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The Buried Life
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- in which four young men travel the country to accomplish the 100 things they want to do before they die -- ultimately sends a positive message about living life to the fullest while giving back to the community. Though it contains some bleeped curse words, silly pranks, and sneaky behavior, the show is pretty mild compared to other MTV reality offerings.
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What's the story?
THE BURIED LIFE follows the journey of four twentysomething men who are challenging themselves to complete a list of 100 things they want to do before they die. Canadians Ben Nemtin, Dave Lingwood, Duncan Penn, and his brother Jonnie travel across North America in a purple transit bus attempting to cross off items on their list. They also ask members of the communities they visit to think about the dreams they want to realize before their lives are over. For every item they cross off their list, the team helps a stranger in that community accomplish a dream of his or her own.
Is it any good?
The team’s journey, which began four years ago, is based on the idea that people’s dreams often don't get realized because they get buried under the responsibilities of everyday life. The show challenges viewers to motivate themselves to pursue as many of their dreams as they can today, rather than waiting until it's too late to think about them.
Granted, the four young men sometimes use silly and/or underhanded tactics (like sneaking into places in disguise) to accomplish their goals. And some of their adventures seem a little staged, too. But the general message is overwhelmingly positive: Live today’s life to the fullest, and give back to those who need a little help doing so.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what they would put on their "buried list." What might stop you from accomplishing those dreams? What will it take to realize them?
Is it worth breaking rules or going to extremes to fulfill your dreams? When do you think that it's time to stop trying? How can you help others in your community realize their own dreams?
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