All Jacked Up

Common Sense Media says

Quirky activities are pretty funny -- but also dangerous.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.”

Language

Mild; words like “dang” are sometimes heard.

Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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What's the story?

In ALL JACKED UP, host C. Thomas Howell travels around the country to meet the people who spend their time participating in some pretty unusual activities, from raising and racing ostriches to traveling at 60mph using an 18-wheel bodysuit to operating giant, fire-breathing demolition derby robots. After meeting the creative (and sometimes quirky) people who participate in these pursuits, Howell tries them himself -- within a safe, controlled environment, of course.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal and the excitement of dangerous stunts and extreme sports. Does the element of risk make sports more exciting?

  • How do YouTube and other sites create exposure for people/events that aren't usually featured in the more mainstream media? 

  • Do you have an interesting or “different” invention or hobby? What is

  • it? What inspires you to do it? Do you think you'd ever be able to turn it into a thriving business or career?

TV details

Cast:C. Thomas Howell
Network:CMT
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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