It’s remarkable how much difference it makes when you let a woman direct a film about women. Hustlers‘ protagonists may be strippers, but make no mistake, their only crime is stripping men of their grandest delusions.
If you enjoy watching baby animals — does anyone not enjoy that?! — Wildlife S.O.S. is the perfect antidote to your stress. This show takes you through the real-life work of Wildlife Aid, a wildlife rescue organization in Surrey, UK. They rescue and rehabilitate wild animals, from abandoned baby badgers to swans with broken feet, in a wonderful display of genuine love for nature, incredible animal-handling expertise, and genuine humility in the face of mother nature’s beautiful design.
The team’s mission to save various animals caught in difficult situations leads them on some wild adventures (like the time they chased a huge turkey throughout an entire neighborhood) and some truly adorable times (like teaching a baby otter to swim in a bathtub). A warning, though: if you’re uncomfortable with seeing veterinary operations on screen, or hearing about animals suffering, this may not be the show for you — although realism never makes the show depressing in any way.
Simon Cowell (no, not that Simon Cowell) hosts the show, and in series 2 not only takes us on wild adventures in the UK, but also visits other conservation experts around the world: people rescuing bears from bear farms in Thailand, South African shark rehabilitators, and even wolf rescuers in Russia. It’s an incredible display of humanity in the face of what’s sometimes a desperate environmental situation — and there’s plenty of cuteness to keep you happy and hopeful, or even make you tear up at the beauty of it all, by the end of each episode.