Parents' Guide to

Edge of Alaska

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Frontier reality gets gritty, violent.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Gotta be fake

I don't understand, if the 1 guy is so against progress and new people coming to HIS town, why would he or any of the other detractors ever agree to doing a t.v show that highlights how beautiful and enticing there town is. Wouldn't someone so vehemently against new people moving there be adverse to this. I don't know, maybe he should just build a giant wall, seems like that's the American answer
age 18+

Men that Isolate Their Families

I think this show dispects the worst side of homesteaders and people living off the grid. Most of the individuals on the show was just plain manical. The acting out in barking wildly at people that oppose their opinion, along with physical actions of strapping a gun on their chest and stealing heavy machinery for a joy ride is borderline lunacy. Horrible things happen when you have a group of individuals like them. Jeremy is some sort of self proclaimed ruler and his sidekick Jane need to be put in a facility and observed. Something else bad will be happening there. When people think they can force other people to do what they want-right or wrong-they are a hair away from dangerous. Men that isolate their families to the degree that Jeremy is trying to do are only trying to control them to the degree of instability.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Edge of Alaska contains all the classic components of the American western, including the mavericks and pioneers who have staked claims throughout the unsettled and lawless land and the greedy entrepreneur who wants to change everything to make a buck. But while it showcases how the traditional frontier is colliding with the modern world, it does so by using all the expected reality-show devices, including dramatic music and near-theatrical performances by some of the cast members.

Despite the over-the-top moments, the show offers some interesting insight into what life was like during the gold rush and the mining boom and the long-lasting impact it has had on the area. The history and folklore of the region, which includes some disturbingly violent moments and eerie ghost stories, also reveals a lot about the region's cultural heritage. It's pretty rough around the edges, but there certainly are things that can be learned.

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