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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
Frustrated miners often argue with each other, which sometimes leads to pushing, shoving, and threats. Explosives are detonated at mining sites.
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Words like "crap," "ass," and "pissed" are audible; occasionally curses like "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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