Night on Earth

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Revelatory nature docu captures nocturnal animals worldwide.

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Positive Messages

Explores different species of animals and their adaptability to a nighttime environment, and uncovers how they use resources available to them to survive. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Narrator Samira Wiley -- a woman of color who identifies as LGBTQ -- is a refreshing testament to the entertainment industry's attempt to showcase more diverse voices. The animals show fortitude and adaptability as they navigate their environments by night.


Violence is limited to animals hunting and killing one another.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Night on Earth is a nature documentary that uses breakthrough technology to depict how animals behave when night falls. Each episode focuses on a different environment, including the jungle, the ocean, and urban cities, illuminating a variety of species and habitats across the globe. There are some graphic scenes of animals hunting and killing other species. 

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Kid, 9 years old March 21, 2020

Very Very Cool and Educational

The movie is about infrared cameras that can "see" in the dark using special cameras they explore deep in the wild from savanas to the arctic and even... Continue reading

What's the story?

NIGHT ON EARTH explores a variety of species and their methods of survival in environments as diverse as the tundra, the ocean, and the city. Using state-of-the-art, low-light camera technology, documentarians observe animals in the dark of night, and for the first time audiences around the world can watch these incredible species from the comfort of their own couch. Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black, The Handmaid's Tale) narrates each of these episodes, which run from 40 to 52 minutes. Locations include Moonlit Plains, Frozen Nights, Jungle Nights, Dark Seas, Sleepless Cities, and Dusk till Dawn, which shows the activities of animals across the globe throughout the dark of night and rising with the sun.

Is it any good?

The footage captured by low-light camera technology is consistently breathtaking. However, the technological breakthrough comes with a trade-off: Night on Earth mostly captures its subjects performing relatively mundane activities. That may be why Samira Wiley's narration feels so constant and intrusive, and why she frequently has to remind viewers how rare this glimpse into nature is. Ultimately, however, it offers a never-before-seen window into intimate animal scenes around the world, and revealing the activities of these nocturnal species is educational and illuminating.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about nocturnal animals. What did you learn about various species and their nighttime habitats? What surprised you?

  • How do the species shown use the nighttime environment to their advantage? What animals have an advantage in the dark? A disadvantage?

  • What did you learn about animal habits and survival? Did you have a favorite episode? What habitat did you find the least familiar? 

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For kids who love the great outdoors

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