Moonshiners TV Show

I spent New Year’s Eve relaxing with my boyfriend. One of the things we did was watch tv. While doing so, we came across the Moonshiners TV Show on the Discovery Channel. Now, you know I’m not a drinker. I am 22, so I’m old enough to do so. However, it’s just not something that I’m into (I don’t care for the taste of it). So, that’s not what got my attention.

What made me stop was that the show takes place almost literally in my backyard. You see, I live in Southwest Virginia. I never disclose exactly where I live because I don’t want stalkers. Haha! However, I was surprised to see images of maps on the show where I live! 😮 This was the first time I had seen a show on national television filmed in this area. The season finale airs tonight (January 4th) at 10 pm. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to discuss it on here.

For starters, I didn’t need the subtitles when people such as Popcorn were talking. I guess it’s from where I grew up in this dialect because I could understand him and other characters on the show without issues. Secondly, the show does make it seem like everyone in the area is either making and/or drinking moonshine. However, I can say that this definitely isn’t so. I have never had any nor have I witnessed anyone make any. If I know anyone that makes any, they haven’t told me.

Another topic I’ve seen posted about the show is the realness of it. You see, it shows Tim Smith making moonshine on television. However, there is debate about if he is really making it or not. Seeing as how I’ve never seen this prior to the show, I have no idea. I will say that it is certainly more fun to believe that it is real when viewing it. I did find the Tim Smith interview on Bourbon Blog to be interesting as he did answer several questions about the show and moonshine. Here is a promo clip for the show.

I will say that I like and approve of the opening music choice. 😉 So, I’m just curious. Have you watched any episodes of Moonshiners? What did you think of it? Do you believe it’s real or not? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Disclosure: I received nothing for this post. I just thought it was an interesting show. The opinions expressed are my own.


  1. says

    Excellent Post!
    I am originally from a rural, formerly dry county in SW Kentucky, and am familiar with the tradition of moonshine. Though, like you, the entire time I lived there I did not know for certain that anyone I knew might have been involved in the process, though it was pretty much common knowledge that it was going on especially ‘between the rivers’. A local group of guys from there organized and built a working ‘replica’ still and would drag it to every parade and festival they could find.
    I was in High school there when this group started up.
    It was accurate in construction and probably could produce if properly loaded and fired up. Lets just say that this was well before the internet was available, yet the guys had no problems building it without a blueprint or written instructions.
    Like you I found myself easily sucked into watching the show over the holidays, and even tuned in last nite to watch the season finale. I liked it, but I can not tell if Tim and Tickle were or were not actually making the stuff. They’ve got the chemistry and engineering as correct as I think is possible though. I am not sure of the specifics of Va’s laws regarding it so I don’t know if they crossed a legal line or not.

  2. Jill A. Collins says

    I live in a town of 2000 people, so one doesn’t expect to see much on tv about such a small part of AR. Strangely enough though we have been on so many shows lately, I’m starting to feel like I’m in Hollywood. They’ve even filmed several movies here – War Eagle with Brian Denehey and Mare Winningham, Crystal with Billy Bob Thornton, Elizabethtown with Ashton Kutcher and one more Christmas one who’s title I can’t remember right now. I understand what you mean about the feeling when you get when you see your hometown or near it on national shows. LOL

  3. Edward says

    I live in Georgia, and moonshine is a regular topic when we talk about alcohol, and I love it!! So when I saw this show I couldn’t be more excited! I want to believe it especially when they show Mr.Popcorn Sutton, he is a legend ( Rest In Peace) but this show tells the story of American past time!

  4. Cindy Merrill says

    The biggest thrill I got growing up was when my grampy let me have a small sip of his homemade hard cider. I’ve been told that Moonshine is sort of like a cheap vodka or Gin: A decent dark hard cider is far better, believe me.

  5. Cheryl W. says

    My husband was watching this show, and I was appalled. I asked him how he could watch it and laughed. Well before I know it, I was off the computer and sitting next to him watching the show. I can’t believe they make the moonshine in those nasty creeks and stuff. The dad, of the young son, sure knew a lot of stuff though. Pretty impressive. Another show my husband has sucked me into watching.

  6. Eric says

    What is sad about the show is the young son learning all that stuff. I am sure this is how they pass it down over the generations, but to expose your children to such danger and to learn about alcohol that young was a bit sad.

  7. Carrie K says

    I have seen a couple episodes. It is interesting to see how this all happens in the woods, strangers picking up moonshine from strangers in a system where nobody is allowed to know the next guy in the distribution process.

    I’m not sure if I believe that Tim is really making it, or if it is staged just for the show. Still interesting to see the whole process.

  8. Rebecca Smith says

    I’m from New England so this show is very foreign to me, but I’m fascinated by it!

  9. Mary Dawson says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this show! Tickle’s a DOLL, Mark looks GOOD, and Tim seems SO knowledgeable about the subject at hand! I just LOVE to hear ALL OF THEM talk!!! I hope the show never goes off, ’cause it INSTANTLY became my FAVORITE show!!!

  10. Betty J couchigian says

    I Love the show. I am 78 yrs old and use to but some’White Lightening” brew as we called it when I was in my early 20,s I could write a book about what I know and heard about moon shinnners.

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