Nature

TV review by
Robin Galguera, Common Sense Media
Nature TV Poster Image
Stunning glimpses of our natural world.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

The series never fails to ask important questions about our natural world and the challenges our planet and its inhabitants face.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The show uses nature to promote curiosity and conservationism.

Violence & Scariness

Varies widely, from none to graphic violence of animals being slaughtered.

Sexy Stuff

Varies; one episode showed gorillas mating.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some of the widely varying content on Nature may not be suitable for small children, including images of animals being killed and catastrophic natural disasters. Programs can, however, be easily pre-screened by logging on to the show's Web site. Regular viewers will come away with a sense of the great diversity of the natural world and why it's important to protect it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byeahill5 March 25, 2016

American Mountain Lion

I just saw your Show on the lives of 2 Mountain Lion Families being "monitors" by a "Loving Researcher dedicated to understanding WHY Mt. Lions... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKatGirl94 April 9, 2008

Very informative!

I like this show because it teaches about animals, but they add an element of comedy to the show. It is fun to watch - my brother LOVES it. My whole family does... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bysandi96 February 23, 2011
seriously, i used to love this show even when i was 4 years old. Its the real world and that cannot be left unaddressed. Instead of pain or scariness i saw in d... Continue reading

What's the story?

NATURE is one of PBS' longest-running series for good reason. Unlike other PBS science series, Nature focuses not on inventions or innovations but on the natural world itself, inviting viewers to travel all over the world with scientists and filmmakers. Subject areas including biology, geology, and meteorology are explored via beautifully filmed documentaries shot in locations most of us will never see. In presenting a comprehensive look at its subjects, Nature highlights the positive (animals' family and community life) but doesn't shy away from the ugly. Graphic images of animals being slaughtered can crop up.

Is it any good?

This series covers an amazing variety of topics that are fascinating, beautiful, scary, and sometimes just downright cute. While most episodes have some sort of message, it's never heavy-handed and it's always interesting, usually reinforcing the need for conservation. If you're looking for a series to enjoy along with your children, Nature is waiting for you ... and you don't need cable (or an airline ticket) to see it. But because of its occasionally graphic realism, parents may want to pre-screen episodes to make sure they're appropriate for their kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about a wide variety of issues on Nature. Why should you care about global issues like loss of wildlife habitat, global warming, and pollution?

  • Is there a need for conservation and protection of certain species? Why are some species endangered? How close is our connection to nature, and why does that matter? What does "conservation" mean?

  • What can you do in your own community to protect wildlife? 

  • How does Nature promote curiosity? Why is this an important character strength?

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