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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Alone is an adventure reality show featuring people surviving in the woods while remaining completely isolated for as long as they can in hopes of winning a cash prize. There are some mildly scary moments, thanks to predators and other events, as well as some strong language ("hell," "crap," and bleeped curses).
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What's the story?
ALONE is a reality series about 10 trained survivalists from across the country who go out into the wilderness to see if they can outlast each other to win $500,000. With only their clothing and a kit of 10 items, each man is dropped off somewhere on Northern Vancouver Island. Without a film crew, each must self-document his experience with the help of motion-activated cameras and personal recording devices while living in complete isolation. From trying to build a fire in the wet forest to keeping safe from bears, cougars, and wolves, each man tests his mental and physical strength in hopes of lasting longer than the others. The contestant who remains in the wild the longest wins the cash prize.
Is it any good?
It’s your basic survival competition, but what sets Alone apart is its focus is on the contestants' candid commentary about how they feel as they try to make it through each day alone. From airing their frustrations about their circumstances, to trying to get a grip on their fears and loneliness, each man shares his thoughts about what he's going through and the reasons why he may or may not choose to stick it out.
Outside of a few details offered on the screen by the show’s producers, the overall series doesn't offer a lot of survival advice. Meanwhile, despite efforts to increase the drama with the help of music and well-timed commercial breaks, the show can be a bit slow-going. But if you like outdoor reality adventure, you'll probably find this entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons people choose to go on survivalist outings. Is it to prove something to themselves (or others)? To challenge themselves? Or is it just plain fun? What benefits and challenges do these contestants talk about? Do you think these folks would go on this journey if it were not for a TV show and a prize?
Have you ever had a dangerous experience in nature? Did it change the way you felt about the natural world?
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