Watching the series after so much reality TV, of so many kinds, I found this interpretation of the 1900 House genre quite fascinating. The families involved all embraced the physical hardships of life in a mining community during the Depression with a mixture of guts and laughter - and the difficulties of earning a living wage or keeping a young family fed and healthy were recreated with biting realism. The reactions of those involved, of all ages, possibly said as much about the quality of life in 2008(when the series was first aired)as it did about the 1920's. Interesting, gritty and, at times, moving.Some interviews with the participants after the experiment was over would have been a good addition. Excellent for schools.