A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the reality series Insane Pools: Off The Deep End is all about the building of high-end pools and outdoor spaces. It stars Lucas Congdon of Lucas Lagoons and his team of experts and features lots of local furniture stores and other businesses that help them reach their goal of creating the perfect pool. There's some tough vocab ("ass," "bitch," "hell"; bleeped curses), and occasional minor accidents (no one gets hurt), but overall, this is a fun reality diversion, especially if you dream of someday relaxing next to your very own luxury pool.
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What's the story?
INSANE POOLS: OFF THE DEEP END follows award-winning pool designer Lucas Congdon as he designs creative outdoor environments for clients. The owner of Lucas Lagoons and his team of artisans -- including equipment operator Chris, fish and concrete expert Matt, and Jane, Lucas' mother and lead stone mason -- create pools, ponds, and tropical oases that combine natural elements with modern technology. From building the perfect grotto to designing a hydroponic system that feeds off a newly built koi pond, the team does everything it can to build water structures that will transform people's homes and lives.
Is it any good?
This reality series offers a chance to see the kind of imagination, skill, and labor required to create beautiful and sustainable outdoor living spaces. It also shows some of the inevitable mishaps that can occur during the building process; that's where most of the show's conflict comes from. But this doesn't take away from the fun that comes from watching the reveal of the spaces Congdon creates. If you're a fan of building shows, this may be a fun departure, as the team's positive energy and sense of humor (a refreshing change from many spiteful, quarrelsome reality stars) make it a pleasant show to watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appeal of reality shows that feature people building and designing homes, furniture, and outdoor living spaces. Why are they popular?
What kind of training would it take to get a job like this? Would you like a job where you work outdoors, or would you prefer something less physical?
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