Monsters Inside Me

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Show about nasty parasites isn't for the faint of stomach.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

While the show includes warnings about how to avoid these diseases, the series also points out regularly that parasitic disease is extremely rare, especially in the United States.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Several scenes feature doctors and scientists who talk about parasites with a certain amount of passion for discovery, which might encourage kids to get interested in science.

Violence

Lots of talk about bloodthirsty bugs and what they do (like eating a child's brain from the inside out...), and lots of animation of parasites like worms floating and applying themselves to different body tissues. On up side, this isn't humans reacting in rage -- it's parasitic insects and microbes doing what they do.

Sex

Several mentions of parasites mating, and one CGI animated sequence of two getting intimate -- but they don't look like anything remotely human.

Language

This being a show about diseases, there's mention of feces, fecal matter, and, in one case, swelling scrotum and testicles. But the words are used in their proper clinical context.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the gross-out "yuck" factor is extremely high in this show about ootentially deadly parasites -- in fact, it's kind of the point. Sensitive kids (or adults!) could easily be scared or made paranoid by the animation of the different parasites and what they do inside human bodies. Other than that, though, there's not much content of concern.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHotdog06 August 28, 2018

it's gross

very bad but great messages are in there
Adult Written bykaylac1 December 7, 2017

Interesting, but not for the faith of the heart

Monsters Inside Me is a great show in my option, it shows how different parasites, parasitic infections, diseases affect the person's body. Sometimes, they... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byAR04 April 19, 2020

I am scarred for life.

I watched this program as a very young child and I am honestly scarred for life. I am scared of many things as a result of this tv show. I would definitely not... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 17, 2019

Amazing

For me it is a interesting and Devastating. The reason why I said 8 plus was because I Feel that they would be scared from the symptoms and Hallucinations of th... Continue reading

What's the story?

Only safe for those with strong intestinal fortitude, each episode of MONSTERS INSIDE ME looks at case studies about different aspects of parasitic infection and disease. There's lots of gross-out narration and animation, and some pretty scary bugs -- from bedbugs to roundworms and many, many more.

Is it any good?

The  show's producers are apparently aware that half the attraction of a show like this is the gross-out factor, and they certainly play it up. But there's also some good information here, and while the narration is somewhat hyped up -- in one case, for instance, a parasite is described as eating a child's brain from the inside out -- it's not repeated endlessly (and, in fact, that's exactly what the parasite did to the child).

Also, the producers are pretty good about providing perspective on the actual incidence of the featured diseases -- one parasite, for example, is fairly common in Southeast Asia but extremely rare in the United States, while another parasite, while more common, very rarely infects humans. Bottom line? The real fun of this show is making folks go "eeew!" and it's very successful at that.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that many of the featured stories happened years ago. Can you figure out which scenes are re-enacted and which aren't?

  • Parents can also ask their kids whether they think the show creates fear about something that's really very unlikely. Or is it ultimately reassuring? Is the show's intent to educate or sensationalize?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 1, 2009
  • Network: Animal Planet
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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