Night on Earth: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Night on Earth

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Episodes

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Air date: Jan 29, 2020
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Air date: Jan 29, 2020
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Air date: Jan 29, 2020
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Critic Reviews for Night on Earth Season 1

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

"Night on Earth" taps into one of the fundamental drives that's sustained this prolonged nature doc boom in the first place. It scratches the human need to be reminded that there is more left to discover.

Jan 29, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Thrilling, trippy, and if you'll pardon the word choice, illuminating, Night On Earth quickly proves that it's more than just a cool gimmick-but the gimmick is cool, all the same.

Jan 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Jammed with enough eerie and compelling cinematography to keep us watching.

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Audience Reviews for Night on Earth: Season 1

  • 2d ago
    You'd only be satisfied with "Night on Earth" if you didn't see the "Planet Earth" series that Sir David Attenborough narrated. While the cinematography is compelling, each line of narration on "Night on Earth" sounds like the last one. I'd rather listen to kindergarten teachers and mothers by their children's bedside tell stories, than to this dreary piece.
  • 5d ago
    Though I was initially excited to watch this program with all of its touted "new night camera technology", the voiceover narration is so annoying, so overdramatic, and so lacking in any believability-or likability-that the only way to watch this series is on MUTE. What a disappointment. And I've made multiple attempts to watch an episode all the way through, too, but the distraction of her pedantic, low-voiced, melodramatic-yet-boring narration, just overpowers the visuals. Too bad they didn't just go to Morgan Freeman. Or anyone else.
  • Feb 18, 2020
    Excellent visuals. A beautiful production. They captured some amazing stories that really made me appreciate the planet and all the little systems and struggles we never think about. I don't understand all the hate for the narration. I thought she did a fine job. Some people say she was too dry, some people say she was melodramatic. I found it perfectly appropriate.
  • Feb 17, 2020
    This documentary falls very far short of the stellar BBC series, Planet Earth. Perhaps the comparison is not fair, but then once the bar has been set, any others attempting the same genre must surely rise to the challenge or fail. The cinematography was fairly pedestrian and disconnected, even though, as we were constantly reminded as an audience, the film crew had access to the latest night vision camera technology. There is no sense that the footage has been gleaned as a result of some hardy individuals roughing it for a few weeks in tiny hideouts in the wild, but that instead it has come more readily as a result of the 'special' cameras. Compelling on-going stories in nature are thus lacking, and the depth is equally absent from the commentary which offers insights on the level of 'cheetahs really do hunt at night' and 'snow monkeys huddle to stay warm at night'. No kidding. The narration is the weakest aspect of this series. There is absolutely no sense of a knowledgeable naturalist behind the voice, and the attempts to inject drama or suspense come across as over dramatization or misapplied emphasis. This renders the series almost unwatchable, in my view, as I tend to think more about the poor and unconvincing narration than about the natural world on display. Avoid this series if you're expecting something on the level of Planet Earth, for you will be disappointed.
  • Feb 14, 2020
    I was so excited to watch this as I grew up listening to Sir David Attenborough Keither Sutherland and Victor Davis ... I watch other nature series from other countries .and narrated by female narrators. Nat Geo .. Discovery and I will say that Samira is HORRIBLE Her narration lacks Passion.. Interest .. Life She is reading and it comes over that way.. she lacks any interest in this world except perhaps to narrate it to receive a paycheck Sorry Netflix you made an interesting and beautiful documentary about the fascinating world of darkness in the animal kingdom dull with this choice of narrator. She should have done some research and develop some passion for these majestic animals. Blunt narration.. and trying too hard... I will watch the rest of the series in close caption... I wrote this after series 1.. I am that annoyed...
  • Feb 08, 2020
    Incredible photography. The episodes jumped around and didn't seem cohesive. And the narrator made it almost unwatchable. Her voice was melodramatic and annoying.
  • Feb 07, 2020
    Although I do agree with the others regarding the annoying narration, I still enjoyed this documentary purely for the visuals and trippy mood.
  • Feb 06, 2020
    Terrible narration. You can tell it's a voice actor with absolutely no passion or knowledge of the subject. Banal one liners. "A lion can kill a cheeta." - yeah thanks. Sir David Attenborough, where are you?
  • Feb 06, 2020
    The footage is very Nice, although i hear a lot about the narrator. I dont think her voice is bad to listen to but there is no depth and attraction in her voice. And after one time we know that it is filmed with the newest sort of camera
  • Feb 06, 2020
    I signed up purely to write this b/c it bugged me to the degree i had to see if it was just me. I devour nature documentaries as soon as i see a new one. This was going to be no different...I thought...a few minutes into the 1st episode the narrator completely took over my perception... she was ... well... she sounded out of sync with the visuals like she was blindly reading lines in a room with no view of the actual footage under duress or sleep deprivation. The "writing" is frankly bad (i swear the documentary team are "sniffing their own farts" here) made worse by the fact that she comes off as condescending, as if she is talking to adults like you would a small child. I thought, "ok, shes new, give it a bit, maybe it will come together." .... I'm three and a half episodes in and I now cant stand it when she talks... its horrible! It snaps me out of the scene, and the information or new theories about whats going on feels like its being absorbed, but under protest now. Its brutal. Its a like bad audio book. I don't care who she is or what she has done before.... this is not her calling! Sigourney Weaver was a thousand times better at this. Pony up for voice talent Netflix! Dont cheap out now!

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