‘Alaskan Bush People’ Discovery Channel’s Most Watched Show but Not for the Reasons Some May Think

Alaskan Bush People

The show Alaskan Bush People airs on the Discovery Channel every Friday at 9 p.m. EST, and is the Discovery Channel’s most watched television show, but not for the reasons some people may think. It is so popular because fans believe that the Brown family is simply ridiculous and it is gaining a larger audience because the show is so outrageous, according to The Alaska Dispatch News.

During last week’s episode of Alaskan Bush People the mom, Ami, wanted her sons to be married so she hired a matchmaker. Matchmaker, Susie Canter from Alaskan Men magazine is expected to find wives for grown men who make a plastic wrap and tire playhouse, howl and believe they are medieval geniuses and poets. Bam, one of the sons, may possibly be the most normal one of the family, but that is not saying much, according to the Examiner.

According to the show’s description, the Brown family is a recent discovery. The description says that the family has been born and raised in the wild. Billy and Ami Brown have seven grown children, five boys and two girls, that are not entirely aware that humans have been civilized. Apparently, they may also go six to nine months without seeing any other people.

That description may at times seem to be true, but it is all in good fun says, The Examiner. It is, however, a reenactment. The Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People is indeed one of the network’s most-watched shows for the reasons of being strange and silly, not for good television as some may think.

Alaskan Bush PeopleAlaskan Dispatch News refers to the Alaskan Bush People as strange and confusing. The Discovery Channel’s show begins the series with the Brown family moving from Southeast Alaska to Chitina due to unclear circumstances that involved a cabin being burned down. According to the show, the Browns were run out of town when shots were fired at the family and production was stopped. However, Alaskan Dispatch believes that a different scenario actually took place. The Browns were not living in the wilderness but in a subdivision, and an irritated neighbor shot fireworks in the direction of a production helicopter.

The family was then sent back to Southeast, sinking a boat or two, and wound up in Hoonah. Here more has come to light suggesting that the Brown family is indeed not “bush people,” as reported by Alaskan Dispatch.

The family has seven children ages 12 to 32, and they all live together in the same house. The show has some questionable moments:

  1. Ami, the mother, has been a wallflower in past episodes. The first episode focused on Ami traveling to Juneau in order to have 12 infected teeth removed. This infection led the audience to believe it was a life or death situation, and if left untreated the infection would spread to her brain. As she prepared to leave for Juneau she announced that she had her Bible and her gun, so she was ready. In the Season Three promo, Ami was seen talking with a state trooper insisting that she had not done anything wrong but said that she had been treated as if she were a criminal.
  2. Now the Browns have a house. It is not at all clear how the family got a house. They went from attempting to build what appeared to be an unstable shelter, but what is now a two-story home, in just two episodes. Season 1 came with the story that neighbors sometimes assisted the family in building the Chitina home.
  3. After Ami’s teeth were fixed by what she refered to as evil modern medicine, the five boys tried to cheer her up by installing a woodstove, while she was gone. They decided that the best way to determine where to cut the hole in the ceiling was for one of them to lie down on the floor and shoot a hole in the ceiling. Bear used his hands to put the tar on the roof to seal the stove pipe. After there is a fire going the family stands around the stove talking about how warm it is, while viewers can clearly see the family’s breath while they talk.
  4. In all of the episodes the Brown family wears impractical Southeast Alaskan Bush clothing, in past seasons and in the current season, while some family members are wearing fur – cheap fur, not deerskin fur.
  5. In a season teaser, an older woman comes to Browntown to meet Ami’s sons and find wives for them. The woman talks to the Alaskan Bush People about endless love and then it cuts to Matt saying that he is 32 and has a reason to be single. Then they were rolling around in tires and then Matt is humorously seen being roasted over a fire in a wire bin.

Alaskan Dispatch concludes the article by stating to the Discovery Channel that they are ridiculous and appreciated. Many may find the Alaskan Bush People to be fake and ridiculous, but it does not stop the show from being the most watched on the Discovery Channel, even if not for the reasons that some may think.

