Parents' Guide to

Prehistoric Park

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Time-traveling animal rescues are hokey at best.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Great series - educational and positive role models

Our family love this series. My son first watched some episodes when he was 4 (we held back on certain episodes as they were too scary of gory). He still watches it now age 7 and loves it. Yes the scenes catching the dinosaurs are a little "hokey" but so what? That is such a small part of the show. All other aspects of it are great. It is packed full of science and facts about prehistory. The main guy (Nigel Marvin)is a fantastic role model (compassionate, curious, enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, knowledgeable, positive attitude) as are the other 2 support characters (a woman and a man). I can not think of anything bad about it. For kids who are into dinosaurs and prehistory (and it might convert those who aren't) this is not just a great series to have its an essential one!

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age 6+

Our family loves this series

This series is very fun. You learn about amazing animals & what the earth was like in the past, and it's a really fun premise. Nigel's enthusiasm engages you -- he loves these creatures, and you can't help but being fascinated, too.

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The fact that Prehistoric Park plays out like a documentary gives it the feel of a credible wildlife show -- but the plot is basically science-fiction. The time-travel angle results in a slew of unanswered questions for those with a logical bent, which might be forgivable if the show's graphics didn't leave so much to be desired. Scenes in which Nigel observes the computer-generated animals are momentarily intriguing, as he offers facts about their physique, eating habits, and natural predators, as well as the probable causes of their extinction. But these fleeting moments are often followed by Nigel moving in for closer contact, which leads to some pretty cheesy chase scenes. Viewers who do manage to suspend their disbelief will probably pick up some interesting facts and enjoy the images of ancient creatures in replications of their natural habitats, Prehistoric Park's format makes it so unbelievable that it's sometimes tough to figure out where it intends the line between science and fiction to fall.

Some of the show's face-to-face encounters with vicious, fairly realistic-looking creatures could very well frighten young viewers. Parents will want to watch with their grade-schoolers so they can help sift out the facts from the fiction.

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