Rat Busters N.Y.C.

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Big ick factor in exterminator reality show, plus language.

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Positive Messages

Hard work, honesty, and cooperation are all on display in this show.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite having very different personalities, Jimmy and Michael work well together. They appear are committed to helping their clients, but not wasting their time and their clients' money.


Lots of images of scurrying rats and crawling bugs, along with visual effects and ominous music to make it more dramatic. Dead rodents and other animals are frequently visible. Rodents are shown trapped in mousetraps of all kinds.


On rare occasions, mild sexual innuendo is audible.


Words like "piss" are audible, while "s--t," "ass," and "f--k" are bleeped. Contains references to farting.


The series is a promotional vehicle for Magic Exterminating Pest Management; logos and telephone numbers are prominently featured. In at least one episode Ralph Maeste's book, The Bed Bug Book, is featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Adult Written byQnzLili59 August 22, 2011

Surprisingly Funny & Will teach you a thing or two...

Great show, doesn't reflect anything negative. It is a show about the daily problems of a business and residents of NYC. The characters can be funny.

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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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