A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The fisherman are determined to win and work hard to reach their goals.
Positive Role Models
Some captains play by the rules, others don't. All are motivated by money.
Violence & Scariness
Dangerous waters lead to precarious situations. Competition leads to yelling and boat ramming. Accidents and death discussed.
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"Ass"; lots of bleeped cursing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional whiskey shots; beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alaska: Battle Of The Bay is a reality series that follows seasoned fisherman during the annual Salmon Derby, a salmon fishing free-for-all on the edge of the Bering Sea. Its salty fisherman swear like sailors (curses are bleeped, of course), and engage in competitively aggressive behaviors (lots of yelling, ramming each other's boats, etc). There's some drinking (whiskey shots, beer), as well as some discussions about death and drowning.
Is It Any Good?
The series, similar to fishing shows like Wicked Tuna and Lobster Wars, shows how individual fisherman navigate the Salmon Derby to cash in on the annual event. It highlights challenges each captain must face on their own vessels, like struggling with engines that are barely seaworthy, and coping with dangerous costly mistakes being made by greenhorn crews, as well as the competition as a whole. Constant monitoring by law enforcement also adds to the fray. Much of the show's entertainment value comes from the competition among the fisherman, who engage in downright violent traditions like slamming boats into each other (more dangerous than fun) in order to secure a coveted spot on the water. As the season progresses, each vessel's catch numbers are posted, creating as much tension as can be created on a show about fishing. It's not for everyone, but fishing enthusiasts will certainly enjoy it.
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