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Duck Dynasty

I am not much of a fan of reality TV, but this latest entry by A & E, Duck Dynasty,  is just hard to believe.  I keep thinking this is a set-up.  In case you haven't been one of the "lucky" ones to catch an episode, it's about this redneck family who live in the swamps of Louisanna who have become multimillionaires selling duck calls.

Willie, the CEO of Duck Commander and Jase, who makes the duck calls, are the two main characters and brothers. They are supported by their father Phil,  the old man having founded the company some forty years ago.  Other equally scruffy relatives round out the cast.
If you think the two sons pictured above look as though they could be straight out of the Hatfields and the McCoys, they acturally look good compared to some of the other characters on the show, all of whom sport long hair and beards.
Now, here's where the show loses me.  Phil, the founder, was a former high school coach and college quarterback  who quit to start making duck calls; his boys have college degrees and their wives look like past college cheerleaders who now buy their clothes at Neiman-Marcus.
Yet, these guys go around carrying shotguns,  dressing in chambray shirts and jeans and hunting wild hogs for meat, among other improbable things.  The two just don't mix.  These guys all act as though they don't have an 8th grade education.  Sometimes, they are funny, I'll admit.   Think Gene Simmon's Family Jewels set in Lousianna.

posted on Apr 24, 2012 1:25 AM ()


Yes, the world is full of odd people.
comment by dragonflyby on Apr 27, 2012 8:46 AM ()
These people are beyond odd! They are downright scary.
reply by redimpala on May 2, 2012 10:15 AM ()
There are enough people out there who like lowbrow entertainment that they don't need me too. I am happy to oblige them by not tuning in. They're making a lot of money putting on the trappings of backwoods types and what is astonishing is that anyone believes any of it.
comment by tealstar on Apr 25, 2012 1:24 PM ()
Exactly! It's all for show. But then we know we have a lot of dumb people in this world or we wouldn't have the representatives in Congress that we have now.
reply by redimpala on May 2, 2012 10:17 AM ()
"Reality" show....Ya, right.
comment by nittineedles on Apr 24, 2012 12:37 PM ()
About the only thing "real" about this show is that these people are wealthy. They live in nice homes, have kids who look like normal people, wives who are sophisticated. The rest is all for show.
reply by royalblog on Apr 24, 2012 1:01 PM ()
I've seen the promos and wondered how it is. I'll take a peek sometime, and hope I hit on one of the funny parts. I'm sure the producers on all these reality shows think up a situation for each new episode, and I often wonder how many takes there are for each scene.
comment by troutbend on Apr 24, 2012 12:11 PM ()
That makes two of us. These guys can be funny; but no one will convince me with all the money they have that they are really this backwoods. The show comes on Wednesday night on A & E. Not sure of the time. Bailey showed me an episode the family had recorded.
reply by royalblog on Apr 24, 2012 1:04 PM ()
sound not so ducky to me.Never heard of this one and do not want to hear it.
comment by fredo on Apr 24, 2012 10:16 AM ()
You haven't missed a lot.
reply by royalblog on Apr 24, 2012 1:19 PM ()
I missed this somehow! Lucky me!
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 24, 2012 9:39 AM ()
VERY lucky you!!
reply by timetraveler on Apr 24, 2012 8:14 PM ()
Haven't watched the duck or the simmons--lucky me!
comment by greatmartin on Apr 24, 2012 8:33 AM ()
I actually kind of get a kick out of Gene Simmons, even though they stage those episodes too. This one is just too unbelievable.
reply by royalblog on Apr 24, 2012 1:19 PM ()
I think those shows are scripted and always have been. It is one giant spoof. Ted is a fan of swamp people that catch alligators. There is only
one genuine cajun accent on that whole show.
comment by elderjane on Apr 24, 2012 5:47 AM ()
That's another thing. None of these guys has an accent, with the exception of Phil, the father.
reply by redimpala on Apr 24, 2012 7:34 AM ()
I haven't heard of this, but being in the UK that probably isn't a surprise though. You have to wonder at these "reality" shows as to how much is reality and how much scripted and directed. Good to see how the other half live though
comment by jensgems on Apr 24, 2012 1:43 AM ()
This one is definitely scripted as well as staged, I think. It's brand new on A & E. Just started in March.
reply by redimpala on Apr 24, 2012 7:36 AM ()

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