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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while educational quality is scarce in this series -- which spotlights unusual pets and curious creature comforts -- there's equally little worrisome content for older kids and tweens. Some viewers might take issue with the owners' materialistic indulgence of their pets (buying their pups wigs, for instance, or spending thousands on a two-story, multi-room dog house), but overall the show is entertaining for families who enjoy over-the-top animal tales.
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What's the story?
MOST OUTRAGEOUS introduces viewers to noteworthy representatives of the pet population, from lucky dogs whose elaborate homes rival those of their owners to rodents who require a daily hairdressing regime. Each episode centers on a group of animals under a similar theme (odd-looking pets and unusual animal talents, for instance), and the owners talk about the aspects of the pet's lifestyle that make it unique.
Is it any good?
If you're looking for substantial content that will make your family see the world and its animal inhabitants in a new light, this probably isn't the show for you. While you won't soon forget the pets -- and their often eccentric owners -- this series' sole aim is to entertain viewers with animal oddities.
Some of the stories have a heartwarming side (the world's ugliest dog stars in a book that reminds kids to look past appearances, for example), but overall you'll be struck by the owners' lavish pampering and our society's infatuation with unique animal tales. That said, there's nothing in the show that makes it worrisome for older kids and tweens, so it's fine for family viewing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about caring for animals. Kids: What responsibilities do pet owners have? What daily tasks are involved in caring for a pet? What kind of pet would you most like to have? What special needs would that pet have? How much time and energy would it take to meet those needs? What are the rewards of having a pet?
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