A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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What's the story?
DUCK DYNASTY is a reality series featuring a family-run multimillionaire business in the backwoods of Louisiana. CEO Willie Robertson runs the Duck Commander Company, a multimillion dollar empire that began when his father and avid duck hunter Phil Robertson invented a new kind of duck caller that transformed the sport. Working as his staff are several family members, including Willie's brother Jase and his Uncle Si. Always adding her support is Willie's mom, Ms. Kay. Things don't always run smoothly, especially when his family spends more time catching frogs and catfish angling than they do fulfilling orders. Despite some frustrating moments, Willie and the clan are always reminded to put family before business, and to always stay true to themselves.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about way successful business people are depicted in the media. What are the differences between how they are portrayed in shows like The Apprentice vs. the images you see here? Do you think this show is attempting to break down stereotypes about who can be successful in business?
How realistic do you think this show is? Do you think the characters are playing up their "backwoods" personalities and activities to be more entertaining? How would you find out?