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American History is an interesting, sometimes sordid tale, that relies on bloodshed, crime and sometimes illegal activities. That, while seemingly cold and callous is what the United States was built on; of course not exclusively, but it played a part. "Moonshiners", a show featured on the Discovery Channel, is a reality show the delves into the world of moonshine production.

Moonshine, for those not in the know, is a type of alcohol that is made and sold without the legal licenses and authority. It is often created deep in the woods of the deep south. Moonshine is differentiated from other liquors by its distinct taste, high alcohol content. Moonshine is generally 180 proof to 190 proof.

The show is currently in its second season. The first season and introductory episodes used footage from a 2002 documentary that took a look at modern-day bootlegging. The Documentary was aired on PBS and Discovery legally bought the rights to use it. The documentary took a look at illegal bootlegging operations and the reason people continue to produce such liquor regardless of the legal issues. The documentary featured a bootlegger who was arrested in 2009 for illegally distilling alcohol. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail and later committed suicide.

The bootleggers shown in the show are believed to be "recreating" what one would do if they were bootlegging. The government of Virginia, were much of the show is being filmed, has stated publicly that if any illegal activity was actually taking place that arrests would be made. It would appear as though the Discovery Channel has recreated, for the public, the deep underbelly of a society that simply does not want to the world to know they exist.

Regardless, "Moonshiners", is an interesting, captivating and thrilling look into one of the businesses that has quietly existed under the radar for decades and the culture that surrounds it. Moonshining, for some, isn't just a business or activity; it is a passed down tradition and a way of life.

Moonshiners is a Crime, Drama, Reality series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (178 episodes). The series first aired on December 6, 2011. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.

Moonshiners is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Moonshiners on demand at Discovery, Pluto TV Philo, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Destination America, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes, Discovery, Pluto TV online.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Discovery Channel
9 Seasons, 178 Episodes
December 6, 2011
Crime, Drama, Reality
5.9/10
Cast: Jeremy Schwartz, Josh Owens, Tim Smith, Mark Ramsey
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Moonshiners Full Episode Guide

  • In the season finale, Tickle gets a life sentence -- to the marvellous Mrs. Tickle. Mark and Digger risk delivering both moonshine and justice.

  • Mike and Jerry confront Daniel about how their rival's liquor is invading their territory. Tickle, Henry and Kenny scale up their CBD-infused moonshine operation. A new bootlegger makes Mark and Digger an offer they can't refuse.

  • Mark and Digger head down to Georgia and uncover "Elvis," Popcorn Sutton's most prolific still. Mike plots payback after discovering a rival's liquor stealing his customers. Tim and Tickle are torn over what to do with their new backwoods shine.

  • Tickle and the Laws infuse anxiety-reducing CBD into their shine but the science is anything but stress-free. Josh digs into his secret stash to cure his subterranean blues. A mystery bootlegger dominates Mike's turf and it's about to get incendiary.

  • A young outlaw with a new pot still earns an apprenticeship with Mark and Digger. Mountain man Mark tackles a week long run to hit an $18k order that includes special delivery.

  • Tickle and Tim put fire to their first backwoods run in a decade. With 250 gallons of mash on the brink of expiring, Mark and Digger torpedo their own operation. A minor oversight for Josh triggers a domino effect that threatens his entire site.

  • Tickle announces his engagement and Tim discovers why his best friend can't quit the outlaw side. Unable to sell any shine, Mike attempts a long-distance bootleg that puts him in the crosshairs of the law; and Josh bets that Sin City needs one more vice.

  • Mark and Digger attempt to rescue a former apprentice from a moonshine calamity; an unknown competitor invades Mike's turf, forcing him to change his shine strategy; Mark and Huck bank on backwoods survival skills to fuel their high-proof run.

  • Tickle's carpentry skills shine as Virginia outlaws plan a risky mod to their still; Mark and Digger take a big swing on a small ingredient that can't pass the sniff test; and as Josh digs deep, he uncovers the worst way to foster a toxic work environment.

