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Series cast summary:
 Narrator (7 episodes, 2013)
 Narrator / ... (7 episodes, 2013)
Steve Backshall ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 2013)
 Himself (4 episodes, 2013)
Justine Evans ...
 Herself (4 episodes, 2013)
 Himself (4 episodes, 2013)
Chris Morgan ...
 Himself - Bear Guide (4 episodes, 2013)
Roman Dial ...
 Himself - Environmental Scientist (4 episodes, 2013)
Tao Berman ...
 Himself - Extreme Kayaker (4 episodes, 2013)
Sonny Bass ...
 Himself - Wildlife Biologist (4 episodes, 2013)
Lou Summerfield ...
 Himself - Facility Manager: Glacier NP (4 episodes, 2013)
Herb Ferguson ...
 Himself - Equipment Operator: Glacier NP (4 episodes, 2013)
Blase Reardon ...
 Himself - Avalanche Specialist: USGS (4 episodes, 2013)
Chris Lundy ...
 Himself - Avalanche Specialist: Glacier NP (4 episodes, 2013)
Kevin Norton ...
 Himself - Guest: Knight Inlet Lodge (4 episodes, 2013)
John Reid ...
 Himself - Owner: Knight Inlet Lodge (4 episodes, 2013)
Monte Meier ...
 Himself - World Class Racer (4 episodes, 2013)
Wendy Warborg ...
 Herself - Heli-Skier (4 episodes, 2013)
Hank Heasler ...
 Himself - Geologist: Yellowstone NP (4 episodes, 2013)
Carl Carlson ...
 Himself - Geologist (4 episodes, 2013)
Will Gaff ...
 Himself - Climber (4 episodes, 2013)
Jim Mead ...
 Himself - Geologist: Northern Arizona University (4 episodes, 2013)
Julie Munger ...
 Herself - Grand Canyon River Boarder (4 episodes, 2013)
Justin Anderson ...
 Himself - Producer (4 episodes, 2013)
Mark Brownlow ...
 Himself - Producer (4 episodes, 2013)
Adam Chapman ...
 Himself - Producer (4 episodes, 2013)
Huw Cordey ...
 Himself - Series Producer (4 episodes, 2013)
Alicia Decina ...
 Herself - Assistant Producer (4 episodes, 2013)
Mark Emery ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 2013)
Nick Guy ...
 Himself - Cameraman (4 episodes, 2013)
Peter Knamiller ...
 Himself - Field Assistant (4 episodes, 2013)
Nappy Neaman ...
 Himself - Goat Expert (4 episodes, 2013)
Stuart Robinson ...
 Himself - Hurricane Expert (4 episodes, 2013)
John Shier ...
 Himself - Cameraman (4 episodes, 2013)
Joe St. Onge ...
 Himself - Mountain Guide (4 episodes, 2013)
Paul Stewart ...
 Himself - Cameraman (4 episodes, 2013)
Gavin Thurston ...
 Himself - Cameraman (4 episodes, 2013)
Richard Wollocombe ...
 Himself - Underwater Cameraman (4 episodes, 2013)


Sweeping across some of the most diverse landscapes on the planet, North America takes viewers from the silent grandeur of lofty snowcapped peaks to fertile forests and dramatic windswept coasts. The continent's unique geography creates some of the most extreme weather on the planet. Wild animals living in these astonishing and sometimes brutal habitats must be fiercely resilient sharing that human spirit the continent is known for. From jaguars to spinner sharks, wolves that fish to wolverines high in the mountains, this is North America. Written by Discovery

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Tom Selleck's narration has ruined this.
30 September 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

From the first episode I found the narration of this series slightly irritating. Excuse my European point of view, but after watching numerous other nature series (mostly by David Attenborough) I was really disappointed with the level of ignorance and misplaced pseudo-nationalism here. Granted, officially the series is about North America as a continent and not about the USA as a country, but every time the narrator said " 'Murica..." I couldn't help but feel the narrator wanted to convey his pride of the U.S.A. 'Muricans are tough, and so are it's animals -- or something like that. I really felt disgusted how they managed to turn an otherwise beautiful nature series into what felt like right wing propaganda 101. How do you turn footage of a rodent gathering flowers to survive winter into a piece of right-wing propaganda? Watch "North America", and Tom Selleck will show you!

Halfway through the second episode I found myself thinking: seriously, if that guy is going to mention "only the strongest/toughest" one more time, I think I'm gonna break something.

After a quick Google search I found that the series is narrated by Tom Selleck, who in completely unrelated news is a right-wing NRA-member, and I found myself thinking: geee.... why the heck am I not surprised?

Not only do his cheesy one-liners give you an atmosphere of misplaced nationalism that really doesn't belong in a series about a subject so politically neutral as 'wildlife'; it is also filled with blatant lies. "Only the toughest survive." ...? and "Only the strongest deserve the right to call 'Murica HOME." ...? Apparently someone did an excellent job at misunderstanding how nature works, and raping Charles Darwin's "survival of the fittest" at the same time. For those of you who don't know: FYI, that is NOT what "survival of the fittest" means, or in any case not how modern day biologists would explain evolution or the way competition and survival in nature work. Not EVERYTHING in nature is about strength, toughness, physical power, or even absurd notions such as "courage".

Because the way the narrator 'personifies' animals with human character traits is another thing that started to irritate me more and more. Seriously, couldn't they have found a narrator who could bring a little more scientific neutrality into this? This kind of human projection on a 'tough' animal of your liking, is the kind of propaganda that would put the USSR to shame. The fact that the USA has chosen the bald eagle as it's symbol, does NOT mean that the bald eagle also chose America as it's home because it liked that particular country's "tough guy" image. But that is the kind of bullshit thing that you constantly get the feeling Tom Selleck wants to make you believe.

Newsflash: other countries in the world are ALSO home to supposedly 'tough' animals like mountain goats, eagles, bears, etc. But Tom Selleck wants you to believe that the 'magnificent' continent of North America is the only place where these "champions of nature" live, and so much as makes the claim that North America is the toughest natural environment on earth, which creates the toughest animals anywhere. While I think that claim is highly debatable, most of all I think: what a disgusting thing to turn a nature show into a schoolyard 'toughness' contest.

Instead of using nature to teach people as a species some humbleness, here it is used the opposite way and nature is abused as the supposed background that your imaginary god must have created to illustrate (North American) people's awesomeness? If you think I am exaggerating, watch two episodes of this series and see what you think of the commentary...

The imagery is beautiful, and the things you see are of course value- free; they are factual things that are actually happening in nature, simply captured on film for us to see. But the narrator does a perfect job of showing how a little narration can steer this value-free content into a certain direction. His narration forces you into a stunningly one-dimensional understanding of nature. And that may be the greatest flaw of all in this series that would otherwise be a beautiful and educational show.

So purely based on the stunning footage, I would give this show an 8 out of 10, but because of the way the narration ruins the entire thing, I really can't give it more than a 6. If you really want to learn something while you are looking at stunning imagery (instead of loosing 5 IQ points with every episode), I would recommend watching something from David Attenborough's huge oeuvre.

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