Below Deck

Common Sense Media says

Yacht crew reality is full of drinking and cursing.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's an eye toward demonstrating professionalism and how importance it is to follow rules at work, but the overall messages communicated in the show are about partying and arguing.

Positive role models

The captain is in charge and takes a tough line. The crew members take their jobs seriously, but some exhibit some extremely unprofessional behavior.

Violence

Catty behavior is common between crew members. Occasionally the crew must deal with security issues and minor accidents, including fire.

Sex

Folks are shown talking their clothes off down to their underwear. Crude references to sex and genitalia, some of which is bleeped.

Language

Some crew members swear like sailors; words like "damn," "piss," and "ass" are audible while "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Apple computers are occasionally visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some folks smoke cigarettes. The crew enjoys drinking (beer, wine, champagne, hard liquor); drunken behavior leads to passing out, breaking rules, and irresponsible behavior. Guests sometimes bring illegal narcotics on board (the alleged remnants of which are visible), but face negative consequences as a result.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the unscripted series Below Deck, which features the crew of a charter luxury yacht, has lots of drinking, crude sexual references, and people in their underwear. Some crew members swear like sailors, though stronger words are bleeped. Though there's some professionalism on the job, the drama of the show involves irresponsible behavior of the crew and the aftermath. The crew talks about drugs and on one occasion thinks they see the remnants of drug use. Teens may be drawn to the uniqueness of the lifestyle featured here, but the content is strong enough to make it an iffy option for tweens.

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Kids say

What's the story?

BELOW DECK is a reality series featuring the crew of the Honor, a 164 ft. luxury Caribbean charter mega yacht. Cameras follow Captain Lee Rosbach and his crew, first officer Aleks Taldykin, chief stewardess Adrienne Gang, marine engineer C.J. Lebeau, deck hands Eddie Lucas and David Bradberry, and yacht stewardesses Kat Held and Samantha Orme, as they make sure everything is ship shape for the wealthy guests who charter the boat to the tune of $200,000-300,000 a weekend. Also joining them is Chef Ben Robinson, who has an unlimited budget for cooking up gourmet meals with the finest of ingredients. When clients are on board the crew is busy serving signature cocktails, cleaning decks, and making sure that their clients are completely satisfied. But after they disembark, these yachties get the chance to enjoy life on a yacht in the Caribbean while living in very close quarters.

Is it any good?

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Below Deck features all the drama Bravo reality shows are known for, including illicit affairs, conflicts between co-workers, and lots of drinking. But what sets it apart is the uniqueness of the yachtie lifestyle, which requires a knowledge of -- and desire to -- offer high-level customer service in order to earn big tips, while following a chain of command and abiding by the strict rules of the boating industry. It also shows how yachties use the employment opportunity to experience a life they would otherwise never be able to afford.

These details are interesting, but the crew, which was hired specifically to serve under Captain Rosbach for the show, lacks the professionalism that one wants and/or expects to see when boarding any sort of boat, let alone a mega yacht. Some of the things that they are willing to do to earn their tips might also make you raise an eyebrow. It's not the sort of show you should tune into if you want to learn more about the charter boat industry, but it certainly offers a voyeuristic guilty pleasure.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. Do reality shows have to offer a completely accurate portrayal of someone or something? Have you ever watched a reality show that didn't feel real at all?

  • What kind of impact does featuring folks drinking excessively on TV have on viewers? How can you lessen this impact on kids?

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TV details

Cast:Adrienne Gang, Kat Held, Lee Rosbach
Network:Bravo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byHopefulLiving July 29, 2013
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18
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Nothing different than what our children are being "educated" with... thumbs down review!!!

This show provides young adults and teenagers with the typical worldly mindset that sex, drugs, temptation and self disrespect is what is required to fit in... it's nothing different than what these already struggling individuals have to deal with on a daily basis - in both the REAL world around them, as well as their elderly masturbating "I wish I could do 'her and him' parent figure! This has nothing productive, promotional, nor helpful content.... which is a shame... we want the best for our children, but the media and "society" caters to failure.... at some point, you have to change what we're giving our children.... especially if we don't like what we're getting out/from them!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bypasserby July 3, 2013
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18
QUALITY
 

Waste of time!

Families should know that this show sucks. It's a waste of 30 minutes that you can never get back. I don't know who I want to choke first, the stupid crew or the snotty entitled people that charter this boat.
Kid, 12 years old July 11, 2013
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Interesting yet Raunchy

I watched an episode of this and I can say it has great potential, but when you have a young, coitus-wanting crew that uses foul language, you feel like your watching a mashup of million dollar yachts and your typical foul bravo "reality" show. Maybe if you can get a decent crew that doesn't get drunk every episode I would watch this. Also, The show does not focus on the customers of the boat at all. They are barely on screen and the only time you here the crew talking about them is when they're gossiping about how annoying they are. Overall, the only reason I give Below Deck more than one star is because I like the rare shots you get of the yacht without the crew's constant, sex filled, babbling
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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