Parents' Guide to

Our Great National Parks

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Stunning, educational nature show inspires hope; some peril.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Some Violence

Penguin getting chomped in half by a sea lion was too graphic for my kids. They're still worrying about it weeks later. Crocodile eating bloody fish was a lot, too. Not for sensitive kids.
age 5+

Trigger Warning

Trigger warning, there’s a scene where the alpha Rhino tries to force himself on a young female, using his horn up between her legs as she screams and tries to escape. No idea why on earth they even included that scene! She escapes, and there are some other less aggressive mounting scenes, but other than that which you could fast forward past, beautiful cinematography and a well done film thy kids of all ages could watch.

Is It Any Good?

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What better host for a deep dive into the world's conserved wild parks than a man who has dealt with the biggest issues facing the planet head on? Our Great National Parks is hosted by former U.S. President Barack Obama, whose childhood in Hawaii was anticipated by his mother's visits to the seashore when she was pregnant with him. This, he argues, was his introduction to the soothing and fascinating qualities of nature. Like a real-life Mr. Roarke, President Obama's veritable wave of the hand opens possibilities in this show that lie beyond most people's wildest dreams.

But these fantasies are based in nature: The dripping rainforests and thundering waterfalls are actual places that get loving looks in this docuseries. Educational content abounds, and not only are the visual visits to places like the Great Barrier Reef or the Patagonia stunning, but the snorts, whispers, and growls of the animals we're brought to observe are fantastic. Kids, tweens, teens, and adults will enjoy the immersive experience -- and hopeful note -- this show so gracefully delivers.

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