A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the series is informative and fun rather than insulting or stereotypical, it's still focused on dangerous stunts -- which could influence kids to try their own at home.
Positive Role Models
Parents should be very up front about discussing the fact that these feats are performed/supervised by trained professionals whose actions should not be imitated. That said, the folks on the show do warn people that the stunts should never be tried at home as well.
Violence & Scariness
Stunts include blowing up things with army tanks and various kinds of demolition derbies. People are shown falling off of ostriches and wrestling with animals like catfish and snakes. But all of these events take place in controlled environments are are performed and/or monitored by professionals; none should be tried at home.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some very mild sexual innuendo that will likely go over young children's head. For instance, in one episode Howell says that when driving an army tank, you must "treat [it] like a woman, smooth and easy."
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Mild; words like "dang" are sometimes heard.
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Products & Purchases
Many of the people and events featured here have been featured on YouTube; some actually have a fan base as a result. Local establishments around the country are also featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series about quirky stunts -- like racing ostriches and blowing up things with a military tank -- is lighthearted, but the featured activities (some of which started out on YouTube) are potentially very dangerous. They're coordinated and/or performed by professionals on the show, but kids should be reminded to never try them at home. There's also a little bit of mild sexual innuendo, but it will likely go over kids' head.
Is It Any Good?
The series takes a fun, nonjudgmental look at the some of the zany activities that people across America enjoy. Unlike video stunt shows such as Country Fried Planet or Whacked Out Videos, All Jacked Up highlights and celebrates the different kinds of creative and entrepreneurial thinking that goes into the featured activities. It also makes a point of underscoring any interesting biological, military, and/or engineering details that make some of the feats possible.
Because the stunts featured on the show can result in serious injury or death, parents should exercise caution when allowing young kids to watch. But for those who like and are mature enough to handle stunt-oriented reality shows, it's definitely an entertaining choice.
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