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Why is 'Duck Dynasty' so popular?
philly.com ^ | 9/8/2013 | Jennifer A. Marshall

Posted on 09/08/2013 11:18:26 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

"For the life of me, I can't figure out why people are so attracted to our family," writes Phil Robertson. And that was before Duck Dynasty, the Robertson family's reality show, smashed records for a nonfiction cable program when 11.8 million viewers checked out the season premiere in mid-August.

Phil, as nearly everyone calls him, is the bearded, 67-year-old progenitor of the backwoods Louisiana clan that made it big selling duck calls and found its way into millions of other American homes through the previous three seasons of Duck Dynasty.

The A&E network bills the show as "funny, functional, and family-filled." In the realm of reality shows, that's a surprising reversal of the formula for success. Standard reality fare is "friction and fits of rage and four-letter words," as the second of Phil's four sons, Jase, described it in an interview.

It's also a surprising reversal in the story of a family whose earlier chapters weren't so "happy, happy, happy" - as Phil likes to refer to life now. The catchphrase supplies the title of his autobiographical book. In it, Phil recounts a miserable episode early in his marriage to "Miss Kay" when his drinking and all-night partying almost ruined the lives of the whole family.

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: duckdynasty; familyvalues; hollywood; moviereview
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1 posted on 09/08/2013 11:18:26 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

I like them because they are not afraid to stand for what they believe in,


2 posted on 09/08/2013 11:19:45 AM PDT by mware
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To: RoosterRedux

People like them because they have the Judeo-Christian values this nation was founded on instead of spinless crap we get out of hollywood and Capitol Hill
Freegards
LEX


3 posted on 09/08/2013 11:21:36 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: RoosterRedux

I think Americans are starting to miss the old pre-”diversity” and pre-”multicultural” America. It takes us back to when America was America and not the sewer for the world that it has become.


4 posted on 09/08/2013 11:22:05 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The time for impeachment has come.)
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To: RoosterRedux
I like them because they know how to throw a good pool party...


5 posted on 09/08/2013 11:23:40 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Socrates)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“Standard reality fare is “friction and fits of rage and four-letter words,”

True, but Hard Core Pawn still cracks me up!


6 posted on 09/08/2013 11:26:43 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: mware

That’s all. God is rewarding them for being honest and true.


7 posted on 09/08/2013 11:27:04 AM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I think you may be right. However, my wife and I tried to watch it and did not like the show. If it is family oriented and popular that is a “Good Thing!”


8 posted on 09/08/2013 11:27:39 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: RoosterRedux

From golfing at a private club and returning that nite to raid a water trap for it’s abundant Amphibian inhabitants,
that’s funny right there!


9 posted on 09/08/2013 11:27:39 AM PDT by Big Red Badger ("don't hurt me , G 'man!")
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To: RoosterRedux

Because the Robertsons and the Simpsons are the only functional families on TV. And the Simpsons are cartoon characters. Its good to watch a show that has happy, loving people for a change. And no homos.


10 posted on 09/08/2013 11:30:44 AM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: RoosterRedux

Phil recounts a miserable episode early in his marriage to “Miss Kay” when his drinking and all-night partying almost ruined the lives of the whole family.

And so the attacks begin...

Will Sadie be caught twerking?


11 posted on 09/08/2013 11:35:16 AM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: RoosterRedux

1. They are a real FAMILY who sticks together and

2. Built their own business, doing what they love doing

3. They’re CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES who believe in the same things our founders did and STILL live that way.

-I for one wish I could be them.


12 posted on 09/08/2013 11:36:56 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: RoosterRedux

They are just traditional American normal, sincere and earnest men and women of their word.


13 posted on 09/08/2013 11:37:13 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: RoosterRedux

With American culture having devolved into such a vomit-inducing sewer, it’s probably like a refreshing liferaft to encounter something that actually speaks to some traditional values and mid-american sensibilities. Qualities the entertainment industry long ago deserted, other than to condescendingly savage. That’s my guess.


14 posted on 09/08/2013 11:39:15 AM PDT by greene66
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To: RoosterRedux

....because they are not phony. They are who and what they are without shame, with confidence with simple unpretentious pride mixed with a good deal of humility.


15 posted on 09/08/2013 11:42:05 AM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

spineless, i think you mean

there is no lack of SPIN in it heh heh.

these guys are believers and live it out like so many church ladies and church gentlemen don’t — with JOY!!

the good Lord is the reason rednecks have so much fun! yes rednecks have their excesses... when rednecks start to exalt themselves (e.g. hold mah beer and watch this) then they are heading for a quick spill... same when they get it on in bed with anyone but their faithful spouses... but oh literally by heaven above God never made this universe to be a kill joy! God made it to seek to fill it with joy! BUT, we can’t make it about ourselves. Once we did (and the devil is the snickering facilitator in the corner) then the joy went away.


16 posted on 09/08/2013 11:47:10 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I love HCP for the entertainment value.

