Last updated on August 4, 2019
Scott D. Pierce: ‘Serengeti’ is a gorgeous wildlife soap opera. Which is weird.
The Discovery Channel’s “Serengeti” is filled with spectacular footage of African animals, filmed over two years in the wild. It is not, however, a documentary. It’s more like a six-part animal soap opera. Seriously. And you don’t have to take my word for it: “It’s not a documentary,” said director and producer John Downer — although he doesn’t exactly admit that it’s a soap. “We’re faithful to the animals’ behavior, and the animals’ behavior informs the storyline,” he said “It was a messy, complicated film because we wanted to tell it not like a normal natural history film.” It is, instead, a dramatic reality show with animal actors. Scott D. Pierce: ‘Serengeti’ is a gorgeous wildlife soap opera. Which is weird.