Gold Rush

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Gritty gold mining reality series has some salty vocab.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Being willing to work hard for a dream, remaining loyal, and staying positive are all messages featured here. However, they are also driven by a desire to make a lot of money.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Todd Hoffman respects his crew; his crew is loyal to him. The men all seem like very hard workers. Dakota Fred Hurt is made out to appear devious.

Violence

Frustrated miners often argue with each other, which sometimes leads to pushing, shoving, and threats. Explosives are detonated at mining sites.

Sex
Language

Words like "crap," "ass," and "pissed" are audible; occasionally curses like "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Equipment logos like Caterpillar, Pioneer, and Komat'su are visible. Ford trucks are visible, but the logos aren't prominently featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One miner requires the use of morphine to deal with the pain from back injuries.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series featuring a group of miners trying to find gold in Alaska contains some salty language (the strongest words bleeped), and arguments sometimes lead to pushing, shoving, and threats of more violence. Contracting equipment logos (Caterpillar, etc.) are visible. The men are driven by money, but the show also reveals positive messages about loyalty, staying positive, and working hard to realizing a dream.
 

User Reviews

Parent Written bymeltmom January 4, 2014

Great truck show but problems with language

My preschooler LOVES this show. He's into big trucks and this show is full of them. We love seeing the problems they run into with their machines and how t... Continue reading
Parent of a 18+ year old Written byNzconcern November 11, 2011

Gold rush

Great show, positive role models. some curse words but are bleeped out.
Kid, 12 years old June 27, 2016

Interesting show with scary moments

Positive Messages-3: Promotes Teamwork Violence-4:Scary situations for many of the miners, including one miner nearly falling into a pit. One person badly brui... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 22, 2015

These Guys Love Cuss'n

My grandfather loves this show and forces me to watch it almost time I see him. It's really interesting to watch. I like it too. But they cuss up a storm e... Continue reading

What's the story?

GOLD RUSH (previously titled Gold Rush: Alaska) features a crew of down-on-their luck miners battling the Alaskan wilderness for gold. Headed up by Todd Hoffman and his father Jack, the six crewmen (including Greg Remsburg, Jim Thurber, James Harness, and Dave Turin) spend the summer months digging for gold in Porcupine Creek, Alaska using heavy equipment to seek their fortune, while exploring mining opportunities in the Klondike. Throughout it all, they must cope with seriously injured crewmen, licensing and financial woes, broken equipment, and competition created by veteran miner Dakota Fred Hurt. The stakes are high, but the Hoffmans are committed to finding enough gold to make it worthwhile.

Is it any good?

The story told here is reminiscent of the gold rush stories of the past, and includes a similar cast of characters: the cash-strapped family risking everything for fortune, the loyal team of miners that sticks with them, and the devious claim jumpers who want to cash in on their spoils. Also adding to the drama is the relentless power of the elements, which in Alaska translates to intolerably cold weather, hard, frozen soil, and precarious terrain.

Despite its connection to the past,  the series shows how truly backbreaking and dangerous gold mining is. It also shows, despite the help of computers, large machinery, and other modern-day equipment, that there are no guarantees when it comes to finding gold. As a result, you can't help but wonder why these men keep doing what they are doing, despite the many mishaps and failed mining attempts they experience along the way.
 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why shows like this are appealing. What makes this show different from other "dirty jobs" shows? How do you think producers find folks entertaining enough to carry a show like this?

  • Talk about the history of the Alaskan Gold Rush. Did you know that miners who went to Alaska were called "stampeders"?  Or that women played a role in this movement? What has the overall impact been of the Gold Rush on the United States?

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