Nat Geo AMAZING!

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Curious fun, but some tales are iffy for littler kids.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show familiarizes viewers with the world’s diversity by featuring stories from many different geographic regions and cultures. It also celebrates the strength of the human spirit by showcasing a variety of feats of strength, courage, and stamina.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The series treats each story and its subjects with respect. 

Violence

Some stories center on dangerous stunts like walking a tightrope over a canyon, fighting with venomous snakes, and staring down a forest fire to take pictures. Participants occasionally get hurt or share scars from previous injuries, but the show doesn’t dwell on this kind of content. Animals are shown stalking and killing their prey.

Sex

Some scenes filmed in other parts of the world show men and women naked (including visible genitalia), as per their culture. This nudity is not intended to be sexual.

Language

Occasional use of “hell.” 

Consumerism

The series is a companion to a book of the same name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this globetrotting, magazine-like series features stories that range from animal oddities to superhuman feats, so it’s difficult to predict the appropriateness of the content from one episode to the next. Most of the stories are suitable for nearly any age, but some (men fighting cobras or explosive motorcycle crashes, for instance) might upset younger kids and require some follow-up discussion. But for the most part, this snapshot-style show offers an intriguing glimpse at the amazing, bizarre, and wondrous aspects of our world.

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What's the story?

NAT GEO AMAZING! is a magazine-style series that tells some of the world’s most phenomenal stories of natural wonder, animal behavior, and feats of the human spirit. From technological advancements that help recovering war veterans to unique cultural traditions on remote island nations, the show takes viewers on a whirlwind tour of the globe to introduce them to people and places unlike any they’ve ever seen.

Is it any good?

It’s no surprise that Nat Geo Amazing! is based on a book of the same name, as the brief stories look and sound like pages from a coffee table tome. The tales are fascinating on many different levels, and viewers will gain a new appreciation for cultural diversity, natural splendor, animal instinct, and the human spirit.

Most of the show's stories are both fascinating and suitable for the whole family, but young children might be upset by infrequent scenes of people engaging in risky behavior (challenging hot-tempered animals or risking their lives to photograph a raging wildfire, for instance). In addition, some of the cultural differences (including public nudity) may need some follow-up explanations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how geography, vegetation, animal populations, and people differ in different parts of the world. What are the advantages of this kind of cultural diversity? What challenges can it present?

  • Kids: What were some of your favorite stories from this show? What, if anything, did you learn from them? How well does this show tell its stories?

  • If you were to pick the fascinating things about where you live, what would you choose? Do you know anyone with unusual talents? Where are your favorite places to visit? Do you think other people would find your stories interesting? Why or why not?

TV details

For kids who love learning about the world

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