Swamp People is an American reality series that was first broadcast on History on August 22, 2010. The show follows the day-to-day activities of Louisiana natives living in the swamps of the Atchafalaya River Basin who hunt American alligators for a living.
Title card of the show (season 1–3). Also used as a commercial intro bumper for seasons 1–5.
|Developed by||Dolores Gavin|
|Narrated by||Tony Hirst|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||131 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jay Peterson|
|Production location(s)||Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana|
|Production company(s)||Original Media|
|Original release||August 22, 2010– present|
The program's ninth season premiered on February 1, 2018.
Alligator season in Louisiana begins on the first Wednesday in September and lasts for 30 days. In this time, many of the alligator hunters, following a tradition dating back about 300 years, earn most of their yearly income in a high risk vocation dependent on experience and the whims of weather within strict regulation by wildlife laws. Hunters are each issued a certain number of tags that must be attached to their kills; once they "tag out" (run out of tags), their season is over, and they may no longer kill any more alligators for the rest of the season. During this 30-day window, some of these hunters earn most of their annual income culling alligators; therefore, the ultimate goal for the alligator hunters is to tag out before the season ends. Most of the hunters spend the rest of the year harvesting other species (fish, crawfish, shrimp, crabs, raccoons, turtles, etc.) to augment their yearly incomes and/or holding down full-time jobs in other industries.
Each season, the series focuses on various teams of alligator hunters. Some episodes also feature other aspects of the social and sporting life of the swamp, including fishing and hunting for other animals.
Beginning with the fourth season, the program expanded to venues outside the Atchafalaya River Basin, featuring gator hunting crews in other parts of Louisiana, as well as the swamplands of Texas.
|Troy Landry||Pierre Part, Louisiana||1-present|
|Jacob Landry||Pierre Part, Louisiana||1-present|
|Bruce Mitchell||Hammond, Louisiana||1-present|
|William 'Willie' Edwards||Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana||1-present|
|Tommy Chauvin||Port Sulphur, Louisiana
Violet, Louisiana (Season 8-present)
|1-3, 6, 8-present|
|Glenn Guist||Gonzales, Louisiana (Season 2-present)
Pecan Island, Louisiana (Seasons 4-6: some episodes)
|R.J. Molinere, Jr.||Houma, Louisiana
Violet, Louisiana (Season 8)
|Jay Paul Molinere||Houma, Louisiana
Violet, Louisiana (Season 8-present)
|Chase Landry||Pierre Part, Louisiana||3-present|
|Ron Methvin||Hammond, Louisiana||3-present|
|Kristi Broussard||Pecan Island, Louisiana||3-4, 8-present|
|Harlan "Bigfoot" Hatcher||Pierre Part, Louisiana (Season 4)
Beaumont, Texas (Seasons 4-5, 9)
(from Fannett, Texas)
|Holden Landry||Pierre Part, Louisiana||5-6, 8-present|
|Daniel Edgar||Pierre Part, Louisiana||7-present|
|Joey Edgar||Pierre Part, Louisiana||7-present|
|Dorien Edgar||Pierre Part, Louisiana||7-present|
|Robert 'Frenchy' Crochet||Bayou Black, Louisiana||7-present|
|Gerard 'Gee' Singleton||Bayou Black, Louisiana||7-present|
|Todd Alexander||Gonzales, Louisiana||8-present|
|Dwaine Edgar||Pierre Part, Louisiana||8-present|
|Justin “Stringbean” Roy||Pecan Island, Louisiana||8-present|
|Big Tee (Joseph Rogers Richard)||Pierre Part, Louisiana||9|
|Coy Farmer||Beaumont, Texas||9|
|Jay Foster||Beaumont, Texas||9|
|Clint Landry||Pierre Part, Louisiana||Appeared: 1, 3|
Mentioned: 2, 4
|Junior Edwards||Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana||1-6|
|Randy Edwards||Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana||1, 3-6|
|Theresa Edwards||Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana||1-6|
|Malcolm McQuiston||Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana||1-3|
|Tyler (dog) (deceased)||Hammond, Louisiana||1-5|
|Joe LaFont||Port Sulphur, Louisiana||1-3, 6|
|Ricky Phillips (alligator buyer)||Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana||1-2|
|Albert Knight||Morgan City, Louisiana||1|
|Kenwood Knight||Morgan City, Louisiana||1|
|Anthony Knight||Morgan City, Louisiana||1|
|Mike Kliebert||Hammond, Louisiana||1|
|T-Mike Kliebert||Hammond, Louisiana||1|
|Liz Cavalier||Pierre Part, Louisiana (Season 2)
Pecan Island, Louisiana (Season 3-6)
|Nick Payne||Hammond, Louisiana||2|
|Mitchell Guist (deceased)||Gonzales, Louisiana||2-3|
|Terral Evans||Slidell, Louisiana||2, 5|
|Austyn Yoches||Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana||3|
|Blake MacDonald||Bayou Pigeon, Louisiana||3|
|Tom Candies||Thibodaux, Louisiana||4|
|ZZ Loupe||Thibodaux, Louisiana||4|
|Marie Lacoste||Pierre Part, Louisiana||4-5|
|T-Roy Broussard||Pierre Part, Louisiana (Season 4)
Beaumont, Texas (Seasons 4 & 5)
