Earth Odyssey

Ages: 13 - 16Producer: Litton Entertainment Rating: TV G - General Audience

Host Dylan Dreyer, meteorologist on NBC’s Today show, narrates this informative series that does exactly what the title says — travels the world seeking out interesting stories in exotic locations. (A previous version of the show was called Journey with Dylan Dreyer.)

You might find Dreyer wearing a wet suit and in a tank in a Myrtle Beach aquarium surrounded by rays or she might just be standing on set. Either way, she introduces a new destination to viewers, pointing out unusual people, places and animals. It’s a good way to learn about other cultures and other environments. The goal, according to NBC, is to give “audiences a captivating look at the symbiosis between all living things, in the most larger-than life places on Earth.”

In one segment, for example, Dreyer narrates stunning footage of Tibetan Macaques in China’s lowlands. Later she explains that snub-nosed monkeys were thought to be villains by local villagers because of their upright nature. And in another segment, we see eerie, foggy footage of cormorants helping a fisherman catch fish. The fisherman ties a piece of string around a bird’s neck so it can’t swallow the fish, but instead gulps it down and then spits it back out. It’s strange. In a sweeter segment, Asian elephants are shown to be the “gardeners” of the tropical landscape in China’s forest as they much and tramp their way through the bush. Beautiful scenes, engaging backstories, and an amiable host make the show a mesmerizing delight.


Ann Oldenburg ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.