Duck Dynasty

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Small business reality show highlights family bonds.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 32 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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.

Sex

References to getting married and what makes a good wife, but these comments are not sexual.

Language
Consumerism

The series features the family business, Duck Commander Company. Apple computers are visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasionally beer is visible.

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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byloveyou2muah March 27, 2012

Great Americans!

The Robertsons are now our favorite show and we can't wait to see it next week! They are REAL Americans! Refreshing, respectful, hard working , funny, inte... Continue reading
Adult Written bypvm April 11, 2012

Family friendly

I like this show it is family friendly. It teach everyone that money is not everything. That family is the most important thing in life. They seem happy with mo... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byNASCAR101 January 28, 2013

funny, but inappropriate

phil talks about sex, and willie gets told lots of fat jokes
Teen, 13 years old Written byAwesomepersom December 5, 2013

Great show for all ages

Its a awesome show! People might complain that Phil talks too dirty, but no, he's married and its not too suggestive for anyone. All you folks need to calm... Continue reading

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?

TV details

For kids who love reality television

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