|TK Waddell||Gonzales, Louisiana||4-5|
|Brandon Hotard-Landry||Pierre Part, Louisiana||4-6|
|David LaDart||Marion, Louisiana (Season 4-6)
Raceland, Louisiana; Violet, Louisiana (Season 5)
|Jeromy Pruitt||Marion, Louisiana (Season 4-6)
Raceland, Louisiana; Violet, Louisiana (Season 5)
|Jessica Cavalier||Pecan Island, Louisiana||4-6|
|Justin Choate||Pecan Island, Louisiana||4-6|
|Stacey Molinere||Houma, Louisiana||4-6|
|Guy Landry||Pierre Part, Louisiana||4-7|
|Johnny Banks||Slidell, Louisiana||5|
|Roger Rivers||Zwolle, Louisiana||5|
|Johny Tenner||Zwolle, Louisiana||5|
|Dougie Acosta||Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana||5-6|
|Alvin “Al” Plaisance||Houma, Louisiana
Mitchell Guist's deathEdit
On May 14, 2012, Mitchell Guist suffered an accident on the Belle River near Pierre Part. According to authorities he slipped and fell while loading items onto his boat. It was initially reported that he suffered a seizure, but it is unclear whether the seizure was a result of the fall or if it was caused by a medical condition. It was later revealed that Guist suffered a heart attack. Guist was pronounced dead at a Morgan City hospital; the coroner for Ascension Parish later determined that his death was due to natural causes. Guist was 47 years old at the time of his death. The Voodoo Bayou episode, originally aired on May 17, 2012, was dedicated in Guist's memory.
The series premiered on August 22, 2010, and set a ratings record for History. The show was initially broadcast on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Season Two saw the show move from Sunday to Thursday, again at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The season was met with great success and record breaking viewers for the History channel.
For Season Three, Swamp People moved one hour earlier to 9 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday nights. The show returned to that night and time for its fourth season, on February 14, 2013, later moving an hour later to 10 p.m. ET/PT on May 30, 2013 after Pawn Stars moved to Thursdays at 9PM ET.
For Season Five, Swamp People moved to Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET / PT and will continue in to do so for the beginning of Season Six.
Season 6 premiered on February 2, 2015 and ended on July 13, 2015. After the end of season 6, a majority of the cast members were let go after a new producer was bought in, and only a few of the original cast members remained. It was also announced that season 7 would be the final season. Fans refused to believe that this was the case.
Season 7 premiered on February 8, 2016 with the newest episode set to air on May 2, 2016. Season 7 is still airing on the History Channel. After several posts on Jacob Landry's Facebook many fans were left wondering if this would really be the last season of Swamp People.
It was announced on April 28, 2016 via Jacob Landry's Facebook page that History had ordered an eighth season of the series. This season premiered on February 16, 2017.
The series opener of Swamp People premiered on August 22, 2010. The series premiere garnered 3.1 million total viewers, 2.5 million adults 25–54 and 2.3 million adults 18–49 – driving The History Channel to #1 in cable within the 10-11 p.m. time period in total viewers and Adults 25–54.
Episode 1 of season 2 premiered on March 31, 2011. The second season premiere drew 3.9 million total viewers, and increased 26% versus the season 1 average (3.1 million). It was the series' most-watched episode ever. Swamp People captured 2.0 million adults age 18–49 and age 25–50 impressions up +25% and +18% from the season 1 average respectively (1.6 million A18-49 and 1.7 million A25-54).
The final episode of season 2 was met with record breaking viewers and ratings. The final episode drew 5.5 million viewers. It drew 2.8 million adults 25-54 and adults 18-49 – scoring the #1 show on cable for the night and the #2 spot in all of television. The season overall averaged 4.1 million viewers for the season, which was up 32% versus season 1.
On October 21, 2012, a spinoff of Swamp People, Outback Hunters, debuted on the History channel. Following the same format as Swamp People, the series focuses on crocodile hunters in the Top End of Australia's Northern Territory. Its first season, consisting of 11 episodes, ended on December 30, 2012.
Mobile app gamesEdit
Two mobile app games were produced as a tie-in to the show:
- Choot'Em Angry Swamp (also known merely as Angry Swamp), is an arcade-style game featuring Troy Landry, and is available for Apple, Android Google Play and Kindle Amazon.
- The self-titled Swamp People (also known as The Swamp People Game), is a hunting simulation game, and is available for Apple and Android-supported devices.
|Swamp People Season 1|
|Set details||DVD Layout|
|DVD release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|May 31, 2011||September 19, 2011||N/A|
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