A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It highlights the challenges that come with owning and managing a working farm. Responsible animal production and the importance of family are also themes.
Positive Role Models
Natalie Redding is a committed mother and hard working farm owner who strives to run a responsible business. The children are expected to help out on the farm.
Violence & Scariness
Minor animal surgeries are shown, but no blood is visible. Animals are occasionally euthanized (due to illness) using rifles; shots are heard but the act isn't actually shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Animal genitalia is discussed. Animals are occasionally shown being castrated; the process is described in detail.
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Words like "bitch" are partially muted; curses like "s--t" are bleeped.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shear Madness features some of the day-to-day challenges that come with running a sheep farm, some of which might be off-putting for sensitive kids. Animals are held down to be sheared, castrated, inoculated, and on rare occasions, euthanized with rifles (though the actual moment isn't shown). There's a few partially muted words ("bitch") and an occasional bleeped curse, too. It also contains strong messages about responsible animal production, as well as the importance of family.
Is It Any Good?
While Natalie Redding's background makes her somewhat of an interesting character, most of the show's focus is on the work involved in running and sustaining a farm as a primary source of income. It also highlights how vulnerable these businesses are are when things like illness and other issues affect their livestock.
It's not the most action-packed show, but it does attempt to liven things up a bit by showing animals being sheared, castrated, or put down. Animal lovers, as well as folks who are interested in learning more about how sheep farming works, will definitely find it interesting.
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