Critter Quest

2009 TV-Y7 1h 20m DVD

Critter Quest

2009 TV-Y7 1h 20m DVD
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Go on safari in your own backyard with three episodes of this fun and informative children's program from the Smithsonian Channel. Host Peter Schriemer helps viewers learn where to find common insects and animals. Then, he reveals fascinating facts about each critter, including click beetles, gray tree frogs, walking sticks and jumping spiders. Schriemer also discusses various creatures' habits, including migration and hibernation.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-Y7 - This program is designed for children age 7 and above.
age 5+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 5+
age 5+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that since this show is about backyard nature, there are lots of bugs and other critters, including a spider that bites (but the host doesn't not touch it and explains that you don't want to, either), slimy slugs, and some that like to eat their fellow bugs for lunch. The host makes sure to tell young viewers not to dig except where their parents don't mind, but an excited and curious young one could easily forget that word of warning. But overall this enaging educational series is perfectly age-appropriate for kid viewers.

Sexual Content

Mention of mating (one bug even gets to do its mating dance), but there's no explanation of what mating is, and the concept is only presented in the vaguest terms.


Fairly frequent mentions of predators and what critters do to avoid ending up as another critter's lunch; the odd shot or two of a bug grabbing another for a meal.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The show does a great job encouraging curiosity about the world around us (though some parents might not agree with Schriemer's suggestions to take some of nature inside...). Close ups of some bugs -- and slime -- might not be embraced by particularly squeamish or easily frightened preschoolers, but the critters are presented as more interesting than scary overall.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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