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Lobster Wars

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Deep-sea rivalry plays out in rough reality show.

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While the competition between the boats for a profitable haul is the show's main theme, it also offers an honest portrayal of how difficult it really is to earn a living at sea. Rotting fish, grueling hours of work in freezing temperatures, and disappointingly small catches are all part of the job. Captains must work to keep a hired crew together while simultaneously working to keep their boats -- and their businesses -- afloat.

The crewmen (and one crew woman) swear like -- go figure -- sailors, but they're hard workers who have a healthy appreciation for the traditions and superstitions that are a rich part of life on the high seas. Rookie fishermen are expected to learn from the more experienced ones. Small rituals are conducted to bring luck. And, above all, the power of the ocean is always respected.

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