The Brady Barr Experience

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Informative animal-conservation show mild enough for tweens.

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Educational Value

Lessons about conservation and animal safety. 

Positive Messages

Spreads awareness about animals and humans safely coexisting on the planet. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Brady Barr takes risks in the name of research but clearly states that viewers should not. 

Violence & Scariness

Predatory behavior discussed; animals are shown baring teeth, hunting, and so on. No blood or gore. 

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Brady Barr Experience features excerpts from the series Dangerous Encounters that are informative but much less violent. Scenes of predatory animals hunting and baring teeth feature no blood or gore and are mild enough for most young viewers to handle. It also contains positive messages about respecting nature and finding ways for humans and predatory animals to coexist safely. Viewers of all ages should be reminded that the people featured here are experts and they should never approach wild animals themselves. 

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What's the story?

THE BRADY BARR EXPERIENCE features herpetologist and conservationist Brady Barr as he travels around the world studying amphibious predators in hopes of protecting them. The scientist, who usually works in tropical environments to study crocodiles and other reptiles, travels across continents to study feral hogs, hippos, and polar bears to understand their habitats and how they live. With the help of other animal experts, he also learns more about what to do if one finds her or himself close to these dangerous creatures. It's exciting and dangerous, but he hopes that the work he does will help these animals safely coexist with humans. 

Is it any good?

From understanding how wild animals hunt, socialize, and survive in the wild to learning about ways conservationists are protecting them from people, the series offers lots of interesting details about different and potentially dangerous creatures. The tips it offers about exercising caution when you're around these animals, no matter how tame they may appear, also is valuable. 

Most of the show consists of milder scenes from Barr's other show, Dangerous Encounters. But unlike the National Geographic series, this one offers an opportunity for younger viewers to learn more about wildlife in a way that's less violent and therefore much less frightening. Animal lovers of all ages will find lots of reasons to watch. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of understanding animals and animal safety. Why is it important to stay away from wild animals such as bears and feral hogs, even if they seem tame? What kinds of things can we do to keep animals safe but away from where people live? 

  • What can wildlife TV shows like this one teach us about conservation? Are the interactions between the wildlife experts and animals on these shows real? What do they teach us about what to do (and not to do) when we find ourselves near a potentially dangerous animal? 

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For kids who love nature and animals

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