I grew up watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and Jaques Cousteau explore the oceans. I also loved those Disney nature movies we would get to watch at school when it was raining outside.
It’s tough these days to come up with shows like these classics that the whole family can enjoy together. When we choose a show for a family movie night it invariably pleases one sex (ie princess or super hero) more than another.
We have missed having options like Wild Kingdom to watch with our kids so we have been thrilled by the new Discovery Channel series “Life,” narrated by Oprah Winfrey.
While Oprah’s voice is pleasing and serene, it’s really the amazing, never-before-seen footage of animals in their natural habitats that we find so compelling. We’ve watched pelicans fly and steal other baby birds to eat because overfishing has depleted their natural prey. We have watched birds decorate their nests with colorful flowers to attract mates and we’ve also seen cheetahs working together to take down on ostrich.
The scenes are never too gory or scary. And the children are learning so much about ecosystems and the animals’ abilities to adapt to their worlds.
They are also learning about the birds and bees (figuratively). I sort of cringe up when every time an animal goes to mount another but I guess it’s the most natural way to introduce the kids to sex.
The show is running in 11 parts and is re-running the earlier segments at different times through the week. Here is the schedule of what will run and what did run so you can try to DVR it all. It has been a wonderful family experience for us.
|March 21, 8PM e/p||Challenges of Life|
|March 21, 9PM e/p||Reptiles and Amphibians|
|March 28, 8PM e/p||Mammals|
|March 28, 9PM e/p||Fish|
|April 4, 8PM e/p||Birds|
|April 4, 9PM e/p||Creatures of the Deep|
|April 11, 8PM e/p||Hunters and Hunted|
|April 11, 9PM e/p||Insects|
|April 18, 8PM e/p||Plants|
|April 18, 9PM e/p||Primates|
|April 18, 10PM e/p||Making of Life|
Have you caught any of the series “Life”? What do you think of it? Did you grow up enjoying the old nature shows? Would you like more of this type of programming for your family?
What other shows are great to share with the whole family?