Swamp Brothers

 
Reptile wrangler brothers tease gently, use strong language.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Animal rescue and education is underscored here. It also highlights the positive relationship between the brothers.

Positive role models

Robby is a trained wildlife professional. Despite the occasional mild tension between the two brothers, their relationship is largely positive.

Violence

The brothers regularly wrestle with venomous snakes, angry alligators, wild hogs, and sometimes with each other. Occasionally guns are drawn in order to shoot an attacking animal to protect its caregivers.

Sex

The animals' genitalia are occasionally discussed.

Language

Words like "Goddamn," "hell," "pissed," and "crap" are audible; anything stronger is fully bleeped. Words like "Jesus" and "schmuck" are also tossed around.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Steve is a former bartender, and often notes that he’d rather be in New York City drinking than struggling with some of the animals.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lighthearted and informative reality series features lots of strong language (words like "goddamn," "crap," and "pissed" audible; stronger language bleeped). Guns are also visible and occasionally targeted at animals. Despite some teasing and arguing between the brothers, the overall relationship between them is positive. Young viewers should be reminded that the people featured here are wildlife professionals, and that they should not attempt any of the activities featured on the show.

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What's the story?

SWAMP BROTHERS features two adult brothers working together at a Central Florida snake and reptile farm. City slicker Steven Keszey left New York City to join his older brother, former rock and roll bassist Robbie Keszey, at Glades Herp Farm. Being an assistant to Robbie at one of the largest venomous snake and alligator farms in the world isn’t easy, especially when his pushy older brother makes him wrangle alligators, work with snakes, chase feral hogs, and even help veterinarians secure lions and other large animals when they need treatment. It gets pretty wild, and Steve soon finds that life on the farm can be rougher than living in the big city.

Is it any good?

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The series offers a chance to see what it takes to run a snake and reptile farm, including chores like collecting and protecting alligator eggs, relocating gator bulls, and packaging animals to be sent to zoos, schools, and clients who have permits. Robbie also offers some interesting facts about the different animals he works with.

It seems a little rehearsed at times, but Steve’s nervous reactions create lots of humorous moments. Steve’s lack of passion for the work and Rob’s intentional efforts to scare him sometimes leads to some mild tension, but this is more amusing than mean spirited. Overall, it’s an entertaining series that is both light-hearted and informational.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about reality shows. Why do you think there is a reality show about the Keszey brothers? Is it because their personalities are so different? Or is it because of the work they are doing?

  • What is the function of a reptile farm. Is it for preserving animals? Research? For raising animals to sell and make money? What kind of training does someone have to have to start and maintain this kind of farm? How dangerous is it to work on these farms?

TV details

Cast:Robbie Keszey, Steven Keszey
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMJATWALSH June 15, 2011
age 11+
 

Great Show

Personally, I love this show, it's interesting and its one of those shows that you don't need to watch in order. This show is not for someone who hates or strongly dislikes animals, since that is the main point of the show. This show involves a wide range of animals, from Gators and Snakes, to Gorillas and Turtles. It's also nice to remember that this show is about helping animals and people, they are not hurting animals, or testing products on them.
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Too much swearing

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