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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Hard work and sacrifice are on display. Occasionally fishermen make sexist statements.
Positive Role Models
Elder fisherman try to teach newbies old tricks of the trade, but they usually don't listen. The guys are rough around the edges -- cursing, drinking, and sometimes making insensitive comments.
Violence & Scariness
Guns visible; eel fishermen discuss concerns about being robbed at gunpoint. Arguments break out between eelers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some crude references to male genitals.
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Lots of salty language, like "s--t" and "f--k" (bleeped). Rude gestures are blurred.
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Products & Purchases
Toyotas, GMCs, and other car makes visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking and (beer, hard liquor) drinking visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the reality series Cold River Cash includes lots of bleeped salty language ("s--t", "f--k"), some rude gestures (blurred), and some crude references and sexist comments. Arguments occasionally break out among the cast, and occasionally drinking and cigarette smoking is visible. Guns are sometimes visible, and fishermen discuss robberies.
Is It Any Good?
Cold River Cash offers a voyeuristic look into the unique elver fishing industry, which began in the 1970s, and was revitalized in the early 1990s. It also offers some information about the eels, which which spawn in the ocean and move to freshwater to grow to adult size. Industry regulations and licensing limits are also discussed.
Most of the show's focus is on the various ups and downs each team faces during the season, but the fishermen are saltier than the water, and a few are colorful enough to generate some lighthearted moments. If you're interested in this kind of reality entertainment, there's some interesting things about Maine's commercial fishing culture that can be learned here.
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