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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Take risks, but be smart.
Positive Role Models
Adults teach and mentor the next generation.
Violence & Scariness
Wild animal hunting, trapping; bloody carcasses visible. Accidents happen; injuries sometimes shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Folks strip for survival purposes. No nudity.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the reality series Sons of Winter follows brothers Dale and Shane Barks, two young men who set out on a 90-day hunting trip in the Northern Canadian Territories. Years ago, teacher Randy Barks moved his young family to uninhabited Northern Saskatchewan to live like the pioneers of past, and now his sons get to prove they can make it through a winter on their own. The show features lots of talk about the dangers of living in the wilderness, plus lots of hunting, trapping, and dead animals (some of which are bloody). Accidents and life-threatening moments also are shown. People partially undress for survival purposes.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a voyeuristic look into the lives of people who have chosen to live in the isolated and punishing wilderness of the Northern Region. Much of the show's entertainment value comes from the mistakes made and mishaps created by the boys, ranging from not securing their food to falling through the ice. Though some of these seem minor, all can have deadly consequences.
Framing the boys' trip as a journey into manhood feels a bit contrived, and Randy Barks' musings about the acceptance of the inevitable dangers they face while "living freely" gets a little tiresome. But if you like the many other outdoor-themed reality shows out there, you'll appreciate the endless hunting activities, as well as the casts' constant plans for survival in a place where they have no control.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.