  • Tim works on a plan to make backwoods shine; Mark and Digger's operation are threatened; Two Tennessee shiners get caught by cops.

  • Josh breaks into his secret stash to build a new still site, and breaks out his shotgun when a drone invades his airspace. Daniel hits the jackpot selling for Mark and Digger, while Mike finds his steady customers mysteriously less thirsty than usual.

  • Mark and Digger attempt their first backwoods miracle, turning wedding cake into moonshine. Tickle scrambles for cover when aerial surveillance threatens a return to jail. And Appalachia's most accident-prone shiner is back operating heavy machinery.

  • Tickle mashes in his first large scale run of outlaw shine in years. Mark and Digger scramble to save their Popcorn legacy mash from runaway livestock. Mike ditches Daniel for a new full-time partner. Mark and Huck double their proof and their price.

  • Tim and Tickle return to the scene of past crimes and rediscover their passion for outlaw moonshining. Mark Rogers designs a custom pot still to double distill shine he can sell for twice the price. Mark and Digger hand-build a copper mailbox still.

  • When Tickle returns to the outlaw side, even Tim can't resist the call of the backwoods. Mark and Digger rediscover a lost recipe from a legend. Mike finds the ultimate secret mountain still site, if only he can build a way to access it.

  • Moonshine's prodigal son, Tickle, returns from a year in jail to the Appalachian backwoods. With longtime partner, Tim, determined to stay legal, Tickle recruits an old friend to make an inaugural run of shine and re-stake his claim as an outlaw shiner.

  • With a secret family recipe and a rich legacy in Carolina moonshine, Josh Owens races headlong into a new season. What's a few broken bones when you're building underground still sites and selling shine at $200 a gallon, just one step ahead of the law.

  • Mark, Digger, Tim, Tickle and Josh come face-to-face to address the season's unfinished business. Tickle introduces the new Mrs. Tickle. One of the world's top spirits experts scores our backwoods moonshiners' best batches of the season.

  • Tickle rallies fellow shiners to make the most of quarantine; Digger and Tim devise recipes for high-proof hand sanitizer, Josh takes social distancing to an off-grid extreme and newlywed Tickle finds lockdown is a lot better than being locked up.

  • A subculture of distillers across America carries on the backwoods tradition of moonshining. Now, judged by legends Mark, Digger and Tim, America's top legal and outlaw shiners go head to head to see who has what it takes to be called Master Distiller.

  • From devising elaborate stills to make high proof liquor, to constructing insane bootleg contraptions to sell it, backwoods ingenuity drives moonshiners to invent new solutions to the centuries old problem of avoiding the long arm of the law.

  • Tickle gets out of jail and Tim must keep him busy, but Tickle has ideas of his own. Mark and Digger make a discovery at Popcorn's boyhood home. On a midnight bootleg, Mark Rogers finds having the law on your side doesn't make you any less of an outlaw.

  • Mark and Digger's handmade vodka is on a hot streak until a cold snap threatens their run. For Mark Rogers, breaking the moonshiner code can come at a steep price. And Tim Smith risks a big run of Tickle's double rye to put the woods back into his shine.

  • After a year behind bars, Tickle gets transferred to Culpeper County, and Tim concocts a plan to get him out. In North Carolina, Mark Roger runs huckleberry shine to sweeten a backwoods deal, and Red Fox's crew work their tails off making peach brandy.

  • When a dead drop goes sideways, Mark Rogers deploys backwoods justice to straighten out a thief. Kelly's massive sorghum haul puts Mark and Digger's pot stills to the test. Mike & Daniel's clear apple pie has buyers calling from across county lines.

  • Moonshiners share their tricks for running shine and how they avoid the long arm of the law. Tim reveals a visit with Tickle behind bars, and Mark & Digger reveal an unexpected twist in their search for Popcorn Sutton's shine, stashed a decade ago.

  • Mark and Digger's first run of barrel-aged bourbon gets interrupted by a bear. Scaling up Tickle's double rye tests Tim's backwoods engineering. Mark Rogers builds a malt house to make corn whiskey. In Kentucky, Donnie and Theresa come up short on shine.

