A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series contains stereotypical characterizations of West Virginia's rural culture and community. It also demonstrates young people making potentially dangerous choices.
Positive Role Models
Thanks to their silly and/or over-the-top behavior -- which includes drinking too much, acting out dangerous stunts, and fighting with each other -- it's hard to remember that these folks are students, college-grads, and hard-working folks.
Violence & Scariness
The series comes with warnings about the dangerous nature of many of the stunts featured here. Folks shoot rifles, set cars on fire, and perform other stunts that result in property damage and minor injuries. Occasional fights result in punching, shoving, and hair pulling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plenty of sexual discussions and references to sexual acts and intimate body parts. Women are often shown in skimpy bikinis and extremely short shorts. Men are often shown shirtless; girls sometimes go topless (chests blurred). Lewd dancing, touching, and licking are sometimes visible.
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Words like "damn" and "hell" audible; curses like "s--t," "f--k," "t-ts," and other curses bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Ford and Chevrolet cars and trucks visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's lots of drinking (beer, hard liquor, gelatin shots), which sometimes leads to violent and/or dangerous behaviors.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Buckwild is a reality series in the vein of Jersey Shore that features a group of young adults in rural West Virginia partying and participating in crazy stunts for fun. Stereotypes about people in the region are often used to justify engaging in fights, drinking, and doing things that can cause injury and property damage (like setting cars on fire). Expect some sexual references and occasional blurred nudity.
Is It Any Good?
Following in the footsteps of Jersey Shore, Buckwild constructs a stereotypical image of young people from a specific community by characterizing their outrageous (and often inappropriate) behaviors as part of their overall cultural heritage. As a result, despite the fact that many of the cast members are hard workers and/or dedicated college students, it is hard to take any of them seriously after watching them here.
Some viewers may find the endless array of stunts featured here humorous, but you have to wonder if these twentysomethings are acting this way in an attempt to make the show interesting rather than offering a real look into what life is like in the West Virginian countryside. But whatever the reason, the show succeeds at sending a distorted message about the young people who live there.
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