A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Most animal removals are done to help the animal get to a safer environment. The removal/elimination of some pests are also done for the health and safety of the people and other animals living on the property.
Positive Role Models
Turtleman may remove critters, but he loves animals and does not want to harm them. The community has a lot of respect for what he does.
Violence & Scariness
Turtleman carries a steel blade he calls "Thunder." He often wrestles with aggressive wildlife in order to capture them, and is sometimes bitten. Injuries sustained by cows and other animals from some of the animals being captured are also featured.
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Products & Purchases
Logos aren't prominently visible, but old Ford pick-up trucks are visible. Turtleman drives a Nissan truck with his name painted on the back of it. He is often paid in goods (like fresh milk) as well as cash. The series serves as a mild promotional vehicle for his animal rescue work.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series features animal rescues conducted in unique (but humane) ways by a lively character who lives in the Kentucky backwoods. It's pretty mild, but contains some scenes of aggressive animals fighting capture. Men are sometimes shown with their shirts off. The series sends strong messages about respecting and protecting animals.
Is It Any Good?
Turtleman, who became a local celebrity after a YouTube video about his turtle hunting went viral, demonstrates his unique bond with the wild, as well as his flair for tracking, snaring, and wrestling various animals and reptiles native to the area. Throughout it all, he offers some humorous commentary about his genuine affection and concern for these animals.
Some folks may find the animal rescue work featured here interesting, but viewers will most likely find Turtleman's country lifestyle, which includes no running water and an outhouse, curiously entertaining. Overall, it's the kind of show that families can tune into and enjoy.
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