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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's definitely some pettiness and tension, but overall the series highlights how inner strength and determination can help people persevere. Viewers will also pick up a few survival tips.
Positive Role Models
The participants aren't always able to maintain a positive attitude, but they all try hard, and they talk honestly about their worries. When conflict arises, yelling and heated exchanges are frequent.
Violence & Scariness
Participants talk a lot about the dangers they face in the brutal Alaskan elements, and there's often mention of people who have frozen to death or been killed by wildlife. Some scenes show bears catching and eating fish; others include close-up shots of decomposing animal carcasses. Blood is minimal during the subjects' weekly medical tests.
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"Ass" and "hell" are audible; anything stronger (including "f--k") is bleeped.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although there's little patently iffy content in this reality series filmed in the Alaskan wild, the participants' constant tension over food shortage, extreme weather, and wildlife dangers could upset or even frighten little kids. Conversations often include mention of how easily adventurers can be killed by native bears or the brutal elements, and the subjects' worry for their own safety sometimes drives them to tears. A few scenes show decomposing animal carcasses and/or wildlife eating prey, and the language gets a little salty (mostly "ass" and "hell") when tensions rise. That said, the series highlights the strength of the human spirit, showcases stunning Alaskan scenery, and includes some noteworthy survival tips.
Is It Any Good?
There's something enticing about watching people battle nature's challenges -- especially when you're watching from the comforts of your own couch. For viewers who enjoy adventure-bound reality TV, this series has a lot to offer: stunning scenery, raw emotion, and personal triumph.
The flip side? The constant references to the life-threatening nature of the weather, food shortages, and unpredictable wildlife could frighten young or sensitive viewers. Likewise, kids won't understand the reasons behind participants' emotional outbursts and heated exchanges. There's a fair amount of salty language (mostly "hell" and "ass"), too, so it's probably a more age-appropriate choice for older tweens and teens. Even then, be prepared to answer questions about life and survival tactics in the wild.
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