Gator 911

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Real-life alligator wrestlers save residents from danger.

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age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

There's not really a strong message in the show, though it brings up the relationship between wild animals and their dwindling habitat -- thanks to the ever-expanding human population. But the show doesn't fully address this issue.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Gary Saurage plays an unusual role in the conflict between wild alligators and the people who are expanding into the reptiles’ environment. He operates an alligator sanctuary and clearly cares for the well-being of these impressive creatures. However, he also exploits them for commercial reasons, and shows no hesitation when it comes to removing a gator from residential areas. And while alligators are fearsome and dangerous beasts, they don’t seem to be much of a match against Saurage and his team of veteran gator hunters.


Plenty of danger as people wrestle wild alligators in their element. However, these people are trained professionals and there are few serious injuries.


Rare bleeped swearing as people wrestle wild alligators, including “holy s--t” and “f--k.”


The entire show promotes Gary Saurage and his Texas alligator sanctuary Gator Country.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality show about a business that captures wild alligators provides plenty of fun details about these noble creatures and how the expanding human population is threatening their native environment. There’s plenty of excitement (and some swearing, including bleeped "s--t" and "f--k") as people wrestles the reptiles into submission. Viewers will learn all about alligators, as well as the sanctuary operated by the alligator removal service.

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Parent of a 13, 14, and 17-year-old Written byMomma Harris July 6, 2010

Gator 911 good & Educational for ALL!

I have watched EVERY Episode when it aired AND again on DVR. Gators are real and living in the Southern Costal regions and the wonderful creatures natural habi... Continue reading
Parent of a 6-year-old Written byClabberHead July 5, 2010

Great for all ages

This is a wonderful show for anyone to watch. See real life people doing a real life job. To those who it's all about consumerism, if he didn't have... Continue reading

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What's the story?

On the Texas Gulf Coast, alligators are a fact of life. As the human population expands, people encounter gators in their yards, in drainage ditches, in nearby lakes and rivers. The dangerous wild reptiles seem to be all over the place. So what do you do? Dial GATOR 911, and get Gary Saurage to capture the beast and haul it off to his animal sanctuary. This informative reality show follows Saurage and his team as they track down gators and then wrestle them into submission.

Is it any good?

There are no tricks here, no special tools; the Gator 911 team members climb into the mud and subdue their quarry with nothing more than their bare hands and some rope or strong tape to close those powerful jaws. It’s dangerous and exciting, and something that might be totally new for many viewers.

The show also provides an excellent introduction to the alligator, explaining basic facts about how and where they live, and why their environment is threatened. Despite his obvious respect for alligators, Saurage does not side with them. He operates a well-known alligator sanctuary, and his business depends on making sure that people see them as a nuisance, best seen from the other side of a fence. In this way, Gator 911 misses an opportunity to tell the entire story about these beasts, but it’s still plenty of fun to watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about alligators. Did this show teach you anything new about alligators? What do you think about Saurage and his staff as they wrestle wild alligators into submission with nothing more than a rope?

  • Do you think capturing wild alligators is the only solution when they wander into populated areas? Isn’t the larger problem that people are expanding into gator turf? Is there an easy fix for that?

TV details

  • Premiere date: April 9, 2010
  • Cast: Gary Saurage
  • Network: CMT
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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