When we are children, going to the Zoo is a good day out.
The Zoo has been part of the Animal Planet lineup since 2016. This reality series follows the staff of the Bronx Zoo in New York City as they take care of the thousands of animals under their care.
I love this series. Though it is a reality show, it is the type of program that the audience will learn from instead of having their brains fried. The staff clearly love their job, treating the animals as if they were a common house pet instead wild animals who are under their protection. I also love that they talk about climate change and animal conservation in a way that is palatable and educational without the audience being aware of the lesson they are learning.
There is no love like the love of a pet parent for their furry or scaly companion.
The Vet Life has been on the Animal Planet schedule since 2016. The series follows veterinarians Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Aubrey Ross, and Dr. Michael Lavigne as they balance work life in a busy animal hospital and their personal lives.
I really like this show. Though it is a reality show, it is neither mind numbing or salacious. It is I believe, one of the better shows within the genre to watch.
For centuries, humans have made up stories of mythical creatures found in the oceans. Though we live in the 21st century in which science and logic tell us otherwise, there are still stories of what could be swimming beneath the waves.
River Monsters aired on Animal Planet from 2009-2017. The show follows angler and biologist Jeremy Wade as he investigates stories of creatures who existence has been whispered about, but never fully confirmed.
This is not my favorite show on the Animal Planet schedule. However, it is an interesting program. Utilizing both science and the myths, he tells a story in a way that is down to earth and recognizes the ecological importance of the animal to its environment.
I think it goes without saying that babies, whether human or animals are generally viewed as adorable.
The Animal Planet series, Too Cute (2011-2014), told the story of the first few weeks of an animal’s life. Focusing on three different animals (usually cats or dogs), the show follows the specific animal from the age of eight weeks to twelve weeks.
The title of this program is nothing put perfect. Watching these puppies and kittens grow from newborns to active young animals is nothing short of inspiring and to borrow a from the title of the show, too cute. This is one of those programs that when I am feeling down, always manages go pick me up.
For some, having your standard square shaped pool on their property is just fine. But for others, they want a little more when it comes to their pool. That is where Lucas Lagoons comes in.
Since 2015, the crew at Lucas Lagoons has been creating fantastic pools for their clients on the Animal Planet show Insane Pools. This reality program follows Lucas Congdon and his staff as they meet with clients and create the pools of their client’s dreams.
This show is an interesting one for me. As a writer and a human being, I’ve always been curious about the creative process for any artist. Creating these pools requires a certain amount of artistry and talent. It’s not just digging a hole in the ground, filling it with cement and then filling it with water. It takes a creative mind to create the kinds of pools that will wow clients and keep them swimming in their pools for years to come.
Taking your pet to the veterinarian is akin to taking your child to the pediatrician. It it sometimes not easy and may force you to make a difficult decision.
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet has been on the Animal Planet schedule since 2015. The shows follows the professional life of Dr. Jeff Young and his staff as they treat their furry and scaly patients in their Colorado Veterinarian office.
Warning: the video shows graphic imagery of surgery. Watch at your own risk if you are squeamish.
I like this program. Though it has not be confirmed if it has been renewed for another season, it is an interesting look at a professional world that few of us have an window on.
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).
This hobby blog is dedicated to movie nerdom, nostalgia, and the occasional escape. In the late 90s, I worked at Blockbuster Video where they let me take home two free movies a day. I caught up on the classics and wrote movie reviews for Denver 'burbs newspapers and magazines. Today, I continue to revisit the old and discover the new on the screen. Comments and dialogue are highly encouraged. This year, I'm excited to collaborate with other writers via SLICETHELIFE in which we will share our movie genre favorites in our 2021 Movie Draft!