Yukon Men

Common Sense Media says

Life in the wild can be rough; language, hunting, and more.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Yukon Men highlights the various challenges that residents of a remote interior Alaskan town face on a day-to-day basis. Respecting the wild and the importance of community are themes.

Positive role models

The residents do what they can to help each other survive. Some hunters follow the traditional, native ways of the region when it comes to hunting and other activities. The majority of the cast is male; one has a history of legal troubles.

Violence

Guns, rifles, traps, and hatchets are used to hunt and kill animals like bears, wolves, wolverines, caribou, and other animals. Bloody animal and human injuries are visible; people occasionally get hurt while hunting. A resident's death is discussed. Occasional disagreements between fathers and sons.

Sex
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Language

Words like "hell," "crap," and "bastards" are audible; "s--t" is occasionally heard but is sometimes bleeped, along with curses like "f--k."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Yukon Men follows residents of the remote Alaskan town of Tanana as they hunt for food, collect water and heat sources, and protect themselves from dangerous wild predators. It's informative and has some positive messages about respecting the land and the importance of a supportive community, but thanks to lots of scenes of animals being hunted, shot, killed, and/or butchered for food and/or for protection and some salty vocab ("hell," "crap," "bastard," "s--t"; "f--k" is bleeped), it's a little strong for younger viewers. A resident's death is also discussed.

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What's the story?

YUKON MEN follows some of the residents of Tanana, Alaska -- a remote interior village in the Yukon territory -- as they struggle to find food, fight off deadly predators, and survive the elements in order to live. Faced with a food crisis, residents like Stan Zuray, Charlie Wright, and their sons brave the extreme cold, rough Yukon terrain, stormy weather, raging rivers, and wild animals and venture farther and farther away from town to hunt caribou and other game to feed their families and other residents who can't hunt on their own. Meanwhile, local residents like Courtney Agnus and James Roberts do what they can to keep the sled dogs fed and cut enough firewood to protect the town's water plant from freezing. Residents must also watch out for dangerous wolves and other predators who are approaching the town, desperately looking for food. It's a rugged and dangerous life, and one that often means putting people's lives at risk to protect their families and their community.

Is it any good?

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Yukon Men highlights what contemporary life is like in a remote, interior Alaskan town, where residents must rely on the land -- and on one another -- to take care of everyday necessities, including heat, water, food, and even burying their dead. It also underscores how environmental changes are negatively impacting the weather, animal behavior, and people's overall ability to survive.

It's informative, but the show does have scenes of animals being trapped, hunted, killed, and butchered, as well as some scenes relating to the death of a resident, all of which may be difficult for younger and/or sensitive viewers to handle. But folks who like this sort of voyeuristic experience will find it worth watching.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what life is like in remote areas of America. Why do people choose to live in places with no roads or running water? What are some of the benefits? Drawbacks?

  • What are some of the things you would have to do in order to survive in a remote environment? Do you think you could live the way the people on Yukon Men do? Why or why not?

  • Why do you think these people agreed to appear on a reality show? Money? Fame? To educate viewers about their lives? Why are viewers interested in shows like this?

TV details

Cast:Charlie Wright, Courtney Agnus, Stan Zuray
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Parent of an infant year old Written byJonesy8215 November 12, 2012
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Do NOT watch

The "main characters" in this show obviously aren't educated. Terrible grammar. Oh, and they TRAP vulnerable animals, which to me is worse than hunting. I just watched a beaver slowly die after being beaten to death. I will definitely not let my kids watch this. Looks like anyone can get a show these days.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator and Parent Written byStellaki25 July 12, 2014
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17
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DISGUSTING

YUKON MEN ARE ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING. THEY ABUSE THE DOGS. SHAME ON THEM. IM SPITTING IN ALL YOUR FACES.

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