'Duck Dynasty' makes reality TV a family affair

Almost immediately after A&E Network premiered the reality series “Duck Dynasty,”the saga of Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and his family became a runaway hit.
By Kate O'Hare Published: March 9, 2013
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What a difference a year makes.

On March 21, 2012, A&E Network premiered the reality series “Duck Dynasty,” profiling the Robertsons of Louisiana, who have made a tidy fortune from their company, Duck Commander, which manufactures duck calls.

Almost immediately, the saga of Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson and his nearest and dearest — his wife, Korie; his parents, company founder Phil and Miss Kay; brothers Jase and Jep; and Phil's eccentric brother, Uncle Si — became a runaway hit.

Although the Robertson men look like members of a ZZ Top tribute band (ZZ Top's “ Sharp Dressed Man” is the show's theme), with their long hair, flowing beards and collection of headgear — especially Willie's signature bandannas — “Duck Dynasty” offers a portrait of a functional family that works, plays and prays together.

Season 3 of the show launched late last month, with new episodes airing at 9 p.m. Wednesdays.

“I think it's our family,” Korie says. “You've got a lot of reality shows about family. You've got the Kardashians and ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' and all that, and they're essentially about a family. What's different about ours is it's a little more functional.

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