A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Educational and inspiring content abounds here, giving families lots to discuss and appreciate. The show also promotes curiosity and raises important environmental issues like global warming, tying the effects of such change to wildlife's ongoing survival plight.
Violence & Scariness
Predators of all sizes kill and eat their prey, and it's often a fairly gruesome/upsetting sight. In one segment, a polar bear strips the skin from a young seal and eats it; in another, a mother fox kills young birds learning to fly and feeds them to her hungry pups.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some content includes mating and breeding rituals for various species, some of which is shown. Dragonflies mate in mid-air, for instance, and an animal is shown emerging from the placenta, covered in afterbirth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nature's Most Amazing Events is a stunning natural history series from the producers of Planet Earth. It offers an inspiring glimpse into the global wildlife population's mostly unseen struggles for survival. Young and/or sensitive viewers may have a tough time with hunting scenes and shots of animals eating their prey; there's also some discussion (with imagery) of various animals' mating/breeding behavior. The series touches on the dangers of environmental concerns like global warming, offering plenty for families to talk about. Ultimately, it instills a respect for nature.
Is It Any Good?
With such a talented team behind it and an acclaimed series as its predecessor, this series certainly has a lot to live up to -- but it's clearly up to the challenge. Shot after shot of incredible footage brings you within a virtual arm's length from some of the most awe-inspiring scenes you'll ever see, giving you a renewed respect for the beauty and diversity of the natural world. The series also does a great job of avoiding preachiness as it ties in strong reminders of our responsibility to preserve the environment -- for our own sake as well as the animals'.
Be cautious about watching Nature's Most Amazing Events with very young children, though, as the content's very realism could be upsetting. Many scenes include shots of predators capitalizing on other animals' weaknesses (a fox lies in wait to kill baby birds who fail at their first attempts to fly, for instance), and hunting and eating often gets bloody and fairly gruesome. The show also touches on animal mating, sex, and birth, so be sure you're ready to answer any questions that might arise from that kind of content.
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