By Martin Brown,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Creature search turns into story of murder, drugs, racism.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's about monsters, real and imagined, and contains some positive messages about coping with trauma and the healing power of the truth.
Positive Role Models
Journalist David Holthouse exhibits honesty, compassion, and determination.
Violence & Scariness
Begins with an investigation into the possible murder of three men by Bigfoot and discusses multiple other violent crimes throughout, including murder and rape. Discussion of these crimes being racially motivated. At one point, DEA agents are shown using assault rifles. Sexual assault is discussed.
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Profanity is used throughout, including "f--k," "s--t," and bleeped-out uses of the "N" word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug use is discussed throughout, including use of cocaine and detailed descriptions of crystal meth. A lot of the action takes place in and around cannabis farms in Northern California, and drug trade history is discussed. Cigarettes and alcohol use are not shown, though some scenes do take place at bars and liquor stores.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sasquatch is a true crime documentary series. It begins as an investigation into the history of the Bigfoot myth in Northern California but quickly becomes about the criminal drug trade in the 1990s. Several brutal murders are discussed and described, as well as other crimes such as drug use and rape. Profanity is used, including "f--k," "s--t," and bleeped-out uses of the "N" word. Most of the action takes place in and around cannabis farms, and the series digs into the history of marijuana farming in Mendocino County. The series investigates potential racial motivation behind the murders, and talks about the legacy of racism in California. The series ultimately uses Bigfoot as an entry point to a broader range of topics, but it also talks a good amount about the mythical creature.
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What's the Story?
Sasquatch begins with journalist David Holthouse's personal experience back in 1993. While working on a cannabis farm in Northern California, Holthouse began to hear stories about Bigfoot sightings. One night, he overheard someone describe finding three men who had been killed by the legendary creature. But when Holthouse investigates the nearly 30-year-old story, the hunt to find the real Sasquatch turns into something bigger and more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.
Is It Any Good?
Unique among its true crime peers, David Holthouse's investigation into a Northern California bigfoot myth feels similar to other genre-bending documentaries like Catfish and Nathan for You's "Finding Frances." Like those touchstones, Sasquatch begins with a simple investigation but quickly becomes about something bigger and thornier than the investigators could have imagined. Holthouse's journey careens from legendary creatures into crime, drugs, race, history, and trauma before finally asking what drives people to want to solve mysteries in the first place. It's an unexpected treat.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Bigfoot. What is the Sasquatch discussed in the documentary? Why do you think people believe in mythical creatures?
The series features many colorful characters sharing their stories. If you could make a documentary, who would you interview?
As a journalist, how does Holthouse make decisions? What investigative techniques does he use?
- Premiere date: April 20, 2021
- Network: Hulu
- Genre: Reality TV
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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