Night on Earth: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
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Episodes

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

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

"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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Night on Earth has an invaluable asset in Samira Wiley, who provides a kind of liquid narration and is a refreshing alternative to Peter Coyote, David Attenborough and other mainstays of documentary voiceover.

Mar 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Eye-opening television.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

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…

Even the way the camera pans away or strategically blocks the scene when one animal kills another animal feels disingenuous to the purpose of the show, equating the sight of a lion eating a wildebeest to human-on-human violence.

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

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

Jan 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Night on Earth: Season 1

  • Jun 01, 2020
    It's not the worst nature doc you'll see, but it's not far off. There's just not a lot of attention to detail, acknowledging animals while not identifying them is a nature doc no no.
  • May 12, 2020
    Amazing documentary i must say.
  • Apr 01, 2020
    Weak wilderness drama. Missing emotional appeal.
  • Mar 08, 2020
    The narration is horrible and makes an otherwise good nature documentary series almost unwatchable. This opinion is shared not only by my wife and me, but also by others I know who have watched the series - or part of it.
  • Feb 28, 2020
    Are you stupid? Why are you rating this masterpiece so bad? This documentation is so glorious and splendid! Fantastic recordings - breathtaking! And also the Narrator - Samira Wiley made a great job! David Attenborough is not the only human being who can talk a documentation!
  • Feb 24, 2020
    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.
  • Feb 21, 2020
    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...

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