What's with all the redneck "reality" shows?

y’all watching low brow stuff.

Rocket City Rednecks rules.

I’ve wondered this too, rednecks are getting a little too popular for my taste. But, in their defense, a lot of those shows are more like “Deadliest Catch” that just happen to follow around rednecks because city folk ain’t wrasslin’ no alligators or prospecting for gold, while there are shows about models and rich housewives that are all about drama and fighting. From what I’ve seen (which is very little), Swamp People falls in the first category. Those are the most redneck people I’ve ever seen, but I don’t think it’s very drama filled is it? It’s just Deadliest Catch with more teeth on the animals and less on the humans.

I’d have to agree with both of you about this particular show. These are folks who could carry on an intelligent conversation.

Eh, its not really isolated to rural people. Its the same basic concept as “Jersey Shore”, which is pretty far from rural, and “Real Housewives of Wherever” which is both up-scale and generally urban.

You forgot Call of the Wildman. YYIYIYIYIYYIYIIYIYIIIYIII!

What, no mention of My Big Redneck Vacation yet? Who wouldn’t love to take a trip with them? :stuck_out_tongue:

Old thread, I know, but I was reminded of it when I stumbled on these NPR stories a while back.

On ‘Hicksploitation’ And Other White Stereotypes Seen On TV: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/05/10/178791792/on-hicksploitation-and-other-white-stereotypes-seen-on-tv

Disappointing ‘Redneck’ TV Shortchanges The American South: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/12/07/142861568/disappointing-redneck-tv-shortchanges-the-american-south
I think it’s a phase. It’s happened before, in the mid- and late-1970s, when the country had a collective fascination with hillbillies and Southern culture. Dukes of Hazzard, Hee Haw, Family Feud, BJ and the Bear, a cavalcade of trucker movies, the popularity of Southern rock, etc. This was also a time when much of the United States was in a deep recession, but cities in the South were booming.

Another vote for modern minstrel show. I have a theory that fans of these types of shows are only one or two clicks higher on the social ladder, and like having someone they can look down on.

Family Feud?

The Ghost of Richard Dawson: Out of 100 people surveyed, name me someone who has never watched Family Feud. What do you think Grandma?

Grandma Smith: Elmwood?

Smith Family: Good answer! Good answer!

The Ghost of Richard Dawson: SHOW ME Elmwood!

Elmwood … 56
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I suppose it was the natural next step after Jerry Springer became a hit show.

“I know! Let’s take the cameras… to their house!”

Eh, these things go in cycles. There’s all the cooking competition shows, Hells Kitchen probably an early one. Loudmouth helps failing business shows, kitchen nightmares, bar rescue, etc. throw a bunch of people together shows starting back with the real world. We’re just in a stretch of redneck shows.

The NPR article seems to take it for granted that these people are disadvantage. The “Duck Empire” people are rich and college educated (the patriarch had a tough time several decades ago, but well, that was several decades ago). But the NPR article uses “working class” to describe them several times.

I’ve only seen a bit of “Buckwild”, but the kids there seemed to have a pretty expansive abundance of toys. I have trouble believing their families are scraping by in the coal mines.

I’m not sure what I’d characterize Staten Island Mafioso’s as, but “working class” probably wouldn’t be in the running. Ditto the Amish, they certainly live a fairly hardworking lifestyle, but I’m not sure there part of America’s “white working class”. Their abstemiousness is due to religious preference, not economic conditions.

As for American Gypsies, I don’t think the US really has a “gypsy stereotype” for TLC to exploit, beyond maybe a vague recollection of crystal balls and curses.

TLDR: The NPR article doesn’t really make a very convincing case that there’s a trend of making shows about stereotypical “working class whites”. None of their examples really fit a pattern (except Honey Boo Boo? I’ve never seen it, was her family lower income before the show’s success? )

I think fans of these shows are on the same rung of the social ladder, but would desperately like to think they are one or two rungs higher. So they have someone to look down on.

In my case I was in the hospital and it was either stare at the incinerator outside my window all day or watch the rednecks on TV build moonshine stills. I simply decided that rednecks and revenuers were more interesting than smokestacks.

David Wong over at Cracked (sorry for the weird link, can’t find a normal version of the page) had an interesting take on the show:

Hey, I’m from the South and I love Family Feud.

I don’t watch the other shows but sometimes I’ll catch one (hubby watches them; he’s Mexican and is amused by them), and I hate when they subtitle someone speaking English.

Is there really a guy named Levi who runs a goon squad (that runs drinking parties, boxing matches, etc.)? He also keeps non-Amish from running Amish pie stands and knicknack stands?
The premise is pretty funny-how come Levi doesn’t drive a horse buggy?

No shit it’s a game show, Sherlock. With a bluegrass theme song and bumper music, hootin and hollerin’, set with kountry kitschy design, allusions to the Hatfields and McCoys, etc. Started in the mid-1970s. Just saying it reflects the zeitgeist of its time.

Shit. I wish I was a rung or two higher than the Duck Dynasty crew. I sure as shit wouldn’t still be slogging away at the Public Defender’s office. I’d be reppin’ monied individuals, white-collar style… and makin’ it rain! :smiley:

In many rural areas in the US, middle to upper-middle class blue collar families – general contractors, tradespeople, collision shop owners, whatever – tend to have a lot more “toys” than their more urban peers. When I’m driving through rural Pennslvania, the number of boats, jacked up trucks, classic muscle cars, ATVs, dirt bikes, and Harleys I see crowding driveways is staggering. Folks of means in the boonies aren’t spending their disposable income on rare comic books and Star Wars figurines.