They're the first family of duck hunting, raking in viewers by the millions with a unique brand of redneck humor, bearded wit and family tradition. They are the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty — a family that went from relative obscurity (The Outdoor Channel) to hosting their own hit TV show on A&E before a national audience.
As record numbers of viewers keep tuning in to their show — Duck Dynasty broke records in March with almost 8.5 million viewers as the most-watched cable TV show on Wednesday nights — the duckmen continue to leave us rolling on the floor with their hilarious antics. Whether it's Jase telling Willie how out of shape he is and offering to be his personal trainer, or uncle Si sharing the horrors of 'Nam with a class of kindergarteners, America can't seem to get enough.
A few of the best quotes:
- "The more make up a woman wears, the more she's tryin to hide. Make up can hide a lot of evil, son." — Phil, giving advice to his grandson.
- "As it turns out, there are two kinds of people in this world without facial hair: women and children. And Jimmy, I am neither." — Phil on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, when asked why he had a beard.
- "When you don't know what you're doin', it's best to do it quickly." — Jase
- "First it's pretty tires, then it's pretty guns... next thing you know, you're shavin' your beard and wearin' capri pants." — Si
- "Once I reached down to pet a little dog and when I did, it was a five pound squirrel!" — Si
- "You need to be able to take a leak in your yard without someone saying, "Hey what's he doing?" — Phil
In honor of the duckmen, we've compiled 10 of our favorite moments from Duck Dynasty — because nobody does redneck like the Robertsons.
The Vegan Carrot Call
The boys from Duck Dynasty found their way into headlines again in February as they planned to be on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Vegan singer Morrissey, who was also slated for the show, cancelled his appearance because of the famous hunters.
In comedic response, Willie and Co. teamed up with Jimmy Kimmel to produce the carrot call — a vegan alternative to their famous duck call brand. Good show, we say.
The Harlem Shake
Not to be outdone by the Miami Heat and their rendition of the Harlem Shake, the boys from Duck Dynasty staged their own version earlier this month. Willie led the dance with his LSU helmet, Jase stood still with a shotgun in hand and Godwin flailed on the ground, bare belly and all. Duck Dynasty — where redneck meets retro.
Uncle Si has a penchant for getting popular sayings mixed up, which is even funnier when he tries to sing the latest songs of the day. "Hey, listen Jack, I like my Korn, my Black Eyed Peas... all with a dash of Salt-n-Pepa. Most of all, I like my Ice-T." In the words of Si, homey don't play.
Si's Anti-Beaver Rant
If you're a beaver living anywhere near Monroe, La., you best lookout. Uncle Si and his wrecking crew have a bone to pick with the "peltic plague," and they're not afraid to say it. As this clip reveals, Si is at his best when he goes hostile on the enemy.
"Phil invented the duck call so he's the Duck Commander," Si said. "If I invented the beaver call, maybe I'd be the Beaver Commander. It has a nice ring to it, Beaver Commander."
It's Not You, It's Me
In this episode, Willie and the rest of the Robertson boys try to comfort his son after a traumatic breakup. Uncle Si offers his lame duck advice, including this hilarious quip about a girl he once knew in college. Now you'll always have a comeback when a girl says, "It's not you, it's me."
Is there anything Duck Commander boss Willie and his brother Jase won't turn into a competition? Nope. Whether it's fishing or toast or frozen pizza, they're always ready to square off. Willie's a touch of a mama's boy and Jase isn't afraid to let him know about it. "He's the CEO," Jase says. "It stands for caveman with an ego, who is obese."
Redneck Road Trip
Let's just say when you put a crew of duckmen in an RV with uncle Si's home cookin', it ain't pretty. Beans, hot sauce and a confined space don't go together, as the boys from Duck Dynasty find out on their not-so-amazing redneck road trip.
Work Hard, Nap Hard
You probably had no idea uncle Si has an entire philosophy on life, but he does — work hard, nap hard. A&E even turned his life motto into a short music video replete with Si's take on working, napping and sippin' tea.
We could tell you Willie is a master when it comes to giving his daughter Sadie instruction, but then we'd be lying. No matter — it's a whole heck of a lot funnier to watch as he tries to give parental advice and falls flat on his face. Most parents can identify, but if nothing else it's worth a good hearty laugh.
Si Goes to Kindergarten
What kind of lesson do kindergarteners need to hear these days? Well, if you ask uncle Si, they need to hear about 'Nam. Uncle Si sits down to tell a few youngsters about blood, gore and Bengal tigers.