A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series celebrates the adventurous human spirit and people's ability to conquer extreme elements and overcome challenges.
Positive Role Models
The explorers' commitment to teamwork is challenged again and again, and egos often clash in tense situations, but they usually talk their way through the tough times and remain focused on their collective goal. Only one team member is a woman, and she admits to feeling disrespected by other explorers because of her gender.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of tense exchanges and heated disagreements -- a la most reality TV.
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Sporadic instances of "f--k" and "s--t" are edited out.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this compelling nature/adventure reality series includes plenty of tense exchanges and disagreements. As tempers flare, so does the strong language ("s--t" and "f--k," for example), but it's mostly edited and sporadic. The series shows great respect for both the natural splendor and inherent dangers of Africa and celebrates the adventurous spirit of explorers past and present.
Is It Any Good?
It's tough to miss the similarities between this series and the groundbreaking reality hit Survivor, which originally made a household name of Expedition Africa producer Mark Burnett. The four-person cast appears to have been assembled not just on their individual merits but also on the powder keg potential of their collective egos. The explorers often take breaks during intense situations to sound off about their peers for the camera in confession-style asides (a staple of modern reality TV) -- which makes for plenty of personal drama but also detracts a bit from the show's central purpose of documenting a re-enactment of one of history's most remarkable journeys.
That said, Expedition Africa has a lot to offer those who can handle the cast's frequent conflicts. There's plenty of more truly realistic drama as the explorers routinely face dangerous wildlife and the possibility of disease. Their travels offer viewers a look at stunning beauty of Africa's landscape and its diverse population, and the cast's passionate respect for both is inspiring. But even that pales in comparison to the show's celebration of the human spirit and quest for adventure.
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