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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is educational, but the information is often presented in an ominous way.
Positive Role Models
Scientists and educators offer informed explanations about natural phenomena.
Violence & Scariness
Words like "monster" and "rage" are used to describe high winds and big storms. There are reenactments and recorded footage of tornadoes and other types of natural phenomena causing major damage to property, plus brief discussions about fatalities, including the tearing of limbs and strewn body parts (but these aren't shown).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series presents potentially devastating natural occurrences like tornadoes, lightning, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions as both ominous and violent. It includes interviews with survivors of natural disasters, as well as reenactments and actual video footage of trees and homes being destroyed. The various (and at times horrific) ways that people can die during these events are sometimes discussed. While there's some educational value to the show, it's a bit too intense for young kids.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers some interesting and educational details about various natural phenomena. But it packages these events as violent and angry -- and because they're sensationalized with ominous music and emotional interview footage with survivors (some are still distraught by what they endured), it's easy to overlook the science behind the storms.
The show includes some limited warnings about the danger of chasing storms and a bit of information about what to do if you vind yourself in a potentially dangerous situation (like being caught in a lightning storm or facing a tornado). But in the end, its goal is to entertain viewers with some of the planet's most spectacular and dramatic natural events. While that isn't a bad thing, necessarily, it also isn't the best choice for educating viewers.
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