Parents' Guide to

Below Deck

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Yacht crew reality is full of drinking and cursing.

TV Bravo Reality TV 2013
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+


They bleep out the F word and S word, but allow blaspheming of God’s name and Jesus’s name as well. Outrageous drunken behavior and sexual promiscuity. I am not a prude, but I would blush if I watched this with my mom and dad.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 2+


Kate is a bitch and needs to move on

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (6):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

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