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"Moonshiners" (TV show) on Discovery Channel is a reality series that tells the story of those who brew their shine — often in the woods near their homes using camouflaged equipment — and the local authorities who try to keep them honest.

Think the days of bootleggers, backwoods stills and "white lightning" are over? Not a chance! It's a multi-million dollar industry. But perhaps more importantly to the moonshiners, it's a tradition dating back hundreds of years, passed down to them from their forefathers. It's part of their history and culture. While this practice is surprisingly alive and well, it's not always legal.

Viewers will witness practices rarely, if ever, seen on television including the sacred rite of passage for a moonshiner — firing up the still for the first time. They will also meet legends, including notorious moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton.

Deep in Appalachia, where many shiners live, there are some areas where more sugar is sold than local residents could consume on their own. The main ingredients in moonshine "mash" are water, sugar, corn and yeast. It's also no accident moonshine season is from June to October — the height of the corn harvest and the peak of foliage to hide the illegal operations.



The origin of moonshining in the United States has been linked with the Whiskey Rebellion during the 1790's. Under President George Washington, a Federal tax was imposed on whiskey, which farmers strongly resented — leading to a backlash and rise in illegal distillers. Even the origins of NASCAR have been linked back to the skilled driving of moonshiners eluding law enforcement.

Season 2

Tim Smith, the most wanted moonshiner in the U.S., is back with the agility and ease needed to be the best at what he does while remaining safe from the law. His desire to go legal remains strong, and causes serious conflict, as his partner and sidekick, Tickle, helps keep the outlaw distillers running and moonshine adventures rolling. Deputy Sheriff Chuck, a law enforcement veteran, has spent the last decade trying to catch bootleggers and moonshiners in the act of making moonshine, and it's no easy task. Smith is adept at leaving no traces or fingerprints, and his moonshine ventures are a high stakes game of constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes.

Change is in the air in this all new season of "Moonshiners" as a moonshine legend has been lost. With the passing of Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton, new characters are introduced as moonshine sites are compromised and new moonshine methods and new dangers come into play.

Season 3

This season, veteran shiner, Tim Smith, has a startling announcement that will forever change the face of moonshining in the region. Tim's new venture means Tickle is on his own and he'll need a crash course in still building to prove it's his time to shine. Traditionalists Jeff and Mark go modern in an attempt to dominate and expand their territory, while rookie moonshiners Josh and Bill return with knowledge gained and a serious chip on their shoulders. Veteran and larger than life moonshiner Jim Tom also return as an influx of new shiners creates a wave of competition the likes of which has never been seen before. But, shiners are found throughout the country, and this season we'll have our first taste of Mississippi Moonshines, made in the swamps by Mike, Shot and Darlene.

Season 4

This season, Tim is back, distilling legally, but his operation is quickly put to a halt when Limestone Distillery is the target of arson. As Tim gets to the bottom of who burned down his legal distillery, he has to make some hard choices, as Tickle, Tyler and Chico continue to make the shine in the mountains of Kentucky, keeping the outlaw distillers running and moonshine adventures rolling, while Jim Tom and Roy pair up to get their piece of the lucrative moonshine pie. The stakes remain high and with the law on their trail, Jeff, Mark, and Lance decide to move their operation into forbidden and unknown territory. Not being at the mercy of the changing weather does come with a price, the chances of getting caught are much higher and they're more susceptible to danger.

"Moonshiners" Season 4 is produced for Discovery by Magilla Entertainment, where Matt Ostrom and Brian Flanagan are executive producers. For Discovery, Dolores Gavin is executive producer.



MOONSHINERS (DISCOVERY TV SHOW): FACTS

Network: Discovery Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: July 6, 2011
Seasons: 4
Production Company: Magilla Entertainment





Tim Smith in "Moonshiners" It's Time to Shine for 'Moonshiners' Season 4 — Premiering Tuesday, November 4, the new season of the Discovery Channel series finds Tim still distilling legally, but his operation is quickly put to a halt when Limestone Distillery is the target of arson. Read more...
Tim Smith and Steve "Tickle" in "Moonshiners" 'Moonshiners' Season 3 Changes Face of Moonshining — Premiering Tuesday, November 5, the new season of the Discovery Channel reality docu-series, kicking off with Tim Smith embarking on a new venture, will be followed by the return of "Porter Ridge." Read more...
"Tickle" (TV show) star Steve Tickle 'Tickle' Finds Moonshine Cache in the Woods — Premiering Tuesday, August 13, the Discovery Channel spin-off series follows the "Moonshiners" star as he enlists the help of his friends to move his newly acquired batch of shine. Read more...
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jeanie says:
Your show speaks the truth. Bravo Tim, Tickle and JT

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