Written on Sunday, December 2, 2012 by Jared Vallorani
For over a decade now, Americans have had to settle for television shows that are utterly and wholly depraved. Every TV show that I can think of has the token gay guy, illicit sex, crude humor and more. It’s enough to make you want to shut your cable off for good.
However, there are a few series that have popped up in recent years that give some hope that good television may still exist.
If you aren’t already a fan of these shows, it’s my hope that I can convince you to tune in and support these worthy programs. Maybe, just maybe, we can get some of these networks to run more quality family programming.
Airs on Friday at 8:00 pm on ABC
Show Description: Tim Allen stars as Mike Baxter, marketing director of an outdoor sporting goods store, fighting for his manhood while constantly surrounded by women, including his wife and three growing daughters.
Why I love this show: Allen’s character, Mike Baxter, is a man’s man: he loves sports, he loves hunting. He doesn’t play the doofus dad portrayed on so many other shows. He is a family man; he has a NOBAMA bumper sticker on his car, despises big government and government bureaucracy. He hates political correctness and works for a company that sells guns. How many other shows can you think of where such a character exists, much less plays the lead role?
2. Gold Rush
Airs on Friday at 9:00 pm on Discovery Channel
Show Description: Jack and Todd Hoffman had a dream: the American dream. They want to make a pile of money in gold mining. Many of the folks on their crew faced adversity at home where they either lost their jobs or saw their incomes cut drastically due to the recession.
Why I love this show: This is their 3rd season and for the first time it appears they might just hit it big. While they have had their share of failures on the show, they keep striving towards their goal of 1,000 ounces of gold. More importantly, Gold Rush is a show that embraces family and good old American values. The Hoffmans and the rest of their crew are clearly men of faith. They pray often on the show and their entire families have traveled to the claim in the Klondike to support them. You will find yourself rooting for the Hoffmans and praying they will find the gold for which they have longed.
1. Duck Dynasty
Airs on Wednesdays at 10:00 pm on A&E
Show Description: A&E Network introduces the Robertsons, a Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving business while staying true to their family values and lifestyle. Ask anyone in Louisiana and they’ll tell you that the bayou state’s favorite first family doesn’t live in the governor’s mansion but in the backwoods, where the Robertson’s rags-to-riches story is still unfolding. A homegrown mom-and-pop operation, Duck Commander has become a sporting empire by fabricating top-of-the-line duck calls and decoys out of salvaged swamp wood.
This newly minted multimillionaire family is kept in line by business-savvy Willie, who runs Duck Commander with the help of his brother Jase, their respective wives Korie and Missy, patriarch and founder of the company, Phil, and uncle Si. Together they run a booming business that employs half their neighborhood, but at the end of the day, you can find the whole family around matriarch Kay’s dinner table.
Each episode brings a new set of challenges, met with a special brand of Southern know-how and a down-home sense of humor.
Why I Love It: This is the funniest family on TV. I don’t get the fascination with Honey Boo Boo but I guarantee if you watch this show, you will laugh your face off. Jase and Si steal the show. These two guys were destined for TV greatness. The family works together and plays together. They know how to have a good time while maintaining their Christian faith, moral values, and love for business. Each episode ends with the extended family sharing a meal together where the father prays and Willie, the CEO of Duck Commander, makes final remarks about the episode, bringing attention to the most important things in life: faith, family, and freedom. If you watch one show this year, this is the one that you should make time for in your busy week.
If you are fan of these shows, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Also, let me know if you have a TV program worth sharing. We will make sure to let our readers know.