Life Below Zero

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Rugged Alaskan lifestyle reality with hunting and language.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series highlights what it takes to survive in the Alaskan back country, as well as what motivates people to do it. Hard work, resilience, and respecting nature are all themes here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The people who live in these areas are tough, resilient, and independent, and are very proud of their ability to build a life for themselves in the region. They respect the natural environment around them.


Rifles and other weapons are used to hunt. Very bloody scenes of hunters gutting animals. Injuries due to animal attacks and the icy drowning of family members and other tragic events are discussed.


Words like "hell," "damn," and "bastard" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cigarette and cigar smoking is visible.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Life Below Zero is a reality show set in rural Alaska and features some gritty hunting scenes (including bloody images of fish and mammals getting gutted and skinned), as well as some strong language ("hell," "damn,"  "bastard," "bleeped" curse words), and cigarette and cigar smoking. Outside of this, it conveys positive messages about the personal satisfaction that comes with being self-sufficient, and the importance of respecting the environment.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBecca21 March 18, 2021


I watch this show all the time. I have learned important things about the environment and nature from this show. Some characters I do not care for because they... Continue reading
Adult Written byEllie Ann April 28, 2020

The positives and negatives

Very interesting and educational. However, it is annoying that there is the use of "colorful" words. Why? It doesn't add to the program at al...
Teen, 15 years old Written byDaCritic December 23, 2020

Educational and Interesting

I would definitely have your kids think before watching this. I’ve been watching this television show for quite a while now, and it is very educational. For tho... Continue reading

What's the story?

LIFE BELOW ZERO is a reality series that features six people who have chosen to live their lives in the remotest areas around the Arctic Circle region of Alaska. It stars Chip Hailstone, who lives with his wife Agnes, an Inupiat Eskimo and their children in Noovik; Erik Salitan, a registered wilderness guide from Wiseman; and Sue Aikens, the sole resident of the Kavik River Camp. It also features Andy and Kate Bassich, who live in the Yukon territory. In a region where death is a big part of life, and where residents must constantly be looking for food, fending off predatory animals, and enduring hostile elements, these folks work hard to build a self-sufficient lifestyle that they want to enjoy living.

Is it any good?

Life below Zero offers an interesting look at the lives of people who have chosen to live away from the modern world in order to build a life in and around the Alaskan wilderness. It shows how things like money, electricity, and neighbors are commodities that some folks willingly do without in order live in this rugged habitat. For some, this life is also a way to return to indigenous traditions.

Interviews with these Alaskans underscore how potentially dangerous this life can be, especially when confronted with food shortages, wild animals, and unexpected mishaps while working on day-to-day tasks. They also note how resilient they have to be in order to live -- and thrive -- in this kind of environment. Their lives will certainly seem to unique to many, but they show viewers how some are willing to risk the dangers of the Alaskan back country in exchange for a life full of peace and natural wonder.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why people make the decision to live away from modern society. What are some of the media stereotypes about people who choose to live this way? Does this reality show challenge these generalizations?

  • Why do you think these folks agreed to be featured in this series? Is it to call attention to their way of life? Or is it for other reasons?

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