A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the risks some people are willing to take for money. The primary cast of Americans and South Africans are white, while the images of African pirates, warlords, and others engaged in violent behavior are largely black.
Positive Role Models
Captain Aydelotte admits to not always being fair to his competitors. He has a troubled relationship with his adult son. There is a lot of distrust between the crew and the South African mining company.
Violence & Scariness
The team defends itself against poachers, pirates, warlords, and smugglers with rifles. Violent storms and shark-infested waters put the divers as risk. Arguments between Jason and other crew members are frequent; brawls break out occasionally. One crew member threatens another with a knife. Accidents lead to bloody cuts.
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Words like "hell," "pissed," "ass," and "bitch" audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" bleeped. Occasional crude sexual references, like calling a woman's breasts "knockers."
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Products & Purchases
Aydelotte's Rescue and Salvage company logo is frequently visible. Land Rover jeeps (and their logos) are also visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Diamond Divers is a reality series that follows a team of American sailors and divers doing dangerous diamond sea mining in the waters off the coast of South Africa. It contains lots of salty language ("bitch," "piss"; the strongest curses bleeped) and occasional lewd sexual references. There's some beer-fueled drunken brawls, and lots of images of rifles and other weapons being drawn.
Is It Any Good?
The show features the difficult and dangerous work that goes into mining the African diamonds that ultimately end up in jewelry around the world. It equally focuses on the tensions that arise among the crew (especially between Jason and his father), resulting from having to work together so closely and, in some cases, a lack of discipline. The pressure the men are under to find stones and get paid also becomes overwhelming.
While it touches on some of the business practices and the social, economic, and political conflicts in Africa that are impacting the trade, it stays away from the controversies surrounding the diamond mining industry. But while the uniqueness of the work and the exotic location makes for some interesting viewing, it also sends a troubling message about how far people feel they need to go, and how many risks they are willing to take, in order to make money.
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