Redneck reality TV phenomenon

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Duck Dynasty

Rednecks are cropping up on television screens all across the country. From TLC to A&E, redneck reality is sweeping the TV guide.

A channel might not seem redneck appropriate then all of the sudden, there’s rednecks on Animal Planet. With so many different shows about lovable, hate-able and cringe-worthy rednecks, it’s hard to know what’s what. Here is the rundown of a few of the most notable redneck reality shows occupying the airwaves. Who will bring the next redneck reality hit? Oprah, have you found a redneck Dr. Oz?

Duck Dynasty
3 seasons

This show about the bearded family Robertson aired its season-three finale to 9.6 million viewers, shattering A&E’s ratings record. It follows the Louisiana family that turned a family business into a sporting empire called Duck Commander selling duck calls and decoys made from swamp wood. The show features the whole family including brothers Willie and Jase who run the business, their wives and children and family heads, Miss Kay and Phil. But the shows’ most memorable character is Uncle Si who if he isn’t telling elaborate stories, he is breaking something or getting into crazy hi-jinks.

Notable quote: “One time, in Vietnam, I saw a grizzly bear riding a scooter.” — Uncle Si

Welcome to Myrtle Manor
1 season

Myrtle Manor is a mobile home park in Myrtle Beach, S.C., full of characters living the Southern beach life in real redneck style. The show began with Becky taking over as landlord of the park, which her father owns and she is trying to turn it into a top-notch trailer neighborhood. The cast is extensive but a few characters worth mention are Jared, a jobless drifter who is living rent-free but must prove his worth by doing odd jobs; Roy, former drag queen and co-owner of the on-site hair salon Tangulls; and Amanda, a turtle-hunting, four-wheel-driving Southern girl whose motto is “You can’t call someone a true friend until you get in a fight.”

Interesting info: Two of the show’s characters are trying to turn their hot dog business called Darlin’ Dogs into an empire and call themselves the “wiener girls.”

Hillbilly Handfishin’
Animal Planet
2 seasons

Those with a taste for adventure head to Oklahoma to try their hand at noodling, fishing for catfish using only their hands and feet. Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson, hand-fishermen and self-proclaimed hillbillies, lead adventure seekers to the murky Oklahoma waters to lure in catfish with only their fingers and toes for bait. Nerves usually set in pretty quick since the muddy water hides what lives beneath, which can sometimes be snakes, snapping turtles or muskrats.

Notable quote: “Well, we pretty much just take city slickers and offer them to the gods for bait.” — Skipper

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
2 seasons

The mother of all redneck reality shows centers on Toddlers and Tiaras star Alana Thompson, better known as Honey Boo Boo, and her family. With a sassy attitude, a pet pig named Glitzy and a family who likes road kill for dinner and playing in the mud, there is never a dull moment in her life. The rest of the family goes by nicknames like Sugar Bear, Chubbs and Pumpkin, but the breakout star of the show is Honey Boo Boo’s mother, Mama June. June is a master extreme couponer, isn’t afraid to talk about bathroom or bedroom issues and creates her own lingo.

Notable Quote: “All that vajiggle jaggle is not beautimous.” — June

Discovery Channel
2 seasons

This show shines light on the intricate yet illegal workings of brewing moonshine. The shiners make their product from water, sugar, corn and yeast in camouflage stills deep in the Virginia woods. They’re always on the lookout for local authorities trying to shut them down. The show’s breakout star is Tickle, who is quite fond of the drink he makes and has his own original moonshine tinted view on the world.

Interesting info: In March, Tickle was arrested for public intoxication when a concerned citizen directed police to the shiner drinking alone in his car in a convenience store parking lot.

Lizard Lick Towing
4 seasons

This series focuses on the day-to-day at Lizard Lick Towing and Recovery, which is the only towing company in Lizard Lick, N.C., outside of Raleigh. Ron and Amy Shirley started the towing company with one truck in 1998 and since then the business has grown to 20 trucks with a staff of 15. They do a lot of work in repossession, which Ron finds while Amy handles angry property owners … former property owners. Ron has been in Lizard Lick for 40 years and tries to help out those fallen on hard times.

Notable Quote: “Down here in the Lick where sushi’s still called bait, we help each other.” — Ron

American Hoggers
3 seasons

Legendary hog hunter Jerry Campbell leads his family in the fight to save Texas residents and farms from invasive wild boars. Jerry, his son Robert, daughter Krystal and family friend Lea respond to calls from those facing threats from the hogs. Half of the American wild boar population lives in Texas and these hunters are determined to keep them at bay using horses, highly trained dogs, experience and know-how.

Interesting info: Krystal made her rounds on the pageant circuit and was once in the running for Miss Texas.

Redneck Island
2 seasons

Hosted by retired professional wrestler Steve Austin, this show is the redneck version of “Survivor.” A group of competitors are stranded on a desert island and must compete for food and immunity. All players are from the south and compete on two teams each week. The losing team will vote off one member with a beer ballot.

Interesting info: CMT is accepting applications for contestants at

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