A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the complicated issues surrounding blue fin fishing, ranging from how it sustains traditional fishing communities to the impact the overall industry is having on the ecosystem.
Positive Role Models
The captains are hard working and rough around the edges. Some of them purposely lie to other fisherman in order to send them off course and away from lucrative fishing waters.
Violence & Scariness
Captains will yell and scream when deck hands lose a fish. The hooking, tying, harpooning, and cutting of fish is visible. Firecrackers are sometimes used to scare away sea gulls; dead sea gulls are occasionally shown hanging (illegally) from boats to scare away birds from the fishing sites.
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Contains lots of audible language like "d---head," "prick," plus bleeped swearing ("s--t," "f--k"). Rude hand gestures are blurred.
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Products & Purchases
Captains and crews often wear shirts and jackets bearing logos for various fishing industries, like Angela's Fish Industries, Inc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking and cigarette smoking is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wicked Tuna contains lots of swearing ("dick," "ass"; "s--t," "f--k" are bleeped), as well as images of (blurred) obscene gestures. The series offers a non-judgmental look at the work of specific blue fish tuna fishermen while discussing the negative impact this specific fishing industry is having on the species and the ocean's ecosystem. Captains and deck hands are rough around the edges -- they're sometimes shown yelling and screaming at each other and other fishermen, as well as smoking cigarettes and drinking beer. While they're hard working, they also deceive others in order to get ahead.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a non-judgmental and informative look at the blue fish tuna fishing industry by showing it from the point of view of tuna boat captains, who are trying to make an honest living and preserve a way of a life that goes back three centuries. Meanwhile, it offers details about the detrimental impact the industry is having on the blue fin and on the overall ecosystem.
It's a complicated issue, but one that is sometimes overshadowed by the drama brought on by the captains and their crews attempting to bait, hook, reel in, and tie blue fins before wrestling them into their boats. Learning how much they sell each fish for is interesting too. Nonetheless, regardless of whether you are a fishing fan or not, there are some interesting lessons to learn here.
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