Parents' Guide to

Black Gold

By Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Reality show has crude men going after crude oil.

TV truTV Reality TV 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Way to much swearing in the show

This can be a good show, however their is way to much swearing in this show, so would never let any pre-teen watch it!

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Too much violence
Too much sex
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age 13+

Black Gold

Great show with lots of tension and drama. I would say this show isn't for the sensitive ears, even if the cussing is bleeped out. But if your interesting in shows like Deadliest Catch, except with a lot more cussing and oil, then this is a perfect show for you.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

There's plenty of drama to be had on the rigs, that much is clear. But the show has two problems. One is that the job itself is pretty repetitive, and viewers are subjected to endless shots of massive pipes being attached to other massive pipes. Secondly, viewers don't get enough of the personal stories to really connect with the guys. One of the featured roughnecks, called Peanut because of his small size, talks about having to constantly prove himself and work harder, but he never says anything about why he's doing what he's doing. Another does, but he's just in it for the money -- which isn't terribly interesting, unfortunately, and adds to the impression that most of these guys are little more than crude grunts. And that's not terribly interesting, either.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 18, 2008
  • Cast: Thom Beers
  • Network: truTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: August 29, 2022

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