Dynasties: Season 1 (2018)


Critic Consensus: Dynasties delivers all the Attenborough goods - stunning visuals, captivating voiceover, and apt anthropomorphism.


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Viewers of a philosophical bent will have found much to ponder in how strikingly narrow the gap between a great deal of chimpanzee and human behaviour seems to be.

Nov 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A series that dumbs down both animal society and our own. Animal stories are at their best when they reveal our shared emotional experience, but they must also touch on the ways those emotions are manipulated

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

This story of the embattled Emperor penguins had more treacherous cliffhangers than a Game of Thrones White Walkers' march to the Wall.

Mar 8, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Visually stunning docu about struggling animal families.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The BBC's newest docuseries, the five-episode Dynasties, is yet another beautiful addition to an already extensive library, but it's also another species of nature documentary.

Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: 90/100 | Full Review…

Cleverly focusing on the ruling family unit as it exists in nature, the show's twist on the natural history genre makes Dynasties as gripping as any human royal drama, fictional or otherwise.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

It's as dramatic as anything you'll see in the scripted world, except that it's real and that makes it more heartbreaking, thrilling and astonishing as it unfolds.

Jan 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Wavering is the ability of several species to survive, as the perpetually passionate David Attenborough hosted Dynasties makes very clear in its five-part series.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Dynasties just goes on impressing until the world runs out of adjectives. The emperor penguin show was elegiac, majestic and tragic in equal measure.

Nov 27, 2018 | Full Review…

There were heavenly bits too. Charm, the absolute legend of a wise, can-do lioness, kept her pride together brilliantly (mostly) and gave birth to two miaowing cubs that were cuteness itself.

Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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