Parents' Guide to

Appalachian Outlaws

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Reality show depicts dirty world of U.S. ginseng trade.

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age 10+

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The series offers a look at what the ginseng business is like in West Virginia, which has become a highly profitable area for the trade thanks to minimal government regulations and the high demand for the herb. But the show's entertainment value come from long-standing family feuds, territorial strife, and business rivalries that lead to car chases and burning down property.

Though the competition for ginseng may be real, the narratives presented here often seem contrived and, in some cases, completely fabricated to generate a greater sense of conflict. The stereotyping of people, including Chinese businessmen, sets the foundation for some of this drama. You may find this unique slice of American business entertaining, but it's definitely hard to separate fact from fiction.

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