Skip to comments.‘Duck Dynasty’ Premiere Shatters Cable Records With 11.8 Million Viewers
Posted on 08/16/2013 8:18:11 AM PDT by rktman
A&E had the competition ducking for cover Wednesday, as its redneck reality smash Duck Dynasty kicked off its new season with a whopping 11.8 million viewers the largest audience ever for a non-fiction cable series.
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Fame ruins everything it touches
I don’t even know why the show is popular, but I guess compared to the rest of the dreck on TV...
The few times I watched it, I just saw another typical “reality” show, scripted but pretending to be candid and spontaneous.
The fact that they bring family values into it just drags family values through the dirt, not elevating the show.
It has values! They begin and end with prayer. They don’t cuss and blaspheme. They teach their kids traditional values.
They are disguised as a bunch of grizzled Mt. men, but they have a message that America is longing to hear in comparison to the filth of the rest off reality TV!
IRS must have a few undercover creeps watching these guys
Great Christian values, true. HOWEVER, I cannot help but be embarrassed by the entire cast and have a suspicion that the producers are sitting back and laughing at us right wing nuts.
Is that really the image we want to project? If so, then I guess I have been wasting my time and money dressing well, shaving, attempting to speak properly...
My preferred view of America might be higher class so call me a snob or whatever but I think we can do better than DD.
For a society to advance should we all strive to be/do better?
I guess I had too much white bread and mayonnaise while growing up. [inside joke with my wife]
I’ve never seen it.
soetoro’d be glad to redistribute their income.
Because the people on it are not trashy; they've been able, thus far,to be true to who they are, even if they do ramp it up a bit, and ordinary Americans relate to them.
There is an episode where one of the wives is complaining about her husband dressing out a deer in the front yard of their suburban home; apparently the school bus came up and several of the children were "traumatized" by it. My wife punched me in the arm as we watched it, because we had the same conversation about 3 years ago; sans the school bus.
I hang out and hunt with people who are exactly like the Robinson's. In fact, we have our own Uncle Si, even if he doesn't appreciate the nick-name.
I have tried three times to watch this show but for some reason I just cannot get intellectually involved/entertained. The only reality show I can watch is Deadliest Catch. Some of it is scripted but the actual work part is not and I have come to the conclusion they are crazy to do that work.
Heck a friend from La. told me even the gator shows are scripted and I would have thought it wasn’t. Dirtiest Jobs was a good one and Mike Rowe is a pretty good sport to do some of the crap he did. Money will only get me to do just so much as I will draw the line.
Part of the show is that they are parodying other “reality” shows.
I think you are looking too deep. It’s just a television show. There are plenty of people in our society to look up to, and it begins at the family level.
Happens all the time in my suburban neighborhood.
MOREOVER, they keep it clean, say grace at mealtime, and their language is clean. UNIQUE and a moral/ethic model in today's boob-tube culture; A show that you can watch with your kids or grandkids.
That's just it; There *aren't* plenty of public people to look up to in today's corrupt culture and society. And Duck Dynasty is exactly ABOUT "the family level."
They [gasp!] pray to Almighty God! The head of the clan is a self-made man! They don’t rely on the government! I mean, how is this show even allowed on TV!
I agree. I watched about 2 minutes of an earlier episode and that was it. I didn’t the reason for hoopla over the program.
I do recall when the Beverly Hillbillies first showed up, it was an immediate success.
I think it has to do with portraying lifestyles most are not familiar with. The problem, however, is copycats. Even History Channel has found Hatfields & McCoys in the Ky/TN hills.
I just don’t find these kinds of ‘reality TV’ that interesting. TV companies like them because they are cheap to make.
Yeah. I’ve seen about 10 minutes and I can’t understand why it’s popular. Totally scripted,contrived cutesy dynamics and set ups. Only American Pickers, American Restoration and Pawn Stars have anything interesting in them, and they also are rapidly falling into the same traps.It seems that the “family values” thing is the only peg it has to hang its hat on.
I dont even know why the show is popular, but I guess compared to the rest of the dreck on TV...
its actually very simple, when people get a chance to watch a show that is not antichristian, has some American values, and doesn’t propagandize things like homosexuality, people will lap it up who are starved for it.
its a lesson for those Christian hating producers in Hollywood, but money comes second to people who are trying to destroy the American Christian middle class.
look at the fact that other shows have a dig at old time American values every 90 seconds, and the laugh track goes crazy. how about ellen, where the biggest applause is always for someone who announces she just married her girlfriend.
Beats the heck out of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”
I agree with your post. I should have clarified further. I meant non-public people to look up to, and people’s own families. I’ve seen the show multiple times and have enjoyed it. I’m not bashing the show, merely I’m stating people should look closer to home for people to look up to. Thanks for the post.
What an absurd comment.
