It’s hard to sum up what makes the Below Deck franchise the perfect reality television experience. It has everything you could ask for; romance, humour and a whole lot of salty drama when things go astern.
Each season of Below Deck features an upstairs-downstairs situation on a superyacht. We get a glimpse into the lives of the super-rich on vacation who reinforce every stereotype imaginable (and occasionally subvert our expectations, entirely.) But the main cast of the show is, of course, the young itinerant workers who have to cater to their elite guests' every whim.
But no season would be the same without the interpersonal drama borne out of the work hierarchies and risky boatmances that inevitably crash in dramatic fashion.
You soon learn that “don’t screw the crew” is an integral part of the yachtie philosophy for a reason.
In Below Deck: Mediterranean, Captain Sandra “Sandy” Yawn is the oft-polarising but fearless leader responsible for doling out punishment, bringing out the best in the crew and, don’t forget, steering a 150ft superyacht into port without any scratches.
Foodies get their fix as well. You’ll either marvel at the Charter Chef’s incredible creations (prepared solo and, at times, without all the accoutrements a full kitchen provides) or revel in an ineffective chef’s defeats. More often than not the chefs boil over and become the closest thing to the villain of the season.
Of course, reality TV doesn’t get made without producers carefully doing what they do best– producing moments of chaos that will have you rubbing your hands with schadenfreude-laced glee.