other when trying to show dominance. There is mention of chimpanzee death, though it's not a central plot point. If kids are old enough to realize that chimps are humans' close evolutionary cousins, they may have some questions about that.
Is It Any Good?
The show has a pretty great conceit -- because there are so many chimps living at the sanctuary, it's kind of like the chimp version of a reality show where chimps from different backgrounds have to learn to live together in the same house. In watching chimps navigate their rigidly-defined social hierarchy, it quickly becomes apparent just how close humans and chimps are to each other. Kids will likely feel seen when a baby chimp tries to get an older chimp to play with her, or when she has to learn to climb up a tree with her snack so other chimps don't take it from her. Kids will enjoy seeing the chimps climb, play with each other, and get into trouble. They also will learn facts about chimps and see how they really are our evolutionary cousins. Kids into animals and science will love watching the chimps' monkey business in this fun series.
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