Wicked Tuna: North vs. South



Fishing spin-off has lots of gritty guys, salty language.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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. 


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. 

Not applicable

Lots of swearing, including words such as "Goddamn" and "bitch"; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Not applicable
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. 

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. 

What's the story?

The reality spin-off WICKED TUNA: NORTH VS. SOUTH features some of Gloucester, Massachusetts', top fisherman who have traveled to the American South to fish for blue fin tuna. Captain Dave Marciano of the Hard Merchandise; TJ Ott, captain of the Hot Tuna; and Paul Hebert, co-captain of the Pin Wheel navigate south to the outer banks of North Carolina to see if they can make up for some of the losses they incurred during the northern fishing season. The southern waters become a battle zone as the experienced local fishermen, including Captain Reed Meredith of the Whahoo, Captain Britton Shackelford of the Doghouse, and the Fishin' Frenzy's captain, Greg Mayer, do everything they can to push the Northerners out of their waters while fishing for the majority of the 23-ton (approximately 200-fish) quota imposed on them by the local industry. The southern captains show off their expertise, but the Gloucester teams show that, although they have a lot to learn, they're still a force to be reckoned with.

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. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of hunting and fishing shows on TV. What is it about these activities that make them interesting to viewers? What are some of the controversies surrounding them? Do reality shows such as this one offer an accurate view of what these activities are like? Or is there an effort to make them seem more interesting to appeal to larger audiences? 

TV details

Cast:Dave Marciano, Reed Meredith, Greg Mayer
Network:National Geographic Channel
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Ocean creatures
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

This review of Wicked Tuna: North vs. South was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Fishing edu-tainment docu reels in lots of salty vocab.
  • Deep-sea rivalry plays out in rough reality show.
  • Action-packed reality show OK for older tweens and up.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide