The most surprising revelation about the History Channel realty show Swamp People is how the network manages to portray the families in the series in an honest, non exploitive manner. The show focuses on a number of Louisiana families who make their living in the swamps catching alligators and snakes. Yes the Cajun accents are thick enough to require subtitles, but there are no ridiculous scenarios constructed simply to make fun of the gator hunters and no goofy music (a staple of many realty shows) added to mock the characters, just honest, fascinating portrayals of families using generations-old techniques to live off the land.
Swamp People – Season One, 3 DVDs, 300 mins. A&E