A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series shines looks at the hard work involved in harvesting the wood used for paper products. The workers -- many of whom are brothers -- sometimes disagree, but they work together to get the job done and ensure their financial security.
Violence & Scariness
There are some re-enactments of past accidents and detailed, unfiltered accounts of injuries suffered both on and off the job. In one segment, for example, a man describes his head-on collision with a log protruding from an oncoming truck -- which resulted in his scalp being severed like the lid of a tuna can, which he could pull down and touch to his nose. Some verbal disagreements between the loggers.
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Products & Purchases
The featured logging company -- the Pelletier Inc. -- is mentioned a lot.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some scenes show men smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows the crew of a Maine logging company -- offers an honest look at the hard work, financial uncertainty, and inherent dangers that come with the job. This gritty show often explores real-life issues that are too intense for little kids (a man loses his home to fire and barely pulls out of diabetic shock, for example), and loggers talk frankly about the injuries they've endured on the job. Tensions run high when the company's owners disagree, but overall the show celebrates their work ethic and determination.
Is It Any Good?
This eye-opening series is a real-life underdog tale that pits gritty determination against the unrelenting forces of nature, fate, and economic uncertainty. Some viewers may find it hard to relate to these tough-as-nails loggers, but for all their roughness, their unwavering resolve is an inspiring statement on the world's current troubles. It's impossible to not get wrapped up in their personal and professional struggles, and you'll find yourself rooting for their success even as the odds stack against them.
That said, like many other "dangerous jobs" shows, this series isn't an age-appropriate pick for little kids and young tweens because of its honest portrayal of this perilous profession. While injuries aren't shown up close, some are re-enacted, and many are described in fairly gory detail by the victims (for example, a man talks about his scalp being severed from his skull and hanging like the lid of a tuna can). The guys also talk candidly about their career path and, in some cases, their apparent lack of alternative choices. Raw emotion plays out in some tense moments, and the real-life nature of the show could weigh on younger or particularly sensitive viewers.
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