A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Words like “hell,” “piss,” and “ass" are audible, while stronger curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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