Below Deck

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Below Deck
Below Deck logo.png
Genre Reality television
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 55 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Mark Cronin
  • Courtland Cox
  • Nadine Rajabi (season 3–)
  • Rebecca Henning
    (co-executive, season 3–)
  • James Bruce
    (co-executive, season 1)
  • Elise Duran (season 2)
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) 51 Minds Entertainment
Release
Original network Bravo
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release July 1, 2013 (2013-07-01) – present (present)
Chronology
Related shows Below Deck Mediterranean
External links
Website

Below Deck is an American reality television series on Bravo that debuted on July 1, 2013.[1][2] Announced in April 2012, Below Deck chronicles the lives of the crew members who work and reside aboard a mega-yacht during charter season.[3] It shows the crew as they deal with their personal issues in order to make their professional careers work. Each episode features a different group of guests.

Production[edit]

Producers booked a five-week Caribbean charter on the 50 meter (164 foot) yacht Cuor di Leone.[4] The yacht was renamed Honor for the series, and is captained by Lee Rosbach.[4] The original crew used for the vessel were given the time off, to be replaced by the cast of the series for the duration of filming.[4] Rosbach and his first officer and engineer stayed on board the vessel to ensure everything went as planned.[4] Chief Stew Adrienne Gang, Chef Ben Robinson and Stew Kat Held had worked on yachts prior to the series.[4] The series was shot over a six-week period in September and October 2011.[5]

On August 27, 2013, Bravo announced that the series' first season averaged 1.4 million total viewers per episode, which led the network to renew Below Deck for a second season.[6]

The season premiered on August 12, 2014,[7] and featured four returning cast members from the previous season, including Captain[8] Lee Rosbach, Ben Robinson, Kat Held, and Eddie Lucas.[9] New cast additions included Kate Chastain, Kelley and Amy Johnson, Jennice Ontiveros, Andrew Sturby, and Logan Reese.[9] The second season had the crew working on Ohana[10], a 153' mega-yacht during the charter season in the British Virgin Islands.[9] The season concluded on November 4, 2014.[7]

Bravo renewed Below Deck for a third season after the second-season finale, which was the highest rated episode of the season.[11] In March 2015, Bravo announced a Below Deck spin-off show entitled Below Deck Mediterranean, which will feature a crew heading to "the world’s oldest cruising grounds, the Mediterranean Sea, for its next super-yacht charter season."[12]

The third season premiered on August 25, 2015. The show followed crew members living and working in the Bahamas on a 161’ mega-yacht called Eros. A sneak peek of the season was released on July 21, with a half-hour preview special which aired on August 10, 2015. The season featured Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain, Amy Johnson and Eddie Lucas who all returned from the previous season, along with another five new crew members.[13]

In April 2016, the network renewed Below Deck for a fourth season.[14]

On February 21, 2017, it was announced production filming for season 5 had begun.[15]

On February 22, 2017 it was announced that the production boat had sunk after its propeller hit something while arriving in the marina in the Caribbean while filming for season 5.[16]

On July 17, 2017, it was announced that the fifth season would premiere on September 5, 2017, with Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain and Nico Scholly returning.[17]

The sixth season will premiere on October 2, 2018. Lee Rosbach and Kate Chastain will be returning.[18][19]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 11 July 1, 2013 (2013-07-01) September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09)
2 13 August 12, 2014 (2014-08-12) November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)
3 15 August 25, 2015 (2015-08-25) December 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)
4 14 September 6, 2016 (2016-09-06) December 6, 2016 (2016-12-06)
5 15 September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05) December 12, 2017 (2017-12-12)
6 TBA October 2, 2018 (2018-10-02) TBA (TBA)

Cast[edit]

The cast of the first season: Ben Robinson, Aleks Taldykin, Kat Held, Adrienne Gang, David Bradberry, CJ Lebeau, Samantha Orme and Eddie Lucas (from left)

Season 1[edit]

Season 2[edit]

  • Lee Rosbach — Captain[9]
  • Kate Chastain — Chief Stewardess[9]
  • Andrew Sturby — Deckhand[9] (ep 1-4, 12-13)
  • Logan Reese - Deckhand (ep 8-13)
  • Kelley Johnson — Deckhand[9]
  • Jennice Ontiveros — Deckhand[9]
  • Ben Robinson — Chef[9]
  • Eddie Lucas — Bosun[9]
  • Kat Held — 2nd Stewardess[9]
  • Amy Johnson — 3rd Stewardess[9]

Season 3[edit]

  • Lee Rosbach — Captain[13]
  • Kate Chastain — Chief Stewardess[13]
  • Amy Johnson — 2nd Stewardess[13]
  • Eddie Lucas — Bosun[13]
  • Don Abenante (ep 1-4, 14) — Second Engineer/Deckhand[13]
  • Connie Arias — Deckhand[13]
  • Raquel “Rocky” Dakota — 3rd Stewardess[13]
  • Emile Kotze — Deckhand[13]
  • Leon Walker - Chef (ep 1-10)[13]
  • Ben Robinson - Chef (ep 10-13, 15)
  • Dane Jackson - Deckhand (ep 5-8)[28]
  • David Bradberry - Deckhand (ep 11-13, 15)

Season 4[edit]

