Swamp People

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Swamp People
Swamp-People.jpg
Series Title Card, Seasons 1 to 3. A slightly different version is still used as a commercial intro bumper.
Genre Reality television
Developed by Dolores Gavin
Starring see Locals below
Narrated by Pat Duke
Composer(s) Don DiNicola
Brian Deming
Bruce Hanifan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 84 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jay Peterson
Location(s) Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana
Cinematography Alex Rappoport
Camera setup multiple
Production company(s) Original Media
Broadcast
Original channel History
Original run August 22, 2010 (2010-08-22) – present
External links
Website

Swamp People is an American reality series that was first broadcast on History on August 22, 2010. The show follows the day-to-day activities for several Cajuns living in the swamps of the Atchafalaya River Basin who hunt American alligators for a living.

The program's latest season, its fifth, debuted on February 3, 2014.

Format[edit]

Alligator season in Louisiana begins on the first Wednesday in September and lasts 30 days. In this time limit, many of the alligator hunters, following a tradition dating back 300 years, earn most of their yearly income in a high risk vocation dependent on experience and the whims of weather within strict regulation by wildlife laws. Hunters are each issued a certain number of tags that must be attached to their kills; once they "tag out" (run out of tags), their season is over, and they may no longer kill any more alligators for the rest of the season. During this 30 day window, some of these hunters earn most of their annual income culling alligators; therefore, the ultimate goal for the alligator hunters is to tag out before the season ends, with some tagging out in the final hours of the season, and some saving the last tag for their prize catch - the biggest and most-menacing alligator they can find. For seasoned hunters, alligator season is the most exciting—and dangerous—time of the year. Most of the hunters spend the rest of the year harvesting other species (fish, crawfish, shrimp, crabs, raccoons, turtles, etc.) to augment their yearly incomes and/or holding down full-time jobs in other industries.

Each season, the series focuses on five teams of alligator hunters, with each episode generally featuring three or four teams, as they hunt gator. Some episodes also feature other aspects of the social and sporting life of the swamp, including fishing and hunting for other animals, such as squirrel.

Beginning with the fourth season, the program expanded to venues outside the Atchafalaya River Basin, featuring gator hunting crews in other parts of Louisiana, as well as the swamplands of nearby Texas.

Cast Members[edit]

Sources: [1]

Current

Individual Location Season(s)
Troy Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 1-Present
Chase Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 1-present
Jacob Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 3-Present
Guy Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 4-Present
Holden Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 5-Present
Marie Lacoste Pierre Part, Louisiana 4-Present
T-Roy Broussard Pierre Part, Louisiana (Season 4)
Beaumont, Texas (Season 4-Present)
4-Present
Harlan "Bigfoot" Hatcher Pierre Part, Louisiana (Season 4)
Beaumont, Texas (Season 4-Present)
(from Fannett, Texas)
4-Present
Liz Cavalier Pierre Part, Louisiana (Season 2)
Pecan Island, Louisiana (Season 3-Present)
2-Present
Jessica Cavalier Pecan Island, Louisiana 4-Present
Glenn Guist Gonzales, Louisiana (Seasons 2-4)
Pecan Island, Louisiana (Season 4: 2 episodes)
2-Present
TK (last name unknown) Gonzales, Louisiana 4-Present
Junior Edwards Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 1-Present
William 'Willie' Edwards Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 1-Present
Randy Edwards Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 1, 3-Present
Theresa Edwards Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 1-Present
Douggie Acosta Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 5-Present
Bruce Mitchell Hammond, Louisiana 1-Present
Ron Methvin Hammond, Louisiana 3-Present
R.J. Molinere, Jr. Houma, Louisiana 2-Present
Jay Paul Molinere Houma, Louisiana 2-Present
Stacey Molinere Houma, Louisiana 4-Present
David LaDart Marion, Louisiana (Season 4)
Raceland, Louisiana; Violet, Louisiana (Season 5)
4-Present
Jeromy Pruitt Marion, Louisiana (Season 4)
Raceland, Louisiana; Violet, Louisiana (Season 5)
4-Present
Terral Evans Slidell, Louisiana 2, 5-present
Johnny Banks Slidell, Louisiana 5-present
Roger Rivers Zwolle, Louisiana 5-present
Johny Tenner Zwolle, Louisiana 5-present

