In Deep with Ryan Lochte

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
In Deep with Ryan Lochte TV Poster Image
Swimmer's redemption docu lacks depth, has cursing.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Story of redemption, as Ryan Lochte tries to show the world that he's a better person and a great swimmer, but it's unclear about either. Family is a major theme. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ryan Lochte is on record as being a great swimmer but is remembered for a drunken stunt he pulled during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He also makes self-sabotaging decisions. 


The story that Lochte told during the Rio games claims that he was robbed at gunpoint by a local. Threats made against him and his then-girlfriend are discussed. 


The fact that Kayla Rae Reid is a former Playboy model is mentioned. A child's backside is briefly shown in a nonsexual manner. 


Words like "hell," "piss," "ass," "crap," and "s--t" are frequently audible. The "F" word is bleeped. 


TYR Sport is Ryan Lochte's sponsor; logo is prominently visible on hats, clothing. Other sports logos, including Arena, Nike, and Speedo, are visible. Loss of money due to loss of sponsorship is an important theme. Brief scenes from shows like Dancing with the Stars and What Would Ryan Lochte Do? are featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References are made to being drunk as a reason for pulling the stunt he is infamous for at the Rio Olympic Games.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that In Deep with Ryan Lochte is a documentary about 12-time Olympic swimming medalist Ryan Lochte as he prepares for a chance to compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. There's lots of discussion about his drunken antics at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the fallout of that behavior, and how he's become a better person as a result. There's some strong language (the "F" word is bleeped), and lots of sports logos. TYR Sports sponsors Lochte and is prominently featured throughout.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's the story?

Narrated by Patton Oswalt, IN DEEP WITH RYAN LOCHTE follows 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte as he journeys toward making the 2020 U.S. Olympic swim team. After Lochte caused a scandal by lying about being robbed at gunpoint during the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he lost millions of dollars in sponsorships, and his reputation. Now married and a father, he wants to show the world that he is a much better person, and still one of the world's greatest swimmers. But the 35-year-old is the oldest American swimmer vying for a place at the Olympics in Tokyo, and must compete against younger swimmers who have far fewer responsibilities. The postponement of the games thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic is only making the situation harder. But Lochte is determined to redeem himself, and hopes to end his career as a champion, rather than an international embarrassment. The series also features interviews with Lochte's father and former coach, 2016 NBC Olympic correspondent Billy Bush, and Lochte's wife, Kayla Rae Reid.

Is it any good?

This awkward documentary offers a four-part tale of redemption that attempts to show how much Ryan Lochte has changed for the better since his drunken antics at the 2016 Rio Olympics. There are some interesting career details, including the races he's won, the records he's broken, and how his media persona, which was created to be the polar opposite of Michael Phelps', misrepresented his commitment to the sport. It also shows archived footage of what transpired on and after the infamous night that Lochte and friends went drinking in Rio de Janeiro, and reveals the long-term consequences his actions have brought for him, his now-wife Kayla, and his overall reputation in and outside of his sport. 

In Deep with Ryan Lochte paints a likable enough picture of the swimmer, but he lacks the public speaking skills necessary to articulate his thoughts on camera in any real depth. Meanwhile, the fact that Lochte returned from his post-Olympic suspension only to be suspended from competitive swimming for 14 more months after posting a picture of himself getting a Vitamin B12 intravenous infusion on Instagram makes you question his ability to make smart decisions. As a result, you may find yourself wishing him the best, but not really convinced that he has what it takes to make it to his fifth Olympics.

Talk to your kids about ...

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love sports

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

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

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

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate