Parents' Guide to

Ax Men

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Rugged docu worthwhile despite some rough edges.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

History channels' Ax Men stoops low for ratings.

I thought Ax Men was somewhat ok for my kids to watch, ages 10 and 13. Mostly to convince them a good education was important. However, the last episode had one of the "men" saying one of this peers sucked, which in itself is not too offensive, but he also felt the necessity to demonstrate how one would do so with his hands grasping a pretend item and directing it toward his mouth. History channel has been one of my favorite channels on television but lately has seemed to decline in quality and is now a "reality" channel. The folks over at A&E must think there are more ratings in "reality" and have forgone quality to achieve it. I, and my family, will no longer be watching History channel.
age 17+

Get Rid Of Rygaurd

I can 't Stand to watch Rygaurd any more the old man is abussive and vulgar and the show is much more worthy than "all" those idiots ! Shame on your producer to allow them !!!!! Shelby is your new star !!!! He has compassion, fun, courage,just a all around pleasure to watch.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1 ):

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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