C: I wanna pawn dis ring. I needs five hundred fifdy dollars.
E: *weighs and examines it* I can give you a $70 loan.
C; whatda mean? I paids 1,200 for dat ring! No. You wills give me 550! What your goon doin here?
E: here’s your ring. Bye!
Gets escorted/dragged outside swearing at everyone.

Ah, Detriot in 2013.


17 posted on 09/08/2013 11:50:25 AM PDT by matt04
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To: Chgogal

Not really “pride” as it has been known in the fallen world... we sometimes call that egotism and that is a huge downer... it is a mix of joy and gladness and glorifying God and not caring about themselves beyond that. That is a recipe for serious JOY and FUN and LOVE and GRATITUDE and BENEVOLENCE and all sorts of wondrous things!

They recently got joined by their beardless preacher brother. Oh my what a chance to share the gospel and to show among other things that it doesn’t say “stop doing anything pleasurable” but rather “do all the pleasurable things right.” I hope they take full advantage of that.


18 posted on 09/08/2013 11:50:54 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS
my wife and I tried to watch it and did not like the show

Me too. The first Duck Dynasty episode that I saw was just too slapstick silly. But there was so much hype about the show that I went back and gave it another chance. Now I really enjoy the show.

It turns out that I just caught a bad episode originally. So you might want to give Duck Dynasty one more try.

As Uncle Si would say, "And that's a fact, Jack."

19 posted on 09/08/2013 11:51:42 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Spineless” was what I meant. I think I changed it and after I saw it “posted” I thought oh what the heck.
Joy is correct. Being a retired Pastor I have seen my share of circular firing squads in churches...Kind of reminds me of the GOP..ha ha. Too old to be anything buy joyful at this point. No matter how bad it gets here..Here..is not our point.Eternity is.
Be Blessed

Freegards
LEX


20 posted on 09/08/2013 11:53:41 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

i watched one show and so so. then i watched three in a row and i was rolling on the floor. some r better than others but i LOVE this family.


21 posted on 09/08/2013 11:53:58 AM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: prisoner6
It's not an attack--Phil himself recounts it in his book Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander.

Indeed, that particular part of his life is the central tenet of an entire chapter.

22 posted on 09/08/2013 11:56:58 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: lexington minuteman 1775

Oh man, God bless you.

Well, it’s sometimes after a life of getting taught in the Holy Spirit School Of Hard Knocks that the wrong way won’t work, that we finally take up the right way. And it’s even more about God than it’s about “morality” although the morality will fall in place quickly when we get our God priorities right.

Oh, do teach little children to exalt the Lord, even more than to mind their manners (and THEN teach them that the manners also exalt Him). It will make a humongous difference, to use a word that isn’t found in the bible but sure says it well anyhow.


23 posted on 09/08/2013 11:58:07 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Arm_Bears

But the wondrous thing was that the Lord even pulled him out of that spiritual pit. Being a saved Christian doesn’t mean misbehavior won’t happen, but it means also that the Lord has that misbehavior within bounds and will use even it to the good of the saved Christian even though in the short term chastisement will be seen. Witnesses like this abound throughout the bible and it’s one of the things that testifies that the bible is real. The bible is pretty much about grody hell bound sinners who got grabbed by the Lord and pulled, screaming and kicking sometimes, back onto the road to heaven.


24 posted on 09/08/2013 12:01:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

: )

I was using “pride” as in taking pride in the job you do. But I do understand your points.


25 posted on 09/08/2013 12:04:31 PM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: RoosterRedux
The following is an article from ESPN with comments from several people that knew Phil
from college forward. It gives a little more perspective of Phil and what he really was like.

How good was Phil Robertson at football?


26 posted on 09/08/2013 12:04:38 PM PDT by deport
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To: RoosterRedux

Mrs Biased and I don’t like the show... I like that those guys are family oriented and self employeed millioniares and have Christian values... but the show is just another reality show and I don’t like it cause reality shows are just scripted and the scripting in this one is worse than most.


27 posted on 09/08/2013 12:07:27 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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To: Arm_Bears

Yes, I understand that, however the left will use it and twist it and say....”See? They aren’t what you think they are!”

The left ...and some FReepers as well...ridiculed the show in a similar way by pointing out it is scripted.


28 posted on 09/08/2013 12:10:05 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: Chgogal

And indeed that’s often quite a different pride from egotism. That sort of pride means among other things being glad when it’s done right, wanting to take the trouble to do it right, being bold about how it’s done right. But it is a generous, God connected pride... it would gladly help and show others how to do it right and not care if the others then go on to do it even better because God, not the others, is the standard.


29 posted on 09/08/2013 12:10:12 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: prisoner6

And here’s where the frank, entire story needs to be told from a Christian perspective. “I’m not perfect — just forgiven” is the motto here. Liberals for all their crowing about being nonjudgmental, only shuffle their egotistical judgmentalism around. They will excuse this person but then pour twice the blame on that person. They can’t actually forgive like God can, while not excusing (i.e. insisting that the one who erred let God mend his or her ways).


