When you’re a kid, you may have wished for a treehouse in your backyard.
Builder Pete Nelson makes that wish come true for adults on his Animal Planet program, Treehouse Masters, (2013-2018). The show follows Pete and his team as they build treehouses for adults who want much more than a simple boxed frame treehouse.
I have to admit that although I am not a huge fan of this show, the treehouses are really cool. It takes whatever ideas a child might have about a treehouse and expands it in ways that only a creative mind could think of. Granted, it is still a reality show, but it does not have the mind-numbing effect that other reality shows have on the viewer.
The behind the scenes point of view is often (at least to my point of view) the most interesting and least mind numbing of the reality show sub-genres.
Last night, The Aquarium premiered on Animal Planet. An offshoot of The Zoo, The Aquarium goes behind the scenes of the running of the Georgia Aquarium. Each episode, the viewer is introduced to the animals that live in the aquarium, the staff that take care of the animals and the work that it takes to maintain the aquarium.
I like this show. It is not only entertaining, but it teaches about the importance of conservation without hitting the viewer over the head.
I recommend it.
The Aquarium airs on Sunday night at 8:00 on Animal Planet.
The show follows Drs. Ross and Ryan Henderson, who work at Fox Hollow Animal Hospital in Colorado with their father, who is also a veterinarian. The premise of the show is presenting not only the work life the show’s subjects, but also their home lives.
As reality shows go, Hanging with the Hendersons is fairly normal. It’s nothing new and different, but there are worse things to watch on a Friday night after a long week of work or school.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
Hanging with the Hendersons airs on Animal Planet on Fridays at 9pm.
One of the more medically dangerous things about the world that we live in is that there are tiny/microscopic creatures who can do major damage to our bodies.
The Animal Planet television program, Monsters Inside Me (2009-Present) tells the story of real individuals who are sick due to infections and parasites. It’s up their doctors to find the cause of their illness and diagnose them before it is too late. Using interviews with real life medical professionals and the person who has contracted the illness, computer generated footage of the cause of the illness and a retelling of the subject’s story using actors, Monsters Inside Me tells an almost scary tale of real life horrors.
Monsters Inside Me is one of those shows that despite the graphic nature of the program, it is addictive. There is a message in some episodes about simple preventative measures we can take (i.e putting on bug spray or wearing shoes when going into the backyard in the warmer months).
For those of us who do not have pets, we have a certain impression of what it is like to have a pet. But like many impressions, the reality is often different from the ideal.
The Animal Planet show, My Cat From Hell premiered in 2011. The star of the show is Jackson Galaxy, a renowned and respected cat expert. Every episode, Jackson visits two different cat owners who are having issues with their pets. The goal of each episode is to resolve the conflicts or behavior issues that are happening between the cats and their owners.
Unlike other reality shows, My Cat From Hell does not make me feel like I have lost brain cells by the end of the episode. It’s also an educational experience for the viewer, especially if they have a cat of their own.
For many, when choosing a pet, the easiest option is fish. Unlike other pets, these animals require less work than a dog or a cat. When the decision has been made to acquire fish as a pet, the first option is the local pet store.
Tanked (2011-present) takes the idea of the store-bought fish tank and explodes the idea of what it can be. Brett Raymer & Wayde King are the owners of Acrylic Tanks Manufacturing or ATM. Every episode, their staff creates unique fish tanks for their wealthy and famous clientele. Along the way, there are hiccups, but somehow, by the time credits roll, the fish tank is completed and the owners are blown away by the new edition to their home or office.
Tanked is one of those reality shows that does not feel like a brain drain. There is almost a will they or won’t they feelings about the show, especially considering the extravagant tanks and how time-consuming it is to create them.
When an overall societal change is required, the first step is the opening of minds.
In 2009, Pit Bulls and Parolees premiered on Animal Planet. The focus of the show is the Villalobos Rescue Center. The owner of the shelter, Tia Torres employs those who are newly released from jail and shelters Pit Bulls until they can be adopted into loving and hopefully forever homes. The focus of every episode is two potential adopters and the dogs they will be bringing into their home. Some of the episodes also tell the story of the dogs that have been rescued and nursed back to health.
This show can break your heart and heal it in one 60 minute episode. It’s heart breaking when a dog is found abused, starving or left to fend for themselves. It’s also heartwarming to watch the dogs adopted and hoping that their owners will love them as much as the audience wants them to. I’m not a pet person, but this show makes me feel warm and fuzzy toward our four-legged friends.
The premise of the show is as follows: Cornel’s World is a company that specializes in making custom-made terrariums. Each episode, they create made to order terrariums for customers who want to show love to their scaled babies.
I enjoyed Scaled. I enjoyed it because of the challenge of creating a terrarium to fit the unique needs of the animal(s) that live in it. It also has an undercurrent of education as the audience member learns something about the animal(s) whose new home is being built.