Deadliest Catch

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Action-packed reality show OK for older tweens and up.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The men work very hard and very well together, promoting teamwork and a strong work ethic.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The featured fishermen are a realistically rough and tumble lot, but they mean well and work hard. All of the featured crew members are men, which is a reflection of what life on these ships is really like.


Giant waves crash into the boat and onto the fishermen, who are frequently in peril.


Some bleeped strong language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this reality series about fishermen on the Bering Sea is educational, there are suspenseful and somewhat scary moments that might frighten younger viewers. The salty seamen are a good-natured, hardworking bunch.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCrystaljean22 April 9, 2008

The Best Show on TV!

I watch very little TV but this show is good enough that I'll watch any episode anytime. It never seems fake or made up, is always exciting, and it has mad... Continue reading
Adult Written bydukenflash1 April 9, 2008

Real Men Doing Real Fishing.... ADVENTURE

Howling wind, crashing waves,pots that can smushya like a bug. This is tv my friends.Strap on your rain gear and batten down yuor hatches and lets catch some cr... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byabbacus June 4, 2012

Really good!

Okay for tweens, but probably more appropriate for teens and adults. I love this reality show. It's full of adventure and you get to know the people on the... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 November 13, 2009

Off for anyone under 13.

This show sometimes contains strong (bleeped) language. Once, I was watching an episode with the f word in it that was barely bleeped, and it still only got a P... Continue reading

What's the story?

In the Discovery Channel's reality show/documentary DEADLIEST CATCH, viewers hop aboard several fishing boats as seasoned seamen struggle to make a living hauling fish during King crab season off the coast of Alaska. The captains and crew of five fishing boats are the series' stars. Viewers see -- in excruciating detail -- the risks and rewards involved in crab fishing. For just a few months' work, a successful fisherman can earn enough to support his family all year. But that means braving freezing waters, enormous waves, and bone-chilling temperatures while battling Mother Nature -- and other boats -- to haul the best catch in the least amount of time.

Is it any good?

Viewers will get a kick out of watching the fishermen -- many are father/son teams -- navigate the rough seas in search of the crabs. The majority of the men have an intense work ethic and are very dedicated to their craft, a lesson kids can learn from. In their downtime, they horse around on deck, which is sure to draw laughs. Yet there are dramatic moments as well. In one episode, a seaman, fed up with the difficult days spent aboard ship, threatened to jump overboard; meanwhile, one of his colleagues, in an attempt to relieve his stress, flew through the air on a rope and injured himself as he crashed against the side of the boat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to be part of the show's crew. Does any part of the fishermen's job/life appeal to you? Why or why not? Are the risks worth it?

  • How do you develop a good work ethic? Why is it important to finish a job you've committed to?

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