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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A rebellious teen steals, drinks alcohol, gets arrested, and acts disrespectfully toward his mother and stepfather, but his relationships with them slowly improve as they begin to understand one another. A blended family struggles to find common ground.
Violence & Scariness
On the game reserve, adults often carry guns for protection. In one scene, a man shoots a lioness with a tranquilizer gun. Run-ins with wildlife are suspenseful. The occasional fistfight may draw a little blood; veterinary scenes are occasionally bloody as well. Parents bicker/argue.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild teen flirting, which leads to a couple of kisses. A few somewhat skimpy swimsuits.
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Fairly infrequent use of words like "bitch," "ass," "hell," and "damn." Other language includes "loser," "freak," "piss up a rope," and "sucks."
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Products & Purchases
Cell phone use among teens; Katie and Jesse envy Oliver and Emily's posher lifestyle.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One adult character is shown drinking, and it's implied that he's a heavy drinker (though drunkenness isn't obvious in his actions). Jesse sneaks sips of alcohol and, in one scene, steals a bottle of it, with no obvious consequences. He and Oliver go drinking (off-screen). Phrases like "crack high" and "acid-flash crazy" are used sarcastically in response to off-the-wall ideas.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this drama about a blended family's struggle to find common ground in unexpected circumstances isn't a typical primetime teen soap. Even though two of the central characters are teens -- so flirting and rebellious behavior are par for the course -- they're a lot more like real kids than the over-the-top characters on shows like The O.C. and Gossip Girl. Expect to see some teen drinking (which, at least initially, occurs without consequences) and sarcastic and/or angry exchanges with parents (some of which include words like "hell," "bitch," and ass"). Note that the show takes place in South Africa, which means beautiful scenery, inspiring background music ... and some tense wildlife encounters (adult characters carry guns for protection), which could upset young viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Life Is Wild is an endearing drama about the struggles to blend two families. Its setting in the wilds of South Africa gives it an aesthetically beautiful quality, and the native background music and wildlife footage are a real treats for viewers. But it's not quite a "fun for all ages" family show. Jesse's rebellious nature leads him to disobey and disrespect his parents, drink, and steal. Guns are prevalent (although they're intended for protection from dangerous wild animals), there's some teen flirting, and language can be strong on occasion ("damn," "bitch," etc.). Last but not least are some suspenseful wildlife-encounter scenes that may be too much for younger viewers.
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