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Hillbillies for Hire

Pranks border on mean in Southern-flavored reality show.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

There's lots of silly and crude pranks, but many of them border on being mean or painful. Lots of stereotypical references to "rednecks."

Positive role models

Jeremiah occasionally appears to be more interested in joking around and playing potentially dangerous pranks than being a responsible parent.


Pranks sometimes include banging into things, pushing people, blowing things up, and other potentially dangerous activities. Unsuspecting victims of the duo's pranks often get angry and yell, curse, and throw some punches. Guns and bows and arrows are visible during hunting trips.


Women and men in skimpy bikinis. References to "boobs" and other body parts. Naked buttocks are blurred. There's some bathroom humor, too.


Words like "damn," "crap," "pissed," and "ass" audible; "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.


Chevrolet logos are visible on trucks and other vehicles.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Hillbillies for Hire features adults participating in silly, crude, and/or potentially dangerous pranks. People of all ages should be reminded that many of these activities should not be tried at home. The show also contains lots of references to "rednecks", salty vocab, and blurred nudity (buttocks). The series is meant to to be funny, but a lot of what is featured here just seems mean.

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What's the story?

HILLBILLIES FOR HIRE is a reality series featuring best friends Jeremiah Hatfield and Ed \"Big Ox\" Bussey as they perform pranks on unsuspecting strangers, friends, and family. From the backwoods of Florida, the duo spends time secretly putting folks on a floating outhouse in the middle of an alligator-infested swamp, blowing up deer decoys, and helping people seek revenge on folks who irritate them. Occasionally, Jeremiah's wife Casey falls prey to their antics, too. The two make sure there's never a dull moment, and the messier the prank is, the more fun they have.

Is it any good?


Hatfield and Bussey claim that their activities celebrate their Southern heritage, but the series offers a very narrow and problematic view of what it means to be from the region. Meanwhile, a lot of the pranks seem to be more mean than funny.

The duo stops just short of being physically violent, but many of their antics seem socially irresponsible because they put people in potential risk of getting hurt. Some folks may like this sort of humor, but overall, the whole thing just comes off as being irresponsible and stereotypical.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about playing pranks on people. How do you know how far to go when playing a joke on someone? What messages do TV shows like this one send about pranks?

  • Shows like this one often use stereotypical terms like "rednecks" as a way of celebrating a region's heritage. Is this appropriate? Why or why not? Can you name some TV shows that highlight cultural differences and don't use stereotypical terms?


TV details

Premiere date:July 14, 2013
Cast:Ed Bussey, Jeremiah Hatfield
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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