Unlike most rural southerners represented on reality TV, the Robertsons are savvy and intentionally funny; and unlike pretty much everyone else in the unscripted genre, they’re more interested in coming together than tearing each other apart. Look no further than the closing scene of each episode, when the family gathers around the dinner table to say grace and break bread.
“For so long we thought only bad behavior made good television,” says David McKillop, executive vice president and general manager of A&E and an executive producer of the series. “This is one of the rare exceptions. They’re great folk. There’s also a sense of integrity and a [feeling] that they’re fulfilling the American dream.”