A Reality Show on A&E about Duck Commander, a Real Lifefamily-owned duck-call business located in rural Louisiana. Much of the drama and/or humor comes from watching the family in question, the Robertsons, balance being the owner/operators of what has become a multi-million dollar company with their rural upbringing and habits. It's essentially The Beverly Hillbillies updated for the 21st century as a Reality Show. It's also the spinoff of Billy The Exterminator.The various family members featured on the show include company founder Phil Robertson and his wife Marsha Kay ("Miss Kay"); their sons Willie (current CEO of the company), Jason ("Jase"), and Jules ("Jep," short for his middle name, Jeptha); the boys' wives Korie, Missy, and Jessica; and Phil's brother Silas ("Si"). Phil and Miss Kay's grandchildren also make occasional appearances, particularly Willie and Korie's eldest children, John Luke and Sadie. While Phil and Miss Kay's eldest son Alan initially shunned the spotlight, he and his family will debut in Season 4, as will Si's wife Christine.Phil recently admitted that the show is scripted, but says the outdoors lifestyle portrayed in the show is real.
Provides examples of:
Actually Pretty Funny: Phil wants to make his granddaughters into more redneck girls, but when one of them said that cleaning a catfish was "worse than Jaws", even he had to laugh.
Aloha Hawaii: The third season finale, "Aloha, Robertsons!", has the Robertsons going on vacation to Hawaii. Willie's luggage goes missing, room accomodations go awry, Phil indulges his love for The Bourne Series, and everyone hates Willie's vacation itinerary. Currently the highest rated telecast on A&E ever, a title formerly held by both the Christmas Episode and the third season premiere.
Badass Beard: Admit it. Probably the first thing anyone ever notices when they first come across the show.
The Big Guy: Justin Martin, one of the few non-Robertson Duck Commander employees.
John Godwin, another of the few non-Robertson Duck Commander employees, also qualifies.
Black Sheep: Phil and Miss Kay's eldest son Alan. He initially shunned the spotlight, instead focusing on his ministry. Also, he is clean-shaven, unlike his father, uncle, and younger brothers. Willie even lampshades this trope in the Season 4 premiere:
Willie: The perfectly shorn black sheep of the Robertsons.
Jase: Kinda funny that the black sheep of our family is a preacher.
Willie notes that he and Jase learned everything they know about tormenting Jep from what Alan did to them when they were kids.
Blind Without 'Em: Si, who mistakes raccoon droppings for muscadine berries and eats them in "Spring Pong Cleaning." The incident prompts a long-overdue visit to the eye doctor so he can get a new prescription for his glasses. According to the eye doctor, Si is legally blind.
Blood Knight: Si, and to a lesser extent Phil...when beavers are involved.
Buffy Speak: Often, when Willie and/or Jase try to lay out a profound point.
Butt Monkey: In certain episodes, nothing ever seems to go Willie's way, and everyone in his family seems to intentionally do stuff that he doesn't want them to do.
Phil has "happy happy happy" (and a penchant for doing this with other two-syllable words that end in Y, like "crabby crabby crabby" and "tacky tacky tacky"), "now we're cooking with peanut oil", and a particular aversion to anything "yuppie" (i.e. not redneck) or anything in the "sub-division" (housing developments). He's also started using "Pee on the fire and call the dogs" in reference to calling something off.
Si punctuates every other sentence with "Jack". He also starts most sentences with "Hey", which has been borrowed by others many times.
"He/she/they gone", used by pretty much everyone.
Mountain Man's trademark "mmmmhmmmm."
Christmas Episode: Shows the Robertsons' incompetence in putting up Christmas lights, Si's incompetence as an elf, and Phil buying Miss Kay a "yuppie tree". It was also the highest-rated episode of a program on A&E ever, until the third season premiere and then the third season finale topped it, and beat out many other popular shows on other networks in its timeslot.
In "Spring Pong Cleaning," we learn that Si's bad driving is due, at least in part, to his poor vision - which he hasn't had checked in about 15 years. He does eventually get a new set of lenses for his glasses that allow him to see better.
Amusingly parodied in "Here Lizard Lizard" when Willie and Si (on a ride-along with a West Monroe police officer) get Missy pulled over for going two miles above the speed limit.
Every Episode Ending: The Robertson clan (and usually Martin and Godwin, among others) sits down to a family dinner, with Phil (or occasionally Willie) asking the blessing and Willie narrating the Aesop.
