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 alligator hunters living in the swamps of the Atchafalaya River Basin who hunt American alligators for a living.
|Developed by||Dolores Gavin|
|Narrated by||Pat Duke|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||13|
|No. of episodes||227 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Jay Peterson|
|Production location||Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana|
|Production company||Original Media/Truly Original|
|Original release||August 22, 2010 –|
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.
|Bruce Mitchell||Hammond, Louisiana||1–9, 12–present|
|Jacob Landry||Pierre Part, Louisiana||1–present|
|Troy Landry||Pierre Part, Louisiana||1–present|
|William "Willie" Edwards||Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana||1–present|
|Chase Landry||Pierre Part, Louisiana||3–present|
|Daniel Edgar||Pierre Part, Louisiana||7–present|
|Dorien Edgar||Pierre Part, Louisiana||7–9, 12–present|
|Joey Edgar||Pierre Part, Louisiana||7–present|
|Ashley Jones||Belle River, Louisiana||10–present|
|Ronnie Adams||Belle River, Louisiana||10–present|
|Zak Bagby||Pierre Part, Louisiana||10–present|
|Don Brewer||Pierre Part, Louisiana||11–present|
|"Little" Willie Edwards||Bayou Sorrel, Louisiana||11–present|
|Cheyenne "Pickle" Wheat||Pierre Part, Louisiana||12–present|
|Anthony "Porkchop" Williams||Vacherie, Louisiana||13–present|
|LeRon Jones||Vacherie, Louisiana||13–present|
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 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Season Two saw the show move from Sunday to Thursday, again at 10:00 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 9:00 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 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on May 30, 2013 after Pawn Stars moved to Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET.
For Season Five, Swamp People moved to Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET / PT and will continue in to do so for the beginning of Season Six.
Season Six premiered on February 2, 2015 and ended on July 13, 2015. After the end of Season Six, 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 Seven would be the final season, which was met with much pushback from the fanbase.
Season Seven premiered on February 8, 2016 with the newest episode set to air on May 2, 2016. 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.
Later seasons of Swamp People went back to airing on Thursday nights, usually at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT or 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||August 22, 2010||October 31, 2010|
|2||17||March 31, 2011||November 17, 2011|
|3||22||February 9, 2012||July 12, 2012|
|4||24||February 14, 2013||January 27, 2014|
|5||23||February 3, 2014||December 8, 2014|
|6||20||February 2, 2015||July 13, 2015|
|7||13||February 8, 2016||May 2, 2016|
|8||17||February 16, 2017||May 18, 2017|
|9||21||February 1, 2018||June 7, 2018|
|10||16||January 31, 2019||May 23, 2019|
|11||14||January 23, 2020||April 16, 2020|
|12||16||February 4, 2021||May 27, 2021|
|13||15||January 27, 2022||May 19, 2022|
As of May 12, 2022, 227 episodes of Swamp People have aired, currently in the 13th season.
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.
A second spinoff, Swamp Mysteries With Troy Landry, started airing on the History Channel on June 7, 2018. The spinoff follows Troy Landry collaborating with local experts to capture local problem creatures across the Southern United States. The show consisted of one season with six episodes, the last of which aired on July 12, 2018.
A third spinoff, Swamp People Serpent Invasion started airing on the History Channel on March 9, 2020. It features Troy and Chase Landry and Bruce Mitchell teaming with Florida natives Zak Catchem and Bill Booth to eradicate pythons from the Everglades, where they are an invasive species. The series lasted for two seasons and twelve episodes.
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||—|
- Swamp People Bios, History Channel
- "Texas Hold 'Em". Swamp People. February 21, 2013. History.
- Stegall, Amber (14 May 2012). "Swamp People cast member dies". WLBT-TV via website. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- Mitchell Guist, "Swamp People" star, dies at 48
- Associated Press, via nola.com: "'Swamp People' star Mitchell Guist died of natural causes, coroner says", May 17, 2012.
- 'Swamp People' Sets Ratings Record for History: Premiere of Louisiana Bayou series gives net best original debut in key demos, Marisa Guthrie, Broadcasting & Cable, 24 August 2010 (retrieved 28 August 2010)
- History's 'Swamp People' Finishes Second Season with Record Breaking Ratings
- Per Swamp People's official Facebook page
- Entertainment Weekly: "'Pawn Stars' gets new theme song from Lynyrd Skynyrd -- EXCLUSIVE", April 22, 2013.
- Swamp People season one premiere by the numbers
- Swamp People season two premiere by the numbers
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- "'Swamp Mysteries with Troy Landry' Debuting in June on History Channel". 97.3 The Dawg. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
- "Swamp People: Serpent Invasion Full Episodes, Video & More | HISTORY Channel".
- iTunes: "Choot'Em Angry Swamp"
- Google Play: "Choot'Em Angry Swamp"
- Amazon: "Choot'Em Angry Swamp"
- iTunes: "Swamp People"
- Google Play: "Swamp People"
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