The Really Wild Show
By KJ Dell Antonia,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Quick-hit nature show is great for kids.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teaches kids about animals and other cultures.
Violence & Scariness
Animals may hunt one another.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Animal mating behavior may be discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this program might be slightly confusing for young viewers who haven't watched before, since it changes topics and hosts at every commercial break, with little resolution or warning.
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What's the Story?
In THE REALLY WILD SHOW, each episode is broken up into three or four segments, following three hosts as they travel in different countries, observing and sometimes trying out the lives of the native fauna. Some episodes feature a family living on a nature preserve in Africa, where the three home-schooled, nature-mad kids help their parents work with the animals on the preserve.
Is It Any Good?
With little objectionable content and lots of interesting info about animals, The Really Wild Show makes for good family viewing. Kids will enjoy watching other children whose lives are so different from their own. This show proves, once again, that when it comes to original educational/reality programming, the BBC just plain does it better than anyone else (in the US, the show airs on Animal Planet).
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the activities of the host, who may be experiencing what it's like to be a cheetah and feel the wind on your face as you move that quickly, or testing the diet of a monkey. Some episodes feature a family with three young children living on a nature preserve. Would you like to live like that and work that closely with animals? Which kind of animal would you like most to work with? What would it be like to live so far away from any town?
- Premiere date: January 21, 1986
- Cast: Eils Hewitt, Michaela Strachan, Steve Backshall
- Network: Animal Planet
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- TV rating: TV-G
- Last updated: October 16, 2020
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