Backyard Oil

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  • 2013
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.2  (65)

Backyard Oil was a reality television series that premiered on Discovery Channel in 2013, documenting the efforts of a group of entrepreneurs as they attempt to strike it rich by drilling for oil in the backyards of Kentucky. The show revolves around the central figure of Bengt Anderson, a charismatic Swedish oil man who has made his fortune in the oil business and is now looking for his next big venture. He recruits a group of locals, including his childhood friend Jimmy Reliford, to help him locate oil reserves in the backyards of the town of Somerset in Pulaski County, Kentucky.

Backyard Oil follows the team as they use a variety of methods, including divining rods, to try and identify the most promising areas for drilling. Once they have identified a target, they work to secure mineral rights and begin the arduous process of drilling and extracting the oil.

Throughout the series, Bengt is portrayed as a larger-than-life character with a sharp wit and a natural talent for finding oil. He is also shown to be very business savvy, negotiating shrewd deals with landowners and middlemen in order to maximize profits.

The other members of the team include Jimmy, Bengt's childhood friend and right-hand man, Rascal, a local contractor who can build anything, and Naked Dave, a wild card who is always up for a challenge. The team is rounded out by a rotating cast of local experts, including geologists and drilling experts.

One of the challenges the team faces in Backyard Oil is dealing with the unpredictable nature of oil drilling. Despite careful planning and the use of state-of-the-art equipment, there are always unexpected setbacks and challenges, such as equipment failures and dry holes. The team must constantly adapt their approach and work together to overcome these obstacles.

In addition to the main storyline of oil drilling, Backyard Oil also features several subplots and personal dramas. For example, Jimmy struggles to balance his family life with his commitment to the drilling project, while Naked Dave clashes with Bengt over their different philosophies on life and business.

Overall, Backyard Oil is an entertaining and informative look at the high-stakes world of oil drilling. It combines the excitement of a treasure hunt with the drama of interpersonal conflict and the practical realities of business. Whether you are a fan of reality television or simply curious about the oil industry, Backyard Oil is a show worth watching.

Backyard Oil is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on April 15, 2013.

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Where to Watch Backyard Oil
Backyard Oil is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Backyard Oil on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Discovery, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 15, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (65)