Doomsday Castle TV Poster Image

Doomsday Castle

Reality blend of cool engineering, scary apocalypse talk.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Brent Sr.'s belief that the apocalypse is near and will result in dangerous chaos is central to the show. It also offers lessons about surviving on minimal resources, self-defense, and engineering-related projects.

Positive role models

Some of the adult children admit to feeling obligated to help their father, regardless of what their beliefs are about the project and/or the future. At least one has a difficult relationship with his father; some admit to trying to prove themselves to their dad.


The violent end of the world is constantly discussed. Pistols, rifles, automatic assault guns, knives, hunting bows, and other weapons visible; some are used during simulations designed to teach the family how to survive. Explosions, the release of tear gas, and other violent events are also visible during military-style drills; cast members are sometimes chased, attacked, and tied up as part of the exercise. Arguments occasionally break out between family members.

Not applicable

Words like "damn," "crap," "pissed," and "ass" audible. Stronger curses are bleeped.


Wise Food Storage products are used to store supplies; their logo is occasionally visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Doomsday Castle features a family building a fortress to live in when the world ends. Themes surrounding the violent end of the world are central to the show, and may be disturbing to younger or sensitive viewers. It contains lessons about surviving on minimal resources, and how to apply science and engineering to create various structures, but this is often overshadowed by violent images, ranging from scenes of nuclear explosions to military-type drills with lots of firearms, tear gas, etc. It also contains a fair amount of salty language and occasional arguing between the family members.

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

The reality series DOOMSDAY CASTLE features a South Carolina family preparing for the end of the modern world by building a fortified castle that will help them survive it. A spin-off of the series Doomsday Preppers, which shows the different ways people are preparing for the inevitable demise of civilization, stars military veteran Brent Sr., whose life's mission has been to prepare for and protect his family from a nuclear attack-generated electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that he believes will push the world back into the Dark Ages. Five of his 10 adult children, including 41-year-old Brent II, 24-year-old Ashley, 22-year-old Lindsey, and 20 year-old twins Dawn-Marie and Michael, have put their lives on hold to help him finish constructing a concrete and steel fortress in the Carolina mountains in which they can live and protect themselves when the time comes. While there, they live in an underground bunker outfitted with food rations and water sources. As they work together to build the medieval structure, they also learn how to survive with minimal resources, while developing and testing their engineering skills.

Is it any good?


Doomsday Castle offers some interesting tips for things like building homemade rat traps, finding alternative food sources in the wild, and self-defense. It also shows how science and engineering theories are being applied to build the castle and some of the weapons (like a giant catapult) designed to protect them. However, because these educational moment come within the context of the upcoming apocalypse, it's sometimes a little difficult to appreciate the value of the lessons being offered.

The colorful cast create some entertaining moments, but listening to the family constantly voice their concerns about the need to be prepared for the world's imminent demise feels a bit preachy at times. One must also wonder why they are going public with their endeavor, when their goal is to isolate and protect the family from the desperate masses who they believe will attack them when the end comes. Nonetheless, preppers of all kinds will certainly relate to a lot of what they see here, but curiosity seekers certainly won't be disappointed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Prepper community. What exactly is a prepper? What motivates them to do what they do? What's the difference between a prepper and a survivalist? How does the media portray members of both communities? What are the stereotypes associated with these groups?

  • Why do you think these folks agreed to be on this show? What are the potential drawbacks to being on a reality show?

TV details

Premiere date:August 13, 2013
Network:National Geographic Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

This review of Doomsday Castle was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent Written byEducated survivalist October 3, 2013

Great show!!! Read review :-)

This was the best spin off they could have done off doomsday peppers. The show is entertaining and very informative with survival styles and skills. The other review claims language and violence in it but there aren't any vulgar words said and closest thing to violence is a paintball match or if you think the martial art "Krav maga" is violent then that. But I'm anticipating and hoping a season 2 will be made to continue following the cast and castle as it evolves!!!! P.s. the cuts inserted from wars and ext.. Are from past historical events and/or current things happening in the world. SEASON 2 fingers crossed
What other families should know
Great messages