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When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Animal sketch comedy is suggestive, has stereotypes.

TV ABC Reality TV 2021
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age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Zero education, unless you want your children to learn to use foul language.

I'm just so angry with these people. My kids wanted to watch a show that made animals seem funny. Too bad it's completely for adults. This world keeps using the excuse that "suggestive banter will go over kids heads". That is false, first, and second why do you have to go there? Why is this world obsessed with filling our kids minds with vulgarity and foul language? If you believe in this idea of "evolution" looks like you've all turned the corner and are starting to retrogress in my opinion. As for adults, it's too obnoxious for me to stand. Vulgarity is an easy way to attract people to watch your show when you have slopped a mess together and have done no work to provide anything even mildly entertaining or clever.
age 14+

Mildly funny, viewer beware.

The idea is great, I got a few laughs out before the beeped out cussing started to get to me. I realize the premise is an animal reality show, but my kids, 8 and 10, were shocked at the amount of unnecessary swear words that were beeped out. The show could be funnier if they didn't stoop to vulgar comedy tactics.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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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