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Swamp People

Swamp People

Photo Credit:  Zach Dilgard / History
  • Premiered: 
    August 22, 2010
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  • Network: History
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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Plot Synopsis

SWAMP PEOPLE follows Cajuns in the Atchafalaya Swamp during the 30-day alligator hunting season as these swampers fight to maintain an ancient way of life in a rapidly modernizing world, despite the many perils and trials that stand in their way. Deep in the heart of Louisiana lies America's largest swamp -- the Atchafalaya Swamp is a million miles of inhospitable bayous, marshes and wetlands where nature rules and humans struggle to tame it. Many of its inhabitants are the hardened descendants of French refugees who were forced out of Canada in the 18th century and settled in this harsh yet majestic environment. Today, these people are known as the Cajuns, a group renowned throughout the world for their flavorful cuisine, distinctive music and vibrant culture. Resilient, self-reliant and fiercely independent, the Cajuns of the still carry on many of their ancestors' trades and traditions. SWAMP PEOPLE returned for its fourth season on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 9pm, with the season opener featuring a hurricane that tore through the bayou on opening day of alligator season. On Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT, History premiered a one-hour special, SWAMPSGIVING 2, family, friends and food take center stage. Swampers are going all out to make this year's family feast one to remember. Troy Landry, otherwise known as King of the Swamp, has invited two Texan swampers, T-Roy and Bigfoot, over to celebrate and have a little swamp-style fun. Fans will see Troy challenging the Texans to a "hog-off": whoever catches the biggest beast is the winner and the loser has to prepare both hogs for the family feast. Over in Houma, RJ and Jay Paul Molinere are embarking on a nighttime bow hunt looking to catch red fish for their famous Cubion. Meanwhile, Gator Queen Liz Cavalier is making her family's specialty: fried nutria rats. The Cavalier clan takes viewers on a ride as they hunt the furry critters from their airboat. SWAMP PEOPLE returned for its fifth season on Monday, February 3, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT on History. In addition to a returning cast featuring Troy Landry and sons, RJ and Jay Paul Molinere, Liz and Jessica, Junior and Willie, Bruce Mitchell, and more, this season boasts the long awaited return of one of the toughest men in the swamp, Terral Evans, and the debut of fierce Apache hunter Roger Rivers. In the Season 5 opener, the swampers are under attack on the first day of gator season from some of the biggest and meanest gators in years. When a seasoned hunter's deckhand is sidelined from being gator bit, he is left wondering who will be his replacement for the rest of the season. While another swamper must capture a live loggerhead turtle for a Native American ceremony to bless his upcoming gator season. SWAMP PEOPLE returned for its sixth season on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on History. This season, the Swampers are back with a big incentive to hunt down the biggest beasts: a local gator buyer is offering a $10,000 bounty to the team who brings in the longest gator. That means hunters will need to push themselves to the limit to reel in the big ones if they want to win the prize...and those ever-important bragging rights. The contest sparks some good-natured trash-talking around the swamp, bringing the hunters together in the spirit of competition. Troy Landry is hunting at a furious pace, hell-bent on remaining the reigning King of the Swamp, but he'll also reunite with his old hunting partner Liz Cavalier to hunt together. Junior and wife Teresa have adopted an orphaned otter named Oscar, whom they're raising at home until he's ready to release back into the swamp. Glenn Guist takes it upon himself to teach Liz's two sons some of his swamp secrets, like how to catch fish with homemade jug lines. Season 7 of SWAMP PEOPLE premiered on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on History, immediately following an all-day marathon (7am-9pm) of encore episodes from the show's sixth season. As the season opens, the King of the Swamp, Troy Landry, finds himself going head-to-head with Mother Nature. The water in the basin is higher than it's ever been, pushing the monsters into inaccessible back ponds and woods. On top of that, a cold front has moved into Louisiana making conditions even worse. As he and his family brace for what could be their worse season ever, the King discovers more bad news; R.J. and Jay Paul have invaded his area, using their airboat to get to the gators that are out of his reach. Over in Hammond, Bruce Mitchell prepares to start his second season without his beloved hunting dog Tyler. His partner, Ron Methvin thinks he has a great surprise for Bruce, but when they meet up, the plan blows up and puts their partnership to the test. And, at the end of the first day of gator hunting, Troy makes an announcement that rattles his family to the bone.
On Monday, May 2, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, History premiered the Season 7 finale of SWAMP PEOPLE. In the season ender, "End of the Line," the Landrys race to tag out on the last day of the season, but they've got company, as R.J. and Jay Paul invade their territory looking to tag out themselves. And the Edgars attempt to catch their last haul of gators...with a little help from their friends.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Original Media


  • - Pierre Part, Louisiana USA