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Frozen Planet

2011-2012
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 9
User ratings: 21,341
Average rating: 8.9

Documentary

Focuses on life and the environment in both the Arctic and Antarctic.

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Season 1

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S01E01
To the Ends of the Earth
2012-03-18
At the North Pole, the sun returns after six months of darkness.
User ratings: 629
Average rating: 6.2
S01E02
Spring
2012-03-18
Spring has arrived in the polar regions and male Adélie penguins arrive in Antarctica to build nests. In the Arctic, a polar bear mother hunts with her cubs. A woolly bear caterpillar emerges having spent the whole of the winter frozen solid.
User ratings: 567
Average rating: 5.9
S01E03
Summer
2012-03-25
In Summer, the non-stop sunlight fires an unrelenting thaw, transforming much of the polar regions into fertile land and open sea, while immense masses of melted sweet water pour into the oceans. Many species profit from the relatively benign conditions to mate, breed and raise their young. However for some, such as ice-bears, the lack of ice also causes major troubles in foraging and just moving around.
User ratings: 522
Average rating: 5.6
S01E04
Autumn
2011-11-16
After non-stop summer months, the polar regions have expanded maximally, abundant food turns even the bears sociable. However the shortening of days soon starts reversing the process as frost expands the ice again. So many seasonal migrations turn too, mainly leaving for warmer regions. A stunning exception are the 'giant' emperor penguins, who arrive to mate, lay and raise their eggs in heroic defiance of the planet's harshest conditions.
User ratings: 489
Average rating: 5.5
S01E05
Winter
2012-04-01
The polar struggle to survive is even harder in winter, missing a single rare prey can be lethal. Well-adapted anatomy is crucial, but also tricks such as isolation with snow or preys' fur. The Antarctic is nearly deserted, except for seals and emperor penguins, even the slightly milder Artic is left by most species, failing to do so is a gamble which can exterminate entire populations.
User ratings: 501
Average rating: 5.6
S01E06
The Last Frontier
2012-04-15
The polar regions are earth's least hospitable environment, yet people live in the Arctic regions. Modern urbanized life is possibly even there thanks to technology, but some (often tribal) communities still practice traditional methods, dependent on specific fauna, such as reindeer herding, dog sleds, hunting seals and collecting bird eggs. Some of those are even used by modern patrols in mineral-rich parts, e.g. in Greenland. The even harsher Antartic, were territorial claims are frozen, remains off-limits for exploitation, except controlled eco-friendly tourism and scientific research.
User ratings: 472
Average rating: 5.5
S01E07
On Thin Ice
2012-04-15
David Attenborough reveals how scientists measure the changes in the polar regions and what they mean for the animals and people who live there, as well as for the whole planet.
User ratings: 447
Average rating: 5.2
S01E08
The Epic Journey
2011-12-28
The harsh lives of polar species, like the Antarctic penguin and the Arctic polar bear, as the seasons turn and climatic change exacts a growing toll.
User ratings: 364
Average rating: 4.5
S01E09
Science at the End of the Earth
2012-04-08
During the filming of Frozen Planet, the team got unprecedented access to film the story of the South Pole Station - the most extreme and remote scientific research base on earth. This film traces the history of the base, which began unwittingly with early explorers like Scott and Amundsen and their quest to be the first humans to reach the South Pole, dragging tools and supplies behind them. Today, modern scientists have access to much more hi-tech instruments and we meet a team working on one of the most extreme scientific projects on earth.
User ratings: 318
Average rating: 4.0
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