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Treasure Quest

2009 TV-PG 1 season

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Treasure Quest

2009 TV-PG 1 season
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The Discovery Channel goes behind the scenes with the intrepid members of Odyssey Marine Exploration as they scour ocean floors around the world for sunken treasure and important historical finds. Using state-of-the-art technology, the adventurers search for privateers, World War II submarines, Colonial-era wrecks and other lost vessels, and are always mindful of the tragedy behind each story, as well as the potential for riches.
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 3 discs

In the first season of this reality series, the intrepid Odyssey Marine Exploration crew hunts for the 17th-century ship Merchant Royal, examines several World War II German U-boats, and surveys many other amazing wrecks.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
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age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this educational/reality show about oceangoing explorers/treasuer seekers, while interesting, is more focused on how much money can be made on the finds than on their historical significance. The featured company has been in trouble with the law over what they've recovered, and the line between what makes a recovery appropriate vs. inappropriate is a little on the blurry side. But there's no language, sex, or violence to worry about, and tweens who dream of treasure hunting may find it interesting.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Not applicable


There are no bleeps, but one word that sounded like "f--k" got slurred over at one point.

Social Behavior

While exploration and the use of science are important elements of the show, the importance of the finds is almost always described in terms of monetary profit ("a billion dollars' worth of gold and silver") rather than their historical/educational signficance. The explorers do stay on the right side of the law, but the narrator mentions upfront that the crew members have been criticized as crass treasure hunters -- a criticism that goes unanswered. There also seems to be little, if any, concern about preserving the sites for archaeological purposes or reference to the fact that these were sites where human beings died.


The crew's primary motive seems to be profit, with learning a side benefit.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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