I got you! Iam not an avid fan of the show. It is obvious that the inane scenarios are scripted. But compared to the vast wasteland of American TV, it is a breath of fresh air. I, too, have watched Deadliest Catch. I feel the first seasons were less contrived. I hurt when Captain Phil died.
They are actually risking their lives in the harshest of climates for fortune.
Why is my comment absurd?
The only reality show I ever want to see is one that exposes the press for the censoring commie propaganda POS morons they are. They are they ONLY reason we got this commie slimebag in the White house right now.
Hear ya totally...
Don’t be surprised at the criticisms. Remember Jesus had his nit-pickers as well.
The episodes are free on A$E’s website.
I watched part of one this morning. They each live in their own huge house [they’re all millionaires. Their wives are good looking, normal looking.
One of the guys had a tuxedo made of camo material carrying a walking stick with a silver duck handle. Driving a Rolls Royce with a mallard duck on the hood.
Yeah... I still don’t see the appeal.
Pawn Stars? Really?
commie slimebag? You are being too kind.
The show is a showcase of WHITE American values...the values our fore fathers relied upon to make the USA a great nation prior to the liberal agenda that ratchet up with Johnson and up to the lazy ass welfare state we have today...
That is the appeal...the appeal of white men who don’t act like fags, libs, or ghetto trash....
I did notice that they must be racis’ cause I don’t see any black folks working at the shop or any of them married to one. Sure sign of racis’ tendencies.
I just don’t get any of the reality shows... every single thing is scripted out, with fake controversy, fake arguments, it’s all for the camera...
and all these supposed real, “salt of the earth” characters on History channel now, Swamp thing and all that crap..
I am sick and tired of all of it. The only thing real about all these shows is the accents of the characters. Other than that, I am not buying it. not for a minute.
YOU have your values mixed up, Family values is not talking about accepting homosexuals, blaming Bush, or getting loaded.
Actually one family adopted a black girl....
She is learning white values for sure
The patriarch, Phil, played college football at Louisiana Tech with Terry Bradshaw....(& Phil was quite good)
But he threw it all off to build a modest home in the woods and swamps of Louisiana so he could hunt and hone his skills.
He invented a 'duck call' that is very popular with hunters and has amassed a fortune from this little invention.
He has stayed true to himself.....(you should hear his Christian testimony) and his sons are unique men!
We get a big kick out of this show!
Maybe it's not everyone's cup of tea....but you shouldn't put it down either.
These are self made men....who hunt their own food....give charitably ....honor God, their wives and children and believe in the free market.
What's not to like?
I’m sure the blacks are sharpening heir knives to go after these guys...just as they did Paula Dean
I don’t follow DD, but I know the premise of the show. Yes, the left will probably use the stereotypical perception of the cast to denigrate conservatives, but who cares? DD is a reality show based on a successful family, contrast that with the Kardashian reality show. Which broadcast perpetuates the image of a dysfunctional, egomaniacal, excessive conspicuous consumption, promiscuous, airhead group of people? The show with the family who dresses well and shaves, right? ;)
Thanks for a real comment. So many people on here seem like liberal drones that want to attack ANYTHING that is wholesome clean fun.
It feels like "family" more than like the kardashians and is just stupid good clean fun. I couldn't stop myself from liking it.
Not allowed. Get the “just-us bros” on the line. STAT!
Phil did have some rough patches early on when he owned a bar and before he found God.
I heard his testimony on CBN and it was quite moving!
“Great Christian values, true. HOWEVER, I cannot help but be embarrassed by the entire cast and have a suspicion that the producers are sitting back and laughing at us right wing nuts.”
Right wing nuts come in all shapes and sizes and Christian values come from those who are not all blonde hair, blue eyes and dressed in khaki’s and a tie...
If you watch Duck Commander (another show they produce) Willie lives in a different house.
I love it!
Compared with the 99.9% of trash on T.V. right now. I think Duck Dynasty is fun entertainment. And I barely ever watch T.V. anymore. Love how Phil always prays and gives thanks to the LORD at the end of every episode. And they throw in a bit of a moral to the stories as well.
Bonus: There isn't a metrosexual in the bunch!;)
“Yes, the left will probably use the stereotypical perception of the cast to denigrate conservatives, but who cares? “
The left, which almost exclusively uses the Saul Alinsky dishonest tactics in debate, will hold us to everything we hold dear, every word we speak, every punctuation mark... and every stupid reality show we find interesting.
We cannot continue to give our, and our country’s, enemies more cannon fodder to use against us.
Right or wrong, perception and misinformation is driving elections and we have to start winning in those arenas.
The GOP is tripping all over itself trying to bring blacks and Hispanics into the fold by changing the GOPs core beliefs and pandering. WRONG! We must fight the blatant lies the left stereotypes us with and ATTRACT those outside the right with SUCCESS and the Promise of SUCCESS if you follow our values.