Cable TV Shows Featuring Louisiana Locations
Reality TV has exploded over the years, and the channels are scrambling for new titles. Louisiana has been steadily increasing as a location for these shows, with personalities you'll recognize, and sometimes, locations you'll recognize as well. Here are some of the shows you've gotten hooked on while flipping channels.
The four teenage children of the Theriot Family navigate life in the Louisiana bayou under the guidance of their care-free Mama Tiff...that's the description MTV gives. It sounds so peaceful, so nice and wholesome. But that description is turned upside down in the first episode. You probably know, or are a part of families similar to the Theriots, so plenty of the activities may be familiar.
One of the newest shows to feature Louisiana arrives on the small screen on January 17th. From Entertainment Weekly - 'The unscripted reality series follows a motley crew of blue-collar anglers who are desperate to keep their shrimp boats afloat in the wake of the 2010 oil spill and the fallout from Hurricane Katrina. They come from a little town called Venice in Louisiana.'
When 'Swamp People' was ready to debut on History, I'm not sure anyone besides the producers knew what a phenomenon they'd become. One of the most familiar faces on the show, Troy Landry, is also one of the most straight-forward, likeable people you'd ever want to meet. From his famous catch phrases including 'Choot Em', to the way he assists his community, 'Swamp People' exemplifies what an honest, hard day's work is all about.
Also cashing in on Louisiana recently was Anthony Bourdain, who travels around the world experiencing all that the worlds cultures have to offer. He made his way down to Louisiana last year and from all accounts, had an incredible time. Featuring food from New Orleans to an authentic boucherie in Cajun Country, Anthony did a phenomenal job of exposing our area to the nation.
I got gator and a raccoon...
Cajun Pawn Stars is a recent addition to the History line-up. Capitalizing on the success of Pawn Stars, Cajun Pawn stars takes a look at the industry set in Central Louisiana (not technically Cajun country, but we'll have to deal with it.) There are some unique characters, as well as some incredible items that are brought into the store each week on the show. How much for the pickled alien?
'Billy The Exterminator' follows the professional life of Billy Bretherton, an expert in the field of pest control and the proprietor of Vexcon Animal and Pest Control in Benton, Louisiana. After watching one episode, I can think of only two things.
1. I believe he is insane
2. I'm so glad he can do the job if I need him
From tackling hornets nests to gators and everything in between, Billy doesn't back down from a challenge.
I had seen previews of Axe Men, but thought that it'd only be about lumberjacks in the Northwest. To my surprise, we have our own axe man here in Louisiana. Shelby Stanga has lived in the swamps north of New Orleans since he was nine years old, and he has been logging in the area for 37 years. He recovers abandoned logs from the nearby waterways with an ever-evolving cast of sidekicks—his dog Willy, his friends Earl and Bob, and his cousin Jarvis. This guy is even more crazy than Billy, so enjoy the insanity.
My guilty pleasure was watching Steven Seagal destroy people in his movie career. Then, as the years rolled on, they had to speed up his moves to make them more exciting and the magic was gone...until Lawman debuted. Steven signed on to be a sheriff deputy in Jefferson Parish, and showed his co-workers some new moves.
HBO's 'True Blood' is a great show...or so I've heard. Not having HBO, it makes it kinda difficult to follow along. That and the fact that when you've got kids, you've gotta pick your shows very carefully. It recently got signed on for a new season this summer, and it's one thing to be set in a fictional town in Louisiana, but it's nice that they actually chose to film here as well.
The defenders of the second amendment to the Constitution, 'Sons of Guns' shows off the creative skills of Red Jacket Firearms LLC, a Louisiana-based business that manufactures and sells custom weapons. Will Hayden is the founder and owner of the shop, while his daughter Stephanie manages the office. Some of the weapons they make are out of this world, and we should take pride in the skills it takes to make such fine weapons. See what they come up with...
Being a teenager is difficult enough, but having to worry about someone smashing your face in is another. Friends in small town Louisiana struggle with their futures amidst the world of amateur cage fighting in the series 'Caged' on MTV.
Get ready for money! Well, not for you, but for the cast of Bayou Billionaires, debuting on CMT on January 21st. This show follows the lives of some good ole boys who ended up RICH!
Reverend Tony and his wife Lou Ann are the owners of the only wedding chapel in the French Quarter. With a colorful cast of characters (and patrons!) you’re sure to see weddings done Big Easy-style! If you think that all the brides are wearing white in this show, think again...we're just lucky they're wearing anything at all.