By Jeanette Smith


The Examiner: ‘Alaskan Bush People’: Even an Alaskan Newspaper Mocks the Brown Family
Alaska Dispatch News: ‘Alaskan Bush People’ Returns to the Fringe of Reality
The Discovery Channel: ‘Alaskan Bush People’

15 Responses to "‘Alaskan Bush People’ Discovery Channel’s Most Watched Show but Not for the Reasons Some May Think"

  1. x heins   February 17, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I have been watching the show since it started to be televised. I have learned much about living out in the wild and off the grid. If you listen to conversations between the parents and the children, you will realize that every day the children are being introduced into a new way of life. They learn how to survive. Those parents care much more for the success of the lives of their children than for themselves. The parents are sincere, caring and a good example of what love in a family requires. Yes everyone is not perfect, yet the diversity of the personalities shows the basic family culture. Look into your own families; is everyone of your family members the same? One other thing that is often expressed, is trust n God. Though the show cannot show every single moment of these peoples lives there are hints of what has been going on that is not televised. Of example, they have built an out door toilet and out door shower and they mention that they have been using them. Occasionally they mention that they follow the good hygiene routine.
    I am glad this show reflects how that the father and mother encourage the children to never give up. Things are hard and sometimes daunting, but the family does what it can to persevere. All the children are brave, honest, caring, kind, loving, self reliant and strong. The father always says “never give up”. So the lesson for the children is if there is a will there is a way. The show has to give the viewers the most exciting parts of the lives of the Brown’s of it would fail. Yes they fear for their lives because of the bear population, but they don’s just wait around to be attacked. They also respect life of the wild animals around them.
    Well anyway depressing people even find fault in most positive shows. So if you don’t like the show don’t watch it. Please stop cutting down a good product.

  2. Joann Frucchione   July 7, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    The remark about seeing their breath is not outrageous by the way. Remember what temps they are used to outdoors. Another Alaskan show had a family out fishing on a ‘hot’ day where the temp was a whopping 40 degrees and they were complaining about the ‘heat’. Yeah, when you are used to sub zero temps – that is hot.

  3. CARMEN GLOVER   February 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm


  4. Chase Hormel   July 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Your “1” paragraph isn’t really an argument, you’re just stating ami’s storyline. Your number 2 paragraph is daft. Its quite clear that throughout the beginning of season 2 they purchase lumber, ship it to the island, begin construction, finish construction. You weren’t watching the episodes in the correct order. The only good point you make in paragraph 3 is the last sentence. I should point out that they make rubber based tar that doesn’t require heat, so bear putting it on with his bare hands is completely legitimate. On to paragraph 4. Obviously they have normal clothing, they aren’t cavemen who make all their clothing out of fur.

    Ultimately here’s what you did here Jeanette: you read the examiner article and decided to make your own article, practically copying exactly what they said, without even watching the entire show yourself. You should delete this article.

  5. Lin @ Joe White   July 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    This makes rednecks look real. Why doesn’t it show food sources or housework or laundry.It jumps around too much. There’s no story to it. You could have a good thing going if you had realistic writers.I am very interested in the show but more on their personal life and Billy should do more work.He acts like a boss not a father.

  6. gem   July 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    “The good Lord this and that” Be ashamed Billy be ashamed

  7. gem   July 3, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Fake? I am so pissed. GRRRRRRR!

  8. Roseann   June 16, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    I heard that we would be able to write letters to them through our E-mail address is that true

  9. Elizabeth Moody   June 15, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I have looked high and low to find out what
    Ami Brown did to warrant a visit from the Alaskan State troopers. Anyone know why? Also, I see a family who lives in a place chosen by the Father. He doesn’t look very healthy to me, so what happens when he is no longer with them. This was not the choice of the children, it was the choice of the parents. The children should be allowed to experience life outside deer and bears. I feel very bad for the girls, who are now going to be uneducated “bush” girls. The men think they will be like cave men and drag a woman into their world, and make a happy life. Wow what a strange way to live, but to each their own. All of them are totally dependent on each other, so there is no individual ability. Ami should brush her teeth once in a while. The boys all seem to have good teeth. When do they shower, and where do they shower? The tree climber boy is extremely strange. God Bless them for their future in “Brown Town.”

