A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series recreates the path human evolution has taken from ancient times to the modern era, specifically as it relates to decisive factors like the harnessing of fire, the invention of money, and medical developments. In each case, the story focuses on how humans persevered to overcome hardship with innovation and resilience.
Positive Role Models
Inventors think outside the box to advance the cause of humankind. Their vision leads to products and practices that help save and improve lives on our journey to the modern era.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of war, illness, injury, and death can be graphic in re-enactments of the past. Warring parties fight with ancient weapons like bows and arrows, and there's talk of later inventions changed warfare. Surgical scenes show much blood.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Origins: The Journey of Humankind is a miniseries that shares stories of human history, focusing on momentous milestones like the harnessing of fire and the evolution of language. Its often graphic historical re-enactments aren't for kids, but its intriguing claims about significant events driving the course of human history will interest some teens and adults. The series chronicles human progress as it was influenced by eight different factors, each of which provides the theme for one episode of this eight-part show. It's a thought-provoking way to view history, but it requires some familiarity with notable events and people to put into full context the show's assertions about their significance to the overall human experience.
Is It Any Good?
This intense educational series is a fascinating journey through human history that backs its assertions regarding the significance of innovations with solid evidence. Each episode plays out like a dissertation adapted to the screen, as Silva outlines the overriding theme and re-enactments put the concepts into action. By focusing on one dominant influence in each episode, the show makes connections between seemingly unrelated advances to trace the path to the modern human experience.
Despite its hefty learning potential, though, families should consider the graphic nature of Origins' content before watching as a family. Because the show strives for (and, for the most part, manages impressively) realistic interpretations of historical events, scenes of war, tragedy, illness, injury, and death are only minimally amended, so the full range of emotion and physical catastrophe is on display. For curious families with teens and mature tweens, though, this unique series is a revealing journey into human history.
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