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 Ultimate Expedition is a YouTube Red series featuring athletes, comedians, online celebs, and other personalities challenging themselves to climb a mountain in the Peruvian Andes with The Dudesons' Jukka Hilden. Working hard, facing fears, and teamwork are major themes, and things like coming out, surviving cancer, racism, and sexism are sometimes discussed. Safety is prioritized, but there's the occasional dumb gag when they're not climbing. There's some cursing and crude sexual references, and folks get sick due to altitude sickness and show off bloody blisters and other injuries.
What's the story?
ULTIMATE EXPEDITION is a reality series starring Finnish stuntman and extreme adventurer Jukka Hilden as he leads a team of people with no climbing experience up the Peruvian Andes. Folks like Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, gamer Sssniperwolf, retired UCF fighter Chuck Lidell, and personalities like YouTube star Nikki Baker and former Jackass cast member Steve-O come together in the village of Huaraz, Peru, with the common goal of climbing nearly 20,000 feet to the top of Mt. Tocllaraju. From celebrating cancer survival to being a role model for their children, fans, or ethnic communities, each person has a different reason for being there, and contributes something unique to the group. As they train for the expedition and eventually move their way over crevasses and up glaciers toward the top, they are monitored by expedition leader Mikko Vermas and high-altitude doctor Heikki Karinen, both of whom are authorized to remove them from the climb if necessary. It's a dangerous journey, but one that they're committed to completing.
Is it any good?
This entertaining series features novice climbers with some celebrity fame facing their fears and fighting the elements to reach a common goal. It shows how they cope with the day-to-day challenges that come with a climb of this magnitude. The climbers also use individual cameras to discuss their reasons for being there, as well as their thoughts, hopes, and fears. Throughout it all, they also work hard to support each other.
Jukka Hilden, now older and somewhat more mature since his days on The Dudesons television series, makes safety a priority, and struggles through the climb like everyone else. But, along with Steve-O, he manages the occasional dumb stunt, including laughing over bottles filled with urine and drinking from a toilet. Nonetheless, Ultimate Expedition is a positive series that shows people working hard to challenge themselves in a positive way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons individual cast members decided to go on this expedition. What kinds of things do they want to prove? To whom?
What would be your Ultimate Expedition? What would be the challenges you'd have to overcome in order to complete it?
What kinds of things can be shown in a YouTube series that can't be shown on television? Do you think some content can go too far?