A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show encourages applying nature's lessons to technology.
Violence & Scariness
Some scenes show animals hunting their prey.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that because nature isn't always pretty and nice, some scenes might be a little too gross -- or even a little scary -- for very young children. For example, one segment focuses on cockroaches and how their movement helps robot designers ... but viewers get to see the bugs perching on top of human food. Another segment follows a goshawk as it hunts, and so on. But kids can learn a lot from this interesting series, and the ick/violence factor isn't as high as in some other nature-focused shows.
Is It Any Good?
While the show can get a little gross -- like when there are shots of insects crawling over human food, for example -- overall, it's fascinating. And while the photography is spectacular (the show won an Emmy for cinematography), the best part is actually the series' inspirational nature.
For example, one episode features a segment on how geckos can climb vertical glass walls and even hang upside down on ceilings. The show proceeds to reveal, via microscopic photography, just how they do it -- and then looks at some human problems that could be solved by this ability. It's only a short step from there to asking your kids to come up with their own ideas for "natural" technology.
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