Swamp People

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Swamp People
Series Title Card, Seasons 1 to 3. Was also used as a commercial intro bumper for Seasons 1 to 5.
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 7
No. of episodes 99 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Jay Peterson
Location(s) Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana
Cinematography Alex Rappoport
Camera setup multiple
Production company(s) Original Media
Original network History
Original release August 22, 2010 (2010-08-22) – present
External links

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 of Louisiana natives living in the swamps of the Atchafalaya River Basin who hunt American alligators for a living.

The program's seventh and final season premiered on February 8, 2016.


Alligator season in Louisiana begins on the first Wednesday in September and lasts for 30 days. In this time, 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. 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 various teams of alligator hunters. Some episodes also feature other aspects of the social and sporting life of the swamp, including fishing and hunting for other animals.

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 Texas.

Cast members[edit]

Sources: [1]


Individual Location Season(s)
Troy Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 1-Present
Jacob Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 1-Present
Bruce Mitchell Hammond, Louisiana 1-Present
William 'Willie' Edwards Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 1-present
Glenn Guist Gonzales, Louisiana (Season 2-present)
Pecan Island, Louisiana (Seasons 4-6: some episodes)
R.J. Molinere, Jr. Houma, Louisiana 2-Present
Jay Paul Molinere Houma, Louisiana 2-Present
Chase Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 3-Present
Ron Methvin Hammond, Louisiana 3-Present
Guy Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 4-present
Daniel Edgar Pierre Part, Louisiana 7-present
Joey Edgar Pierre Part, Louisiana 7-present
Dorien Edgar Pierre Part, Louisiana 7-present
Robert 'Frenchy' Crochet 7-present
Gerard 'Gee' Singleton 7-present


Individual Location Season(s)
Clint Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana Appeared: 1, 3
Mentioned: 2, 4
Junior Edwards Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 1-6
Randy Edwards Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 1, 3-6
Theresa Edwards Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 1-6
Malcom McQuiston Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 1-3
Tyler (dog) (deceased) Hammond, Louisiana 1-5
Joe LaFont Port Sulphur, Louisiana 1-3, 6
Tommy Chauvin Port Sulphur, Louisiana 1-3, 6
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
Liz Cavalier Pierre Part, Louisiana (Season 2)
Pecan Island, Louisiana (Season 3-6)
Nick Payne Hammond, Louisiana 2
Mitchell Guist (deceased) Gonzales, Louisiana 2-3
Terral Evans Slidell, Louisiana 2, 5
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
Marie Lacoste Pierre Part, Louisiana 4-5
T-Roy Broussard Pierre Part, Louisiana (Season 4)
Beaumont, Texas (Seasons 4 & 5)
Harlan "Bigfoot" Hatcher Pierre Part, Louisiana (Season 4)
Beaumont, Texas (Seasons 4 & 5)
(from Fannett, Texas)
TK Waddell Gonzales, Louisiana 4-5
Brandon Hotard-Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 4-6
David LaDart Marion, Louisiana (Season 4-6)
Raceland, Louisiana; Violet, Louisiana (Season 5)
Jeromy Pruitt Marion, Louisiana (Season 4-6)
Raceland, Louisiana; Violet, Louisiana (Season 5)
Jessica Cavalier Pecan Island, Louisiana 4-6
Justin Choate Pecan Island, Louisiana 4-6
Stacey Molinere Houma, Louisiana 4-6
Johnny Banks Slidell, Louisiana 5
Roger Rivers Zwolle, Louisiana 5
Johny Tenner Zwolle, Louisiana 5
Holden Landry Pierre Part, Louisiana 5-6
Dougie Acosta Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana 5-6

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 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Season Two saw the show move from Sunday to Thursday, again at 10 p.m. 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 9 p.m. 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 10 p.m. ET/PT on May 30, 2013[8] after Pawn Stars moved to Thursdays at 9PM ET.[9]

For Season Five, Swamp People moved to Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET / PT and will continue in to do so for the beginning of Season Six.



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 10-11 p.m. 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]


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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