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Teaches about the vast reaches of the universe. Somewhat U.S.-centric. Global warming and other environmental issues are discussed.
Violence & Scariness
Some episodes include brief scenes of natural disasters (San Francisco's 1989 earthquake, for example), though the footage isn't graphic. The narrator sometimes describes galactic activity as "violent," etc.
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The word "hell" (referring to a place) can be heard occasionally.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that some episodes of this fascinating, well-made educational series include brief footage of natural disasters (such as San Francisco's 1989 earthquake) when addressing how other planetary bodies interact with Earth. Some language tends toward the dramatic -- like describing the sun as "violent" -- which might worry very young or sensitive viewers. Issues like global warming and other environmental issues also come up occasionally, the implications of which could frighten some young kids.
Is It Any Good?
The combination of real-world examples and beautiful shots -- both real and computerized -- makes this good educational viewing. But that's not to say that most kids, teens, and even adults will want to spend their Saturday night plopped in front of the tube to watch it. At 60 minutes each, episodes of The Universe can get a bit lost in the details and sometimes seem to drag on a little too long to maintain the average viewer's interest. But anyone with a particular interest in the planets and the cosmos (or with a school project about space) will find it fascinating viewing.
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