A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show talks about science and respecting animals, but it also sends problematic messages about taking unnecessary risks when engaging animals.
Positive Role Models
Matt Watson is an extreme fisherman who has a passion for what he does and a respect for the ocean and its creatures, but some of his risky behavior makes him a questionable role model.
Violence & Scariness
Watson and his crew wrestle with sea life in the water and decoys get attacked by sharks. Sea creatures ofte chase camera crews. Warnings to viewers about the stunts shown are frequent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussions about a blow-up doll used as a decoy contain some mild sexual innuendo. Partially bared buttocks are blurred.
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Words like "crap," "hell," and "pissed" are frequently used; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to drinking beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this ocean adventure reality series features extreme fishermen engaging in some dangerous stunts. Viewers are warned (and rightly so) that they should never try these stunts themselves, but the show sends some problematic messages about taking unnecessary risks when engaging animals. The fishermen use lots of strong language ("crap," "piss, "hell"; "f--k," and "s--t" are "bleeped"), some mild sexual innuendo, and a few blurred images of men's partially exposed buttocks. Some viewers might find the images of sharks attacking decoys and fishermen wrestling with large sea creatures disturbing.
Is It Any Good?
The series combines some of the excitement of shows like Deadliest Catch with some of the over-the-top stunts featured on Whacked Out Videos. While much of what Watson and his team do is in the name of science, they often put themselves in needlessly risky situations to create some good TV moments.
Watson openly advocates revering the ocean and respecting the fish that live in it. These are positive messages, but Watson's cheers while sharks attack decoys and/or potentially dangerous sea creatures chase camera people often overshadow them. Overall, it's entertaining for folks who like this kind of thing, but it's socially irresponsible on many levels.
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