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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series takes a non-judgmental look at moonshining trade and the government officials who are trying to end it.
Positive Role Models
The moonshiners refuse to adhere to the laws enforcing alcohol creation and distribution; some moonshiners teach their young kids how to distill while avoiding the law.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and rifles are visible, and are often drawn by civilians on public roads. Armed law enforcement is shown storming people's homes. Stories are told about agents being killed while trying to stop them; pictures of bloody murder sites are shown.
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Occasionally words like "damn" and "hell" are audible. Stronger language is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Winchester rifles are visible and the benefits that come from their use discussed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The series centers on the cultural meanings moonshining has for some people, and the negative impact it has on others. Occasionally folks are shown with jars of moonshine, drinking it and/or drunk. Cigarette smoking is occasionally visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this docuseries features people illegal distilling and selling corn whisky (a.k.a. moonshine), and police officers trying to stop them. Not surprisingly, drinking and drunken behavior is often visible, along with occasional cigarette smoking. Moonshiners and law enforcement officers carry and point guns during the course of their work, and there's some discussion of past violent encounters between the two groups, including images of bloody murder scenes. Words like "damn" and "hell" are occasionally audible and anything stronger is bleeped.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a unique look into the world of today's moonshiners, many of who justify their illegal actions as a commitment to their heritage and as a way of making money to support their families. But it is law enforcement that offers a darker description of the underground trade, which they claim is driven by greed and violence.
The show attempts to offer a balanced look at both sides, but the likable personalities of some of the moonshiners, and the conversations about the role bootlegging has had in American history, sometimes make it hard to remember that what they are doing is illegal. Nonetheless, it succeeds at offering viewers an interesting and voyeuristic look into a world that most people know little or nothing about.
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