|Below Deck Mediterranean|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||121 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company||51 Minds Entertainment|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||May 3, 2016 –|
Below Deck Mediterranean is an American reality television series that premiered on Bravo on May 3, 2016. Developed as the first spin-off of Below Deck, it has aired seven seasons. An 8th season has been announced to premiere in 2023.
The series chronicles the lives of the crew members who work and reside aboard a 150-foot-plus superyacht during a charter season in Greece (Season 1), Croatia (Seasons 2 and 6), Italy (Season 3), France (Season 4), Spain (Season 5) and Malta (Season 7) which consists of filming for around six weeks with the cast temporarily replacing the conventional crew. All seasons are currently available on Peacock streaming service.
|Season||Yachts||Model||Built | Refit||Built By||Length||Cruising Speed|
|Season 1||Ionian Princess||Custom||2005 | 2021||Christensen (U.S.A)||45.72m (150ft) ||12 Knots|
|Season 2 & 4||Sirocco||4700 Series||2006 | 2013||Heesen (Dutch)||47m (154ft 2in) ||22 Knots|
|Season 3||Talisman Maiton||Custom||2006 | 2016||Turquoise Yachts (Turkish)||54.2m (177ft 10in) ||12 Knots|
|Season 5||The Wellington
(aka the Wellesley)
|Custom||1993 | 2016||OceanCo (Dutch)||56.2m (184ft 5in) ||14 Knots|
|Season 6||Lady Michelle
(aka Next Chapter)
|Custom||2003 | 2017||Benetti (Italian)||55m (180ft 5in) ||14 Knots|
|Season 7||Home||Custom||2017||Heesen (Dutch)||49m (160ft 9in) ||13 Knots|
|Sandra "Sandy" Yawn||Captain|
|Bryan Kattenburg||1st Mate|
|Hannah Ferrier||Chief Stew|
|Julia d'Albert Pusey||Stew|
|Christine "Bugsy" Drake||Stew||Stew/CStew|
|Hindrigo "Kiko" Lorran||Chef|
|Mzi "Zee" Dempers||Deck|
Main article: List of Below Deck Mediterranean episodes
Below Deck Mediterranean airs on the Bravo cable network in the United States; the first episode premiered on Tuesday at 9/8pm ET/PT on May 3, 2016. A half-hour preview special of the series aired on March 23, 2016. In 2021, the British Channel 4 acquired the series for its E4 'youth' TV channel, with the first episode due to begin on February 22, 2021 at 7:30pm.
Chief Steward Hannah Ferrier, who had appeared in the first five seasons, was fired during Season 5 after Malia photographed a box of Valium and an empty THC pen in Ferrier's cabin. Hannah was immediately fired by Captain Sandy and removed from the boat. It later transpired the medication was prescription to help her deal with anxiety. The show faced criticism for the repeated references to Ferrier's medication as "drugs" and using her illness as a plotline.
After 3 episodes of Season 5 had been aired on Bravo, Deckhand Peter Hunziker was fired by the production company for a racist and misogynist posting on social media. His appearances were minimized in later episodes.