A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series shows how animal preservation is both a science and an artform. It also shows how it can help pet owners move on after the loss of their animal.
Positive Role Models
Daniel and his crew work hard to both comfort and please their customers. The crew often plays pranks on each other, but they are harmless and intended to be in good fun.
Violence & Scariness
Taxidermists are shown removing organs from dead animals. Animal skulls and frozen carcasses are visible, and are often shown being worked on. Hunting is a major part of the region's culture; rifles are frequently visible. Minor arguments often arise between Daniel and LaDawn.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One male employee likes to work shirtless.
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The words "hell" and "pissed" are audible. The word "redneck" is used often.
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Products & Purchases
Daniel's business, Xtreme Taxidermy, is prominently featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series, which features a taxidermist preserving animals, contains graphic images of dead animals being cut up, frozen, and stuffed. Despite the strong imagery, the themes of this show are mostly positive and include helping people through the grieving process, professionalism, and family. There is some iffy language ("piss," "hell"), references to "rednecks", and images of hunting rifles.
Is It Any Good?
The show highlights the science and artistry that is required to professionally restore different species of animals. It also shows how grieving owners can often find peace after the loss of their beloved pet once their animal has been restored.
Watching the actual restoration process isn't pleasant, but the series' overall focus on helping people, as well as the sophistication of the work involved, puts these moments into context. Ross's passion for his work, his professionalism, and his commitment to comforting his clients also gives it a positive spin. There are a lot of good messages here, but it definitely isn't for the faint of heart.
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