Alaskan Steel Men

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Rough-around-the-edges guys work hard, curse lots.

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


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.


Jokes sometimes involve men mooning each other (all nudity is blurred.)


Words like "hell," "bitch," "piss," and "ass" are constantly audible; "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.


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.

What 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.

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Adult Written byMr.Allshouse October 19, 2013

Great show if you go in knowing what to expect.

Welders are a pretty rough bunch. (I am one) The folks that work in Alaska are a pretty rough bunch. Combine the two and you have a recipe for a truly rough c... Continue reading

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What's the story?

ALASKAN STEEL MEN is a reality series about a team of welders in Kodiak, Alaska. The series stars Dennis Butts, owner of Quality Marine Alaska, who is called to repair things like oil tankers, power plants, oil refineries, canneries, and large fishing boats on a moment's notice. Joining his team are his right hand man Scottie, former U.S. Marine Cooper, underwater diver Duke, and George, who Dennis considers the brains behind the operation. Probationary welders (a.k.a. the Greenhorns) Dean and Jameson are learning on the job. Butts' wife Theresa acts as account manager and debt collector. Every job is different, but each brings with it its share of hazardous situations that could lead to deadly results if the work isn't done right.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the variety of important jobs that people do, but that get little recognition. Do TV shows like this one offer realistic views of what these jobs are really like? Or are they dramatized for the sake of entertainment?

  • What kinds of reality shows are most popular? What are the current trends in reality television? Who makes the choices about what kinds of reality TV to produce?

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