A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The overriding messages are that Alaska is beautiful and its natural beauty should be appreciated. Also, family is very important. Palin's political messages are subtle, but present.
Positive Role Models
On one hand, Palin can be pretty judgmental -- she frequently declares that "everyone should...". For example, in an opening montage, she says that everyone should raise their children on Alaskan seafood. While watching a mother bear and cubs, she interprets their behavior in terms of her values. On the other hand, she pushes herself to try new things and face her fears (like heights). She has strong opinions and isn't afaid to share them. She is protective of her family, and occasionally pokes fun at her public persona.
Violence & Scariness
The Palin family hunts and so you do see several scenes of Sarah Palin handling guns and teaching her children to shoot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are some allusions to teen sex. In one scene, daughter Willow has a male friend come over. Palin explains that the fence at the bottom of the stairs (clearly as protection for her youngest son Trig) is also the young man's boundary. And when he goes past that, he is called down immediately.
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"Heck" and "oh my gosh" is about as harsh as it gets.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show is as much about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as it is about the state of Alaska. While the show is mild and fairly family friendly, Palin does embed the show with her particular values and politics, which some parents might not agree with. Most political elements of the show are subtle enough that they'll go over the heads of kids, but parents should be prepared to discuss their views on the polarizing figure helming this show.
Is It Any Good?
One has to give Palin credit. She does poke fun at herself -- including making a joke about being able to "see Russia" from an expansive mountaintop view. She also talks about how hard it can be to be the target of criticism. At the same time, many of the attitudes and values that some people find attractive and others off-putting are in full evidence here. She complains all through a difficult rock climb, but she still gives it her all-out best. She's eerily paranoid about her neighbor, who is likely writing an attack biography about her. And she finds plenty of occasions to interpret natural beauty through her particular political lens. The bottom line is, if you like Sarah Palin, you'll like the show. If you don't, you won't.
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