A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There are challenges and tradeoffs to leaving civilization and living on a lake with minimal government restrictions.
Positive Role Models
Ice Lake dwellers choose a lifestyle free of government rules, taxes, and other restrictions.
Violence & Scariness
Boats capsize and people risk their lives trying to keep their homes afloat. Occasionally people fall in the water or through the ice. Rifles are used for hunting, and axes are used to cut wood. The weather is brutal, and the conditions are primitive.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains some mild sexual innuendo, some of which will go over the heads of younger viewers. References are made to the cold improving people's sperm counts.
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Words such as "piss" are audible; curses such as "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References are made to getting drunk and toying with maritime equipment.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ice Lake Rebels focuses on the dangerous living conditions of people who subsist on houseboats in sub-Arctic Canada, which require the use of rifles, axes, and other weapons to hunt and survive. It also leads to frightening accidents, such as falling through ice. There's some strong vocabulary ("piss" is audible; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped), sexual innuendo that will go over the heads of younger kids, and references to getting drunk.
Is It Any Good?
The series showcases a group of people who have made the conscious decision to live free from government regulation -- and modern convenience -- by living in houseboats that can't be tethered to dry land. Although this lifestyle offers the autonomy many people crave, these people are clear that this nonconformist lifestyle is primitive and extremely dangerous -- so dangerous that few are successful at it.
It's interesting, particularly when the cast demonstrates how ignoring seemingly minor details can result in disastrous consequences. The designs of the houseboats, wherein space is a premium and conveniences are few, also is fascinating. Mostly, this show underscores the trade-offs people are willing to make to live a life they believe is truly free.
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