The Blue Grass Boys

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Pot-themed docuseries features illegal activity, cursing.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Marijuana growing (and selling) is introduced as an illegal, but  justifiable and lucrative, endeavor. It pokes fun at efforts to stop illegal marijuana growing by local law enforcement.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Red and his gang view growing marijuana as a way of life, and do not care about the fact that it is illegal. They are presented as family men. Some behavior reinforces stereotypes about the South. Constable Clark appears as someone who is easily duped or avoided, but he's smarter than he looks.

Violence

High-speed car changes are visible. Scenes and video footage of growers being handcuffed or arrested, during which they are thrown to the ground or against cars by Constable Clark.

Sex
Language

Words like "bitch," "ass," and "damn" audible; "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped.

Consumerism

GMC trucks and Jeep Cherokees visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Marijuana plants and buds visible. Pot growing, selling, and smoking is discussed, but not the consequences of these activities.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Blue Grass Boys is a seemingly lighthearted reality series featuring people illegally growing marijuana crops to eventually harvest and sell. Marijuana plants are visible, and references to pot, growing tools, and smoking paraphernalia are frequent. The vocab is pretty salty, and high-speed car chases and aggressive arrests are common occurrences. It's not meant for kids, but parents may want to discuss some of the consequences of the behaviors and activities featured here with their teens.

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What's the story?

THE BLUE GRASS BOYS is a reality series showcasing the cat-and-mouse game between law enforcement and marijuana growers in the Kentucky mountains. Cameras follow Constable Freddie Clark as he chases down local pot growers in Eastern Kentucky's rural McCreary County. But unbeknownst to him, a local master grower known as \"Red\" and his gang are also allowing cameras to document every aspect of their operations. As Red's gang doubles their efforts to cultivate a record number of plants, Constable Clark does his best to close them down.

Is it any good?

The Blue Grass Boys shows how pot growers go about doing their business in the state of Kentucky, which is the third largest producer of marijuana in the United States. It also highlights the various ways they go about hiding their activities, despite local law enforcement's seemingly relentless efforts to stop them. But some of the growers' antics seem so wacky that you can't help wonder if it's all being staged. Meanwhile, the constable's consistent failure to catch them seems a bit too far-fetched, too.

Regardless of how true to life the show is, Red and his colorful clan are likable and fun-loving. Some folks will also find the frequent Dukes of Hazzard-like police chases around the dusty mountain backroads entertaining. But these humorous moments make it easy to forget that they are breaking the law, and that their activities have real-life, negative consequences that go beyond the state line.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. Why do some documentaries showcase illegal activities? Is this a responsible or ethical thing to do? Why would growers agree to allow cameras to show their illegal activities? What messages are they sending about marijuana and the people and activities associated with it?

  • What are some of the consequences of growing, selling, and smoking marijuana?

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For kids who love reality shows

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