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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Docuseries is entertaining, if not the freshest catch.

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Positive Messages

The series doesn't shy away from showing the difficult realities of off-shore fishing. It also highlights the time-honored traditions that are passed down to new generations of fishermen.

Positive Role Models & Representations

They aren't perfect, but the captains and their crew are hardworking people trying to earn a living. All of the featured fishing folk are men.


Crews face rough waters, high gales, and major winter storms while fishing. Some arguments/yelling in difficult situations.


The biological differences between male and female lobsters are discussed.


The fishermen consistently use lots of salty vocab -- like "piss," “hell,” and "ass"; curses like "f--k" and “s--t” are bleeped.


Some of the captains have wholesale seafood businesses, but their logos, etc. aren't prominently featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption (primarily beer).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series, like The Deadliest Catch and Lobster Wars before it, offers a candid look into the lives of professional New England fishermen. Like its sister shows, it highlights the many real-life challenges associated with off-shore fishing, including real-life danger. Time-honored fishing traditions are also discussed. The sailors use lots of salty language (words like "piss" and "ass" are audible, while curses like "f--k" and “s--t” are bleeped) and are occasionally shown drinking and smoking.

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What's the story?

LOBSTERMEN follows New England off-shore fishermen as they sail the rough North Atlantic seas in search of lucrative lobster catches. In the thick of winter's chill, the crews of the Captain Bligh, Debbie Ann, Direction, and Courtney Elizabeth head out to the open seas to haul lobster the way their ancestors have for generations, battling frigid temperatures, rough waters, and fierce storms. They also struggle with dragger boats and other fishermen who use more modern ways to fish the already-depleted supply of crustaceans. As they work, viewers learn about the equipment and strategies they use, as well as the laws that regulate the industry.

Is it any good?

Playing off of the popular formula of shows like The Deadliest Catch and Lobster Wars, Lobstermen successfully duplicates their authentic portrayals of today's fishermen. It also reminds viewers of the culture and folklore surrounding the time-honored profession. 

That said, viewers may find themselves experiencing a sense of deja vu as they watch some of the captains and their crew members (many of whom have also appeared on those other shows) do the same things all over again here. Even some of the climactic moments seem a bit repetitive. But loyal fans of the genre will probably take comfort in this and will still be able to find some entertaining moments.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of off shore fishing t.v. shows. Is it the dangers associated with the job?  The culture that surrounds the profession? Do you think shows like this make the job seem exciting or scary?

  • Why do fisherman still honor old-time fishing lore despite the modernization of the profession? What other careers celebrate their own myths and traditions?

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