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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2012
Animal Planet has found a treasure. Let's hope for more Ernie Brown,Jr. in the future. Please bring on Season 2. We can't get enough Turtleman.
Turtleman is so crazy, but you can't help but like him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
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My whole family just loves this show and the Turtle Man! We watch it every time we can on TV and when I saw I could get it on my Kindle Fire to watch anytime we wanted I had to buy it. We are watching for it to come out on DVD too. Turtle Man is amazing in this show and watching him catch animals and help him the way he does is truly a gift and great to watch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
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This show is a hoot!!!!! Every time it's on my husband and I watch it. We have taped every episode from Seasons 1 and 2 that have been on. I have looked everywhere I could think of to purchase a season, but you haven't released it to the stores yet. I was in the beauty parlor talking about the show and an 80 year old woman loves it. My son loves it, and he's 31. My brother-in-law loves it and he's 64. Big fan base in my opinion. The Turtleteam is the greatest!!!!! Get it into stores or on line before Christmas and you'll make a bundle.

Andrea Wooten
Hebron, IL 60034
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
CALL OF THE WILDMAN: SEASON ONE (2011, DVD release 2013) is the only WILDMAN DVD I plan to review, though this show is in its 3rd season. [IS THE BEAST OF SPECIAL AVAILABLE ON AMAZON?? THE NY OR MEXICO EPISODE??] Ernie Brown, Jr., famously known in his native Kentucky as the Turtleman for his prowess at catching monstrous snapping turtles, is a cult favorite of gargantuan proportions.

While I miss "Billy the Exterminator", that couldn't hold a candle to this. Along with Turtleman's loveable team ~ best friend Neal James, best friend Squirrel Brady and the young Jake ~ Ernie makes house calls to rid people of all manner of varmints. Ernie is an animal-lover of the 1st order, a very sweet man, tough as nails and very sensitive. In fact my wife and I both are very touched at the great friendship and sweetness of the entire cast.

Ernie the Turtleman fears no critter. I have seen him snatch bats-on-the-wing with his bare hands and avoid being bitten by almost all the spooky animals that will bite. As he himself proudly reminds us, he has catlike reflexes. I always compare his reflexes to those of a martial arts grandmaster, which are literally faster than the eye can see.

The Kentucky dialect, which I know so well and is spoken by some of my relations, is even more musical in the mouths of Ernie and his pals. Each one has had memorable lines thus far in the series. Squirrel Brady, a gentle giant of a man who appears to be supremely innocent, is known for his famous exclamation, "Oh boy!!", provides some entertainment due to his shyness and certain phobias (such as the supernatural). His funniest line ever was when the team went to the haunted sanitarium: Squirrel promptly complains into the camera, "They tease me about ghosts and now they're a-taking me to a haunted hospital...it ain't right!"

Neal is an extremely intelligent and reliable companion who often has one-liners that bring down the house. The funniest thing he has ever said was in an episode when he saw Ernie dressed in new clothes. "You look beautiful, Ernie," he says innocently. Followed by, "I didn't mean it THAT way!" Ernie replies, "You don't tell a fella he's beautiful! What's wrong with you?"

The true and hair-raising animal rescues Ernie performs are miraculous. He is careful with the animals, loves them and always ensures their safe delivery to a proper environment far from humans. I was very touched by his special bond with goats (I share that in common with him) and though he says he "hates" skunks, since he gets sprayed every time without fail, he really cares about them too.

Lolly, a/k/a Lolly-dog, is Ernie's faithful companion and she shares every aspect of his life. She is invaluable to him on all his calls, and aside from being a type of Collie I can't recall her entire breed mix. She is one hell of a dog and I wish I had one like her! I am also extremely fond of Mrs. Brown, Ernie's tough little mom, affectionately called "Turtlemom". She seems to figure regularly in episodes as a sort of comic relief, but it is actually Ernie's devotion to her that touches everyone. There ought to be more sons like Ernie.

Get this set, even if it is only season 1. I'll bet the wait won't be too long for a full set ... recall the show is still on and looks to have the power to stay on another few years at least. This show is so fun I repeatedly watch old episodes on video-on-demand. It is just too heartwarming to describe in full. I only hope I've done Turtleman and his extended family all the justice they deserve. This is one heck of a family show and I cannot recommend it enough ~ I just hope no amateur dummies get any ideas from Ernie.

