‘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’

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

  1. hotspot shiedl   March 9, 2019 at 7:55 am

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  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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


  5. 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.

  6. 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.


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