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Extreme Loggers



"Dangerous job" show doesn't stand out from the crowd.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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).


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.

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.

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What's the story?

EXTREME LOGGERS follows the folks who cut wood for our houses, paper, furniture, and other products. Whether they're removing cut wood via mule team or helicopter or fighting below-freezing temperatures, the cameras are there to document it.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how realistic reality TV really is. Do you think producers of shows like this ever stretch or bend the truth? If so, why?

  • Why do you think the show doesn't address some of the more controversial aspects of logging?

TV details

Premiere date:November 11, 2008
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent of a 17 year old Written byTheBotanist January 7, 2011
My honest opinion is this show is terrible I mean not trying to be a critic on it or anything but who actually want to see a bunch of people basically murder the earth. When I watched this show it saddened me deeply to see what are society has come to.
Parent Written byPlague January 7, 2010

Extreme Loggers

Awesome show. Out of all the logging shows on TV, this has to be one of my favorites.
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Great role models


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