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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.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Discovery Channel
7 Seasons, 129 Episodes
December 6, 2011
Crime, Drama, Reality
5.9/10
Cast: Jeremy Schwartz, Josh Owens, Tim Smith, Mark Rogers
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Moonshiners Full Episode Guide

  • In this explosive season finale, backwoods rivalries reach the breaking point! Cops stop Mark and Digger during their last big bootleg. Josh risks a $20K sale with an unreliable biker gang, and Mike lights the fuse on an Appalachian turf war.

  • In Tennessee, Mike sets himself up for a career high with a run of specialty liquor but faces a devastating setback. In the last run of the season, Sondra takes the reigns, and Rodgers tampers with his final run in an attempt to cash out.

  • Tim considers a permanent role for Tickle at the Distillery, while Sondra convinces Chico that a unique recipe will seal their season. Lance surprises Jeff with an unorthodox moonshine ingredient, and Patti and David risk a supersized mega run.

  • Mark and Digger confront a shiner who's been edging into their territory. Red and blue lights flash, and Josh makes a split second decision. Lance hopes a big sale could rectify past bootlegging blunders while Mike risks his sale, reputation and freedom.

  • Approaching a massive season sale, Josh becomes a mad moonshine scientist. Mark and Digger scramble to complete a technically challenging run while Mark risks a solo run of sour mash whiskey. Patti and David hit the Gulf for their biggest sale yet.

  • Josh must make good with a biker gang after a trailer fire leaves them empty handed; Tickle's first run of legal rye whisky tempts him to return to the illegal side; in Louisiana, a sassafras shine experiment puts a massive waterborne delivery at risk.

  • Josh embarks on a harrowing cross-country delivery. Rain threatens the final run of a special seasonal shine recipe. A "Shiner in Chief" inspires a top dollar batch of malted rye whiskey.

  • In the Great Smoky Mountains, Mark and Digger prepare for the first run of hillbilly grappa; in Louisiana, Patti and David bootleg on the bayou; and at Belmont Farms, an experimental shine recipe mashes in.

  • Moonshiners go to extremes to illegally produce and distribute white lightning. There's a king's ransom waiting for those bold enough to grab it, but the police are more determined than ever to catch them red handed. The day of reckoning may be just around the bend.

  • In Virginia, Tickle mentors JT at Belmont Farm while Mark and Digger receive an impossible shine order. In Louisiana, Patti and David secure their still site after spotting a deadly intruder, and Lance and Jeff scramble when their bootlegger goes missing.

  • Mark and Digger recruit a retired shiner; Josh and Chuck run an old family recipe; Lance enlists the help of a bootlegger to move his product; Sondra has to think fast.

  • In North Carolina, Mike brings back an old family shine recipe. JT is eager to start running on his own. Mark and Digger try to troubleshoot a stalled fermentation while Patti and David deal with a deadly intruder at their still site. W W W In North Carolina, Mike brings back an old family shine recipe. JT is eager to start running on his own. Mark and Digger try to troubleshoot a stalled fermentation while Patti and David deal with a deadly intruder at their still site.

  • Mark and Digger test yeast strains to get the most out of a new shine recipe; Tim and JT visit moonshine legends; Mark Rodgers sets up a new still site; Chico and Sondra start their season with a run of strawberry banana brandy.

  • Mark and Digger seek redemption on their 3-pot still; Tim enlists Tickle as JT's moonshine mentor; Patti and David build a second still in hopes of doubling their production; Lance tries to regain Jeff's trust.

  • In Tennessee, Mark and Digger are ready to test out their three-pot still. Meanwhile, Chico and Sondra employ a four-legged still hand. Later, Josh rides under the radar in South Carolina.

  • Moonshine setbacks are the order of the day. Josh hopes to take on a partner while Mark and Digger erect the cornerstone of their massive 3-pot still. Patti and David hunt for clean swamp water and Mike works solo to fulfill and order.

  • Moonshine season is underway and shiners are eager to get product to market. Josh mashes in while awaiting Cutie Pie's fate. Mark and Digger struggle with materials building an experimental 3-Pot still. Chico and Sondra build a still high in the trees.

  • Moonshine season is back and the demand for white lightning is higher than ever. Tim Smith has a visitor from his outlaw past, Mark and Digger get a sign from above in Tennessee, and Josh's favorite still hand has a brush with death.

  • The six guiding principles of the moonshiner trade.

  • Master shiners Tim, Tickle and Mark and Digger sit down to discuss bootlegging; a tradition as old as the moonshining craft itself. They're reminiscing about their biggest hauls, closest brushes with the law and revealing their favorite evasion tactics.

  • No strangers to risking their lives and freedom for one of the country's most dangerous traditions, Tim, Tickle, Mark and Digger look back on their closest calls while braving the harsh wilds and the law to keep the shine flowing.

  • Tim, Tickle, Mark and Digger relive their greatest muck ups from rookie mistakes to season sinking disasters--every shiner has a memorable moment they just want to forget.

  • Master moonshiners, Tim, Tickle, Mark and Digger are taking a look back at their greatest feats of backwoods engineering and the innovations that have furthered the craft while keeping their operations clandestine and productive.

  • There's no rest for the weary when it comes to making moonshine. Tim, Tickle, Mark and Digger reveal the challenges every shiner must face to keep the heritage spirit flowing.

  • Master moonshiners Tim, Tickle, Mark and Digger take a look at the friendships, families and rivalries that have defined the craft of moonshining through the years.

