Parents' Guide to

Monsters Inside Me

By Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Show about nasty parasites isn't for the faint of stomach.

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

it's gross

very bad but great messages are in there
age 10+

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 will even focus foreign objects entering the body. However, parents should be aware that the dramatizations are beyond disturbing as it shows worms burrowing though the brain, entering the bloodstream, mating to produce eggs and many other factors. If you have a weak stomach, then I would highly not recommend this show. Also, some people have died from these diseases as well and usually have a low survival rate. Dan Riskin will often tell you the agent and life cycle of the parasite. The narrator tells the viewer how to protect themselves from parasites. The vast majority of the clients often travel over the seas in which they get the infection. Overall, Monsters Inside Me is an educational show but is highly disturbing.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (9):

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.

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