Deadliest Catch

Common Sense Media says

Action-packed reality show OK for older tweens and up.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.

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Some bleeped strong language.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Edgar Hansen, Mike Rowe, Phil Harris
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written byCandy Girl 101 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

a Great, action-packed show filled to the brim with suspense!

Deadliest Catch is a show that we found one night on Discovery Channel. We were flicking through channels when my dad spotted it. He selected it and we sat down to watch. We really like it now. We try to watch every new episode. In fact, I'm watching it right now! There is some swearing, but all the really bad stuff is bleeped out. They play some pracitcal jokes, too. It's really funny. This is a great show for 9 year olds, too, if they're with their parents.
Adult Written byCasino April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Great Show

The show is great I give all the guys credit, Hope they make new episodes
Adult Written bylynnlaw April 9, 2008
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