A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Going off the grid is viewed as a way of alleviating financial, personal, and medical issues. Christianity and marital problems also are themes.
Positive Role Models
Parents are doing what they believe is in the best interest of their families, though their motives are sometimes complicated by desperation. Some parents lie to their kids.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and knives are used to hunt for and prepare food. Bad weather creates potentially dangerous situations. Kids tussle, argue, cry.
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Occasional words such as "hell"; curses bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A cast member uses herbs to ease symptoms from serious medical conditions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Risking It All contains themes ranging from the importance of taking chances and the negative aspects of living in the modern world to Christianity, serious illness, and marital problems. The risks associated with living off the grid are occasionally mentioned. Guns and knives are used for survival purposes; there's the occasional strong word ("hell"; curses bleeped); and herbal medicines are explained.
Is It Any Good?
The voyeuristic series offers a look at people who are taking extreme measures to kickstart a life that won't force them to deal with the stresses brought on by the daily grind of the contemporary world. Some of them look at the move as an adventure, but others seem to be making the transition out of desperation and are approaching the experience with a limited understanding of the challenges that await them. Despite their circumstances, all of them believe it will reconnect their families in some way.
The parents argue that the move benefits their children, who range from toddlers to college-bound teens, because they will unplug from technology and learn self-sufficiency. Although this isn't necessarily a bad thing, the fact that some parents choose to lie to their children about the fact that the move is permanent (versus, for example, a three-month summer vacation) is a little disturbing. Nonetheless, viewers may still be inspired by the leap of faith they're taking to find what they're looking for.
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