A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series sends the message that family is first, business is second. It also challenges conventional ideas about what multimillionaires look like and how they live. Some sexist messages some through in dialogue.
Positive Role Models
Willie is college educated and works hard to build and maintain the success of the company. He is sometimes accused of being a "sissy" thanks to spending less time in the backwoods, but the entire family respects his work as CEO of the company. Phil Robertson has some sexist ideas about men and women.
Violence & Scariness
Characters show hunting rifles with slow-motion close ups. Scenes of people hunting game, catfish angling, and catching frogs. Animals are chopped up and skinned. Willie occasionally loses his temper, and yells and kicks things when family members don't do their job.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to getting married and what makes a good wife, but these comments are not sexual.
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Products & Purchases
The series features the family business, Duck Commander Company. Apple computers are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasionally beer is visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Duck Dynasty contains very positive messages about family and working hard. Expect references to religion, as well as some sexist comments from some of the older characters in this reality show. Hunting, guns, and animal skinning is part of everyday life.
Is It Any Good?
Duck Dynasty is about the trials and tribulations of running a family business against the backdrop of the family's backwoods cultural heritage and lifestyle. The show challenges traditional ideas about what a multimillion dollar company is, and who runs it. It also highlights the notion that having a successful company or wealth does not have to change a person's way of life.
The show's focus on hunting and related activities will not appeal to some, and others may not care for some of the sexist attitudes portrayed by older members of the family. But the new generations of Robertsons featured here show us how they are embracing their traditions while infusing it with more progressive ways of thinking. More importantly, they are all sending the message that nothing is more important than family.
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