A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Shows the logistics of traveling in ways other than on an airplane, including by train, canoe, and even cargo ship. Displays the beautiful natural landscapes of the world and teaches about the traditional foods and customs of the places the family visits, such as South Korea and India. The series also shows common experiences for families with children on the autism spectrum.
Emphasizes unplugging from devices and the benefits of exploring nature as a child. People around the world are also shown to be happy without the abundance enjoyed by many Americans.
Positive Role Models
The parents featured prioritize quality time and unique experiences with their kids. The young kids are willing to try lots of new activities and foods (including insects). The family routinely has to work together to overcome obstacles and the parents are patient and aware and respectful of their kids emotions during their journey. Even when stressed, they will pause what they're doing and give hugs if their kids are getting worried or upset.
The story centers on a white family traveling through Asia and highlights the people they meet. The oldest son is on the autism spectrum.
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Violence & Scariness
The young boys are occasionally concerned during their adventures. The boy with autism is worried about lightning when the family has to pause their canoe trip to set up shelter during a storm. There's also a sense of peril when Russian officials board the cargo ship and the family ends up being held in a port room and paying a lot of fees they aren't sure are legit in order to continue their travels. They also visit the DMZ next to North Korea.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Parents make a few jokes about beer to their kids-- telling the oldest he has the right priorities when he helps pack it in their canoe and asking him if he's going to have one at a restaurant.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Big Crazy Family Adventure is a reality show documenting an adventure journalist, his wife, and two young sons traveling over 12,000 miles via canoe, train, and cargo ship. The boys, one of which is on the autism spectrum, occasionally become frightened during their travels. For example, he worries about lightning when the family has to pause their canoe trip to set up shelter during a storm. There's a sense of peril when they visit the DMZ and when Russian officials board the cargo ship and the family ends up being held in a small room and paying a lot of fees they aren't sure are legit in order to continue their travels. Along the way the parents also make a few jokes about beer to their kids.
Is It Any Good?
After years of staying home, a family travel show scaling over 12,000 miles is sure to be attention grabbing– especially once it's revealed the global explorers include a precocious 3-year-old and an endearing and thoughtful 7-year-old on the autism spectrum. As daunting as that may sound, Big Crazy Family Adventure quickly makes it clear very little gets in the way of the Kirkby Family's insatiable wanderlust. And it's the way they travel that's so compelling. Choosing to forgo air travel in order to give their kids a better sense of the vastness of the world, they traverse the globe by train, car, canoe, and even cargo ship. Along the way, they prove to be both curious global citizens and caring and empathetic parents, making their journey all the more enjoyable to watch. And though they don't exactly go into detail on things like how they managed to entertain their two young children for 16 straight days on a cargo ship, they readily admit that being with their children 24/7 isn't for the faint of heart.
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