I have watched the show since the beginning. At first I really liked the premise of the show. But after questioning certain things I did some research. I follow the ABP in some facebook groups, the locals that live there tell the true story. They have documented proof of everything.
Billy Brown and his family have begged, borrowed and stole their way through life. From horse thievery in Texas 35 years ago, welfare fraud and Alaska PFD fraud. They have burned many bridges and have left a trail of garbage where ever they have lived.
The children, some over 30 years old are almost illiterate, barely able to read and write. They live in the land of make believe. The show is 100% scripted, they do NOT live at Browntown, which is nothing more than a prop for filming.
This is not a good show for children if you are wanting them to learn anything. These people don't have the skills to live like they pretend to do. Ever notice there is no food or wood stored for winter that would be an absolute essential if they actually lived like this. Every episode we are being lied to, not a good thing for children.
To the best of anybody's knowledge, no one has ever stayed at Browntown, they film there and then go back to a lodge in Hoonah every night. Hoonah is on the same island, only a few miles away. There are actually five communities on the island. They make it seem like they are the only ones.
The issue of the PFD fraud was a total lie as portrayed on the show. They actually stayed in a posh hotel in Juneau with ankle bracelets for 30 days. Room service and HBO couldn't be all that bad. The whole reason it happened is because they tried to steal money from the state and got caught. They didn't qualify as residents. They can't be out of state over 90 days at a time and still qualify. They were out of the state for most of the 4 years. They knew very well what they were doing because they defrauded the state before and got caught, that time it was welfare fraud.
I could make a huge list of everything they do on the show that doesn't add up but I won't go that far, I hope I have perked your interest enough though to know the truth about them.
This family is nothing but a bunch of deceitful liars. Nothing like they are portrayed on the show.