A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some of the behavioral practices of animals on the Serengeti are briefly discussed.
Positive Role Models
The animals behave like they are meant to in the wild, but through dramatization they are often assigned human characteristics.
Violence & Scariness
Animals fight, hunt for prey, are often violently territorial. Occasionally blood and carcasses are shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The ways that different animals mate and reproduce are discussed. The narration hints at an animal version of infidelity that will go over the heads of young viewers.
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Products & Purchases
Jeep is a major sponsor of the series. Various research and conservation groups are also instrumental to the production of the series.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Discovery Channel series Serengeti features breathtaking video footage of a range of animals living on the Serengeti plain. Their day-to-day lives are presented as dramatic stories, which makes them appear to have human traits. There are some violent moments thanks to animals hunting, killing, and being territorial, and discussions about mating practices.
Is It Any Good?
This visually stunning series creates dramatic stories, assigning animals human traits and creating plots about the relationships between them. Specific animals are molded into characters, and this, combined with the musical score and the way the year's worth of video footage is edited, helps produce this vivid story world. It's often more entertaining than educational, and sometimes feels like it is attempting to motivate future support for African conservation efforts. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but there are moments when the emotions being assigned to the animals occasionally seem a bit over the top. Nonetheless, Serengeti is compelling, and offers charm, tension, and interesting moments that will captivate audiences of all ages.
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