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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 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?