It's the bearded Christian men who built an empire around duck hunting against the meat-bags, the Walking Dead. Who will win as the best cable show ever?
Duck Dynasty is looking to decapitate the Walking Dead and take over the historic spot as the number-one cable show of all-time.
Today Entertainment reports: "Last week, A&E Network’s reality show Duck Dynasty catapulted to become the biggest unscripted show in cable history with its fourth season premiere. With nearly 11.8 million viewers."
What exactly is it that draws viewers to the bearded men of Duck Dynasty? Maybe because it's very comical?
Could the reason be that it's so popular is because it promotes family values? It believes in the things that made our nation great and clings to its guns and Christianity.
In case you haven't seen Duck Dynasty, here's what it's about. Phil Robertson the patriarch has built an empire called Duck Commander. It's a mom-and-pop business that eventually his son Willie helped turn into a million-dollar operation.
The company specializes in manufacturing the best-quality duck calls and decoys. These are made from salvaged swamp wood. The Robertsons also employ half of their neighborhood.
Despite the Robertson family making millions from Duck Commander, they still live in West Monroe, Louisiana in the backwoods of the bayou country. Phil was reported to have been a college football star who shunned the NFL because the season, "interfered with duck season."
The Robertson family ends each show with a prayer and then a sit-down meal. They are Christians who glorify Christ in everything they do. The reality-based show is on A&E and premiered in 2012; it finished with 1.3 million viewers, according to Nielson. It finished its third season with 8.4 million viewers.
Today Entertainment said: "One of the big draws to last week’s fourth season premiere was Phil and Kay’s vow renewal ceremony, which was a gift from their kids because they never had a wedding."
When the Examiner put out the call to see why people loved the show and what all the fuss was about, many responded. Below is what some folks had to say about the show.
Amber Dyson of Marion, IN had this to say about Duck Dynasty; "I love Duck Dynasty! I look forward to every episode because not only is it hilarious, but I love the Robertson family's morals and message they send."
Cameron King of Spokane, WA had this to say about Duck Dynasty: "It's one of very few shows on TV that represent rural Americans in a positive light. A show that represents hard work, ingenuity, capitalism, and charity in a positive light. It's one of few shows that represents family values and Christians in a positive light."
Jerika Tippett of Ozark, AL had this to say about Duck Dynasty: "They love God and Guns." How's that for a one-liner?
Rick Miles of Wyoming, MI said he likes the older guys, Phil and Si because they are "happy, happy, happy. He also said their personality reminds him of some in his family."
Donna Drassler of Stilwell, OK said, "Godly family, clean show. They are against abortion and believe in modesty. They are just all around God centered people! When asked to tone down the GOD stuff in the show Phil told them no God NO show!"
Becky Ethington of Poway, California said: "They are an on-fire Jesus loving family who have not allowed money to pull them from God or change their walks. Their testimonies are amazing and you will not only hear about God and His plan in the shows but at the end of each episode they pray before dinner."
Well okay there you have it ladies and gentlemen, some very good reasons for watching the show and why it's become so popular. This Examiner will leave you with some words in the vein of Uncle Si's wisdom: "Hey Jack" don't you think it's 'bout time you tuned into Duck Dynasty?
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