A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series demonstrates that it's possible to find and use alternatives to gasoline on a daily basis. It also shows viewers the various ways that alternative fuels are already being used around the country.
Positive Role Models
Likable host Murphy cheerfully teaches viewers about harvesting and using alternative fuels.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional concerns about Murphy getting hit by a truck on the road and slamming into mountains in a wind glider. But luckily, none of these events ever happen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
On one occasion, Murphy is shown changing his pants from a distance (no nudity is shown). During his trip through New York City, he meets the underwear-clad “Naked Cowboy."
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Products & Purchases
Various local waste recycling plants and other alternative fuel outlets are featured. Logos for local artisans and co-op groups like “City Organics” are vaguely visible.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fun, informative series -- which follows Australian Shaun Murphy as he travels across America in alternative fuel-powered vehicles -- is pretty mild overall. The only stuff you might want to watch out for are occasional discussions about safety and potential accidents and rare (nonsexual) glimpses of men in their underwear.
Is It Any Good?
Coolfuel is both amusing and educational as Murphy and his advance crew explore America's geographical and cultural landscape while explaining the various ways that alternative fuels are being harvested around the country. It's hard not to chuckle at some folks' reactions to Murphy's non-traditional way of traveling: Some of the team's vehicles -- which range from a donut-powered Hummer to a motorcycle powered by cow dung -- are a little odd-looking, too.
The series teaches lots of great lessons about energy and our environment. While Murphy's brief engineering explanations are simple enough for kids to follow, you don't have to be a science fan to enjoy the gang's antics. More importantly, Murphy teaches by example, showing that anyone with a little ingenuity can find ways to make alternative fuels work for them. Overall, the show offers a truly enjoyable way to learn more about ways to help the planet.
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