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#1 Edited by Demoskinos (14830 posts) -

So what the fuck? Im absolutely baffled here. Am I missing something? In the last few months Ive seen so much Duck Dynasty merchandise in stores that it's blowing my mind. I dont watch TV but I do know enough to know that apparently its a reality show on A&E? How the hell or more importantly why did this blow up so fast that now they have everything from T-Shirts to Bobble Heads of the show?

#2 Posted by csl316 (8674 posts) -
#3 Posted by TheCreamFilling (1225 posts) -

I have no idea what it's about, but all the rednecks at work LOVE it.

#4 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4605 posts) -

I don't know either, but all of a sudden those beards are everywhere, and they are glorious.

#5 Posted by PSNgamesun (408 posts) -

Cause it's stupid and their exploiting the red neck life. It can be very entertaining lol.

#6 Posted by TurboMan (7542 posts) -

it's the lowest common denominator's Citizen Kane.

#7 Edited by Spoonman671 (4636 posts) -

Because Uncle Si.

#8 Edited by I_Stay_Puft (3388 posts) -

Its funny today cause A. Emilio Estavez but B. It sounds like they're saying crack or crap.

#9 Edited by BBAlpert (1474 posts) -

I don't know if it would explain why it is SOOOO popular, but it is surprisingly good. I've only seen a few episodes that my roommates were watching, but it seemed like the editors have a really solid grasp of comic timing. Plus, it doesn't follow the reality show negativity path, the kind of drama you'd find in something like Survivor or that Real Housewives of whatever. It goes with a narrative of "let's see what wacky mess the crew gets into this time!"

An example: One of the guys more involved with the business aspect of the company was scheduled to go to the local elementary school to talk to the kids about business stuff on Career Day. Something came up at the last minute, and they had to send the crazy old man of the team instead. The replacement started his presentation to a group of 1st graders with "Hi boys and girls. So what do you all know about the war in 'Nam?"

#10 Posted by falserelic (5437 posts) -

I've seen a few episodes before, its just abunch of real bullshit.

#11 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4351 posts) -

Wtf is a duck dynasty?

#12 Edited by Coafi (1488 posts) -

Today... I learned what Duck Dynasty is.

#13 Posted by believer258 (11907 posts) -

I hadn't even heard of it until you brought it up.

#14 Posted by Yummylee (21643 posts) -

*wikipedia search*

Duck Dynasty is a reality television series -- OK, I've read all I need to know why it's so popular, and why I can now happily forget I ever even heard of the damn thing.

#15 Posted by RuthLoose (816 posts) -

It sounds like the main reason it is popular is due to the fact that it works in the inverse way of most reality tv shows. These guys are rich as hell and don't fight one another for ratings. They are selling jeans at Walmart and yet they still act down to Earth. They are also legends in the duck calling business with the invention of one of the most replicated duck whistles in that sport.

Other than that, I guess it is a show for blue collar America with people that work as a team and have quite a few stories to tell. I don't see how that is wrong or difficult to understand other than these guys wear camo and talk about the joy of hunting fowl while getting paid to do what they love.

#16 Edited by Butano (1738 posts) -

I enjoy it quite a bit. It's basically like watching a reality version of Beverly Hillbillies, but they actually worked their asses off to make all that money and it does a pretty good job of showing what it's like working at a family owned/operated business.

Plus, Phil is just awesome.

#17 Posted by jking47 (1211 posts) -

This is the first I have heard of it.

#18 Posted by MetalBaofu (1383 posts) -

People shouldn't be so dismissive of things they know nothing about. Yes it is a "reality" TV show, but it is nothing at all like the vast majority of reality TV shows. It's really more similar to a sitcom that just happens to be an actual family instead of actors.

I enjoy watching it. I find the humor to be good, and the people to be likeable. Unlike most other "reality" shows where I can't stand looking at the people, much less hearing them talk.

#19 Posted by Tireyo (6413 posts) -

Duck Dynasty is highly overrated. The Dukes of Hazard was what made being a redneck look and seem cool first. If you compare them, Duck Dynasty is pure shit!

#20 Posted by Barrock (3533 posts) -

I am sad because I have a rather large beard and people now say I'm going for the Duck Dynasty look.

Not at all. I just like my beard. The 'Nam comment to the Elementary school does sound amazing though.

#21 Posted by Disaya (290 posts) -

I have no idea why it's so popular but it makes me sad that when I go to the store I see rows of t-shirts, books, glasses, hats, etc. with their faces on it.

#22 Posted by Tomorrowman (151 posts) -

It actually sends a positive message. That doesn't really exist in TV anymore. There's a whole episode about how fun samurai swords are.

#23 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

It's goofy dudes fucking around and having fun. Sit down with some friends, have a beer, and laugh about it.

#24 Edited by DaddyCabinet (201 posts) -

I just look at like a tamer version of trailer park boys. I just cant get enough.

Edit: I have changed my mind fuck this show.

#25 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

It's what America loves. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. The stuff that was endowed by their Creator.

I appreciate the message they have, but I'm not a fan of the show. It's just fodder for fools living in tv land.

#26 Posted by Turtlebird95 (2389 posts) -

A lot of the "rednecks" around here adore it. Hell I even know people that are totally the opposite of rednecks who enjoy it. I can't really say anything because I've never sat down and watched it. (And I don't plan to)

#27 Edited by jakob187 (21670 posts) -

The answer you are looking for is "Uncle Si."

Nothing is greater than Uncle Si.

