Dynasties: Season 1 Reviews

February 19, 2020
I miss being visually dazzled, but fireworks don't throw off the kind of heat and warmth that radiates from within Dynasties.
March 8, 2019
This story of the embattled Emperor penguins had more treacherous cliffhangers than a Game of Thrones White Walkers' march to the Wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 14, 2019
Visually stunning docu about struggling animal families.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 22, 2019
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.
January 19, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
January 17, 2019
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.
January 16, 2019
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.
November 27, 2018
Dynasties just goes on impressing until the world runs out of adjectives. The emperor penguin show was elegiac, majestic and tragic in equal measure.
November 26, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 26, 2018
Anyone still needing to amplify their sense of an uncaring universe should have checked in with Dynasties.
November 21, 2018
Dynasties (BBC1) did something different: it made us forget we were watching animals at all.
November 19, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 19, 2018
It has become virtually impossible to see any wild animal, right down to a mouse or spider, without imagining Attenborough's soft tones telling us about it. His outer monologue has become our inner monologue.
November 19, 2018
The last ten minutes looked at the crew who had spent two years filming the chimpanzees...It's a smart move, the kind of thing one would expect from a David (Attenborough and ape).
November 19, 2018
It was visually stunning, like I said, but even though it is impossible not to see ourselves in chimps, it also felt too anthropomorphic as well as manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2018
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
November 14, 2018
Oh good, another David Attenborough series. The critic's nemesis. If you are reading this in expectation of the longed-for hot Dave takedown, you will be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5