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 Treehouse Masters is a promotional vehicle for Nelson Treehouse and Supply company, which builds fancy treehouses for clients, but it also highlights some of the imagination, engineering requirements, and artistry that goes into building these structures. Despite the occasional strong word ("ass"), brief beer drinking scenes, and the occasional collapse of heavy wood (no one gets hurt), the content is mild and humorous enough for kids and adults to enjoy.
What's the story?
TREEHOUSE MASTERS is a reality series featuring Pete Nelson, a master treehouse builder, who travels around the country building and repairing all sorts of treehouse structures. The Fall City, Wash., resident works with clients who are looking to branch out beyond their living spaces, or want fun guest houses, recreational areas, or structures that are just plain unique. The sky is the limit, and with the help of his posse, including his foreman Daryl, and his carpenters, including his son Charlie, he designs and builds treehouses outfitted with game rooms, bars, porches, and even full kitchens and bathrooms. He also works with clients to repair and restore rustic treehouses located in extreme locations, like high up in the sky or near the edges of alligator-infested bayous. It's a lot of work, but with Nelson's energy and endless imagination, they always manage to build something amazing.
Is it any good?
Treehouse Masters highlights the process by which the unique treehouses that Nelson's company is known for are built, which includes scouting for trees that can support the structure, and understanding how they will grow and become part of the house and make it stronger. It also highlights how important it is to respect the trees as living, breathing things, and how they must work with them in order to create a healthy, organic structure.
Most of the episodes focus on how the houses are built, as well as the various unique touches that are added to them to make them more appealing. But Nelson's quirky humor and obvious excitement about what he does makes the show genuinely fun to watch. Viewers who tune in might even find themselves thinking about their own childhood treehouses, while others may find themselves fantasizing about having one of these spectacular treehouses in their own back yard.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the culture surrounding treehouses. Where did the art of building treehouses come from? Why are they often viewed as spaces for boys or men? Parents: Did you have a treehouse growing up? Kids: Do you have one now? What kinds of activities are associated with them?
Over the years there have been lots of TV shows and films that feature scenes in treehouses. Can you list some of them? What kind of activities take place in them?
Reality shows are often used as ways of promoting goods and services. What are some of the ways that parents can help kids enjoy these kinds of TV shows while helping them become more aware of how they are being targeted by advertisers?
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