Parents' Guide to

Our Planet

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Gorgeous docuseries features animal life, nature's wonders.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 14+

Amazing but...

This show/documentary is truly amazing, inspiring, great message but...was it really necessary to show the same images of the walruses falling off a cliff and hitting boulders on their way down to their very certain death over and over again? I am a wildlife biologist and a science teacher and I have seen wild animals die with my own eyes, but I felt there was something dark in showing these images repeatedly. Whatever audience they thought they were reaching by this overly graphic and human caused violence, I like to think I am not part of.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
age 8+

I do not agree with the majority of reviews!

I absolutely love this documentary. A lot of the reviews were shocked by the walruses, the penguins, the polar bears and other animals eating prey but that is life. The documentary is honest about climate change and the realities on our changing world. There are a lot of fun, positive moments that kids would love along with learning the realities of our environments and animals. I believe it would spark a conversation about climate change and various animals around the world. I would recommend for everyone to watch it.

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (8):

Predictably gorgeous and awe-inspiring, this expertly produced nature docuseries turns thousands of hours of videography into eight episodes of captivating, compelling, and sometimes emotional drama. Life, death, feast, famine, and the eternal struggle to survive and reproduce lay the foundation for the show's content. Attenborough sets the scene by asserting the following statistics: As the human population has grown over the past 50 years, wildlife numbers have decreased by an average of 60 percent. From there, he extrapolates that as humans have contributed to nature's increased instability, we alone can help ensure its recovery.

The trouble is, it's an argument that gets swept aside as Our Planet treats viewers to stunningly beautiful scenes of nature and wildlife. Only occasionally does Attenborough return to the topic of climate change and conservation. It does nothing to detract from the impressive presentation of the world's wonders, but it gives the series a slightly indecisive purpose overall.

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