A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series isn't preachy about conservation issues, but the topic naturally follows Young's visits to some beautiful wildlife habitats. While education isn't the intention of the show, viewers are introduced to a range of fish and learn about how the state of local ecosystems affects their survival and the success of sport fishing. Plus, it can be inspiring to watch someone take on new challenges.
Positive Role Models
Young is enthusiastic about his hobby, but he knows his limits and seeks out experts to guide him when he's out of his league. Despite the fact that the sport involves baiting and catching wild creatures, which can appear inhumane to fishing novices, the anglers are always respectful of the animals' well-being and work hard to minimize their trauma during the catch.
Violence & Scariness
In some shots, the sportsmen are shown dicing dead fish for bait. Some tension when fishing for sharks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very mild innuendo is rare. Young is known to bare his chest (and, in at least one case, don a teeny Speedo), but there's nothing inappropriate.
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"Hell," "damn," "ass," "mofo's," and "sexy" are audible; "s--t," "f--k," and "bitch" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Some local businesses and eateries get notice at the different sites the host visits.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Young is known to swap fish tales with his fellow fishermen with an occasional drink in hand.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that language is the biggest concern in the reality fishing series Off the Hook: Extreme Catches, which stars pro wrestler "Showtime" Eric Young. Expect multiple instances of "damn," "hell," "ass," "mofo," and the like, with stronger words ("f--k," "s--t," "bitch,") bleeped. The series follows Young's attempts at unorthodox (and thus dangerous) fishing methods like shark fishing from a paddleboard, so there are some tense moments and a general sense of anxiety during some of the scenes. Thanks to its charismatic and jovial host, though, this series will appeal to a broader audience than other reality fishing shows because it brings an amateur's sense of adventure to the topic of extreme fishing.
Is It Any Good?
Young is a force to be reckoned with in the wrestling ring, but little of his professional training prepares him for the opponents he encounters in the water, and his willingness to play the novice helps distinguish Off the Hook from the multitude of other reality fishing-style series that exist. While it can be hard for an average viewer to get hooked on watching experts' fishing expeditions, it's a different story when your guide is a macho, charismatic, raspy-voiced amateur enthusiast who's willing to try anything so long as it brings him closer to netting "The Big One," and who is happy to laugh at himself along the way.
The downside to Young's obvious ease in front of the camera is that you never really know what will come out of his mouth, and although the strongest words are bleeped, language is a concern for kids. If your tweens are familiar with Young from his wrestling career, then they'll likely want to tune in to see how he handles these unorthodox opponents on a less forgiving playing field, and the host's ability to appeal to general audiences makes this an entertaining show to share with them.
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