A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Showcases the hard work and commitment it takes to keep a family-owned sawmill running and financially healthy; making money is a major theme. Hard work, loving what you do, and family are also themes.
Positive Role Models
The cast is Canadian. They love what they do, and are a supportive crew.
Violence & Scariness
The dangers associated with the job are highlighted throughout the series. Logs fall and roll, causing folks to scramble out of the way. Machines also fail, creating precarious situations. Dead rats caught in traps are shown. Stealing is a theme in one episode.
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Words like "screwed," "holy Christ," "pissed," and "s--t" are frequently uttered. Stronger curses are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
It's a promotional vehicle for Wenstob Timber, but neither the name of the company or the logo is featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Big Timber is a reality series featuring a Canadian family-owned sawmill business working a precarious logging claim. While the dangers associated with the work are discussed at length, no real injuries are shown. There's lots of cursing ("s--t" is heard, stronger words are bleeped), and conversations about money and profit are frequent. It's a promotional vehicle for Wenstob Timber, but neither the name of the company nor the logo is discussed or shown.
Is It Any Good?
The interesting reality series showcases what it takes to work in the expensive and competitive timber industry. As the Wenstobs and their crew do their jobs, explanations are given about the what they are doing, and how they do it. The dangers associated with the work, and the many complications that arise on the mountain and at the mill, are also discussed. But they also talk about how much they enjoy logging, and what their business means to them.
Whether it's moving an enormous log in one piece from a 60-degree incline, or negotiating the cost of the wood with another saw mill owner, Big Timber's main narrative centers on making money. As a result, the cash value of what they cut and what they sell is frequently discussed. Meanwhile, the environmental impact of their work isn't addressed. If you can get past this, and are interested in the subject, Big Timber may satisfy your desire for unscripted entertainment.
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