Your Worst Animal Nightmares

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bloody animal survival stories are too sensational for kids.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Animals are never blamed for attacking people and scientific explanations are offered for their behavior, but the show’s real focus is on sensationalizing the attacks and showing how people survived.


The reenactments are explicit and graphic. People are shown being chased, attacked, bitten, and eaten alive by wild animals. Blood is shown spurting from gaping wounds caused by animal attacks or by accidental injuries, and victims are shown screaming in fear or pain. Computer graphics during the opening of the show feature blood spatters. Occasional archival footage of people shooting animals is shown.


Nothing sexual. At least one victim is shown taking off her shirt (so she can use it as a tourniquet on her bleeding leg) and wandering in a sports bra.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series -- which features dramatic reenactments of violent animal encounters -- is much too intense for young kids. Victims are shown being chased and bitten by wild animals and are often seen screaming in terror or in pain. Expect lots of bloody, gaping wounds, as well as some victims shown close to death as a result of their injuries. While the animals are never blamed for defending their territory, the show leans more toward sensationalizing the attacks than explaining them scientifically.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydrama fan November 29, 2009

not for young kids

i tried watching this with my 10 year old daughter but it was way to scary for her so scary we had to turn it off. There is lots of vilonce and suspence but not... Continue reading
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bylove2 September 24, 2009

cool show!

very vilont and very scary but it's still an awsome show!
Kid, 10 years old September 21, 2010

cant wait to see it...we get animal planet...hd too :D it said explicit reenactments but ill see about that

sounds violent BUT AWESOME LOL...never seen it but it sounds cool. the main review really helped me decide...main review meaning the one at the top of the page.... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2009


The show is perfect for older tweens and young and old teens who love a good scare ANIMAL STYLE. Based on true stories these scary stories will send chills up e... Continue reading

What's the story?

YOUR WORST ANIMAL NIGHTMARES reenacts the true stories of people who survived violent encounters with some of the world's deadliest animals. Using interviews with survivors and witnesses, archival news footage, and lots of graphic imagery, each narrative offers an account of the events that brought victims face to face with predators like crocodiles, venomous snakes, and great white sharks. Dramatized scenes demonstrate how the attack happened and show how each person was able to escape. Throughout it all, animal specialists offer scientific reasons behind the animals' behavior and point out some of the ways that people may have inadvertently turned themselves into prey.

Is it any good?

The show is pretty violent, with frequent scenes of people being chased, attacked, bitten, and/or eaten alive. Victims (many of whom are the actual attack survivors) are shown screaming in fear and pain, throwing up, and having other panicked reactions. Some of these moments are replayed several times in a single segment in order to make the story even more shocking.

The animals aren't blamed for their behavior, but younger and/or sensitive viewers may find the sensational way that the stories are told to be too scary and/or overwhelming to appreciate the scientific information and animal trivia that accompany the reenactments. As a result, the show misses the mark as an educational tool even as it sends a frightening warning about what can happen when humans violate an animal's space.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how shows like this impact the way that people think about and treat wild animals. Do you think showing people being chased and/or injured by animals is educational or exploitative? Families can also discuss what causes wild animals to attack humans to begin with. Are they hungry? Fearful? Curious? What kinds of things should people avoid doing in wild creatures' territory?

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