Some episodes feature slight variants, like the Robertsons attending Duck Commander Sunday at a church or putting on a fair.
Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: The Robertsons' slow-talking neighbor "Mountain Man", to the point where his real name (Tim Guraedy) is never used on the show.
Everything's Worse with Bees: In one episode, Hilarity Ensues when Willie, Jase, and Uncle Si attempt to gather honey from a beehive in the swamp. Phil shows them all up in the end by getting the honey without being stung at all.
Lampshaded in "A Big Duck-ing Call" after Willie told everyone about his idea to build the world's biggest duck call.
Jase: Where does he come up with stuff?
Facepalm: The long-suffering Willie does this quite a lot.
Family Business: Duck Commander. Founded by Phil Robertson; his son Willie is now CEO, and most of the employees are Robertson family members. This is lampshaded many times, usually in the context of why Willie can't fire them.
Once the series became a hit, A&E attempted to replicate its success by airing Southie Rules, a show about a multi-generational family living together in South Boston. It didn't work. Their next attempt, a show about several stay at home dads called Modern Dads, did.
Food As Bribe: When Willie has a giant order to fill, Miss Kay organizes a "packing party" and invites dozens of neighbors to help, cooking up vast amounts of food as enticement. It works spectacularly.
Funny Background Event: One episode involves the duck-call-room group taking a break for a doughnut-eating contest, which Si wins. He then spends the money on a raffle tickets for a small camper. Several minutes and a commercial cut later, the group is outside unloading a truck when - hey, what's the backing into the parking lot behind Jase?
In "Hot Tub Grime Machine", Jase and Godwin are arguing about Godwin getting a hot tub when Jep is wheeled by behind them on a hand truck.
Garage Sale: The ladies hold one while the guys are out, and sell some of their prized possessions out from under them.
The Generation Gap: Played for Laughs. Phil is rather dumbfounded by modern technology and his grandchildren being so obsessed with it. Being the noble patriarch that he is, he often attempts to educate them in living off the land. To his credit, Phil often manages to get through to them. Other times, Hilarity Ensues.
Gilligan Cut: Dozens. One can expect to see one of these almost every episode. Usually delivered by Willie, who, in commentary about what was happening during the episode, mentions how he will never ever do something or boast about a positive trait of a family member, only for the scene to cut to him doing what he said he wouldn't or the family member contradicting Willie's claim.
Halloween Episode: Features the Duck Commander crewing setting up a haunted house for kids at the warehouse, complete with Uncle Si scaring kids as a giant beaver.
Hidden Depths: Uncle Si is very adept at sewing, as shown in "Fishin' for Business" when he makes a very nice apron for Miss Kay.
Si also has somewhat eclectic musical tastes, and repeatedly references rap songs from the 1990s as well as the Black Eyed Peas, Bon Jovi, and the theme song plus several quotes from In Living Color!.
He also tells Willie in "Duck Be A Lady" that he needs to accept that his daughter isn't a little girl anymore and that he needs to stop being so overprotective of her. Lampshaded by Willie, who can't believe he's getting good parental advice from Si.
From more old photos in that same episode, Willie, Jase, and Jep may qualify, depending on one's opinion regarding beards.
Iconic Item: Si's blue plastic cup. His mother (supposedly) sent it to him while he was on a tour of duty in Vietnam, and he's held on to it ever since. He explains in one episode that there are three things he always takes with him when he travels: that cup, a gallon jug of iced tea, and his Bible.
Jase: "I would compare these men to Girl Scouts, but I'm offending Girl Scouts across America."
Jumping the Shark:invoked Lampshaded and played with in the third season finale when the grandkids are playing in a giant floating shark toy in the pool. Jep has them clear out and proceeds to jump over the toy, right after Willie shouts "Don't jump the shark, Jep!"
Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Si claims to be an expert on several different subjects. Frequently, the emphasis is on 'claims to be.'
Lysistrata Gambit: Employed by Miss Kay in "Duck Season Eve" to get Phil to bathe, as one of the Robertson traditions before duck season starts is not bathing for an entire week. It works.
More Dakka: At one point, practically the entire Robertson clan unloads on a pond in order to destroy a beaver dam.
Must Have Caffeine: Jase, Jep, Godwin, and Martin in "Duck Be a Lady." After the coffee machine in the warehouse breaks down, they get impatient with Willie's slowness to replace it and go to a coffeehouse.