Uncle Si is God.

#28 Edited by Brodehouse (9949 posts) -

Look at the wacky rednecks har har har.

That's why.

Look all across reality television, and count how many 'personalities' you feel are more intelligent than you. Not just more skilled in a specific area, like Gordon Ramsay and cooking, but actually more intelligent. Even a person of average intelligence couldn't fill up a hand.

#29 Posted by darkvare (766 posts) -

i dunno why but kevin finn who played the ninja in the avgn episode of ninja gaiden produced a couple of episodes just some random trivia lol

#30 Posted by Shookems (474 posts) -

Guys, just a heads up. Duck Dynasty isn't a reality tv show. Sure, it's about a real family, but it's no secret that every episode is staged.

A PG trailer park boys is a pretty apt comparison.

#31 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (5508 posts) -

Because fuck it. I've seen a few episodes and I will say it's not the worst thing in the world, but it's not anything I would recommend to a friend or loved one. The real question is why are most reality shit shows so popular? My guess is because of the large amount of abhorrent people who genuinely enjoy that trash and the people who watch it ironically. So many people grab onto the lowest common denominator and never let go. Case in point, there was an audience at all for Grown Ups 2.

In the end, to each his own. (Also, their beards are kind of mesmerizing)

#32 Edited by Brodehouse (9949 posts) -

@shookems said:

Guys, just a heads up. Duck Dynasty isn't a reality tv show. Sure, it's about a real family, but it's no secret that every episode is staged.

All reality TV that isn't a competition is staged. Even a lot of the competitive reality TV is staged.

I'm friends with a guy who transcribes for a living, he has to transcribe the raw footage. Usually including the producers telling the personalities what to say, and then telling them to say it again and again until they get a take they like.

#33 Edited by Hunter5024 (5683 posts) -

There are a lot of rednecks and this show really appeals to them. Then there are people who are anti redneck, and they get to watch this show and make fun of them. If you've got both the redneck and the anti redneck demographic, than you've pretty much covered 80% of america's population.

#34 Posted by psylah (2177 posts) -

These shitty "reality" shows need to end. They already ruined the history channel. I can't even watch television anymore.

I want to die.

#35 Posted by Danteveli (1186 posts) -

I have no idea what this is but I hope its DuckTales mixed with soap opera.

#36 Posted by Brodehouse (9949 posts) -

I have no idea what this is but I hope its DuckTales mixed with soap opera.

Holy shit Duck Dynasty where Scrooge and Flintheart fight in a swimming pool. Give it to me now.

#37 Posted by super2j (1694 posts) -

@shookems said:

It's goofy dudes fucking around and having fun. Sit down with some friends, have a beer, and laugh about it.

sounds a lot like a particular website we all love.

In any case the show's popularity does not make sense to me. Granted, I had no negative feelings towards it but it never seemed like anything special.

#38 Edited by MentalDisruption (1635 posts) -

From what I understand they don't use a lot of the same hooks that other reality shows do. Instead they just use humor and try to appeal to the everyday person by showing a group of people who make money doing what they love. That's what I've been told at least. I don't watch a whole lot of TV aside from a few shows, so I haven't seen it for myself.

#39 Edited by Grissefar (2842 posts) -

Cause it's stupid and their exploiting the red neck life. It can be very entertaining lol.

Oh can you hear it? It's the homophone calling for you - if you know what I mean.

#40 Edited by MocBucket62 (1229 posts) -

I saw a couple of episodes of it and while I don't think its terrible, its something I would not go out of my way to watch. Its probably popular because people want to see these rednecks do the darnest things that involve ducks and family. And also this shows seems to appeal to the average American as the show's cast is passionate about their jobs.

Though Darius Rucker's music video of his cover of "Wagon Wheel" is a gross advertising tool for the show if you ask me. The cast on the show is probably really good friends with Darius Rucker (from Hootie and the Blowfish), but I don't know man.

#41 Posted by shinjin977 (760 posts) -
#42 Edited by Mezmero (1900 posts) -

I think people come for the ducks and stay for the all the sick beards. The only reason I know about this show is because stores sell t-shirts and posters with these crazy bearded dudes' faces on em'. My uncle described it to me the other night and it sounds pretty dumb. Then again I'm not a reality TV guy so I wouldn't know.

#43 Edited by vikingdeath1 (971 posts) -

One of my business professors showed an episode of this show during class a couple years back, I think it was a marketing class, I had never heard of the show before that day.

#44 Posted by csl316 (8674 posts) -

@shinjin977: It's Family Guy, but it's a dumb show I don't recommend.

#45 Posted by MetalBaofu (1383 posts) -

One of my business professors showed an episode of this show during class a couple years back

It just started last year. March 21, 2012 according to Wikipedia.

#46 Posted by living4theday258 (679 posts) -

Its a bunch of hairy people doing the things that hairy people do. How can it not be popular.

#47 Posted by vikingdeath1 (971 posts) -

@metalbaofu: my apologies, about 1.5 years then? if it was in march, then this happened during the following Fall semester.

#48 Posted by NinetySevenA (50 posts) -

I don't know what I see around my town more, Duck Dynasty T-shirts or Sons of Anarchy T-shirts.

I watched an episode of Duck Dynasty once. Some guy made a pretty funny beard joke. Good for them if they enjoy making the show.

#49 Edited by Devil240Z (3364 posts) -

I thought this topic was about Darkwing Duck.

#50 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

I prefer swamp people personally