A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Intimately educates viewers about various species and the vastly different environments they inhabit across the globe. The vivid nighttime footage offers an unparalleled look into animal behaviors in their nocturnal habitats.
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
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 & Scariness
Violence is limited to animals hunting and killing one another.
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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.
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.
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