  • Josh debuts his mobile still at a North Carolina biker rally. In the Great Smoky Mountains, Mike gets burned by a taste of his own medicine. There's a reason Franklin County, VA is the Moonshine Capital of America, and someone there is above the Laws.

  • When Mark and Digger find a decade-old jar of Popcorn Sutton's shine, they vow to recreate their mentor's infamous last run. With help from old-timer JB Rader, they rebuild Popcorn's pot still and recount the antics of Appalachia's most legendary outlaw.

  • Fast cars collide with backwoods tradition as Moonshiner Josh Owens puts pedal to the metal on the Carolina Dragway. Gasser rules mean vintage cars and parts only, but in skilled hands heritage pays off in horsepower, and these gearheads race for glory.

  • Tracking down an old-time bootlegger, Mark and Digger uncover treasures Popcorn Sutton left behind. Deep in debt, Mike and Daniel engineer a split pot still to upgrade their shine, and its price. Patti and David convert pontoons into a bayou still site.

  • Across centuries of tradition, only a handful of moonshine recipes are considered among the best, and the path to high proof perfection is always paved with spills.

  • Mark and Digger's new apprentice proves talent can't be taught; Josh tempts fate converting a new racecar trailer into a mobile moonshining masterpiece; and Mark Rogers enlists the help of a retired lawman to bootleg 30 gallons of shine into a music festival.

  • Midway into the season, America's top moonshiners gather to deal with unfinished business. Mike tells his side of the Mark & Digger feud. Josh reveals scars from his checkered past, and the shiners put their skills to the test in a whiskey showdown.

  • When their still site gets compromised, Virginia shiners Henry and Kenny enlist the help of bootlegging legend, Amos Law.

  • Booted off his backwoods still site, Josh turns to his stockcar racing roots to invent a whole new way of making moonshine.

  • Ten years after Popcorn Sutton's death, his widow reveals a clue that could lead Mark and Digger to a hidden stash.

  • Legal shiner Tim finds himself on the wrong side of the law after son JT spots an agent near a backwoods still site.

  • Tensions boil over in Tennessee as Mike must answer for blowing up Mark and Digger's still. With Tickle in jail, JT answers the call when two outlaw shiners show up looking for help in the woods.

  • Moonshine season is on and the shiners must step it up to stay ahead of big liquor and the law. A 100mph wipeout puts Josh's operation in jeopardy, Tim takes a risk on rye, and Mark and Digger are hell-bent on backwoods justice after Mike's betrayal.

  • Tim Smith makes a delivery to his northernmost customer in Alaska. Meanwhile, Digger and Mark make a run of liquor for two shiners.

  • Americas top shiners gather at an undisclosed location to discuss unsettled business in the new season of Moonshiners. They reveal backwoods secrets that keep them ahead of the law, and put their skills to the test in a first ever moonshiner showdown.

  • From devising elaborate stills to make high proof liquor, to constructing insane bootleg contraptions to sell it, backwoods ingenuity drives moonshiners to invent new solutions to the centuries old problem of avoiding the long arm of the law.

  • Across Appalachia the name Jim Tom is synonymous with moonshine. Between run-ins with the law and time serving hard labor, he spent 60 years making illegal shine. A mentor to Josh, Mark and Digger, his secrets define the next generation of outlaw shiners.

  • Across centuries of tradition, only a handful of moonshine recipes are considered among the best. In the right hands, local ingredients and backwoods ingenuity create magic in a mason jar. But the path to high proof perfection is always paved with spills.

Moonshiners Video Clips & Extras

Episode 10 Clip (00:31) Holiday Feasts with a Side of Moonshine | Christmas With the Moonshiners Clip (05:16) Drinking a Jar Full of Christmas | Christmas With the Moonshiners Clip (05:45) These Moonshiners Are Under Attack By Deadly Snakes Clip (02:47) Making Mush Melon Moonshine Clip (01:46) Tickle Is Out Of Jail And Ready To Straighten Up And Fly Right | Moonshiners Clip (02:19)