About a year ago, the husband and I were watching television and trying desperately to find something decent to watch. In today’s TV world, that’s pretty dang tricky. We happened upon an episode of Duck Dynasty. Thinking, “Oh great, another reality show,” we found ourselves laughing and feeling pretty uplifted as we watched it. We rarely watch reality shows, because let’s be honest, most are C.R.A.P. But this one was different.
We watched this show for the rest of the season. Each episode was fun, cheesy, and positive. What makes this show stand out from all the rest of reality TV is the high standards and morals the Robertson family has. America could truly benefit from this family for these reasons alone: family comes first, there is a strong work ethic, they are spiritually grounded, and they have Silas “Si” Robertson.
Don’t let the beards (they didn’t always have them), duck calls or camouflage fool you. Phil Robertson, the Patriarch, is an educated man who received a Bachelor’s in Physical Education and a Masters Degree in Education. “I kinda liked ol’ Shakespeare and them guys, you know,” Robertson said. “I went back and got my master’s just in case. I thought, if I ever needed it, I’d have the sheepskin to show people no matter how dumb I looked, actually I was about half intelligent. I got the degree to let ‘em know I wasn’t as dumb as I acted.” Will, the CEO of Duck Commander, has a degree in business and got his father’s duck call business to where it is.
Duck Dynasty shows a family that works together and plays together. They don’t use crude language, but instill life lessons in their children and grandchildren. They don’t bully or put someone down. They joke around light heartedly, play A LOT, and encourage one another. The women don’t dress provocatively and they all seem to have very good relationships amongst each other.
The cherry on top of this great series is that each episodes ends with a family dinner and a word of prayer. The Robertson’s are very spiritual people and put God first. Maybe you don’t believe in God, maybe you think it’s hokie, but in a world where the family unit and spirituality are dwindling, it is nice to see a large happy family paying their respects to the Almighty.
You might wonder, how could a show like this ever be popular? Well ask the 11.8 million viewers who turned in for the season 4-season premiere. This is cable’s top must-watch nonfiction show to date. “That’s a fact, Jack!”–Si Robertson