Swamp People

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Gator hunting/Cajun culture docu is interesting but graphic.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series highlights some of the traditions of Cajun culture (including alligator hunting, which is described both as a Cajun tradition and as a necessary measure to protect the population). Part of the swamp heritage is to live off the swamp as well as to respect and protect it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The fishermen’s lives revolve around fishing and family. Older fishermen teach their traditions to the younger generations; one of the biggest lessons they learn is to respect the swamp and waste nothing. There's some mild competition among the local gator hunters.

Violence

Graphic images of alligators being hooked, shot with rifles at point-blank range, and skinned with hunting knives. The fishermen sometimes get bloody injuries. Birds and fish are shown being bitten and/or eaten by other animals.

Sex
Language

Words like “hell,” “piss,” and “ass" are audible, while stronger curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped.

Consumerism

One hunting team owns and manages the Kliebert Turtle & Alligator Farm.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer drinking is visible. One fisherman brews his own beer and wine. Boxes of cigarettes are visible in some of the fishermen’s pockets.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this docuseries -- which follows Southern Louisiana fisherman as they hunt alligators -- offers an interesting look at Cajun culture but also includes some very graphic scenes of gators being hooked, shot, and skinned. Some of the language is strong, too (“hell,” “piss,” and “ass" are audible, while stronger words are bleeped). Expect messages about respecting the environment, prioritizing family, and honoring your cultural heritage.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byloveanimals July 13, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY

This a cruel & senseless show with displays of horrible killing of animal. Take this show off the air please!
Parent of a 15 year old Written byjaxonj October 10, 2010
I like everything except the extreme over-exaggeration about the weight of most of the alligators. This really bothers me and if it weren't for that I... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 18, 2012

Don't bother.

It's a bunch of hicks in a swamp shooting alligators. I find it stupid, not entertaining.
Kid, 9 years old January 25, 2012

HORRIBLE

HORRIBLE SHOW NEVER FOUND ONE MORE BAD EXPECT STORAGE WARS!

What's the story?

SWAMP PEOPLE follows Cajun fishers and trappers as they hunt alligators in the largest swamp in the United States. Hunters like Troy Landry and his son, Jacob; Junior Edwards and his son, Willie; and Joe LaFont and his stepson, Tommy Chauvin, go after gators in Southern Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin during the state’s alligator hunting season in order to keep them from overpopulating the region and threatening the people who live nearby. The men, who are only allowed to catch a limited number of gators a year, sail through the swamp in hopes of finding the animals that will yield the most money for their meat and skins. It’s hard and dangerous work, but for these men, it's simply a way of life.

Is it any good?

Swamp People offers an interesting look at Cajun culture and the role that alligator hunting has played in Southern Louisiana for the last 300 years. It also highlights the important role that the swamp has played in the lives of the families who've lived in this region for generations.

While there's lots here to learn about a unique American culture that relies on the bounty of the swamp for its very existence, animal lovers and more sensitive viewers will probably find the graphic hunting scenes difficult to watch. But if you can get past that, the show is a worthwhile entry in the "dangerous jobs" subgenre of reality TV.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Cajun culture. Did you know that Cajuns are descendants of Canada’s first settlers? How did they end up in Louisiana? What is their culture like?

  • How does the media typically depict Cajun culture? Do you think some of these portrayals are stereotypical? Why or why not? Where do you think cultural stereotypes come from?

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