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‘Human Planet’ managed to showcase a huge range of human activities over the course of its eight episodes. For better or worse, there is no doubt that humans constantly leave their mark upon the world. From the tribes of the Amazon to the inhabitants of our greatest cities, the influence of mankind is visible in every corner of our planet.
When you get right down to it, humans are more or less like any other animal on Earth, albeit more robust social structures. ‘The Human Animal’ explores this concept in-depth, taking a look at humans and human behavior through the lense of zoology.
To be more precise, the documentary explores various parts of human culture such as language, social interactions, arts, and more.
Despite humankind’s unique characteristics, we are still nothing but a tiny part of Earth. After all, we share this planet with a myriad other species.
‘Earth: A New Wild’ illustrates how humans interact with the world around them. Dr. Sanjayan, the creator and host of the series, thinks that we cannot separate ourselves from our surroundings.
Everyday, even when we don’t realize it, we are at the mercy of thousands of different ecosystems working together in seemingly perfect harmony. Even though we constantly alter the natural balance of things, we can rarely avoid the consequences.
Professor Brian Cox takes an intimate look at humankind and the universe that surrounds us all. The series chronicles the course of humanity, starting from the origins of civilization and moving on to our journeys in space.
Like always, Brian Cox attempts to explain complex theories in simple terms; he uses a number of visual cues to help viewers understand some theories which are particularly hard to grasp.
Dallas Campbell journeys across the world to illustrate how humans have completely redesigned the planet over the course of a single generation. As our technology constantly evolves and our population grows, humans need to discover new ways to live.
‘Supersized Earth’ is a fantastic look at what makes the modern world tick and how humans always manage to create things with limited resources. However, the documentary merely glosses over the consequences of industrialization and focuses almost entirely on the positives of human ingenuity instead.
Though humanity is now scattered all over the Earth, it wasn’t always like that. The most widely accepted theory is that early humans migrated out of Africa and then spread across multiple regions. This documentary is based around that theory as it attempts to explain it in simple terms.
Each episode starts at a different continent. As presenter Alice Roberts explains the theories, we get to see some fantastic locations and various indigenous populations to demonstrate these theories.
TV series like ‘Human Planet’ allow us to understand that humans are far more similar to each other than we might think.
In order to drive that point home, this documentary usually look at Earth as a whole, focusing on multiple cultures and multiple people at the same time. This next documentary is another take on this format.
Each episode of this series focuses on specific people as we learn about their unique characteristics.
This documentary informs us about rare genetic conditions and it shows that people can do whatever they want as long as they put their minds to it.
Series like ‘Human Planet’ give us the perfect example of what it means to be part of this world, in one way or the other.
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