Caffeine Bullet Time: The result of their visit to said coffeehouse, where they try espresso for the first time. They get completely wired, quickly finish the work Willie asked them to do, goof around in the warehouse, then crash hard once the caffeine wears off. Jase finally decides to buy his own coffee machine and go back to the regular stuff.
Never My Fault: Uncle Si has the tendency to claim that various machines are "pieces of junk" when it turns out he just can't operate them properly.
Non-Idle Rich: Though Willie is not as active as the others in "doing stuff"...that doesn't mean he's lazy. At all.
Noodle Incident: Just about every story Uncle Si tells about his time "back in 'Nam" devolves into one of these.
The majority of stories Si tells, no matter what the original subject, devolve into this. Phil has called it "Si-ence fiction".
Not so Above It All: Willie sees himself as the more sophisticated member of the Robinson clan but he still somehow ends up doing insane stuff like blowing up beaver dams and enjoying the impromptu test duck pond where the loading bay used to be.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Jep (first name Jules; the nickname comes from his middle name, Jeptha). Phil's wife, Marsha Kay, is always addressed as "Miss Kay." And then there's Mountain Man. Possibly played straight with Jimmy Red.
Subverted with Si, whose first name (Silas) is occasionally heard, and Jase, who gets called "Jason" by Missy whenever he's in trouble for something.
Only Sane Man: Willie sees himself as this; to a lesser extent, so do Jase and Phil.
Overprotective Dad: Willie, towards Sadie. A major part of both "Daddy's Got a Gun" and "Duck Be a Lady".
Parental Favoritism: Jep is the youngest brother and Miss Kay's baby, and he uses this to his advantage more than once.
Real Men Love Jesus: There's more talk about Christianity on this show than almost any other secular program out there. Most visibly, the Robertsons usually end episodes on praying around their dinner table. Also, Alan is an ordained minister.
Real Men Wear Pink: Si's perfectly fine with doing dress-up and manicures with his brother's granddaughters. (He does have limits, though.) And he even helps out the women in making aprons—and turns out to be dang good at it.
The DVD releases use "Workin Man Zombie" by The 4onthefloor instead.
Running Gag: All of Si's rules in the woods in "Duck Season Eve" being rule #1.
Si and Jase's descriptions of Willie's definition of 'roughing it', which are validated when he brings the company's giant RV to their campsite.
Miss Kay naming all her dogs Jesse. It backfired on her when Jesse III lived longer than the vet predicted, so she named her new dog Bobo instead.
All the stuff Si lists as things they could possibly find in Phil and Miss Kay's storage room and sheds in "Let's Go Hunting, Deer".
Any and all references to Miss Kay's tendency to hoard.
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Phil's reaction to being caught by security catching frogs on a private golf course and his reaction to being caught fishing on someone else's land. It's mentioned each time that this is his reaction every time law enforcement is concerned.
Si has this moment in "Si-Yonara", where one too many insults and his tea cup getting temporarily lost cause him to quit from Duck Commander in the middle of a work day. According to Willie, this happens at least once a month.
Self-Deprecation: Jase clearly enjoys the redneck lifestyle, but at the same time he's quite willing to point out its quirks and strangeness.
Sex for Services: Miss Kay coerces Phil into finding a new turtle for her this way in "Scoot Along Si".
Phil: Well, there's not many things that can get me up and out of my chair... especially while I'm sharpening my knife... and the last thing I ever thought would get me out of the chair was a turtle hunt. Miss Kay: If you want some lovin' tonight, today's the day. Phil: However... Miss Kay made me an offer I just couldn't refuse.
Simple Minded Wisdom: YMMV on the "simple minded" part but for a family who make duck hunting supplies, mainly duck calls, for a living the Robertson Clan frequently and casually drop pearls of wisdom that would make a zen master smile in approval.
Lampshaded by Willie after they blow up the duck blind.
Willie: Let me tell you about redneck logic. Just blow it up! He's gonna be so enamored with the fire he'll forget about what he's losing.
The Stoic: Phil pretty much keeps the same temperament regardless of what's going on around him. When something makes him "happy happy happy", an affirmative thumbs up is generally the only visible indicator.
Mountain Man is fairly stoic too. Rarely does he change the volume of his voice and really, that's only so people can hear him from a distance. His response to most questions given to him is a steady 'Mmmmmmhmmmmm'.