Just Announced: The Fish Bowl, a Global Television Event

From the award-winning team that launched the careers of The Dog Whisperer and The Incredible Dr. Pol, Nat Geo WILD is proud to announce the latest face of the network — “Goldie.” New to the Hollywood scene, this up-and-coming “actor,” who also happens to be a goldfish, snagged the leading role in Fish Bowl, the highly anticipated four-hour reality special premiering Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Venerable household goldfish Goldie is excited for her big break to star in the event of the year on Super Bowl Sunday, stating, “I’m comfortable in my own scales and have no doubt the Fish Bowl will be the talk of the town.” Sure, puppies are cute, kittens are OK and football … well, as Goldie likes to say, “It’s just another day in the Bowl.” Predatory cats, canines, and field goals are just the beginning. This remarkable little goldfish handles whatever the tides throw at her — food, a scuba diver, crazy red crabs, erupting volcanoes, and even a surprise visit from Dr. Pol and Cesar Millan.

The controversial decision to offer the lead to a newcomer was an easy one, explains Geoff Daniels, EVP and General Manager of Nat Geo WILD. “Goldie showed such promise in early casting auditions that we felt confident in the aquatic wonder’s ability to entertain and captivate an audience, for four long hours, on a relatively young network, while the most-watched television event of the year just happens to be taking place.”

In the vein of other reality series, where the daily drama of a character’s life plays out in a “fishbowl” setting, Goldie will swim about her daily business in an actual fishbowl. Without filters and with remarkable candor, Goldie navigates through an average day in the life of a goldfish. When asked how this stacks up to her competition, Goldie offered, “Can Bruno Mars pack all of that into his halftime show? Right, I didn’t think so, blub, blurb, bubble.”

Premieres Super Bowl Sunday — Feb. 2, from 6 PM to 10 PM ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD


  1. Peter Franklin
    New York
    January 11, 2014, 5:19 pm

    “Fish Bowl” is a really, really bad idea National Geographic. For an organization whose goal is to promote and understanding of the natural world, featuring a goldfish in a bowl is the worst idea.

    Goldfish cannot thrive and rarely survive in bowls> The majority expire within a week Goldfish are beautiful creatures but are NOT low care fish. A single goldfish makes huge bio demands and require filtration and oxygen rich water to thrive..

    National Geographic needs to promulgate understanding of caring for captive animals not reinforce myths that encourage children and adults to view any animal as disposable.

  2. Kelley Lane
    Chapel Hill, NC
    January 28, 2014, 7:57 pm

    Thank you for offering a more worthwhile way to spend 4 hours this Sunday!

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  6. Diana Kline
    February 2, 2014, 10:14 pm

    I want to know if those two evil little kids were allowed to kill the fish that they were torturing with those straws?? My daughter is bawling her eyes out..REALLY!?
    Clean out the bowl,bring in a new fish..damn! That’s awful!

  7. Diana Kline
    February 2, 2014, 10:56 pm

    I hope its explained because she’s 11 and in the bathroom bawling..she just explained what was portrayed to her daddy and big sister…the only obvious explanation would be they died..the bowl was cleaned out,the counter wiped..the fish replaced…that’s just terrible..I cant believe this on Nat Geo…why would you keep a child watching for hours only to do that at 10p.m….just WOW </3
    someone has some explaining to do..

  8. Destiny
    February 3, 2014, 12:15 am

    Funny Idea!

  9. f yuo
    February 4, 2014, 1:00 am

    Obviously a gimmick. Disappointed. Expect a higher level of intelligence from this channel.

  10. Thomas Wilkes
    Chicago, IL
    February 1, 2015, 6:34 pm

    I am assuming that the producers were sitting around getting high when this idea was pitched or either someone is being blackmailed. Fish Bowl is a total waste of prime time television. I usually enjoy the on air programs from Nat Geo but this is the worst idea ever pitched. Please people!

  11. Kitsy Smith
    Salisbury, NC
    February 1, 2015, 11:42 pm

    What the? You can’t possibly be serious about this Fish Bowl show. I kept going back and forth between the Super Bowl and the Fish Bowl, seriously expecting something interesting or exciting to happen. Never did happen. Except in the Super Bowl of course. Now, I am not a great football fan and do love nature shows immensely, but what the h— was Fish Bowl supposed to be about?

  12. Animal Lover
    February 5, 2015, 8:44 pm

    The world expects so much better from you National Geographic!
    Never mind the useless program content & the 2 hours of my life wasted.
    As if gold fish and the tiny bowl issues we saw weren’t bad enough.
    I wonder how many fish died because the bowls were placed on unstable surfaces too close to animals & were knocked over?
    But the big issue is that Nat Geo couldn’t be bothered to find a farm that appeared to have a safe environment, or appeared to provide basic care & have healthy animals.
    I can’t believe the farm showed its name on air. Almost all of the animals appeared to be in good condition.
    However the cows, the chickens & the chickens environment seemed to be in dire need of attention.
    Admittedly I don’t know anything about body condition of cows, but I do have a basic knowledge of the body condition of horses.
    In the first group of cows their ribs, spine, hip bones & even the bones in their tail are clearly visible. These are not the signs of a healthy or well fed animal.
    The ramp to chicken house is loose & could be fixed w/a single nail if anyone cared for or about the chickens. The exposed bolts & nails are not safe and should be addressed. As the ramp is, it poses a crushing/entrapment risk. If the ramp were to avoid injuring the birds when (not if) it falls, it will make it difficult for the birds to get access to the house for shelter from sun, weather and predators. The chickens themselves are in bad shape. The chickens seem to have all or most of their tail feathers missing. I have cared for different types of barnyard fowl including chickens. It doesn’t take a lot of food or effort to keep chickens healthy, they pretty much can take care of themselves. I cannot imagine how these chickens had to be treated to end up looking as bad as they did.
    Overall a major fail on the care & treatment of animals.

  13. CRM
    February 7, 2016, 7:37 pm

    I’m appalled at how uncomfortable these animals appear to be. They obviously want to escape this confined space. This isn’t entertainment, it is abuse. I expected better from you than this pathetic display which could encourage an unknowing public to emulate this in their own homes. You could have shown a medley of your other excellent sea life shows (set to music) instead. Please do NOT air a Fish Bowl 3 next year.

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