A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The logging business relies on teamwork to be successful. Most of the loggers seem proud of what they do. The dollar value of the wood they harvest is constantly discussed. All the loggers featured are Caucasian men.
Violence & Scariness
Logging is presented as a dangerous business. Loggers handle axes, chain saws, and other cutting tools that can result in loss of limbs. Loggers are shown getting injured, though no blood is seen. One featured logger has a prosthetic hand due to an accident. Loggers are constantly dodging falling timber. Occasional arguments between the loggers.
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Frequent use of words like "stupid" and "idiot." Other audible language includes "damn" and "hell." Words like "bitch" and "f--k" are bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
The four featured logging companies are frequently mentioned by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One logger refers to himself and his team as "winos."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows four Pacific Northwest logging crews as they risk life and limb to cut timber in remote mountain areas -- highlights the dangers associated with logging (including some of the wounds sustained on the job, like one man's severed fingers). Loggers are occasionally shown getting hurt, and although no blood or graphic images are actually visible, some of these intense moments may be scary to young viewers. Perhaps not surprisingly given the stressful nature of the loggers' lifestyle, there's also a fair amount of strong language ("ass" and "damn"; words like "bitch" and "f--k" are bleeped out).
Is It Any Good?
This reality show offers a gritty look at the everyday lives of the loggers who provide the country with the wood necessary to build new homes, furniture, and other items that many of us take for granted. Viewers get detailed explanations of how trees are cut and hauled up mountains and descriptions of some of the unique tools used to get the jobs done. But the show's main focus is the hazards of the profession, which range from pulling muscles to getting hit by falling timber. Some of these moments actually occur on camera, highlighting the peril of the job. (That said, safety and teamwork are also stressed.)
Though their manners are sometimes rough and their language a bit salty for kids, these hardworking, down-to-earth loggers offer an honest look into their lives. Aware that they're often stereotyped and/or accused of depleting natural resources by those unfamiliar with their industry, the loggers are candid about their vocation and the dangers they face. They note that part of their job includes planting trees to replace the ones they've cut down, and some also make a point of saying that their profession isn't just part of their family heritage but continues the 100-year-old tradition of America's frontier. Their jobs may not be glamorous, but the significance of the work they do certainly hits home.
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