  • Lee Rosbach - Captain[29]
  • Kate Chastain - Chief Stewardess[30]
  • Kelley Johnson - Bosun[31]
  • Emily Warburton-Adams - 2nd Stewardess[32]
  • Sierra Storm - 3rd Stewardess[33]
  • Lauren Burchell - Deckhand[34]
  • Trevor Walker - "Senior" Deckhand (ep 1-4)[35]
  • Nico Scholly - Senior Deckhand[36]
  • Ben Robinson - Chef[37]
  • Kyle Dixon - Deckhand (ep 5-14)

Season 5[edit]

  • Lee Rosbach - Captain[38]
  • Kate Chastain - Chief Stewardess[39]
  • Nico Scholly - Lead Deckhand (ep 1-15) Bosun (ep 15)[40]
  • Brianna Adekeye - 2nd Stewardess[41]
  • Jennifer Howell - 3rd Stewardess[42]
  • Chris Brown - Deckhand (ep 1-6)[43]
  • Bruno Duarte - Deckhand[44]
  • Baker Manning - Deckhand[45]
  • Matt Burns - Chef[46]
  • EJ Jansen - Bosun (ep 5-11)[47]
  • Kyle Dixon - Deckhand (ep 11-15)

Season 6[edit]

  • Lee Rosbach - Captain
  • Kate Chastain - Chief Stewardess
  • Josiah Carter - Steward
  • Caroline Bedol - Stewardess
  • Adrian Martin - Chef
  • Chandler Brooks - Bosun
  • Ross Inia - Deckhand
  • Ashton Pienaar - Deckhand
  • Rhylee Gerber - Deckhand

Timeline[edit]

Cast Members Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Lee Rosbach Main
Aleks Taldykin Main
Adrienne Gang Main Guest
C.J. LeBeau Main
Samantha Orme Main
David Bradberry Main Main
Ben Robinson Main
Eddie Lucas Main
Kat Held Main
Kate Chastain Main
Andrew Sturby Main
Logan Reese Main
Kelley Johnson Main Main
Jennice Ontiveros Main
Amy Johnson Main
Don Abenante Main
Connie Arias Main
Raquel "Rocky" Dakota Main
Emile Kotze Main
Leon Walker Main
Dane Jackson Main
Emily Warburton-Adams Main
Sierra Storm Main
Lauren Burchell Main
Trevor Walker Main
Nico Scholly Main
Kyle Dixon Main
Brianna Adekeye Main
Jennifer Howell Main
Chris Brown Main
Bruno Duarte Main
Baker Manning Main
Matt Burns Main
EJ Jansen Main
Josiah Carter Main
Caroline Bedol Main
Adrian Martin Main
Chandler Brooks Main
Ross Inia Main
Ashton Pienaar Main
Rhylee Gerber Main

Reception[edit]

"I’m calling it Saved by the Bell, the Summer Edition: Lost at Sea. (Imagine a very special episode in which one of the Bayside crew finds a baggie of coke on the volleyball court at Malibu Sands and then hands it over to Stacy Carosi. Well, anyone except Jessie Spano, because we all know she’d be so excited that she’d keep it.) But there’s plenty of time to get all royal about it. For now, I’m hooked, at the bottom of the sea."

—Annie Barrett from Entertainment Weekly[48]

The reality show has received mixed reviews from television critics.[49] David Hinckley from New York Daily News was rather negative towards the show by saying that Bravo "make waves with reality series set on a luxury yacht, but viewers aren't well served by a show that's anchored in tedium." Reviewing the first episode of the show, he was not impressed because of the lack of storylines and called the premiere "pretty mundane".[50] Emily Yahr, a critic from The Washington Post, questioned the show's truthfulness and added that the series "seem[s] so scripted--the stereotypical spoiled crew members, the neatly wrapped-up “plotlines”—that it’s hard to take seriously, even in the dubious cable reality show genre."[51] Rob Owen of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was more positive by describing the show as a "fairly entertaining, voyeuristic look at a made-for-reality-TV crew."[52]

David Wiegand, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, noted the show's idea by saying that Below Deck "takes the idea of disparate types thrown together in a controlled environment and capitalizes on two seemingly inevitable results: friction and sexual tension".[53] Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times criticized the casting choices, writing that "the real issue with this series is that the crew members aren’t all that interesting." He also felt that "it's not actually the crew members — the stars of this series — who are unbearable" but the guests, for whom "the word “insufferable” was invented."[54] Sandy Malone, writing for The Huffington Post, questioned whether the show is hurting the yachting industry. Malone said, "My conclusion, if this show is going to do positive things for the yachting industry, instead of destroying its reputation for stellar service, a big change had better come with [the upcoming season]."[55]

Broadcast[edit]

Below Deck premiered on the Bravo cable network in the United States; the first episode debuted on Monday at 10:00/9:00 ET/PT on July 1, 2013. The preview special of the series aired on June 10, 2013.[56] The first season ran for eleven episodes and concluded on September 9, 2013. The second season of the reality series debuted on August 12, 2014 and ended on November 4, 2014, after airing thirteen episodes. Both seasons featured a "Reunion" episode that reunited all the crew members to discuss the events of the season, as well as a special episode "The Crew Tells All" with unseen footage of the season. The third season premiered on August 25, 2015 and concluded on December 1, 2015 with a two-part "Reunion" episode.

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