The Legend of Mick Dodge

 
Quirky recluse series interesting, but has rough language.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show highlights the importance of respecting nature. It also underscores how people can live life without the trappings of modern society if they choose to. 

Positive role models

Dodge respects the land. He considers himself to be an honest and ethical person. 

Violence

Hunting and fishing is visible; weapons like bows and arrows are visible. Road kill is used as a source of food. Occasionally things that Mick stashes for safekeeping get stolen. The death of a parent is discussed. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Frequent language including words like "hell," "ass," "piss," and "crap" are audible while curses like "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Occasionally local businesses like Mountainman Leatherworks are featured. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Legend of Mick Dodge includes positive messages about respecting nature, but there's enough salty language to make it an iffy choice for younger tweens. Expect occasional hunting without much blood or violence.

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What's the story?

THE LEGEND OF MICK DODGE is a documentary series about a mountainman living deep in the Hoh Rain Forest of the Pacific Northwest. The reclusive forest dweller known as Mick Dodge, who left the modern world behind 25 years ago, allows cameras to follow him as he travels barefoot around the mossy woods living off the land. From using pine cones as tooth brushes and living in trees to drinking water out of mushrooms and talking to animals and vegetation, he demonstrates how he's able to survive in the rugged environment by both respecting and becoming part of it. It isn't always easy, but by turning to the forest for what he needs, and with the occasional help of fellow forest dwellers, he shows the world how he's been able to dodge the secular world all these years.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Legend of Mick Dodge offers a voyeuristic look into the world of this third-generation outdoorsmen, who has opted to spend his life away from civilization. Much of the entertainment comes from watching Dodge substitute whatever the forest provides and time-honored natural remedies for modern conveniences.

Dodge is worthy of the local legends that surround him, thanks to his rugged lifestyle and occasional quirky behavior. But one can't help feeling that some of what is shown here is contrived in order to make his quiet life a little more exciting for television audiences. Nonetheless, the show gives viewers a chance to see what life can be like when one chooses to commune with the natural world. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Mick Dodge's choice to allow cameras to follow him after leaving the contemporary world behind. Why do you think he decided to do this? To educate people? Fame? Money? Does he behave the same way on camera as he does when he is alone

  • What is the difference between a documentary and a reality series? 

TV details

Cast:Mick Dodge
Network:National Geographic Channel
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Misfits and underdogs, Science and nature
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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