Fish Warrior

Common Sense Media says

Extreme angler's outings most likely to hook older viewers.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series promotes global awareness by introducing viewers to diverse environments, local residents, and cultural traditions. Conservation is also a strong theme throughout the show, and Vagner often refers to the many factors that have contributed to certain species' endangerment.

Positive role models

Vagner is an avid conservationist, and his travels allow him to raise awareness of the world's diversity and the plight of its endangered inhabitants. His interactions with indigenous people show his respect for their local customs, and he's always concerned with the well-being of the fish he catches and releases.

Violence

Some of Vagner's tactics look painful for the fish he catches, but he always has their well-being at heart and, in some cases, risks his own life to rescue a fish in danger.

Sex

The show is filmed on location in remote areas around the globe, and local customs often mean residents are shown in little or no clothing. Male genitalia, buttocks, and female breasts are visible in some episodes.

Language

Occasional use of words like "f--k" is bleeped.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although its content is mostly family-friendly, this nature series is geared toward teens and adults whose attention spans can handle wading through many uneventful minutes of unsuccessful fishing before the expected exciting conclusion. Star/host Jakub Vagner uses his travels to raise awareness of diverse aquatic species, so the show lends itself nicely to family discussions about conservation and global responsibility. Occasional strong language ("f--k," for instance) is bleeped, but there are many instances of nonsexual nudity during Vagner's travels into remote corners of the world.

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What's the story?

In FISH WARRIOR, extreme angler Jakub Vagner travels to remote corners of the globe in search of some of the largest fish species in the world, including the ancient arapaima, the giant piraiba catfish, and the massive Nile perch. The renowned fisherman relies on local residents' hands-on experience to help him net his prey, which he weighs and measures before releasing it back into the wild. Vagner’s passion is driven by more than just curiosity about these aquatic giants, though, as he also aims to raise awareness about these elusive species.

Is it any good?

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Much like the sport of fishing itself, this nature series rewards patience and perseverance, as the better part of each episode chronicles Vagner's unsuccessful attempts at reeling in a suitably impressive specimen of the species of the day. As a result, while the show's content isn't too edgy, its pace favors older viewers (such as teens and adults) who don’t mind wading through plenty of uneventful outings before being rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime (at least for Vagner) catch -- and an up-close view of these amazing creatures.

If your kids are fishing enthusiasts who are itching to tune in, just be prepared for some infrequent swearing (all of which is bleeped) and occasional nonsexual nudity (including male genitalia and female breasts) from Vagner's local guides -- which could give rise to an opportunity to discuss the diversity of the world's population and the importance of respecting other cultures' traditions.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about conservation. How do humans' actions affect the vegetation and wildlife around them? Why is it important to practice “green” habits? How consistent are the media's messages about conservation?

  • Teens: Did this series change your impression of global cultures? What, if any, cultural habits of the indigenous people surprised you? Why is it important to learn about other cultures?

  • How does this series compare to other nature shows you’ve seen? Do any seem more realistic than others? What parts seem more or less believable? How can these shows be used as learning tools?

TV details

Cast:Jakub Vagner
Network:National Geographic Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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