  • In the hills of Appalachia, making moonshine is more than just a way of making a living...it's a tradition. Masters Tim, Tickle, Mark and Digger take a look at the moonshine traditions that have stood the test of time and pay homage to moonshine legends.

  • Tim, Tickle, Mark and Digger share an insider's look at a line of work that's far away from the nine-to-five. From life-threatening situations to close-call encounters... this is the wild and unfiltered look at the crazy life of shine.

  • Each year, dozens of US craft distilleries fail- and Tim Smith knows why. In this episode, Tim and his team of experts help struggling owners of Missouri Ridge Distillery "put the woods back in the whiskey", in hopes of turning it from problem to profit.

  • Mark Rogers, the last American mountain man and Appalachian moonshiner is heading back out into the wilderness with only with the clothes on his back, a very sharp knife, and his cousin Chuck who wants a crash course in how to make moonshine.

  • While fixing a 1950 Packard, Mark and Digger reminisce about the automobile's affect on the moonshining business. Their conversation is a walk down Moonshiners memory lane as we revisit some of the series' greatest hits as related to the automobile.

  • Pittsylvania County's most wanted, Steven Ray Tickle, takes a trip down memory lane remembering the people and events that shaped his life and led him to become the model backwoods shiner and outlaw he is today.

  • Mark Rogers has been self reliant by living off the land, hunting, fishing and making liquor. Mark heads into the mountains of Appalachia to track a black bear and also to dig ginseng, a rare medicinal root that he wants to infuse with moonshine.

  • Winter hot on their heels, shiners aim to cash in. A legendary partnership comes to a bittersweet end as Jeff, Mark and Lance head their separate ways. Tim gets to spend time with and old friend. Patti and David end their season with a boatload of shine.

  • Tim Smith, who delivered his father's illegal shine recipe from the backwoods of Virginia to America's store shelves, takes us back in time to his humble beginnings. Accompanying him to locations of his memories, we glance into his life as a moonshiner.

  • Winter sets in as shiners try to finish their seasons strong; Mark and Digger clash with the law; a breach from an intruder leaves Josh and Chuck deep in debt; and Chico and Sondra's operation is burned.

  • Josh and Chuck wrestle with winterizing their site; Mark and Digger bring their two-pot still out of retirement; and Mark and Mike have enjoyed a string of successful runs, but delivering the goods could prove to be more difficult.

  • An ingredient has Josh and Chuck ready to throw in the towel; Mark and Digger band together with JB to run their signature spirit; Tim puts his turbo-aged whiskey to the test; and Chico and Sondra have their sights on a new brew.

  • Jeff and Lance attempt to salvage their absinthe recipe; Mark puts his new partner to the test; rough labor and lack of profit threaten to leave Josh up the creek without a paddle or a partner; and Patti and David are without their key ingredient.

  • Mark and Digger recruit a moonshine legend to increase production. Later, Josh and Chuck use an old power source to prolong their operation; Chico and Sandra get ready for their first big sale of the season; and Tim sacrifices money to save his operation.

  • Josh and Big Chuck go underground to build a new stash site. Mark and Digger venture out of the Smokeys and into the big city for the biggest sale of their careers. Patti and David follow nature's harvest to make a sweet new brew.

  • Josh and Chuck aim to get back on top but circumstances could leave them dead to law. Money threatens to eliminate an age-old partnership for Jeff, Mark and Lance. Mark and Digger painstakingly craft a special brew for a high rolling customer.

  • Tim Smith intends to put a whiskey time machine to the test. Chico and Sandra hope that a new recipe will jump start their stalled season. Mark and Digger opt to experiment with distilling an old classic on their high-speed rig.

  • Josh and Big Chuck attempt to revive their season with a new still site. Mark and Digger are ready to put their still design to the test. Mark and Mike take their first steps grab at a new territory.

  • Tim must rescue his operation, challenging the laws of nature and time; Mark and Digger incorporate a high-tech addition to their operation that could double their output; Jeff and Lance make a once-banned liquor.

  • Mark and Digger get in the holiday spirit by playing Santa Claus for kids in need; Patti and David prepare special treats for a festive holiday feast; Bill and friends get ready for Christmas caroling the Carolina way.

  • Mark and Digger can't seem to get things right with a special recipe for a shine legend. Big Chuck tries to redeem himself after destroying Josh's operation. Chico and Sandra continue working on their still site, but disaster strikes.

  • A rookie mistake could ruin Josh and Chuck's operation and Tim travels across the Atlantic to teach an old Irish distillery about making moonshine. Mark and Digger's mash test is interrupted by an unwanted visitor.

  • A catastrophe leaves Josh desperately in need of a helping hand. Chico and Sandra's moonshine partnership puts a strain on their relationship. Mark & Digger furnish their still with an innovation, but their operation has attracted an unwanted visitor.

  • Josh finds himself in desperate need of help following a catastrophe and Chico and Sandra's moonshine partnership puts strain on their relationship. Later, Mark and Digger get innovative with their still, but the operation attracts an unwanted visitor.

  • Patti and David search for a clean-water source for their operation and Mark ventures into unfamiliar territory to secure new buyers. Later, Mark and Digger employ an old trick to drive intruders away from their still site.

  • In the sixth-season premiere, Josh begins the moonshine season on his own, but working solo has the potential for catastrophe. Later, former outlaw Tim Smith trains his son to help run his legal outfit.

  • Winter closes in as shiners aim to finish their seasons strong; Mark and Digger clash with the law; a breach from an intruder leaves Josh and Chuck deep in debt; and Chico and Sondra's operation is burned.

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