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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While water adventure is a central theme, discovery and respecting nature are also important messages.
Positive Role Models
Steven Moll is the clear leader of the group, but doesn't always make the best decisions when it comes to strategies and navigation, even when the rest of the crew sing his praises on camera.
Violence & Scariness
The crew carries guns. Some scenes, including behind the scenes footage, features arguments between people during expeditions. One encounter at a foreign country shows an encounter with their military; a tank is visible. The crew takes precautions to avoid animal attacks and being trapped by ice, but often take a few risks that become potentially deadly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to animals mating, and one cast member hangs out with some women during one land stop, but nothing overtly sexual.
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Words like "damn" and frequent muted curses.
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Products & Purchases
The expeditions rely on sponsorship. Kawasaki, North Face, Kokotat, Otter Box, Columbia, Andrew Airways Northern Air Cargo, and other logos are obviously visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional episodes feature folks going off for a drink or two at certain locations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dangerous Waters is about a group of adventurers attempting to circle the globe on jet skis. Their efforts include some risk taking, and shouldn't be tried at home. There's some strong words (like "damn"), muted cursing, some occasional drinking, and occasional arguments shown among team members. There are some very dangerous moments, and contentious meetings with law enforcement officials. Because the expeditions rely heavily on sponsorship, logos for companies like Kawasaki, North Face, Kokotat, Otter Box, Columbia, and other logos are visible throughout.
Is It Any Good?
This interesting but repetitive reality series features people traveling through international waters on jet skis. But the actual voyage around the world, which never seems to be all that well-strategized or executed, is helped along by trucks, cargo ships, airplanes, and on occasion, local maritime officials and rescue boats. Meanwhile, despite changes to the team over the years, and some occasional personal drama, the show feels repetitive with every passing season as the team crossing bodies of water, looking at animals, and face the same problems over and over again. This isn't helped by its reliance on previously aired, and on occasion, minutes of "never before seen" footage from previous trips to fill up air time. Ultimately, Dangerous Waters starts with an exciting premise, but gets pretty tiresome the more you watch it.
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