Parents' Guide to

Tough as Nails

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Competition celebrates the working class, with stereotypes.

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This series, which is inspired by Phil Keoghan's working class family, is designed to celebrate the people who work the labor-intensive jobs that keep the United States running. The challenges, which range from laying down railroad tracks to carefully maneuvering warehouse pallet trucks, are intended to show how strong and mentally tough they have to be to do this kind of work on a daily basis. Meanwhile, the contestants share their backstories and demonstrate their commitment to their jobs, families, and in some cases, the country.

These are all positive messages, but Tough as Nails sometimes offers them while subtly criticizing those who make their living and spend their time differently. Meanwhile, it relies on a lot of stereotypical tropes to represent the "traditional" way of thinking about the American working class, such as pointing out their willingness to "get dirty" and featuring a heavy duty Ford truck as a desired prize. It's entertaining enough when compared to other reality competitions, but no doubt its narrative will ruffle some viewers' feathers.

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