It seems that every new cable reality-based television show is being hyped as the next "Duck Dynasty," which, of course, is only natural when a show is a mega-phenomenon of this magnitude. In an Aug. 20 article on Huffington Post, the same question is asked about “Porter Ridge.”
"Porter Ridge" was actually billed as being from the same producers as "Duck Dynasty." After viewing the Aug. 20 episode on Discovery Channel, there is one obvious conclusion: this show is definitely not "Duck Dynasty."
How could the same producers do one show that is so good that you can enjoy it over and over again and then produce a show that is so unbearable that you can hardly suffer through it? "Porter Ridge" was just awful. The soundtrack of voices and music sounds like “Deliverance.” The main character’s voice is very slow and unpleasant.
This show, quite uniquely, is set in the remote hills of Indiana, and revolves around the junkyard business, amateur racing, and whatever other “redneck” activities the characters find to occupy their energies, albeit there isn’t much energy in the show.
The whole thing overall just seemed depressing, and the backdrop of a junkyard did not help. Some credit is due that they tried to do a show that didn't take place in the Louisiana swamps, which is the trend.
The only positive thing to be said about “Porter Ridge” is that the man with the pet grizzly bears is quite interesting. He walks around all the time with one of his pet grizzly bears on a leash. People just go on about their business as though this is normal. In the advertisements for the show, it mentions that “Porter Ridge” is a place where someone can keep their pet grizzly bears in the front yard. On “Duck Dynasty,” Miss Kay just had some goats.