What parents need to know
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.
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?
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?