30 posted on 09/08/2013 12:12:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: RoosterRedux
I've tried watching it, got through the first 5 episodes so far. Its "ok", and I will watch more episodes as I find the time, but its not something I would make time to watch.

I really like Phil, the patriarch of the show, he has that backwoods Zen kind of sense to him, and the way he talks.

I do think that much like most "reality" TV, a lot is contrived. I have heard that the family members have really altered there appearance in order to better fit the idea of the show. Also, you hear them talk, and you can tell that none of them are as "dumb" as they might be trying to portray.

All in all though, I like them, and I like the program, just not my favorite thing on TV, but I give it a thumbs up.

31 posted on 09/08/2013 12:16:12 PM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: Rightly Biased

I have to ask. What shows do you like that aren’t scripted? Even news progams are scripted.


32 posted on 09/08/2013 12:17:18 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: Rightly Biased
"...scripting in this one is worse than most"

Agreed!!!

33 posted on 09/08/2013 12:19:33 PM PDT by Las Vegas Dave (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.{TaglineUsed w/SunkenCiv's permission.})
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To: RoosterRedux

I saw it for the first time last night and thought it was hilarious, and good, and fun. I really enjoyed it.


34 posted on 09/08/2013 12:21:48 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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I saw about half an episode and I didn’t get it either. Just ordinary people doing ordinary stuff. Maybe I should start a show.


35 posted on 09/08/2013 12:25:02 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: prisoner6

I just didn’t like the format see the family do something have one of the bearded guys say something kinda funny...

I just don’t like the show I gave it 3 or 4 episodes and gramma taking a casarrole to a HMA meeting was just a bit over the top hokey for me...

I don’t watch news I get my news HERE!


36 posted on 09/08/2013 12:25:25 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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To: RoosterRedux

that is a great idea on a hot day and you don’t have a pool...


37 posted on 09/08/2013 12:25:59 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Dittos!


38 posted on 09/08/2013 12:28:29 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: Rightly Biased

News here...yup! Really there is nothing unscripted anymore, even sports.

Meanwhile another FReeper just posted and unitentionally included the word the left will use to attack DD...contrived.


39 posted on 09/08/2013 12:33:52 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: RoosterRedux

because they are authentic and not clones


40 posted on 09/08/2013 12:39:00 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
"I think Americans are starting to miss the old pre-”diversity” and pre-”multicultural” America."

I hear ya, bet cha' that "multi-cultural" Allen West or even worst that Canadian border jumper Ted Cruz aren't fans of Duck Dynasty. Don't even get me started on that affirmative action "conservative" Clarence Thomas. Ah the good old days, you know before "those people" were allowed to fight and die for our country. Let's go to Arlington National Cemetery and exhume the pre-"diversity non traditional Americans" from the ground they died defending. You got a shovel?

41 posted on 09/08/2013 12:45:07 PM PDT by blaquebyrd
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To: yldstrk; All
DD is also popular because it is a continuation of shows like The Beverly Hillbillies and I Love Lucy and the comedy of The Three Stooges wherein the actors are bound to get into troublesome situations. There is a lot about DD that reminds me of old Jewish comedy. It may seem unscripted and ad libbed but the timing of the comedy is perfect...and I suggest that is by design.
42 posted on 09/08/2013 12:49:01 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Socrates)
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To: prisoner6

yep that’s the word....

that’s the same word they use to attack any conservative!


43 posted on 09/08/2013 1:05:43 PM PDT by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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To: prisoner6

Phil wrote about it in his book.


44 posted on 09/08/2013 1:09:10 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: prisoner6
Phil recounts a miserable episode early in his marriage to “Miss Kay” when his drinking and all-night partying almost ruined the lives of the whole family.

What's to attack? He changed, they survived and prospered.

That's inspirational, not a negative. (If he can do it, maybe you can, too. Especially if that situation sounds familiar. You might not become a multimillionaire, but getting your world back together is priceless in itself.)

45 posted on 09/08/2013 1:13:20 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Donnafrflorida

There was so much hype at my daughter’s high school that she didn’t think she would like it because it seemed overblown.

I finally got her to watch an episode last season and now she is hooked.

And for the record, I have a crush on Jace, LOL. His dry humor cracks me up.


46 posted on 09/08/2013 1:31:00 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: RoosterRedux
When the options are Sluts In The City or Two And A Half Men?
47 posted on 09/08/2013 1:59:14 PM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Does the left understand that? No.


48 posted on 09/08/2013 2:10:35 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( FREEDOM!)
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To: RoosterRedux

I like Si, Jase and Phil but Willie is a “yuppie boy”. :-]


49 posted on 09/08/2013 2:12:33 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: prisoner6
Does the left understand that? No.

True dat. But we could fill a record thread with things the Left doesn't understand...(Like the sun makes Earth hot, water runs downhill, gravity sucks--literally. too easy...)

It is the people who will understand who will get the message. the rest might as well be trying to read cuneiform.

50 posted on 09/08/2013 2:31:26 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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