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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series about New York City exterminators includes some disturbing images of dead animals, including dead rats in mouse traps. It contains words like "hell," "pissed," and some bleeped language ("s--t," "f--k"), some bathroom humor, and some occasional mild sexual innuendo. It is a promotional vehicle for Magic Exterminating Pest Management and The Bed Bug Book.
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What's the story?
RAT BUSTERS N.Y.C. is a reality series that features the day-to-day activities of two New York City exterminators. Jimmy Tallman and Michael Morales, of Magic Pest Control, investigate and remove bug and vermin infestations from private homes, stores, restaurants, and hotels in all five boroughs of New York. Occasionally offering them expert advice on specific jobs is entomologist and colleague Ralph H. Maeste. The jobs aren't easy, but together they help eliminate the pests that are making their clients' lives miserable.
Is it any good?
The series highlights how exterminators deal with pest problems that range from minor bug infestations to swarms of rats taking over a space. But the real highlight of the show is watching the outspoken Jimmy and the sociable Michael interact with some rather odd clients. It's entertaining, but some will find the consistent use of creepy sound effects and dark close ups of rodents and bugs a little over-dramatic. Those who are more squeamish or sensitive will be disturbed by the images of trapped and/or dead rodents and other animals, too. But chances are that even the toughest viewers will find themselves scratching a bit while watching.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons people go on reality shows. What benefit do these exterminators receive by being on this show? How do you think reality show producers decide who to feature in TV shows like this? Is this show an extended advertisement for a business?
Reality series often incorporate specific sounds and images repeatedly to help create a sense of drama. Why? Do reality shows that have these elements become less real because of it?
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