A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Generally reinforces hard work, humor, and persistence.
Positive Role Models
Most drillers are hard workers, but the contractors and land owners are driven by the desire to make fast, big money. Some folks are flashy with their cash; others are more down-to-earth.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some drillers argue that striking oil is better than sex. A landowner talks about getting plastic surgery on her breasts and butt if they find oil on her land.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
The word "hell" is audible on occasion; "s--t" is bleeped.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
The Chevy logo is clearly visible; logos for Buick, Rolls-Royce, Caterpiller, etc. aren't prominently displayed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer consumption and cigarette smoking is visible.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Backyard Oil is a lighthearted docuseries that shows the highs and lows of oil drilling in Kentucky. While workers and landowners use a bit of bleeped language and make a few mild references to sex, the show is generally mild, though kids won't likely be interested.
Is It Any Good?
Backyard Oil offers a lighthearted, but interesting look at the way local oil drillers are attempting to capitalize on the increasing cost of oil, which includes bidding for leases to properties in order to drill, finding the correct spot to dig a hole, and using the right equipment to dig deep into the ground. The way landowners and oil contractors make (and lose) money off of these digs is also revealed.
There's a lot at stake, but the series contains lots of witty moments thanks to some colorful personalities. Watching folks use their particular methods for choosing drilling spaces, which range from using prayer to dowsing sticks (that pick up vibrations and lead you to wells), can be entertaining, too. But it also shows how much skill and luck is really necessarily in order to strike it rich.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate