We all have those little television obsessions that we fawn over. Some people enjoy a good dose of The Real Housewives or Jersey Shore. Others enjoy a simpler taste, like Antiques Roadshow. I, like everyone else, have my own must-watch TV obsession and it comes in the form of alligator hunting.
Yes. I watch Swamp People.
There’s just something about settling down in my bed on a Thursday night and getting swept away into a fast-pace world that’s main players are about the closest thing to real that reality television is ever going to get. For me personally, it’s entertainment in its purest form.
Swamp People, which airs on The History Channel, centers on the lives of several different residents of the Louisiana bayou who all make a living hunting alligators during the thirty day hunting season. And each person featured on the show is completely different.
Even though I hold all of the quirky characters on the show close to my heart, my favorites have to be the Guist brothers, Glenn and Mitchell. While not full time alligator hunters, these two manage to get into more funny situations than any of the other swampers. Whether they’re hunting squirrels and catching catfish for their dinner or they’re out pulling up cypress logs from the bottom of the swamp to build a new porch, the brothers are sure to get a laugh out of anyone watching.
The only thing holding me back from packing up and moving down south for one glorious month out of the year is a simple enough fact. I can’t swim. So until that time when alligator hunting no longer involves a boat, large bodies of water and the potential to get eaten or drown, well I’ll just let the professionals down in Louisiana keep me entertained.
Swamp People airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The History Channel.