I thought this, regarding Deadliest Catch - was amusing:
But they're also a kind of riposte to the smirkiness and high-class problems of TV's upscale hits. You want an existential crisis? How about getting clocked across your freaking head with a steel oil-drill chain?it's from"Reality TV's Working Class Heroes" by James Poniewozik in Time Magazine.
When I tell people what I do they often mention that they have seen the show and wonder if I is anything like working deep-sea on a big merchant ship. I tell them it is not, but after reading the TIME article I thought this was a good descriptions of what it is like to constantly be aware of commercial pressure
"...here, everything is denominated in dollar terms. You hear the price tag whenever a saw gets lost ($1,000) or a pipe gets jammed ($50,000) or a worker calls in sick ($1,000 an hour in company revenue). Economic risk is as ever present as the physical danger, and--by pushing workers to go faster and harder--one feeds the other. The workers know precisely how much everything costs, not just the crab and the crude but also their family time, their rest, even their safety.I can relate there - The cost of an hours delay, the cost to steam an extra few miles. The extra costs in time and energy of injuries or damaged equipment. Everything has a cost, even the time to deal with regulators and agents might have been better spend rechecking a part order. So yes, in a way, it is what it is like.