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Hairy good time
on December 3, 2013
I couldn't understand all the fuss about Duck Dynasty until I watched the first season. Granted, it has the same plasticity of other so-called reality shows, you know, the invented issues that make up the bulk of these shows. But what sets Duck Dynasty apart is that these are genuinely likeable people. Sure, I think it's overkill (no pun intended) for 5-6 men to all be shooting at one or two beavers and I don't understand the zen-like quality found in duck hunting or killing game of any kind, but aside from that, the people in the show are just likeable. They aren't anything more than what they are-- a bunch or rednecks who figured out the American dream, have become millionaires and still value family.
I have NEVER watched the Kardashians and don't ever plan on doing so because they seem so full of themselves and seem as real as Bruce Jenner's face. But the Robertsons are kind of like the Waltons with beards. The season has some down-home wisdom wrapped up in fairly commonplace dilemmas and while it's hard to tell how much is invented for the cameras and how much is real, these people genuinely seem to be decent, God-loving people who value each other and living off the land. Yeah, they're also living off of the pile of goodies bearing their likenesses and beards found in the stores, but there's just something about Uncle Si's weird wisdom and the brothers' competitions and Miss Kay's home cooking that make you want to come back for more. There's just something about the Robertsons that make them seem like the oddball people in your neighborhood that carry shotguns but are pretty harmless.