Parents' Guide to

Life Below Zero

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Rugged Alaskan lifestyle reality with hunting and language.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 16+

Decent show except for Sue's roll

Are used to really like the show but lately Sue Akins just destroys it. Every five minutes you have to hear her speak as if giving a lecture with her life euphemisms that make no sense and are Adderly ridiculous... The show would be great and there's no need for the producers to have the cast talk down to us viewers as if we in the lower 48 are ignorant to life
1 person found this helpful.
age 14+

Great show

We love watching this show. The show depicts life in a remote rural area of the world. However, occasionally you may want to watch out for male nudity. There are queues that it's coming if you pay attention.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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.

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