Duck Dynasty

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Duck Dynasty is a reality television series on A&E. It shows the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander, operated in West Monroe, Louisiana, which makes products for duck hunters, primarily the duck call named Duck Commander. The Robertson men, brothers Phil and Si, and Phil's sons Jase, Willie, and Jep, are known for their long beards. The business began in a family shed, where Phil Robertson spent 25 years making duck calls from Louisiana cedar trees. His son Willie is now the CEO of the company. The family was previously featured on the series Benelli Presents Duck Commander and its spin-off Buck Commander, which still airs on the Outdoor Channel.


Robertson family cast members

Phil Alexander Robertson created the Duck Commander duck call in 1972, and incorporated the Duck Commander Company in 1973. He played college football at Louisiana Tech University, starting ahead of Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw, and was offered a contract by the Washington Redskins after his junior year. He turned it down and quit football because it interfered with duck season. Phil is known for his dislike of modern technology (he proudly admits that he does not own a cellphone or a computer) and his concern that his grandchildren are becoming "yuppies". Phil also professes belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Marsha Kay "Miss Kay" Robertson (née Carroway) (born December 21, 1946) is Phil's wife. She married Phil at age 16. She is the mother of Alan, Jase, Willie, and Jep. She loves cooking, so she always has her entire family over for a home-cooked meal after a hard day's work. (The meal setting is featured at the end of each episode, with Phil praying beforehand and Willie talking about the events of the episode).

Silas Merritt "Si" Robertson is Willie's uncle, a Vietnam War veteran. He works at Duck Commander, making the reeds that go into every duck call. Si is known for his storytelling, his constant use of the expression "Hey!" and his ever-present blue plastic Tupperware cup, which his mother sent him while he was stationed in Vietnam. Si is married to Christine.

Willie Jess Robertson: The third son of Phil and Miss Kay, and CEO of Duck Commander. He used his business degree (Harding University) to take Duck Commander from a family business to a multi-million dollar empire. He is married to Korie Robertson, and they have five children. Willie does the majority of the narration on the show.

Korie Robertson (née Howard) is Willie's wife and business partner. She also graduated from Harding University. She is the office manager of Duck Commander. Korie and Willie have known one another since she was in 3rd grade, and he was in 4th grade. They married on January 11, 1992 when they were 18 (Korie) and 19 (Willie). They have five children: John Luke, Sadie, an adopted son named Will (called "Lil Will" on the show), and Bella. Rebecca is their exchange student from Taiwan.

Jason Silas "Jase" Robertson is Willie's brother (the second-oldest of Phil and Miss Kay's sons) and is in charge of the manufacturing aspects of Duck Commander. Along with other employees, Jase tunes the duck calls by hand. Many of the episodes feature the laid-back, self-professed redneck Jase doing something to aggravate the gung-ho, business-savvy Willie (such as turning a warehouse cleaning into a ping-pong battle).

Missy Robertson is Jase's wife. Missy and Jase have three children: Reed, Cole, and Mia.

Jules Jeptha "Jep" Robertson (born May 28, 1978) is Phil and Miss Kay's youngest son. For enthusiasts worldwide, he currently films and edits DVDs of the Robertson family hunting. He is often seen at Duck Commander and at family dinners. He is married to Jessica and they have four children.

Jessica Robertson is Jep's wife. Jessica and Jep have four children: Lily, Merritt, Priscilla, and River.

Christine Robertson is Si's wife. She will appear on the show as of season four.

Alan Robertson is Phil and Kay's eldest son and is Willie, Jase and Jep's oldest brother. He left the family business originally to become a preacher, but left this profession to join his family both at Duck Commander doing public relations and on the show beginning in season four. Unlike the rest of his family, Alan does not have a beard. He says he wanted to join the show so he can spread the word of God to more people.

Lisa Robertson is Alan's wife. She will appear on the show as of season four.

Other cast members

Justin Martin is an employee of Duck Commander; he is often given grief over his large figure. He is seeking his master's degree.

John Godwin is an employee at Duck Commander. He has worked at Duck Commander since 2002, mainly building duck calls, managing supplies, and overseeing the shipping department as well as being the decoy technician.

"Mountain Man" (real name: Tim Guraedy) is a neighbor, and is the only semi-regular cast member who is not a Duck Commander employee (he operates his own air-conditioning repair business and co-hosts a local radio talk show on KXKZ). He is known for talking very slowly. His real name has never been used on the show.

Linda Hammitt is a secretary at Duck Commander.

Jimmy Red is a family friend, featured on a few early episodes.

List of episodes

Main article: List of Duck Dynasty episodes

The first season was released on iTunes and on DVD in July 2012. In June 2013 the family began work on a Christmas album, titled Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.

An hour long Christmas special premiered on December 5, 2012 as the season 2 finale, and became (at the time) the most-watched [[A+E Networks|A&E]] episode in the network's history.

The February 27, 2013 third season premiere tallied 8.6 million viewers, including five million in the adults 25"54 demographic and five million in adults 18"49 demographic, making the premiere (at the time) the most watched telecast in network history, beating the Season 2 finale.

The one-hour, third season finale (shown on April 24, 2013) tallied 9.6 million viewers, with 5.6 million in the Adults 25"54 demographic and 5.5 million in the Adults 18"49 demographic, making it the highest rated telecast in A&E history.

Other television appearances

The Robertsons appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Scheduled musical guest Morrissey canceled because he objected to being on the show with those he called "animal serial killers." The band Churchill filled in for Morrissey. Phil Robertson responded saying "Whoever he is, I don't hold it against him." They made a parody video where they sold a carrot call, instead of a duck call, to call wild carrots to jump straight into their mouths. The Robertsons also appeared on Conan, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Biography of Phil Robertson

James Robertson wrote a biography of his brother, Phil, titled The Legend of the Duck Commander, later republished as Happy Happy Happy.

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