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The Strawbridge family is committed to going green, and they offer some educational information on the different ways they're accomplishing their goals. They're willing to work hard in order to live green. The family is close knit, and the kids are very supportive of their parents' efforts to live green.
Violence & Scariness
Frustrated moments sometimes lead to some mild disagreements between family members. James talks about using "guerilla tactics" to convince his university to recycle. Discussion of slaughtering farm animals for food -- when it takes place, it's done off-screen, but the carcasses are shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
James Strawbridge occasionally works shirtless, and his underwear occasionally pokes out of his pants.
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Words like "idiot," "hell," and "piss" are occasionally used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
James talks about being slightly hung over after drinking wine with his friends. Dick offers his friends a "pint" after a hard day's work. Images of empty wine bottles.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British documentary series -- which follows a family that moves from the suburbs to an old farmhouse in an attempt to live a greener, more self-sufficient (but still modern) lifestyle -- promotes some very positive environmental messages and shows the hard work and sacrifices that people sometimes have to make to be more eco-friendly. There's some occasional strong language (mostly of the "piss" and "hell" variety) and some mild disagreements between family members. There are also a few references to drinking, as well as images of empty wine bottles.
Is It Any Good?
The show offers some interesting insight on the ways that an old house can be become environmentally friendly and showcases some of the "do-it-yourself" projects that can be done to make it so. Dick Strawbridge's easy-to-follow explanations (often accompanied by graphics) about his sustainability projects are also informative. But when Dick's best-laid plans go awry, there are some mildly tense moments -- particularly when Brigit is unimpressed with his strategies and/or green devices. Meanwhile, both Charlotte and James -- who are both university students -- are supportive of their parents' mission and pitch in on many endeavors. (It's a nice change to see people cooperating on a reality show instead of bickering all the time!)
It's Not Easy Being Green demonstrates how complicated living a completely eco-friendly lifestyle can be in a modern world. It stresses the idea that you must be willing to do additional -- and often hard -- work to be self-sufficient. Many of the DIY projects can't be done without the help of professionals, and they're often costly, too. But to the Strawbridges, these inconveniences are minor and well worth the trouble if they helps the planet. These positive messages make the series worth watching. While young kids may not find the series particularly exciting, older tweens, teens, and adults may well be inspired to try a little harder to go green.
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