Rambug

Common Sense Media says

Icky critters and salty vocab infest this workplace reality.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series features a close family that does hard work to help their clients and runs a successful business.

Positive role models

The entire team considers itself a family and takes care of each other. One team member occasionally acts entitled and unprofessional. Characters yell and argue a lot.

Violence

The team argues, yells, screams at each other on a regular basis. The gang regularly chases and kills vermin. Vomiting is visible. One team member threatens his superiors, but apologizes later.

Sex

Women sometimes discuss Robbie's attractiveness. Some of the staff flirts with female clients. Some verbal innuendo, including references to condoms that will likely go over the heads of younger viewers. Pictures of women in bikinis hang on the walls of the Rambug office.

Language

Lots of salty vocab ("pissed," "ass"); the strongest ("s--t" and "f--k" ) are bleeped.

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for Rambug Pest Control, the logo for which is prominently shown in front of the store and on the company vehicle.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rambug features lots of yelling, screaming, and arguing between pest-control business staff members. Expect plenty of salty vocab and bleeped curses ("f--k," "s--t"). Viewers may find the images of roaches, bed bugs, rats, and other critters disturbing, too. It also contains positive messages about the importance of family, as well as working hard and serving clients.

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What's the story?

RAMBUG is a reality series that follows the day-to-day antics of a family-owned Brooklyn exterminating business. It stars Robbie "Rambug" Mercante, the owner of Rambug Pest Control, who works with his older brother Ralph and Big Rob, his general manager, to help New Yorkers rid their homes of unwanted and potentially dangerous critters. Joining them in their efforts is rat specialist Steve, pesticide bomber Steve, and Lil' Rob, Big Rob's rebellious son. Keeping the office running smoothly is their no-nonsense office manager Rose. Getting rid of New York's bugs and vermin while coping with an occasionally dysfunctional team is a lot of work, but Robbie and Ralph find the time to check in with their mom, Mimi, for some advice and a good home-cooked Italian meal.

Is it any good?

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Like other pest-control shows, Rambug features lots of hair-raising scenes of bed bugs, roaches, maggots, and rats in people's homes and personal spaces. Equally stressful is some of the arguments between the Rambug gang, which range from being silly family squabbles to all-out unprofessional behavior.

They're a likable gang, but one can't help chuckling when the burly Robbie and his swat team of camouflage-clad men compare themselves to therapists, rock stars, and ladies men. But their willingness to work hard and help their clients in their time of need earns them respect. Ultimately, there's something of value here for for folks entertained by this sort of thing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why people get into the pest control business. Is it out of interest? Or is it because it is a career that will always be in demand? What makes an exterminator's job interesting enough for a reality show?

  • Why do shows bleep swearing? What would watching the show be like without the bleeping?

TV details

Cast:Mimi Mercante, Ralph Mercante, Robbie Mercante
Network:A&E
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Parent of a 5 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 April 29, 2012
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they reference condoms but it will go over younger viewers' heads.

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