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Photo Credit:  Discovery Channel
  • Premiered: 
    December 6, 2011
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  • Network: Discovery
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: drink (liquor)

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  • Season 1
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Plot Synopsis

MOONSHINERS 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. 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. This series highlights practices rarely, if ever, seen on television including the sacred rite of passage for a moonshiner -- firing up the still for the first time. MOONSHINERS returned for its second season on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10pm ET/PT, immediately following a 60-minute special. In Season 2, the series continues to follow Tim Smith, the most wanted moonshiner in the U.S.; Tickle, his partner and sidekick; and Deputy Sheriff Chuck, a law enforcement veteran. Plus, new characters this season include Jeff and Mark, life-long moonshiner Jim Tom, rookies Josh and Bill, and Josh's constant canine companion, Cutie Pie. Season 3 premiered on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately following a one-hour special at 8pm, during which the shiners preview the new season from a secluded cabin. In the third season, 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 Jim Tom also returns as an influx of new shiners creates a wave of competition. Plus, this season gives the show's first taste of Mississippi Moonshines, made in the swamps by Mike, Shot and Darlene. On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT, Discovery premiered the fourth season of MOONSHINERS, immediately following an all-day (9am-8pm) marathon and a brand-new one-hour special at 8pm. 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. In the night's one-hour special, "Secret Summit: The Kickoff," Tim, Tickle, Josh, Bill, Jeff and Mark gather at a secret location to countdown the minutes to the new season premiere. Jim Tom surprises producers by making his debut at the roundtable. Then the guys let Tim be the judge of a moonshine taste test. Season 5 of MOONSHINERS premiered on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately following an all-day marathon (9am-9pm) of encore episodes. This season, the shiners set out to reclaim the backwoods to meet the ever-increasing demand of thirsty buyers. With the law looming around every corner and rival shiners moving in on long established territory, it's a race against time to brew the very best and strike it rich. New to the series, Louisiana father-daughter shiners Patti and David reinvigorate the tradition the bayou way. Meanwhile, Tim Smith's legal operation outgrows the production means of his current distillery. Faced with the task of expanding his operation, Tim risks leaving his home state to protect the future of his business. Jeff, Mark and Lance aim to double their profits while the law threatens to end Josh and Bill's season early. Season 6 of MOONSHINERS premiered on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately following a new one-hour special (8pm) and an 11-hour marathon (9am-8pm) of encore episodes. The special, "Moonshiners on Moonshining," highlights the most memorable moments from past seasons. This season, the moonshiners advance the craft to new heights. Starting with techniques honed over generations, they revolutionize their craft with new artisanal recipes, expanded networks of contacts and new innovative equipment. In the season opener (9pm), "Whiskey Rebellion," Josh has hit the ground running, but working solo can lead to catastrophic results. And former outlaw Tim Smith is training his son JT to help run his legal outfit.
On Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT, Discovery premiered "Holiday Spirits," a special one-hour holiday special of MOONSHINERS, immediately following a brand-new episode. In the night's new regularly scheduled episode (9pm), "Luck of the Irish," a rookie mistake could leave Josh and Chuck's operation dead in the water. Tim Smith travels across the Atlantic to teach an old Irish distillery a thing or two about making moonshine. And Mark and Digger's mash test is interrupted by an unwanted visitor. Then, in the holiday special (10pm), "Holiday Spirits," the spirit of giving is in the air as Tim Smith churns up a festive new flavor of shine.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Magilla Entertainment


  • - Virginia USA