Workplace reality show funny, but has lots of tough talk.

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Positive messages

Despite plenty of conflict, the show does have some positive take-aways about working hard, being a committed business owner, and teamwork.

Positive role models

The crews sometimes compete for business -- sometimes almost violently so -- but they help each other out when necessary.


Sal is training to be a fighter. Crews competing for metal jobs often result to threatening to punch each other out. A scrapper is shown using a sledgehammer on another crew’s truck.


Some strong sexual innuendo, including conversations about sexual fetishes and references to male genitalia.


Lots of strong language. Words like “ass” and “piss” are audible, while curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped.


Sal the Barber’s business logo, P&F Service and Removal, is clearly visible (but with the phone number blurred out). Some of the men wear T-shirts highlighting their crew's name.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

People are shown drinking beer an occasionally smoking cigarettes and cigars.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality series about Brooklyn scrap metal crews features lots of arguing -- including threats to beat people up -- as well as drinking and occasional smoking. There's also lots of strong language (“ass" and “piss” are audible, while “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped) and references to sex. It’s all presented from a humorous angle, but it's still not really an age-appropriate choice for younger viewers.

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What's the story?

SCRAPPERS follows three Brooklyn crews who collect scrap metal for money. The crews -- headed up by Frank Noots, Sal “the Barber” Vassallo, and Mimmo and Dino -- collect metal waste from construction job sites, haul old appliances out of homes, and salvage abandoned cars. They then sell them to the local metal recycling plant in hopes of making enough money to keep their businesses afloat. Combing the streets of Brooklyn for junk metal isn’t always easy, and the tough-talking guys often find themselves dealing with endless parking tickets, injuries, and constant competition. But when the going gets tough, these neighborhood guys always have each other’s backs.

Is it any good?


With its humorous look at the nontraditional world of metal recycling, Scrappers offers an almost sitcom-like reality experience. It also highlights some of the more unique aspects of growing up in and working in Brooklyn. Thanks to some of men’s oddball behavior and over-the-top arguments, many of the scenes seem a little too rehearsed. And there's lots of strong language. But overall, it does offer some amusing reality entertainment for teens and adults.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about he scrap metal business. Why is it so competitive? Do you think scrappers in other parts of the country go through what the Brooklyn crews go through?

  • How much reality is featured on reality shows? When does a reality show cross the line into being fiction?

  • Why are there so many reality shows about unusual jobs? What's the appeal?

TV details

Cast:Frank Noots, Joe Posa, Sal Vassallo
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent of a 11 year old Written byspeechless August 31, 2010
Fun show for adults to watch.children should stay away. Or they will start curesing worse then a ny scrapper !


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