TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality show features silly, illegal, drunken behavior.

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Positive Messages

Stealing, illegally selling moonshine, and being constantly intoxicated are treated as funny or inconsequential. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tickle steals someone else's liquor and is selling it illegally out of greed.


Moonshine is sometimes used to blow up things up. Guns are occasionally visible. 


Words like "ass" and "hell" audible; "s--t" and "f--k"  are bleeped. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Moonshine is both consumed and (illegally) sold. Tickle and his friends appear to be constantly drunk, and behave foolishly as a result. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tickle, a spin-off of the reality show Moonshiners, features people illegally selling stolen moonshine, under the guise of running a shop, with few or no consequences. The show's entertainment value comes from the main casts' endless drunken activity, salty language ("s--t," "f--k" bleeped), and irresponsible behavior (like blowing things up). It's not meant for young kids, and viewers of all ages should be reminded to never try some of the stunts they see here at home. 

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What's the story?

TICKLE is a reality series featuring the antics of an Appalachian bootlegger who's trying keep busy in between distillery seasons. It stars Moonshiners cast member Steven Ray Tickle, who stumbles upon someone's hidden moonshine in the forest and claims it for his own. With the help of his friends Howard and Mo, he sets up Tickle's Tackle, a storefront designed to hide his illegal moonshine-selling activities. Keeping the store running is his no-nonsense secretary, Megan. Tickle must behave as a responsible business owner, but his crazy schemes often get him into trouble, especially with legendary local gun shop owner Grandpa Bill.

Is it any good?

Unlike its more informative sister series, this show features lots of staged, silly antics as Tickle and his friends try to quietly sell their moonshine while participating in charitable events and other activities in order to keep nosy neighbors at bay. A lot of their time is spent goofing around and drinking, too. 

He's likable, but this simply makes it easier to forget the fact that Tickle is making a name for himself by committing multiple crimes. His constant drunken behavior is irresponsible, too. Some folks may find it entertaining, but the messages it sends are rather disturbing. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why reality series sometimes feature illegal activities. Is it responsible or ethical to show people engaging in illegal acts, even if the way they go about it is entertaining? What if it is an educational show?

  • Why do people appear on reality television if they know that what they are doing is inappropriate or against the law? 

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