  10. Skj   June 14, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    True no sex, no nudity and no profanity but greatly lacking on common sense. The dad seems to know not a lot about anything and if not for his sons would be starving and dying in the wilderness. The only son who seems to be entertaining and having fun and any sense are Matt and Bam Bam who seem to be unable to get along with one another which is what makes the show enjoyable and tolerating. The om on the other hand is the stranget mom i have ever seen for having 7 kids. I mean I do more with wood and electrical with 4 kids than she has ever done with 7 kids. Then the boys literally build the house and then parents kick the boys out and make them then build their own homes???That s a real thank you to them who did all the work. Then then mm actually has the nerve to ind them a matchmaker for a wife? How humiliating. At least Matt has the guts to say he is this way cause he likes it. Ths is a family who lives in town. Not in the house they show on the tv show. These boys are exposed to people and women and let them find their own mate. To me the mom drags the show down. The youngest girl is a smart mouth. The dad is not much better because he is not that smart. All the boys themselves could carry this show. A the boys (with the exception of Bear) could carry the show because they are all smart, innovative and entertaining. Bear needs to act as if he has some kind of normal upbringing instead of acting like a wild anmal cause no girl iis gonna want him the way he now acts. These guys are not gonna get a decent woman cause they do not want nne yet and the dad tell them they are ready?????? This mom and dad seem to think tey are gonna run thee boys lives forever. My opinion. These boys are good entertainment and funny and they can carry the show but they gotta get away from their really dumb mom and dad who are dragging them down. I do not like the mom in this show and I think she drags the show down. No one cares about her herbs and ointments because when anyone has an infection they need to get to a doctor. Any mother who would forsake the health, safety and well being of her children by living out away from any health conveniences for her children is not good tv show material. I don’t think she lifted one single hammer the entire time they were building the house. I would be out there building half of it which proves that they never did build the house but hired it done which it what I heard. Since they do not own this property and they do not live in this house why are they on a tv show? Just give the show to the boys and get the mom and dad off the show. The ids. especially the boys cold run it and it would be better and with more humor. I mean if the dad could not have the fortitude to know his roof was hitting a tree then why was he “planning” on a house cause his building capabilities are questionable. My biggest problem here was after the BOYS built the house they gave the girls a room and made the boys go build their own home after the had built theirs???? How fair was that?I personaly though it was a crummy deal they did to their own boys. Get this mom and dad off this show!! Neither of them know how to do anything. All they both do are to bark orders to their kids all the while the mom only does ????? She cooks cans of food that I see and grabs a hunk of deer meat. Other than that I never see her doing anything and the dad is not one sight better. Give the show to the kids. They only have a house now because he finally had kids old enough to build it. There are just too many questions about the unrealistic things that happen on this show. the only entertainment n this show is Matt and he always makes us laugh several times int he show. His demeanor and attitude of everything makes the show. His mom needs to listen to her kids. Whenever they want a woman they will find one and mom needs to stop meddling in their lives. After all she already kicked them out of the house they built so what does she want out of them.

  11. marge rice   June 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I am not as cynical…I enjoy the scenery and the “idea” of living in the wilderness. I like the idea of the show…Do I believe everything at face value.no, but I am living the wilderness life vicariously, and to me it is a relaxing evening.

  12. Belle   June 10, 2015 at 10:00 am

    What kind of examples have those parents been? No visible means of support, except the Discovery Channel and defrauding the state of Alaska and the citizens who have the right to the money they are trying to claim. Everyone’s teeth are on the path to Ami’s…rot and extraction. How do they get other nutrients besides meat or fish? Somebody better man up and get a job.

  13. Hane Juber   June 10, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Absolutely LOVE the show. I like how nothing has to be bleeped out, so you can follow the conversation easily. It’s a good mix of characters, too. A great diversion from the real world when you are watching it. Hope the show continues!

  14. Lisa Anne   June 8, 2015 at 11:21 am

    You should try actually watching it from start to finish. Then would I actually value your opinion. As I read your article I see all your mistakes in facts and information about what actually what show, took place, etc. on the show. You should find something better to do then print lies about something you don’t even actually know much about!

  15. nyfoodhistorian   June 8, 2015 at 8:48 am

    No sex. No frontal nudity, no profane language, just a wholesome family that celebrates self reliance, as ‘The Waltons” did. is that so terribly strange? Maybe this show fills the viewers’ need for family love (c’mon, admit it!). In an unstable world, this show offers us some comfort. Laugh. Go ahead. And while you’re at it, try opening up your mind, let this family teach you a few things….like how to love.


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