The Open Road with Dr. Chris

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Aussie vet charms, explores world in family-friendly series.

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Educational Value

Brief details about countries, culture, and natural phenomena offered. 

Positive Messages

Traveling and experiencing new things is exciting, fun. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dr. Chris is respectful of all the places he goes to. 

Violence & Scariness

Some outdoor activities pose potential dangers, but activities are supervised at all times. 

Sexy Stuff

Dr. Chris sometimes takes his shirt off. 


Activewear logos like O'Neill sometimes prominently visible.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Open Road with Dr. Chris is a family-friendly travel show hosted by a charming veterinarian. It features some activities like waterfall jumping and interacting with wild animals that are potentially dangerous, but these events are supervised and monitored by experts. The host is sometimes seen shirtless during activities, but there's nothing to worry about. This is a fun series for both animal and travel lovers to enjoy. 

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What's the story?

THE OPEN ROAD WITH DR. CHRIS is a reality series starring Dr. Chris Brown, an Australian veterinarian who travels around the world to go on eco- and urban adventures, learn about local cultures, and look at exciting animals. From waterfall jumping in Tanzania and chasing the aurora australis (southern lights) in southern Australia, to visiting a special wolf pack in Canada, Dr. Chris uses the opportunity to share what he learns with audiences along the way. 

Is it any good?

This fun and colorful host-centered reality series showcases the world's most interesting phenomena. Some destinations are quite well-known, but Dr. Chris manages to find interesting but lesser-known attractions to highlight. However, the real fun comes when he explores more remote locations, many of which are located in his home country of Australia.  

There are some teachable moments, including trivia quizzes offered during each episode. But The Open Road is mostly about highlighting the environmental wonders and interesting people and customs of the places visited. It's certainly family-friendly, and may even get you thinking about your next vacation. 

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  • Families can talk about the destinations Dr. Chris visits. Are there places featured that you'd like to visit? Did you learn anything new about places you've already been?

  • Travel shows like The Open Road with Dr. Chris highlight particular aspects of a country or culture. How do these shows teach viewers about these destinations? How is seeing a place different from reading about it? 

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