Insane Pools: Off The Deep End

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Positive pool-design reality show stars creative, fun crew.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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

Positive Messages

Hard work, teamwork, and environmental sustainability all are themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Congdon is good at what he does and enjoys doing it. 


Occasional mild mishaps, but no one gets hurt. 


Men sometimes are shirtless. 


"Ass, "bitch," "hell"; curses bleeped. 


Lucas Lagoons, Congdon's company, is featured prominently. Logos for local companies are shown. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few drinking references. 

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChemDiva July 23, 2018

creative fun from start to finish

Insane Pools is my kind of reality show: we get to see a major job from design to completion, and enjoy the reaction of the homeowners when they see the result... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 15, 2021

I like it!

Good show, some strong language. But it’s pretty entertaining and Lucas is really creative.

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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