A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series offers a look at how welders and pipe fitters play a major role in keeping the Alaskan economy going. It also highlights the dangers of the work.
Positive Role Models
The crew likes to play jokes on each other, but when on the job, they are extremely serious about what they do. The welders are all male; a female cast member has the strongest personality in the group.
Violence & Scariness
There are lots of dangerous situations that could lead to death. Arguments lead to yelling, screaming, and throwing things. Rough housing is visible. One crew member has a habit of setting himself on fire; others get hurt thanks to flying sparks, metal, and other job-related events. The treatment of some of these injuries is sometimes shown (and is painful). The crew likes to haze newbies, but nothing extremely dangerous.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes sometimes involve men mooning each other (all nudity is blurred.)
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Words like "hell," "bitch," "piss," and "ass" are constantly audible; "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The Quality Marine Alaska logo is prominently visible on the crew's clothing.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One episode shows a crew member jokingly putting eye drops in the crew's food to cause diarrhea.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alaskan Steel Men, a reality show about a crew of welders in Kodiak, is pretty rough around the edges. There's lots of cursing, with only the strongest words bleeped, plus some blurred nudity, and hazing among the men (though nothing dangerous). Work accidents (burns, punctured eyes, etc.) are frequent; there's not a lot of blood, but some require medical attention. Occasionally arguments lead to yelling, throwing, and some wrestling.
Is It Any Good?
Alaskan Steel Men offers an interesting look at the dangerous jobs of Alaskan welders and pipe fitters, who must travel to and work in remote locations that are extremely cold, and that requires them to climb treacherous pipes, dive in freezing waters, and work with potentially explosive machinery. It also shows how their work plays a major role in keeping industries like fishing, canning, and petroleum going.
It's not the most action-packed show, and some events are dramatized for the cameras. But the various repair calls the crew makes, which range from sinking ships to failing power grids, are interesting. Meanwhile, the crew is rough, but likable. Reality fans who like this sort of thing will probably find it entertaining.
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