The Cabin with Bert Kreischer

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Unconventional variety show has alcohol, drugs, nudity.

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Positive Messages

The Cabin features a lot of self-improvement and healing practices, but Kreischer and his guests don't take them very seriously. 

Positive Role Models

The Cabin features a diverse ensemble of guests, and Kreischer makes an effort to talk to each of them about how their backgrounds influence their art and career.

Violence

The Cabin doesn't feature any person-on-person violence, but there are moments of Jackass-like self-harm. There are some scenes that might be considered violent toward animals, like one where butchering a whole emu is played for laughs.

Sex

Sexual content is high, and the comedians often use sexuality as the basis of their jokes. Comedians discuss the idea of consent in a constructive way in one scene, but sexually harass a woman while she is working in another. Kreischer is seen nude from behind, doing some personal grooming of his netherparts.  

Language

Profanity is used frequently and includes "f--k," "a--hole," "p---y," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, especially heavy and irresponsible drinking, is a major focus of the show. Kreischer drinks constantly. At one point, he is drinking liquor while on an IV. Keischer and his guests smoke cigars and a large quantity of marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Cabin with Bert Kreischer is a reality show that features comedian Bert Kreischer hosting famous guests at a cabin in the woods. The show is a mix of casual interviews with comedians, activities like milking goats and Jackass-style physical comedy, and Kreischer's half-hearted attempts at healing and detoxing. Drinking, smoking, and alcohol are featured prominently on the show. Kreischer drinks throughout, even when he is supposedly detoxing. At one point, he drinks liquor while on an IV. He and his guests smoke cigars and marijuana. Most of the guests are comedians, and profanity and sexual humor are prevalent throughout the show. Comedy is sometimes used as an excuse for bad behavior, as in one scene when a worker is sexually harassed. Kreischer is seen nude and performing some grooming self-care. A dead animal is used for comedy at one point. Despite all of this, The Cabin does have moments of genuine thoughtfulness, but the setting is mostly a debauched party atmosphere.

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What's the story?

In THE CABIN WITH BERT KREISCHER, comedian Bert Kreischer is sent by his wife into the woods to detox from tour life, and he invites famous guests to come hang out with him, turning the experience into a talk show. Kreischer still participates in all the detoxing healing rituals -- everything from ice baths to chakra cleansing ceremonies -- and his guests join him in cabin-life activities like milking goats and throwing axes. The detoxing never really happens. 

Is it any good?

There's a common myth that alcohol and drugs help people get more honest with one another. In reality, drugs and alcohol get in the way of honesty and genuine emotion more often than not. The Cabin with Bert Kreischer seems to want to create a party environment so that guests can ultimately let down their guard and have thoughtful discussions. He does seem genuinely curious about topics like coming out as gay to one's parents, or how someone's heritage influences their art, but the drinking and smoking tends to interfere with his interviews, rather than aid them. That would probably be fine if antics featured in the The Cabin were genuinely funny. Instead, it feels like Kreischer and his guests are mostly reaching for easy laughs. As in real life, what's hilarious to someone who is drunk or high usually does not come off as such to someone who isn't.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bert Kreischer's trip to the cabin. What does he hope to achieve there? Do the guests help him reach his goals? Does Kreischer get what he wants from the cabin?

  • What activities did Kreischer and his guests participate in? How do they contribute to the theme of the show? 

  • Did you learn anything interesting about Kreischer or his guests? Did anything surprise you?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 13, 2020
  • Cast: Bert Kreischer
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 16, 2020

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