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Human Planet 1 Season 2011

Season 1
4.8 out of 5 stars (49) IMDb 9.1/10

Human are the only animals that have adapted to life in every habitat on Earth. From oceans to jungles, to pole and deserts, Human Planet explores man's incredible ability to survive in the most extreme environments. Three years in the making, the series travels to the far-flung corners of the globe to illustrate the most diverse, original and often, never-before-seen stories of human existence.

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John Hurt

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1. Rivers: Friend and Foe

Rivers provide the essentials of life: fresh food and water. They enable us to live in almost every environment. But rivers are also capricious and can flood, freeze or disappear altogether. Join a Laotian fisherman who must walk a high wire strung above the raging Mekong River for an extraordinary commute to work. Meet the father who must take his two children on a 6-day trek down a frozen river.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: April 10, 2011
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2. Oceans: Into the Blue

As an air-breathing animal, the human is not built to survive in water. But people have found ways to live an almost aquatic life so they can exploit the sea's riches. From a 'shark-whispers; in the Pacific to Brazilian fishermen collaborating with the dolphins to catch mullet, this journey into the blue revels astonishing tales of ingenuity and bravery.

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3. Mountains: Life In Thin Air

Explore the extraordinary ways in which people survive at extreme altitudes where nature becomes unforgiving. In the Altai Mountains in Western Mongolia the locals forge an astonishing partnership with golden eagles that hunt for them. On the cliffs of the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia join a young boy must battle with determined gelada monkeys looking to raid his family's meager grain harvest.

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4. Arctic: Life in the Deep Freeze

The Arctic is the harshest environment on Earth, little food grows, its dark for months on end temperatures stay well below freezing for much of the year. Yet four million people manage to survive here. Human Planet tells remarkable stories of extraordinary people who make their homes in nature's deep freeze.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: April 17, 2011
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5. Grasslands: The Roots of Power

Grasslands feed the world. Over thousands of years, humans have learned to grow grains on the grasslands and successfully domesticate the creatures that live there. We walk with the Dorobo people of Kenya as they bravely attempt to scare off a pride of hungry lions from their freshly caught kill. We gallop across the Steppe with extraordinary Mongolian horsemen who were 'born in the saddle'.

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6. Jungles: People of the Trees

The rainforest is home to more species of plants and animals than any other habitat on Earth. For humans, life in the trees requires great skill and ingenuity. The Matis of Brazil carve blowpipes to hunt monkeys. In the Congo forest, Tete defies death by scaling a giant tree past an angry swarm of bees to collect honey. And in Brazil, join a unique flight searching for an un-contacted tribe.

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7. Deserts: Life in the Furnace

Water is the essential element of life, yet many millions of us live in parched desert around the world. From the Tubu women and children who navigate the endless dunes of the Sahara to the men rushing into Antogo Lake to catch the fish trapped as it evaporates, we discover how the eternal quest for water brings huge challenges - and ingenious solutions - in the driest places on Earth.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 49 minutes Release date: April 24, 2011
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8. Cities: Surviving the Urban Jungle

The final episode looks at the one environment that's been made by us for us - the city. Over half of the world's population now lives in the urban jungle. The city is built to keep untamed nature out - but nature can't be pushed away. From bed bugs sucking our blood at night to rats in our restaurants, many animals have adapted to a life with us.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: April 24, 2011
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Bonus: Featurette : The Zanskar Frozen River Adventure

This bonus feature, not broadcast on television, tells the behind the scenes story of our camera crew's dangerous 8 day trek to get their location and contributors. A real life expedition set in the remote Zanskar frozen river valley high in the mountains of Northern India. The film, shot in HD, will reveal the risks and challenges the camera crew face before they even start to film

TV-PG CC Runtime: 23 minutes Release date: April 10, 2011
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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Starring John Hurt
Season year 2011
Network BBC America
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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This is an excellent documentary series on how humans have managed to live successfully for thousands of years in a variety of biomes. The story line and photography are superb. If I couls give it six stars I would.
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We really enjoy this show. However make sure you grab the free preview. It's about 20 minutes long. I watched it first & that's when I decided I had to have the whole series. There is quite a bit in the preview that isn't shown in the episodes & it's quite entertaining. It amazes me some of the places humans decide to live. And what they go through on a daily basis just to do "everyday" sort of living. I think I will stick with my nice comfy home but hats off to those who decide to brave the planet!
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So far I've watched the Zanskar river journey (which was free), and the Jungle episode.

There were some interesting things in the Zanskar river journey, but on the whole it seemed a cheap knockoff of the quality of Planet Earth -- Peep Show goes to India.

Fortunately, I soldiered on to the Jungle episode. I'm glad I did, as it was simply amazing. I loved Planet Earth. The jungle episode was actually a notch better. Monkey hunting with blowdarts (the hunters' monkey calls were priceless), kids hunting tarantulas, a woman breastfeeding a monkey, images of uncontacted jungle peoples in Brazil, the guy who climes an extremely tall tree while being stung by swarming bees to get their honey...

I'll be watching more.
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By Ben on November 4, 2012
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These are really fascinating documentaries. I don't like the Amazon movie format but these documentaries are real eye-openers. In typical BBC style the camera work is incredible, although you sometimes get the impression you end up watching the same scene repeatedly from different improbable angles. The anthropology is somewhat shallow. We are introduced to families rather than cultures. But that probably has more popular appeal anyway.
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my grandmother loves watching nature documentaries. I bought her this set (in addition to some others) and she loves it. it has a very good overview of different kinds of cultures and how they live on planet earth. my grandma has watched it a few dozen times and still manages to find "new" things that she hasn't seen before on this series.
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I'm a big fan of the Planet Earth series, but I'd guess if you're reading this review you are as well. So naturally I was enthusiastic to see anything that would even closely resemble that remarkable accomplishment.

This series has some great cinematography and has many interesting scenes that are certainly worth viewing.

The only strange thing about this series is the disconnection between the music, narration and images. For example there is very dramatic and cinematic scoring at many inappropriate times in the series. The presence of this music is used to create tension while viewing the daily activities of indigenous peoples.

While these activities might be strange, or even appear extremely dangerous from an outside observer, they don't merit the soundtrack of a bad reality television show trying to create tension where none exist. The images captured by the cinematography team stand on their own. Adding music to image obviously can bring a level of complexity to images that may not have existed before, increasing depth to a visual work.

But the wrong music at the wrong time or place can really be distracting and this is certainly one of those cases.
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What an awesome series---reminded me of reading National Georgaphic magazine as a kid! Amazing scenery and animals, different cultures, and detailed stories that reveal the unique ways people have adapted to living in every environment. Each episode includes several vignettes with different people and also families spotlighted. My favorites were Mountain and River, but they were really all great.

This is a wonderful way to remind kids that not everyone in the world lives like we do in the USA. Children in the challenging environments shown are from a young age involved in family activities like hunting, farming, fishing, and everything else that contributes to successful living. My own "special snowflakes" were continually amazed at how capable, hardworking, and brave the kids in these environments were---plus, they get to do all kinds of dangerous stuff with their parents' approval!

I originally watched this with my subscription to a competing streaming service, check around online to find all your options for viewing this wonderful series.
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This series is amazing; my fiancée and I are studying archaeology and anthropology together and we have been looking for a series that blends environments and humanity. This series shows how people are resilient enough to live anywhere on earth and goes into depth about how the indigenous people live in these extreme conditions. All in all, it's an eye opening program that entertains and educates.
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