A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series promotes cooking and consuming local, organic foods for health and environmental benefits and other "green" reasons.
Positive Role Models
Most of the people who volunteer for the challenge try their best to keep to the diet. But some residents refuse to share certain ingredients with family members or neighbors, while others justify “cheating” on the diet with a variety of schemes.
Violence & Scariness
Tempers occasionally flair as people find themselves feeling deprived, scrambling to put food on the table, or doing work they’d rather not be doing in exchange for locally produced goods.
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Occasional audible words like “crap" and “pissed,” and a few bleeped swear words like “s--t”.
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Products & Purchases
The show is based on (and prominently features) the diet book written by hosts James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith. Grocers and food producers are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People are shown drinking wine and beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this green-themed docuseries -- which challenges Candian families to follow a diet limited to locally produced foods -- is full of interesting information, recipes, and tips. But it also heavily promotes the commercially successful book on which the show is based. Expect occasional strong language (words like "crap" and "pissed" are audible, while stronger choices are bleeped) and visible drinking (though not to excess). There are some tension-filled moments fueled by frustration, and some of the participants behave selfishly. Still, the series is pretty mild overall, but it may not really appeal to younger viewers.
Is It Any Good?
The 100-Mile Challenge demonstrates the physical and social benefits of eating locally produced foods, as well as the positive economic and environmental impact of supporting local food producers. But it also shows how hard it can be to break the daily habits and rituals that have become synonymous with modern-day living -- like buying cups of designer coffee and eating Chinese take-out -- and returning to more time-honored and organic ways to put food on the table. It also shows how ill-prepared many communities would be to sustain themselves if imported items were ever unavailable.
The show sends some important positive messages, but they're presented within the context of a commercially successful diet plan. This often makes the show seem more like a promotional vehicle for the MacKinnon and Smith's book than a source of information for consumers. Some of the participants exhibit some questionable behavior, too, like finding sneaky ways to eat banned products and being selfish when they do find a coveted food item. Bottom line? There's some good stuff here, but you need to sift through a few less-desirable ingredients to find it.
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