A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This docuseries explores the intelligence, empathy, and creativity that common pets possess. Rats learn to drive little cars, parrots share food with each other; there's even a bunny who can paint and play a little piano. Scientific and observational facts are delivered in a conversational manner.
Animals possess an incredible potential for creativity and expression when they are given the right circumstances. Animals are friends too. Giving unconditionally has its own rewards. Kindness begets kindness. Empathy deepens connections. Challenges promote growth.
Positive Role Models
The humans who take care of these pets and share their lives with them exhibit a tremendous amount of love and a commitment to care for the animals.
Many of the pet owners featured in the narratives are White; there is a diverse representation of people shown interacting with pets throughout the documentary.
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Violence & Scariness
Some pets take risks with (or without) their owners. Mention of a pet that has died can be sad.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Hidden Lives of Pets is a docuseries that dives into the follies and abilities of household pets. A brief discussion of a beloved pet's death can trigger tears, but there are lots of cheery moments to enjoy. Some risk-taking pets and humans engage in perilous jumps and stunts, but nothing too scary in this family-oriented show.
Is It Any Good?
Perfect for family TV night, The Hidden Lives of Pets frontloads hours of conversation. How can you not talk about the bunny rabbit who's set a Guinness Book of World Records record for the most basketball slam dunks performed by a rabbit? Or the dog who BASE jumps off cliffs with his owner?
In an age where cat videos provide respite during a bad-news cycle, here's a show that features a selection of stories about real-life pets who do amazing things. Inspiring yet reassuring, this four-part series delves deeper into expert testimony without losing sight of the stars of the show -- the animals living in our homes, who enrich our lives with their cleverness, kindness, and quirks.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.