Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom (1963– )

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Host Marlin Perkins explores various animals in their natural habitats.

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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Famed zoologist and naturalist Marlin Perkins hosted "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom," an educational series centering on the lives of animals. Perkins was aided by fellow naturalists Jim Fowler and Stan Brock. Shows covered a diverse range of topics from the lives of specific animals, their survival in natural and man-made environmental conditions, their relationship with other animals (both friendly and predator) and people and issues centering on animal captivity. Many of the shows were filmed in the animals' natural habitat (frequently Africa and South America), though some clips originated from zoos. The show ran from 1963 to 1971 on NBC (first on Sunday afternoons and later in prime-time). Reruns were syndicated to local stations in the fall of 1971, interspersed with newly-produced shows that were produced until 1988. Fowler assumed the host's role in 1985, when Perkins' failing health forced his departure; Fowler was now assisted by Peter Eros. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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6 January 1963 (USA)  »

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Revived in the 2000s on the Animal Planet cable channel. See more »

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How Mutual of Omaha messed with our heads
28 April 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I grew up watching this in the 1960's and I enjoyed it but it always creeped me out because everything would be going along just fine, some pair of animals having babies and then following them growing up and playing and hunting etc. but then always right on Queue, some larger animal would come along and kill one or both of the parents and there would be Marlin Perkins, explaining how with the parents dead, the offspring would have to fend for themselves and would not survive long. Only years later did I understand that the show was totally sponsored by an insurance company and that was the whole idea! You get the family all together, watching a happy show and then you kill the parents and there's the poor kids left all alone in the world. How will they fend for themselves? By you buying Mutual Omaha Insurance of course.


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