Appalachian Outlaws

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  • 2014
  • 2 Seasons
  • 5.3  (267)

Appalachian Outlaws is an American reality television series that premiered on the History Channel in 2014. The show follows a group of wild ginseng hunters as they journey deep into the Appalachian Mountains to find the valuable plant. This plant, which can be found in the wild forest of Appalachia, is prized for its medicinal properties and can fetch a high price in herbal markets.

The star of the series is veteran actor Robert Patrick who narrates the show and takes viewers on a journey into the dangerous world of ginseng hunting. He delivers an authentic tone and voice that adds value to the show's storytelling. Alongside him are Mike Ross and Greg Shook, two skilled ginseng hunters who lead the search for the elusive plant.

The show highlights the life of ginseng hunters, who have dedicated their lives to finding this plant in the wild forests of Appalachia. The hunters endure harsh weather conditions, treacherous terrains, and dangerous wild animals to find the valuable root. The show follows the hunters as they set up and bait their traps, search for the plant, and finally harvest the valuable roots.

One of the distinctive aspects of the show is the emphasis placed on the rich American history of the ginseng trade. Viewers get a glimpse into the history of how ginseng has taken on cultural significance in America and how it played a role in the settlement of the United States. Many men went on wild and dangerous expeditions in search of the elusive plant to sell to the Chinese, who coveted its medicinal properties.

The show is a fascinating representation of the close relationship between nature, culture, and economy in Appalachia. Although the ginseng trade is still prevalent in the region, the show delves into the ethical and legal aspects of ginseng hunting. The ginseng trade has led to the exploitation of the plant, and many states have regulated its harvesting to ensure its sustainability.

The production value of Appalachian Outlaws is top-notch. The cinematography is stunning, capturing the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and the hunters' trials and tribulations. In the thick forests of Appalachia, the camera follows the hunters as they set up bait and wait for the right moment to harvest their ginseng. The shots are dramatic, and the sound design enhances the show even more by creating realistic soundscapes of the forest.

In addition to the thrill and excitement of ginseng hunting, Appalachian Outlaws also includes a touch of drama. The show follows the hunters as they compete with each other to find the best ginseng in the forest. There is also drama between rival hunters from different states who are always looking to get ahead of each other.

In conclusion, Appalachian Outlaws is a gripping and engaging show that showcases the lives of ginseng hunters in the Appalachian Mountains. The show explores the dangers these hunters face and their passion for finding the valuable plant. With fascinating storytelling, stunning cinematography, and a touch of drama, this show is an authentic representation of the ginseng trade and its significance in the region's history and culture.

Appalachian Outlaws is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on January 9, 2014.

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Last Chance
10. Last Chance
April 6, 2015
With the onset of winter, there is no more ginseng to be dug in West Virginia. Tony Coffman's final delivery for his New York buyer is coming due and he's in a desperate place. He needs nearly 400 pounds to meet the quota and has to act fast. Greg Shook hunts for the remaining roots but fails to deliver any to Tony. Greg calls it a season and heads back home to his kids in Georgia. Tony makes a deal with Willow Kelly and asks Mike Ross to dig up all her ginseng and bring it in.
Battle at Wolf Creek
9. Battle at Wolf Creek
March 30, 2015
Obie Bennett is tipped off about the location of the gang's secret storage spot.
Unlikely Allies
8. Unlikely Allies
March 23, 2015
With the ginseng season nearly over, Greg Shook starts missing his children as he heads out to "Ginseng Mountain" with EJ Henderson on another dig for Tony Coffman.
Crossing the Line
7. Crossing the Line
March 16, 2015
It's getting late in the ginseng season and only seasoned diggers know where to find the golden root.
The Devil You Know
6. The Devil You Know
March 9, 2015
Tony is in too deep now that the rules have changed and Mr. Lee is demanding weekly ginseng deliveries.
Snakes and a Plane
5. Snakes and a Plane
March 2, 2015
Tony Coffman has one more day to produce his midseason total of 1,000 pounds.
War Games
4. War Games
February 23, 2015
Tony sends Mike and Mitch to run off out-of-state poachers; they bring some of the stolen ginseng.
3. Payback
February 16, 2015
Tony Coffman feels pressure from Mr. Lee and the Syndicate to be better with his deliveries.
Eye for an Eye
2. Eye for an Eye
February 9, 2015
Mike Ross wants revenge on the poachers who stole his ginseng.
Root Awakening
1. Root Awakening
February 2, 2015
Tony Coffman begins the season with his big Chinatown Syndicate deal.
Where to Watch Appalachian Outlaws
Appalachian Outlaws is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Appalachian Outlaws on demand at Philo, Amazon, History, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 9, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    5.3  (267)