Seven Worlds, One Planet

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Globe-spanning wildlife documentary is compelling, majestic.

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Positive Messages

The filmmakers make a huge effort to detail the tenacity and intelligence animals must use to stay alive and care for one another.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Few humans are featured, but the series spends an entire episode on each continent, providing a diverse array of animals and their lifestyles.


Violence is limited to animal predators catching and eating other animals, which occurs relatively frequently within episodes.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Seven Worlds, One Planet is a wildlife documentary show that dedicates a full episode to each of the seven continents of the world (including Antarctica!). The show features many exotic -- often newly-discovered -- animals, some of which can be strange looking, and even scary. A lot of the focus is on how difficult it can be to survive in various types of climate and terrain, so the mini-stories they tell can be suspenseful and sometimes result in predators killing the animals that we've been following.

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What's the story?

SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET spends each episode exploring the outer reaches of one of the seven continents -- North and South America; Europe; Asia; Africa; Australia; and Antarctica -- and unearthing the day-to-day lives of the wildlife that lives there. Special attention is given to how unfamiliar creatures survive and care for their offspring in difficult terrain.

Is it any good?

Having had so much access to wildlife documentaries for so long, it's easy to take them for granted. But Seven Worlds, One Planet does amazing work in discovering corners of the world that feel under-documented, and presenting them in accessible, compelling ways. Viewers may have come to expect staggering beauty from these types of nature shows, yet the BBC Earth crew still manages to surprise and delight, telling stories and depicting creatures that might otherwise never be seen. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about wildlife. What are some of the environments featured on Seven Worlds, One Planet? Did the show feature any place you didn't know existed? What are some of the realities for living in these places? Did any details about the terrain surprise you?

  • What were some of the animals featured on Seven Worlds, One Planet? How many of them were you familiar with before you watched? Did you learn anything new about animals you recognized? Were there new species of animals that surprised or delighted you? Why? Which animals were your favorites? 

  • Pick an animal and talk about how it lives within its environment. What are that animal's priorities? How does it use the terrain to its advantage? What does it do to survive or protect its family? Is there any lesson from this animal that you can apply to everyday human life?

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