A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Ice Road Truckers spin-off follows drivers as they run cargo through the dangerous Indian Himalayan highways. The threat of fatal accidents is constant, and computer graphics illustrate what these tragedies would look like. The show contains some salty language (“s--t,” “f--k”) that is fully bleeped, as well as cigarette smoking and references to drinking beer. Some characters make insulting comments about Indian drivers.
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What's the story?
IRT DEADLIEST ROADS follows ice road truckers driving through the ancient trade routes of the Himalayas. Drivers Lisa Kelly, Alex Debogorski, and Rick Yemm leave the frozen terrain of North America to risk their lives running cargo through India’s historically dangerous mountain highways. Each driver, accompanied by a local Indian spotter, must complete their runs in wooden trucks designed to be driven on the left side of the road. They must also contend with unrelenting heat, language barriers, and local driving customs. It’s a challenge that will shake their confidence, but an experience that will stay with them forever.
Is it any good?
The series, which is a spin-off of the reality hit Ice Road Truckers, features the same kind of harrowing excitement that its sister show is known for. But what makes this show even more entertaining to watch is its focus on how the drivers navigate their way through an unfamiliar culture as well as the unfamiliar roadways.
The cast’s interaction with their Indian counterparts often leads to some lighthearted moments. The attention that Kelly receives as a female truck driver may also elicit a chuckle or two. But throughout it all, viewers are never allowed to lose sight of the fact that these drivers are facing some very real dangers. IRT fans will definitely enjoy the tension-filled moments, but the show isn’t for everybody.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons that people decide to do a job like this. Why do you think people choose to risk their lives for work? Is it the challenge? Money? Or is there something else that motivates them?
Do you think jobs like this are as dangerous as these reality shows make them out to be? Or are they made to seem especially dangerous for the cameras?
Why are most truck drivers men? Do you think that it's more difficult for a woman to become a licensed truck driver? Why or why not?