A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It suggests that animals and humans have a lot in common, but most of the series is designed to make the animals seem more human. Some of the human representations are stereotypical.
Violence & Scariness
Animals occasionally threaten each other. They sometimes slip or fall down. Animal chases are visible, but the show doesn't focus on hunting or survival.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong suggestive language, ranging from references to being sexy to comments that will go over the heads of younger viewers.
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Words like "hell" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
There are references to YouTube, Siri, and social media.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
On occasion comments are made about drinking beer and other beverages.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren is an animal-centered reality series that gives human voices to the wildlife featured in a range of different videos. There's some suggestive banter (much of which will go over young kids' heads), mild arguing and threats, and occasional references to drinking. Animals sometimes fall or bump into things. There are references to platforms like YouTube and products like Siri. On occasion the personality traits assigned to the animals subtly reflect common media stereotypes,
Is It Any Good?
The lighthearted series is a nature-themed show that anthropomorphizes animals (i.e., gives them human traits) by giving them human voices and humorous lines. Each scene, which ranges from a monkey trying to make home repairs on his own (much to the chagrin of his wife and kids), to a group of Japanese squirrels starring in their own Real Housewives series, is presented as a self-contained comedy skit featuring animals sounding like human caricatures. Helen Mirren's narration is sometimes infused with dry side commentary, but it is so elegantly presented that it juxtaposes with the odd, silly, or suggestive conversations taking place. It's not the wittiest of shows, and it won't teach you a lot about nature, but if you're looking for something that's mildly amusing, When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren will fit the bill.
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