Untamed and Uncut

Common Sense Media says

Animal encounter show is violent and exploitative.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series is more sensational than educational, but it does offer some explanations about animal behavior and the various ways that people have managed to survive attacks.


Includes real video footage of animals chasing, biting, stomping, kicking, and holding humans down. Victims can sometimes be heard screaming. Open/bloody wounds, scars, and other injuries are sometimes visible.

Not applicable

Frightened bystanders let slip with the occasional "hell" or "damn."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this intense series features videos of violent encounters between animals and people. Its primary focus is sensationalizing both the animals' aggressive behavior and their victims' efforts to survive the attack by replaying (sometimes in slow motion) the actual moments when people were grabbed, bitten, stomped, etc. Viewers will hear screams from victims and frightened bystanders, and bloody wounds are sometimes visible. It's all probably a bit too much for younger and/or more sensitive viewers.

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What's the story?

In UNTAMED AND UNCUT, viewers watch as seemingly peaceful contact between people and animals suddenly goes terribly wrong -- from a person being angrily stomped on by a zoo elephant to someone getting violently kicked by a carriage horse. Each real-life encounter is described in great detail via interviews with animal experts, survivors, and the people who unexpectedly found themselves filming these scary events. Computer-animated graphics help recreate the encounters and demonstrate how the victim somehow managed to survive. When possible, explanations are offered about the animals' reactions toward the people they attacked.

Is it any good?


Untamed and Uncut reminds viewers that no matter how tame or domesticated animals seem, they can still instinctively react negatively toward humans. Many of the encounters highlighted here aren't random at all, but are rather the result of people not recognizing or paying attention to the animals' signals. And, of course, there are moments when animals go completely berserk thanks to some really dumb human behavior -- like climbing walls and/or purposely disturbing animals in order to take a great picture.

While the show does offer a few interesting details about animal behavior, overall the series is more exploitative than informative. Scenes of the actual moments in which people are violently attacked are replayed several times and are even shown in slow motion to demonstrate how violent the attack really was. The sounds of screaming victims and frightened bystanders add to the drama. Some viewers may find these scenes exciting to watch, but it's just a little too sensational for younger or more sensitive audiences.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it's OK for the media to use violent and/or scary events to entertain audiences. Is it appropriate to show people getting attacked or hurt by animals (or humans), even if the victims survived the encounter? What kind of messages about animals do shows like this one send? Families can also discuss animal behavior. Why is it important to understand animals' behavior? How do animals defend themselves and their territories? Why do domesticated animals like dogs and horses sometimes behave violently? Should people have wild animals as pets?

TV details

Cast:Charlie Sammut, George Burgess, Scott Lope
Network:Animal Planet
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written bytiem230 July 24, 2009


This is worst freaking show i've ever laid my eyes on. It pissed me off so bad it forced me to write this review. The thing about this show that pisses me off the most is that they stretch the show on so long! They repeat the clip like 50 times before you can even see what happens! And then when they put the witnesses on the show, they don't give you ANY background information! ALL THEY DO IS REPEAT WHAT HAPPENED AS SLOWLY AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN! THEY JUST KEEP REPEATING AND REPEATING EVERYTHING FOR TWO COMMERCIAL BREAKS AND THEN THEY TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED! AND IF ANYTHING IT IS NOT VIOLENT ENOUGH BECAUSE IN THE END EVERYBODY ENDS UP LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED TO THEM! BY THE TIME THE ONE HOUR SHOW ENDS THEY HAVE ONLY COVERED LIKE THREE TOPICS BECAUSE THEY STRETCH EACH TOPIC ON FOR TWENTY MINUTES! I BET IF I EDITED THE SHOW, I COULD MAKE THE SHOW BE THIRTY MINUTES LONG AND COVER ALL OF THE TOPICS WITHOUT PISSING PEOPLE OFF! DON'T EVER WATCH THIS SHOW, IT WILL PISS YOU OFF!
Teen, 16 years old Written bylullabywallaby April 6, 2014

This show is horrible

It's unfit for really anyone to watch. It's rude and crude and nobody should be exposed to this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old July 15, 2011

Please Commonsense

Wow i love this show!!! Commensense y'all are really stupid its FINE!! I LOVE Animal Planet!! This deserves at least 4 stars!!! I used to HATE blood and violence and i would start to feel sick if there was any now I don't mind it and actually kinda like it. It's rated Tv 14 but it's totally FINE i haven't seen hardly any blood should be rated Tv Pg. Most kids my age wouldn't like it, but i'm different than most kids my age. So i LUV this its Da Bomb!!!!!


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