Alaska: The Last Frontier

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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3 generations of homesteaders work together off the grid.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

It highlights the highs and lows of living in Alaska. Family, respecting the environment, and hard work are strong themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Atz Kilcher is the patriarch of his family. The family is close and help each other. 

Violence

Images of hunting and dead animals.

Sex
Language

"Ass," "hell"; curses bleeped. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alaska: The Last Frontier follows a family as they live and work on their homestead in South Central Alaska. It contains some rough language ("damn," "crap"; bleeped cursing), as well as images of animal hunting (rifles, knives, and so on visible). However, its strong themes about family, respecting nature, and hard work give this reality show some depth. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written bymrowland778 January 3, 2016

Amazing disorganization

Having lived in the mountains of Idaho And living off the land, this show makes these people look stupid. Always pushing envelope to get ready for winter, alway... Continue reading
Adult Written bym s October 13, 2017

October 08, 2017 episode very disappointing sexual references made

Look,I get it. Some people swear a lot on this show just because(Otto, he is getting nastier by each new episode)and some people swear when they have pain or in... Continue reading

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What's the story?

ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER is a reality series about the Kilcher family and how they live "off the grid" on the Alaskan frontier. It features Atz Kilcher, who, along with his wife Bonnie, live on the family homestead in South Central Alaska. Also living on the land is Atz's brother, Otto; his wife, Charlotte; and Atz's son, Atz Lee, who returned after years of earning his living as a musician to live in a log cabin with his wife, Jane. Otto's son, Eivin; his wife, Eve; and their infant son, Findley, also have built a life there. From protecting Ottos' cattle and hunting for fresh bear meat to coping with extreme weather conditions, the family works hard to live off the land while enjoying the beauty of the land they call home. 

Is it any good?

Like most Alaskan-themed reality series, The Last Frontier shows the rugged lifestyle that this three-generation family has chosen to live and reveals many of the daily challenges it faces while living it. What sets this show apart, however, is the fact that Atz's eldest daughter just happens to be Jewel, the international pop star. 

If you watch in hopes of spotting the singer on the show, you'll be disappointed. But folks who like this sort of reality experience will enjoy watching how the extended family carries out their day-to-day activities without a lot of modern conveniences. Its focus on family also makes it a decent option for whole-family viewing. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of reality shows that feature people living in remote places. Are these shows meant to be educational? Or are they just providing some voyeuristic entertainment? Why would people who live "off the grid" agree to have their lives filmed? 

  • Families can talk about Alaska. Is it different from other U.S. states? Why do people find it interesting?

TV details

For kids who love rugged lifestyle shows

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