Super Cats

Season 1
 (42)
2018TV-PG
Stalking in the shadows, prowling almost every continent, cats are one of the world’s most diverse and successful predators. Filmed over 600 days in 14 countries and featuring 31 species of cat, this groundbreaking three-part miniseries uncovers the secret lives of wild cats and introduces behaviors captured on film for the first time, using the latest camera technology and scientific research.
Starring
F. Murray Abraham
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Extreme Lives
    October 24 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Meet the planet’s ultimate cats. Cheetahs are renowned as the fastest animal on land, but the latest scientific research suggests that speed isn’t actually their greatest weapon. In Sri Lanka, a tiny rusty spotted cat explores his forest home. The Canada lynx lives farther north than any cat, relying on snowshoe hares to survive the bitterly cold winters.
  2. 2. Cats in Every Corner
    October 31 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Discover how cats have conquered the world, thriving in almost every landscape on Earth. In the wetlands of Asia, fishing cats have adapted to an aquatic lifestyle. High in the forest of Central America, a female margay leaps from tree to tree, slow-motion footage revealing her acrobatic skills.
  3. 3. Science and Secrets
    November 7 2018
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Scientists are studying cats in greater detail than ever before. New approaches and technologies help uncover some of the cats’ most intimate secrets, including the cheetah’s remarkable gymnastic abilities and why lions are able to hunt so cooperatively.

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Directors
Nick EastonPaul WilliamsGavin Boyland
Producers
Nick EastonPaul WilliamsGavin BoylandMichael GuntonFred Kaufman
Season year
2018
Network
PBS
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4.6 out of 5 stars

42 global ratings

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DelsnesleyReviewed in the United States on October 24, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
One Serious Flaw
The use of a remote camera in the filming of this series is unethical, in my opinion. Nature operates on a razor's edge. How many of these animals ended up starving to death because they expended their energy chasing a camera, so that PBS could get its pretty pictures?
14 people found this helpful
Ashley BernonReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Unethical - Do not Support
To those who are saying it's unethical of them to use remote cameras and drones to interact with the animals, I couldn't agree more and turned this off within the first 5 minutes of watching. Part of making these types of films is agreeing to just observe - and not mess with - the animals. They were totally aggravating the cheetahs in the first scene, definitely using up their precious energy. I did not continue to watch past this, on principle. Super lame.
5 people found this helpful
Jeffrey DavisReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
THIS IS A MUST SEE
I love nature and animals. My girlfriend and I visit zoos up and down the eastern seaboard. She has visited South Africa. We seek out animals whenever we go to the Caribbean. So we have a reasonable education when it comes to various animal species. We saw 2 new cat species we never knew existed in this series. And the videography was amazing. The educational commentary was excellent. If you like cats or any animals its a MUST SEE.
5 people found this helpful
Kristin M. FioreReviewed in the United States on March 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
most amazing videography I've seen
This is an incredible documentary series. Yes, I'm a crazy cat lady (but with better hygiene, less ridiculous clothes, and only one cat). Even if you're not, though, just the exquisite quality of the frames, the close-ups, the slow-motion captures -- particularly of the cheetah running at 80000 mph and of cats leaping -- is worth repeated views. I learned many things I'd never heard before, in spite of being very involved in the cat world. They also have radio collars on some cats, or left motion sensors all over for months to get never before seen glimpses of rare cats. So well done! I went to my mom's to watch it on her subscription, and I bought it as soon as it came out. Well worth the money!
7 people found this helpful
WALTReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
ONE OF THE TWO BEST LARGE CAT DOCUMENTARIES EVER FILMED
THIS COPRODUCED PBS/BBC FILM SHOWED NEARLY EVERY TYPE OF LARGE AND SMALL CAT IMAGINABLE. HOWEVER, MUCH EMPHASIS WAS ON THE CHEETAHS BECAUSE OF THEIR SPEED AND STALKING ABILITY. IN A RELATIVE SPRINT NO ANIMAL EXCEEDS
THE CHEETAH, YET THE PRONG HORNED ANTELOPE IS STILL THE FASTEST ANIMAL AS IT CAN SUSTAIN THE CHEETAH’S SPEED OVER LONG DISTANCES. THE SIBERIAN TIGER WAS SHOWN EXTENSIVELY AS IT IS A SOLITARY ANIMAL AND SPENDS A GREAT DEAL
OF TIME MARKING ITS TERRITORY SO IT CAN GARNER A MATE, SPRAYING ITS SCENT TWENTY TIMES IN AN HOUR. FASCINATING
IS THE SOUTH AMERICAN JAGUAR, WHICH IS THE ONLY CAT TO CONSCIOUSLY ENTER THE WATER FOR ITS FAVORITE FOOD, THE
CAYMAN CROCODILES, QUITE LARGE ANIMALS.THE MOVIE GOES ON TO STUDY AND ANALYZE SEVERAL OTHER SPECIES AND IS
A WONDERFUL FILM. GET OUT THE 🍿 AND 🍕 AND ENJOY THE FILM.
One person found this helpful
FairyEarsReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Grrrrrreat!
Loved it! So many cat species I'd never seen or heard of. They are majestic looking and I hope we humans can stop destroying their habitat.
5 people found this helpful
George GoldbergReviewed in the United States on April 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great documentary about the ultimate predators
Gorgeous animals, nothing is safe when they're around. Gives the lie to the calumny that, but for humans, the natural world would be a peaceful paradise. Red in tooth and claw indeed.
2 people found this helpful
HappyDadReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Wildlife Documentary
In-depth, family-friendly and well-made (let me know if that isn't enough hyphens, I can always add more) exploration of the feline family of mammals. Many more than I had ever known existed. They cover the big predatory cats, of course, as well as introduce you to the several small, elusive and rare species. Including the teeny tiny Rusty Spotted Cat of Sri Lanka. Very Cool.
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