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Insane Pools: Off The Deep End

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Positive pool-design reality show stars creative, fun crew.

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age 9+

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 results of all the hard work. Lucas Lagoons is a family company where the son is the owner/designer, the mom is the landscaper and rock designer, and the other members of the team each have their roles. The pool company also contracts out other parts of the job, like the plumbing, sound design, and furniture/living space design. The show really emphasizes creativity in all aspects, like when Lucas comes up with unique ideas for each pool, or when there's a problem and they have to work around it. Students can learn what hard work looks like, and see the team keep their sense of humor as they work together, even when they have differences of opinion. Also, two of the crew are over 60 years old, and setting a good example of good, healthy work that's satisfying. Lucas always gives each customer a surprise gift that he carefully plans, at no charge. No detail is left out, and the team does some teaching about the plants, the rocks, and other natural features as they go, without being pedantic. The company uses re-purposed rock, wood, and plants, and their furniture contractors also often use the same type of recycled materials. I never get tired of seeing what they are going to design next, since I am also a creative person and enjoy the process.

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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.

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