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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Company owner Paul Nosak is egotistical, cocky, and prone to cursing and adult-sized temper tantrums -- none of which he tones down in the presence of his 12-year-old son, who's often on the jobsite. Nosak is often disrespectful to his crew, and the whole cast enjoys talking behind their co-workers' backs for the camera. On a positive note, Nosak's crew does include a woman.
Violence & Scariness
This is a potentially dangerous occupation, so the possibility of injury always exists -- a fact that's often played up for the sake of drama.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Men talk about the distractions of having a female co-worker.
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Frequent use of words like "hell" and "damn"; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Nosak Tree Service gets plenty of self-promotional air time, and Nosak himself never passes up the chance to talk about how exceptional his skills are.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the owner of the tree service company spotlighted in this reality series overshadows any educational content with his fiery temperament and self-absorption. He routinely lashes out at his crew with strong language (mostly "hell" and "damn," with stronger choices bleeped) and disrespectful comments, and every cast member degrades co-workers in individual confessionals with the camera. In other words, this show isn't meant for kids, and there aren't enough redeeming qualities to make it anything but a guilty pleasure for older viewers.
Is It Any Good?
If you tune into this series expecting the kind of smart entertainment that TLC typically offers, you'll be sorely disappointed. Instead of giving an informative glimpse into an oft-overlooked trade, Saw for Hire is monopolized by the egotistical, irritable Nosak, who dominates the camera for two purposes: to congratulate himself for his unparalleled personal expertise and to complain about his apparently inept crew. Between barking orders at his employees and chewing out anyone who he feels isn't up to snuff, Nosak's infatuation with the camera leaves precious little air time to showcase the workers' actual skills.
If that's not enough reason to skip it, the fact that the show is littered with cursing ("damn" and "hell," mostly, with stronger words bleeped) means it's definitely not for kids or tweens. The bottom line? There are plenty of higher-quality series out there that do a better job of celebrating a strong work ethic and skilled trades.
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