Building Wild

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Pro-recycling construction show has some salty language.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

It highlights how used and non-traditional materials can be repurposed to build new and functional structures.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Paul and Tuffy don't always agree on the most efficient ways to do things, but they respect each other's expertise. 

Violence

There's some staged arguments, but these are mostly humorous. Some building methods can potentially cause injury if not cautious; the fear of serious accidents are briefly discussed.

Sex

Nothing sexy, but some conversations about bathroom activity. 

Language

Words like "hell," "damn," and "ass" audible; curses like "s--t" bleeped.

Consumerism

It's an obvious promotional vehicle for the Cabin Kings company; their logo is prominently displayed, and the show opens with an offer to build you a custom cabin at a great price. The duo drives a GMC truck and Minwax products are sometimes visible.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Building Wild is a reality series about building custom cabins, which isn't likely to interest kids. Kids who do watch will hear some salty language and a few mild arguments. There's lots of company promotion of the Cabin King company, but there is also focus on repurposing resources to build. The dangers associated with some of the building methods and the precautions they take to avoid injuries are also discussed.

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What's the story?

BUILDING WILD is a reality series featuring the work of the Cabin Kings, a construction company dedicated to building custom hunting and camp cabins at a great price. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition designer Paul DiMeo and backwoods inventor and professional excavator Pat "Tuffy" Bakaitis work with folks to build cabins in the woods, but to keep the costs low they rely on their clients to come up with building materials and additional labor. They also keep to strict, short deadlines. From repurposing old wood planks, to building structures using time-honored Amish traditions, these guys make sure that their clients' dream cabins go above and beyond their expectations.

Is it any good?

Building Wild offers an interesting look at the different ways that things like wood salvaged from barns and old trucks can be repurposed to build and outfit sturdy and fun cabins designed to be used for hunting trips and other events. It also shows how structures like outhouses and bunks can be reengineered to be more efficient and comfortable. 

Most of the show is dedicated to the engineering and construction of these structures, but there are some humorous moments, especially when Paul's desire to use old-fashioned building techniques clash with Tuffy's desire to use big machines to do the job. If you enjoy building shows, you'll find it worth watching. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways that resources can be repurposed or recycled to build new things. What are the benefits of doing this? Do you think TV shows like this one will help encourage other builders to do the same?

  • Why do you think these builders were given their own reality show? Is it because of their skills? Their personalities? Paul Dimeo's celebrity status? Do you think the way they act towards each other is the same when the cameras are off?

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For kids who love reality shows

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