A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Young people learn from the experience of older people -- what could be smarter than that?
Positive Role Models
The young adults learn and demonstrate courage, integrity, and perseverance on their trip. They also encounter positive role models in their interviews.
Pretty mild: "Crap," "half-assed," and other mildly vulgar phrases.
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Products & Purchases
You can buy the tie-in books, and some of the interviewees work for known companies, but the whole thing is really pretty educational.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Roadtrip Nation's goal -- inspiring young people to find their path in life by exploring how others found theirs -- is morphing into a national movement. Since the series focuses on the need for people to discover what will give them inner satisfaction, the "typical" college-grad school-family track isn't a given -- careers from lobsterman and rocket scientist to police commissioner and CEO are all treated with equal respect.
Is It Any Good?
Viewers used to the histrionics and excitement of most reality TV shows might find this one slow, but so much more impactful. Roadtrip Nation's camera shots are mostly of passing scenery and talking-head interviewees. They're cleverly edited into a kind of visual collage, which quickens the pace a bit. As anyone who's gone on a long road trip knows, spending long days in a vehicle provides big-time opportunity for deep self-reflection, which -- if not exactly the stuff of high drama -- is usually very meaningful.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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