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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teamwork and cooperation are the only way that anyone survives in this northern, isolated part of Alaska. The family and their employees all pull together to overcome difficult situations including fuel shortages, broken planes, and dangerous flying conditions.
Positive Role Models
Family patriarch and company head Jim Tweto is calm, collected, and a master at dealing with difficult situations, all of which seem to be needed qualities in his line of work and geographic region. He and his wife Ferno are a good team and a couple who genuinely seem to enjoy each other's company after decades of marriage. The work crew provides a great example of responsible action and a strong work ethic.
Violence & Scariness
Airplane crashes, including Jim Tweto's accident where he broke his neck, are discussed on the show, as well as the possibility of death. Also, the Twetos' airplane company flies in a lot of big game hunters, so there is mention of killing animals for meat.
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Language includes "pissed," "crap," and sucks." Rare, and fully beeped "f--k," as in the word "clusterf--k" when characters are frustrated.
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Products & Purchases
Planes, identifited by type and name, are presented as coveted objects.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adventurous reality series provides an exciting look at a small family business situated in a region of the United States that most people have never experienced. Beautiful shots of the Alaskan tundra, mountains, and rivers inspire a respect for the wilderness and environment. Unlike many other reality shows, this one focuses on the positive relationships of the featured family and steers clear of relationship drama. Aside from some occasional language ("crap," "sucks," and a rare, bleeped "f--k"), the series is an unproblematic and potentially exciting choice for family viewing.
Is It Any Good?
This exciting reality series keeps the complications coming for the Tweto family. From broken down airplanes to fuel shortages and scary back country landings, FLYING WILD ALASKA offers fast-paced entertainment that's appropriate, and interesting, for a range of ages. There's also a lot of educational information to be gleaned from the show. The art of marshalling (guiding planes onto the runway and into parking spots) is touched upon, as are the complications of running a small business in an extremely remote location. There's plenty to learn about fuel contamination, the rate of small plane crashes, and the skills involved in flying small aircraft in Alaska. That's not to say that the show is dry -- all of the information is presented in a way that feels less like a school lesson and more like straight entertainment.
The main stars of the show, even when competing with the stunning Alaskan wilderness and the tough little planes that fly through it, are the Tweto family. Not only do they obviously love and respect each other, they actually seem to genuinely enjoy each other's company -- a definite positive for families looking for some entertainment to enjoy together.
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