A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show emphasizes teamwork and how even one breakdown in the process affects not only the people involved in that task but everyone in the entire operation. Loggers use good-natured teasing and competition to spur each other on, but no one seems out to "beat" the others.
Positive Role Models
The loggers are hardworking men in a tough industry, but they mostly behave well, focusing on doing their jobs safely and appropriately. That said, the show is very male dominated (no women to be seen).
Violence & Scariness
There's some roughhousing among the loggers, mostly wrestling-style. Though the work is clearly dangerous, the narration doesn't beat you over the head with reminders about that.
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These are loggers -- you have to figure that their language gets pretty salty. But the bleeps are kept to a minimum, and the words they're blocking out aren't necessarily immediately obvious. Words like "piss" aren't edited out.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Potential for social drinking and/or references to alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like many "dangerous jobs" show, this series follows a team of workers who face peril in their daily routine -- but it doesn't overplay the danger as some shows do. There really isn't any red-flag content, though you can expect a few bleeped words and some good-natured teasing. Even though the logging industry has long been surrounded by environmental controversy, the show doesn't really touch on that issue.
Is It Any Good?
This isn't a bad show -- the storytelling is competent, the people are reasonably interesting, and there are even a few things to be learned. But it's not the most enthralling hour of television ever made, either. In one episode, the narrator tries to ratchet up the drama when one of the machines breaks down by pointing out that such glitches mean lost money to the loggers and truckers. But the guys treat it so matter of factly that viewers end up taking it in stride, too.
Bottom line? A fine pick if your tween can't get enough of the "dangerous jobs" that have popped up everywhere in recent years, but hardly a best of breed.
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