What Would Ryan Lochte Do?

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Olympian's reality show sinks under dullness, drinking.

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Positive Messages

Some positive messaging about being responsible -- even if Lochte goes out drinking at night, he shows up at practice in the morning. Family is clearly a big part of Lochte's life, as is working hard for a goal. But there's a lot of dating and drinking and immature behavior that doesn't send a great message to Lochte's admirers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lochte doesn't come across as being very intelligent, and his behavior isn't always the most mature. He seems to drink a lot and hit on women frequently. His goals including winning more gold medals and designing sneakers. He's a also a sensitive person who clearly loves his family.


Ryan is often shown in his underwear, bathing suits, and shirtless in and outside of the pool. Women flirt with him openly, but he's not particularly smooth with the ladies. The show also contains a quick reference to a statement his mother made to the press about his alleged promiscuity.


Contains words like "hell," "ass," "crap," and "bleeped" curses like "s--t" and "f--k." Discussions about media headlines characterizing Ryan a "douchebag."


Ryan shows off athletic shoes and other items that have his name on it. His Audi and Rolex is also visible. Gainesville, Florida watering holes like The Cantina are featured.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer, cocktails, and hard liquor consumption is frequent at house parties, bars, and on the golf course.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that What Would Ryan Lochte Do? contains lots of drinking and partying behavior, as well as some strong language (though stronger curses are bleeped). There's an emphasis on the swimmer's dating life and lots of talk about finding women -- for serious romance or casual encounters. The importance of family is also a theme, as are Lochte's goals of entering the fashion design business.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byNewenglandprepster June 7, 2013

Love Lochte?

Lochte, is hot but dumb. So that is not a great show.

What's the story?

WHAT WOULD RYAN LOCHTE DO? is a reality series starring Olympic swimming gold medalist Ryan Lochte as he shows what life is like in his world. When Lochte isn't training, he spends his time hanging out and drinking with his circle of friends known as "The Lochterage," admiring a closet full of footwear he's designed, and looking for a woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. He also finds time to be with his family, including his brother and roommate Devon, his mom Ileana, and sisters Kristin and Megan. It gets a little crazy, but Ryan does what he can to live life to the fullest.

Is it any good?

What Would Ryan... features Lochte training, partying with friends, and interacting with his family -- most of which appears scripted as the swimmer awkwardly tries to be hip and funny by using meaningless self-created catchphrases like "jeah." Meanwhile, the show manages to stretch any significant moments to fill its time slot by replaying them over and over again.

Watching the almost-30-year-old Lochte acting like an immature college coed isn't particularly inspiring or entertaining, but outside of this, there just isn't much else here. Bottom line? Lochte may have style, but his show certainly lacks substance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons people appear on reality shows. Is it the money? The fame? Or something else? Why do you think Ryan Lochte got his own show? Do you think he behaves the same way when the cameras are off?

  • Given some of the behaviors Ryan Lochte exhibits outside of the pool, do you think he makes a good role model for up-and-coming swimmers or athletes?

TV details

  • Premiere date: April 21, 2013
  • Cast: Ryan Lochte
  • Network: E!
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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