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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Walk on the wild side after dark isn't for youngest kids.

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Night puts a new spin on the traditional wildlife show by focusing on animals' nocturnal habits; the result is a surprisingly gripping series that offers lots of educational content. It's obvious that McMillan knows his stuff, and his excitement is contagious as he gets close-up glimpses of magnificent species like African leopards in action. As he narrates the animals' movements, he also points out the characteristics that make them effective hunters or elusive prey.

That said, the show's dramatic nature makes it iffy for young kids and sensitive tweens, who may be frightened by scenes of animals prowling around at night -- even if their habitats are thousands of miles away. The series also plays up tense moments during McMillan's wildlife encounters (a diving emergency while swimming among five-foot squid, for instance), which could upset youngsters.

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