TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Animals help humans cope in poignant, mature tales.

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Positive Messages

Underscores how animals can help people heal from difficult events and experiences.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fallen soldiers, 9/11 heroes, and other helpful people are discussed. And animals provide an example of selfless affection.


Traumatic events, including the events of September 11, 2001, are discussed and vary according to each episode. Images of some of potentially scary events, although limited and edited, are visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One episode specifically discusses heroin addiction.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series underscores the positive role an animal can have in a person's healing and/or well-being. The series contains lots of positive messages, but many of the stories told here deal with traumatic events (including 9/11), death, and addiction, and may be too intense for younger and/or sensitive viewers.

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What's the story?

SAVED is a six-part documentary that shows how animals can help people cope with and/or overcome some of life's most difficult challenges. Each episode features people from all walks of life discussing a time in their lives when they were coping with very difficult circumstances, like post-traumatic stress disorder, drug addiction, and the loss of loved ones. They then share how animals specifically played a role in helping them cope, heal, and/or find happiness.

Is it any good?

This poignant series shows the deep connections some people have with their animals, and how these connections impact their lives and the lives of those around them. It also demonstrates how animals can play a direct and powerful role in human healing.

Some of the stories featured here, especially those dealing with the loss of loved ones on September 11 and during the war in Iraq, are very emotional. The images and drawn-out descriptions of these traumatic experiences can make it difficult to watch. But if you can move beyond this, what you will find are positive messages about animals, recovery, and healing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the show deals with disturbing and possibly frightening events. How does watching these stories affect you? What are some of the things we can do to help us cope with some of those feelings? Can TV shows like this one can help us deal with these events?

  • Talk about the relationships people have with their pets. Do you have a special bond with your pet? Does your pet help you get through tough times? How? If you don't have a pet, do you think having one would help you through a difficult situation?

TV details

  • Premiere date: June 12, 2006
  • Network: Animal Planet
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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