Previous

Individual Location Season(s)
Clint Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana Appeared: 1, 3
Mentioned: 2, 4
Brandon Hotard-Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 4
Malcom McQuiston Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 1-3
Ricky Phillips (alligator buyer) Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana 1-2
Albert Knight Morgan City, Louisiana 1
Kenwood Knight Morgan City, Louisiana 1
Anthony Knight Morgan City, Louisiana 1
Mike Kliebert Hammond, Louisiana 1
T-Mike Kliebert Hammond, Louisiana 1
Nick Payne Hammond, Louisiana 2
Joe LaFont Port Sulphur, Louisiana 1-3
Tommy Chauvin Port Sulphur, Louisiana 1-3
Mitchell Guist (deceased) Gonzales, Louisiana 2-3
Austyn Yoches Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana 3
Blake MacDonald Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana 3
Kristi Broussard Pecan Island, Louisiana 3, 4
Tom Candies Thibodaux, Louisiana 4
ZZ Loupe Thibodaux, Louisiana 4

Mitchell Guist's death[edit]

On May 14, 2012, Mitchell Guist suffered an accident on the Belle River near Pierre Part. According to authorities he slipped and fell while loading items onto his boat. It was initially reported that he suffered a seizure, but it is unclear whether the seizure was a result of the fall or if it was caused by a medical condition. It was later revealed that Guist suffered a heart attack.[2] Guist was pronounced dead at a Morgan City hospital,[3][4] and later determined by the Ascension Parish coroner his passing was of natural causes.[5] Guist was 47 years old at the time of his death.[2] The Voodoo Bayou episode, originally aired on May 17, 2012, was dedicated in Guist's memory.

Broadcast history[edit]

The series premiered on August 22, 2010, and set a ratings record for History.[6] The show was initially broadcast on Sunday nights at 10PM ET/PT.

Season Two saw the show move from Sunday to Thursday, again at 10PM ET/PT. The season was met with great success and record breaking viewers for the History channel.[7]

For Season Three, Swamp People moved one hour earlier to 9PM ET/PT on Thursday nights. The show returned to that night and time for its fourth season, on February 14, 2013,[8] later moving an hour later to 10PM ET/PT on May 30, 2013[8] after Pawn Stars moved to Thursdays at 9PM ET.[9]

For Season Five, Swamp People moves to Monday nights at 9PM ET / PT.

Episodes[edit]

Reception[edit]

The series opener of Swamp People premiered on August 22, 2010. The series premiere garnered 3.1 million total viewers, 2.5 million adults 25–54 and 2.3 million adults 18–49 – driving The History Channel to #1 in cable within the 10-11pm time period in total viewers and Adults 25–54.[10]

Episode 1 of season 2 premiered on March 31, 2011. The second season premiere drew 3.9 million total viewers, and increased 26% versus the season 1 average (3.1 million). It was the series' most-watched episode ever. Swamp People captured 2.0 million adults age 18–49 and age 25–50 impressions up +25% and +18% from the season 1 average respectively (1.6 million A18-49 and 1.7 million A25-54).[11]

The final episode of season 2 was met with record breaking viewers and ratings. The final episode drew 5.5 million viewers. It drew 2.8 million adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 – scoring the #1 show on cable for the night and the #2 spot in all of television. The season overall averaged 4.1 million viewers for the season, which was up 32% versus season 1.[7]

Spinoff[edit]

On October 21, 2012, a spinoff of Swamp People, Outback Hunters, debuted on the History channel. Following the same format as Swamp People, the series focuses on crocodile hunters in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory. Its first season, consisting of 11 episodes, ended on December 30, 2012.

Mobile App Games[edit]

Two mobile app games were produced as a tie-in to the show:

  • Choot'Em Angry Swamp (also known merely as Angry Swamp), is an arcade-style game featuring Troy Landry, and is available for Apple,[12] Android Google Play[13] and Kindle Amazon.[14]
  • The self-titled Swamp People (also known as The Swamp People Game), is a hunting simulation game, and is available for Apple[15] and Android-supported devices.[16]

International broadcasts[edit]

Home releases[edit]

Swamp People Season 1
Set details[18] DVD Layout
  • Bonus Features - Additional Footage
  • DISC 1: Big Head Bites It / Houdini's Last Escape / Troy's Gamble / Cannibal Gator
  • DISC 2: Forces of Nature / Family Feuds / Swamp Wars / Gator Voodoo
  • DISC 3: Final Countdown / The Last Battle / Bonus
DVD release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
May 31, 2011 September 19, 2011 N/A

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