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By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Adventure show makes castaway life look exciting.

TV NBC Drama 2008
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The two men aren't always alone on the island. Much of CRUSOE's drama comes from the pirates, Spanish soldiers, bloodthirsty cannibals, and other visitors who seem to arrive regularly on the island with their own agendas -- which don't always include rescuing Crusoe. These encounters often lead to swashbuckling conflict, including plenty of sword fights and lots of clever uses for caskets of gunpowder.

The show's tone makes being a castaway seem like an exciting escapade. Though Crusoe often talks about how much he misses his wife back home in England (she appears regularly in flashback sequences), he seems quite happy on the island. Even when pirates are threatening his life, Crusoe still acts like he's having a grand adventure. This series is certainly not realistic, but it will be entertaining for kids and people looking for simple escapism. It plays more like Gilligan's Island with gunpowder than Tom Hanks' desperate loneliness in Cast Away.

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