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What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?