Stories about climate change without human narratives fail for the same reason that global warming journalism has struggled to connect with an audience—human narratives make compelling journalism. A few weeks ago, when the AAAS released a comprehensive report about climate change, the authors were criticized for failing to connect the science of climate change to compelling or dramatic stories. It’s a topic that lends no easy answers, or easy audiences, and Years, with two consulting climate scientists, is as well equipped as anyone to tread such tricky territory. But we shouldn’t be too quick to judge Years: There are still 8 more episodes of left to air and, potentially, future seasons left to film. The producers of Years may not be able to win, but you have to give them credit for trying.

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Alexis Sobel Fitts is a senior writer at CJR. Follow her on Twitter at @fittsofalexis.