A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series brings to life some notable prehistoric creatures and provides a glimpse into how they lived during their heyday. Viewers get a sense of the geological landscape of the world during the beasts' lifetime and learn what factors contributed to their eventual demise.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of scenes show CGI-replicated prehistoric beasts killing and eating their prey, and the process is often bloody -- though not overly graphic. Occasionally the comparative content also calls for live-action scenes of animals like lions taking down gazelles and other prey.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional discussion of breeding practices, in some cases accompanied by illustrations of creatures mating. In one scene, for instance, a large sea beast rests atop its partner as the narrator likens its practices to those of modern reptiles.
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Very rare use of "hell," as in "a reptile from hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series' focus on ferocious prehistoric beasts means that there are lots of confrontations between the computer-generated images of the predators and their prey, whom they bite and disembody -- usually with plenty of bloody (though it's all re-created). There are also occasionally additional live-action video clips of modern animals hunting. That aside, there's plenty of educational content in this intriguing show, and the material is relatable since it references modern regions that are rich in prehistoric evidence and current creatures that resemble extinct species. Expect a few references to and images of breeding practices, but nothing too eyebrow-raising.
Is It Any Good?
This intriguing series is as close to a prehistoric field trip as families can get, and overall it's worth the trip. Not only does it offer a visual sense of the creatures themselves, but it does a thorough job of completing the picture for viewers with the surrounding geological landscape. The show also compares its CGI subjects' characteristics to those of modern animals and reptiles. And viewers get another great frame of reference when paleontologists visit sites like the Kansas Badlands to point out evidence of prehistoric life. Don't expect perfection, though -- some critics have called this show out for factual inaccuracies.
Mega Beasts is sure to pique budding young scientists' curiosity, but for all of its educational value, it's not a show to share with your youngest family members. Much of the content relates to the ancient creatures' predatory dominance, so violent exchanges between them and their prey are prevalent. And occasional references to breeding tactics and images of creatures in mating positions might prompt some questions from little kids -- so save this one for your tweens.
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