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     Duck Dynasty:

The Complete Series         review by Bobby Blakey

Who would have thought when Duck Dynasty debuted in 2012 that it would have been the monster hit that it is. The series offered up numerous hilarious moments and even some real life controversy as well as spun off into two other series. Recently the series officially came to an end, but now fans can bring the entire series how with Duck Dynasty: The Complete Series.

If you have never checked out the show it follows 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. 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 Miss Kay's dinner table. I must admit when this series first began I was pretty opposed to it and was the first to tell you that I just wasn’t going to watch it, but then something strange happened. I actually watched an episode a few seasons in and found it really entertaining and eventually it sucked me right in.

Like any reality show there are obviously numerous elements that are set up just to make it more entertaining, but it works. I have yet to see a single episode that didn’t make me laugh out loud at some point. The real appealing aspect to the overall show is really the family mentality of it all. The one thing you can never deny truthful about this show is this large family’s commitment to each other. Sure they bicker and pick on each other at times, but that is pretty much every family. The majority of their shenanigans all focus on sibling rivalry to the extreme making for a ton of funny contests and situations. While the laughs are the main focus of most episodes there are also some heartfelt episodes focusing on renewing wedding vows, upcoming weddings, kids graduating, leaving for college, health scares and more.

This is one of those rare shows that is good for the whole family and never really gets old. There are some who have bashed the show over the years and I was one of them early on, but if you give the show a chance it will no doubt suck you right in and make you at least smile a few times if not laugh out loud. You can jump right into all 11 seasons of the series with Duck Dynasty: The Complete Series on DVD as well as Duck Dynasty: The Final Season when they hit DVD on May 16th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

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