A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This show highlights the difficult, competitive, and potentially dangerous world of tuna fishing in the South. The importance of sustainable fishing is noted. Occasionally subtle stereotypical references are made about people from both the North and the South.
Positive Role Models
The fisherman are competitive, and some appear to resort to unethical practices.
Violence & Scariness
The work can be dangerous at times. Southern fisherman use rifles to shoot various things. There are bloody images of fish being hooked and cut open.
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Lots of swearing, including words such as "Goddamn" and "bitch"; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some folks drink moonshine. Champagne is used to celebrate the start of the season, but characters shoot at the bottles rather than drink it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wicked Tuna: North vs. South will appeal to fans of the Wicked Tuna franchise. It offers lots of the same edgy entertainment, including lots of competitive behavior, salty vocab, and some drinking. Fishermen sometimes find themselves in potentially dangerous situations, and rifles are used to shoot at things, including competitors' equipment. It's more entertaining than educational, but folks will find some interesting fishing information here.
Is It Any Good?
The Wicked Tuna spin-off follows the same formula of the original series, which includes showing captains and their crews baiting, hooking, reeling in, and selling blue fins for a premium. It also introduces some of the southern region's fishing captains, who have as much talent and competitive spirit as their colleagues from the North.
A lot of attention is paid to the region's important, but limiting, sustainable fishing practices that make tuna fishing challenging. Meanwhile, the competitiveness among the captains gets to be a little much at times. But folks who like fishing, and fans of the original show, will definitely find this worth watching.
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