VITAL UPDATE: Though I have decided to leave my original review alone, let me add: buyers be good judges! I have just read a "Mother Jones" exposé about this show. It is 100% staged, animals have been drugged and killed, it is just plain ugly. The investigation seems a bit skewed, but "Mother Jones" magazine provided documents and interviews with animal wranglers condemning the whole show. Apparently, the animals are procured, storylines totally invented and then it is all staged and filmed--like "The Beverly Hillbillies". How sad. Do a search for this, it is easy to find.

EXAMPLES: When Ernie gets a deer out of a store, he was later warned by the State of Kentucky for his shenanigans with this protected deer. In an episode involving a raccoon protecting her cubs, some (if not all) later died of neglect. In an episode with a mink on a golf course, a producer held it in his home for a week until they could shoot the show. The famous zebra episode involved a drugged and endangered zebra. Ernie wrestled it to the ground, of course: it was DRUGGED!

I thought the era of this kind of deception was over, now look!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
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In Season 1 of Call of the Wildman you get the the original Turtle Man. We enjoy all the seasons, but there's something fun about watching the starting episodes!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
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My boys love to watch this show. It is GREAT to know that we can watch these shows without having to pay every month for cable!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2013
"Call of the Wildman" is a crazy and entertaining TV series aired on Animal Planet. Quintessential hillbilly Ernie Brown a.k.a. Turtleman roams backwoods Kentucky in response to nuisance calls from concerned citizens. No situation is bizarre enough for our hero: snakes in the costume room of a theatre, a renegade raccoon in a car wreck, skunks in the outhouse, an aggressive turkey in a corn field, groundhogs attacking mules (!), and turtles attacking cows (!!). I always suspected the United States had a varmint problem, but this...

Turtleman makes a point of always catching the annoying critters with his bare hands, and frequently dives semi-nude in pretty disgusting pond water. The excellent camera angles, perfect light conditions and the fact that all snakes he handles are harmless give the game away, however. Of course "Call of the Wildman" is scripted. The acting is pretty bad, too. Brown is convincing as a cross between himself and an insane cowboy, but his friends won't win any Academy awards...

But sure, I admit that Turtleman & Co appeals to the 12-year old boy inside of me. Apparently, "Call of the Wildman" is the most popular show on Animal Planet. By the way, we have some pretty nasty critters over here in Sweden, too. I would love to see this guy wrestle with a wolverine or a capercaillie! :D

Recommended. Well, sort of.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2012
Deep in the back woods of Kentucky lives a man who grew up "wild" . . .

Ernie Brown Jr. isn't all there, but that's only a small part of the appeal of "Call of the Wildman". He's more than a little crazy, an absolutely fearless man with his unique "live action!" critter removal service - ready to help his Kentucky friends and neighbors who call on "The Turtleman" for help with everything from snapping turtles and rattlesnakes to foxes, raccoons and other wild animals; capturing them in the most humane way he knows, with his bare or barely-gloved hands, and relocating them to where they aren't such a nuisance. With an occasional job / call from outside of KY as was the case in the first season road trip episode where Ernie and his friend Neal drove down to our state (Louisiana) to battle the "Beast of the Bayou" and bag an armadillo for lagniappe.

It's a most entertaining show for our 11 y.o. daughter and this 40-something dad who can't wait for season two to begin tonight. Mom may never come around to the ways of the wildman, but we'll surely continue to enjoy his exciting and often thrilling cable program.

Thanks for introducing the Turtleman and his world to us all, Animal Planet!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I caught back to back episodes this past week end and found myself rooting for the Turtle Man. I couldn't stop watching. I think the hero and his various side kicks are very colorful characters and seem very real. And I mean that in a very good way.
It's amazing to me to see the lengths the Turtle Man goes for his friends. He definitely grows on you, as you never know what is going to happen next in putting those critters back in safe habitats. I told my Mom about him as she dearly misses Steve Irwin and I think she might even have more of an affinity for this show since she was born closer to the South. It's refreshing to see this part of American culture.
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on July 13, 2014
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
funny great show.
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