Moonshiners

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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 10 Seasons
  • 6.0  (1,322)

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.

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Code and Conflict
22. Code and Conflict
April 13, 2021
With no recourse to official law enforcement, outlaw shiners must resolve conflicts through a centuries-old code. Tim, Digger, Mike and Josh reveal secrets of how the unwritten rules of the backwoods play out in real life.
Backwoods Bonanza
21. Backwoods Bonanza
April 6, 2021
In the season finale, with eight stills running full tilt, Tickle enlists Mrs. Tickle to stash too much shine. Mark and Digger devise a way to age their Tennessee whiskey at sea. Tim gets drawn into an epic bootleg, while Mike and Jerry face the law.
Moonshine Capital Returns
20. Moonshine Capital Returns
March 30, 2021
Josh, Tickle and the Laws build a still farm the likes of which Virginia hasn't seen since the heyday of Amos Law. Jerry misses a day of work and Mike lets down his guard. Mark and Digger discover a rival moonshiner faces a reckoning with the law.
Two Tons of Fun
19. Two Tons of Fun
March 23, 2021
Josh drives a tractor trailer full of stills across state lines to help Tickle and the Laws run two tons of malted corn. Mark and Digger christen their own secret Tennessee Whiskey distillery. Richard builds a copper Virginia-style submarine still.
Tennessee Whiskey
18. Tennessee Whiskey
March 16, 2021
A new limestone source helps Mark and Digger make Tennessee Whiskey while the Laws pull Tim back in to cross state lines for a key ingredient. Later, Richard makes moonshine from cotton candy.
Basement Bust
17. Basement Bust
March 9, 2021
Trouble arises after Josh gains access to a cellar still site. Mark and Digger find a new way to cut costs and bayou shiner Richard makes medical moonshine.
Another Man's Mash
16. Another Man's Mash
March 2, 2021
Tickle and the Laws invent a new recipe with master distiller Richard Landry. Mark and Digger crack their thousand jar problem while mashing in their most profitable run in years. Tim and Howard make a ceramic still to rediscover a colonial whiskey.
Ice Shine
15. Ice Shine
February 23, 2021
Mark and Digger invent a new recipe turning hundreds of jars of expired mandarin oranges into marketable liquor. Tickle and the Laws face headaches in their attempt to produce freeze-distilled apple liquor. Mike and Jerry make birch bark moonshine.
Hog Heaven
14. Hog Heaven
February 16, 2021
Mark and Digger find a solution to the jar shortage but the juice may not be worth the squeeze. Tim enlists Tickle's friend Howard to help recreate the first whiskey made in America. Mike and Jerry distill vodka from surplus restaurant supplies.
Caught Red-Handed
13. Caught Red-Handed
February 9, 2021
Tickle and the Laws recruit Josh to build a winter-proof still site. Mountain man Mark converts a free load of sugar beets into high-proof moonshine. Mike and Jerry crack a few nuts to turn their column-distilled liquor into southern pecan liquor.
Mason Jar Shortage
12. Mason Jar Shortage
February 2, 2021
A Mason jar shortage puts a lid on Mark and Digger's distribution plans. Mike and Jerry must return to land they've been warned off. Tim's scheme to repurpose a massive tank as an oversized pot still pushes his steam boiler to the breaking point.
Smoke to the Fire
11. Smoke to the Fire
January 26, 2021
Facing more rye and apples than the Laws can run, Josh moves his steamer still to Virginia and Tickle adds smoke to the fire. Mark and Huck help Jim Tom turn cherries into shine. Mike and Jerry risk a huge run in the barn of an unsuspecting farmer.
Sweet Corn Revenge
10. Sweet Corn Revenge
January 19, 2021
After Mike asks the wrong shiner for help, Mark and Digger land a skilled new partner. On a mountain run, Mark and Huck nearly meet the barrel of a gun. Jerry attempts a comeback as a land sale forces him and Mike to abandon their column still site.
Too Much of a Good Thing
9. Too Much of a Good Thing
January 12, 2021
As Tickle and the Laws start a massive rye run, a mysterious tip results in too much of a good thing. Jerry gets rushed to the hospital and Mike finds himself shorthanded. Tim innovates a backwoods process for his single-malt shine.
Overproof and Under the Gun
8. Overproof and Under the Gun
January 5, 2021
Mark and Digger attempt oatmeal raisin shine for a high-flying Nashville customer. Mike and Jerry find themselves under the gun when they overdeliver on proof to a biker gang. Mark and Huck forge a lifeline to old-time shiners deep in the mountains.
Single Malt Moonshine
7. Single Malt Moonshine
December 29, 2020
Mark and Digger's plan to employ an out of work friend backfires on payday. Tim invents a low-cost way to make his first single-malt moonshine. With their backwoods column still cranking out liquor, Mike discovers Jerry isn't carrying his own weight.
No Ordinary Run
6. No Ordinary Run
December 22, 2020
Tickle and the Laws unleash a 700-gallon run on a whisper-quiet steamer still. Mark and Huck traverse Appalachia's roughest terrain to run liquor with moonshine legend Jim Tom. Mike and Jerry engineer a high-tech solution to a backwoods problem.
Backwoods is Booming
5. Backwoods is Booming
December 15, 2020
Mark and Digger deploy an old-world innovation to bring their barrel-aged reserves to market, while Tim attempts to make Tickle's CBD moonshine on a commercial scale. Josh puts himself at the mercy of the mountains' greatest peril -- a rookie shiner.
Mark and Digger's Big Test
4. Mark and Digger's Big Test
December 8, 2020
With his partner in quarantine, Digger has much more on the line than shine. Mike and Jerry's moonshine Frankenstein turns on its creators. After decades in the backwoods, mountain man Mark Rogers enlists his dad to run with him for the first time.
Interstate Alliance
3. Interstate Alliance
December 1, 2020
When Josh lands a windfall of peaches, he and Tickle forge a peach brandy-making alliance. Mark and Digger's plans dry up when their surplus corn supply mysteriously disappears, and Mike and Jerry's column still spews ethanol vapor, causing a panic.
Hard Times Make the Best Shine
2. Hard Times Make the Best Shine
November 24, 2020
With national supply chains disrupted, Mark and Digger unearth a ton of free ingredients, Tickle helps Josh build a submarine still farm and Mike designs a first-ever backwoods column still, perfect for endless runs of high-quality low-cost liquor.
Mr. & Mrs. Tickle's Big Run
1. Mr. & Mrs. Tickle's Big Run
November 17, 2020
Tickle comes to the rescue after apprentice moonshiners Howard and Moe "lose" a quarter of their run. But when the old friends embark on a risky bootleg operation, only newlywed and former bondswoman, Mrs. Tickle, can save them all from the law.
Master Distiller Holiday Showdown
102. Master Distiller Holiday Showdown
December 22, 2020
In the spirit of Christmas and a new season of Master Distiller, Tickle challenges fellow moonshiners Josh, Mike and Daniel to compete to make the tastiest Christmas spirits. Mark, Digger, and Tim judge who wins a special backwoods prize.
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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 series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (221 episodes). The series first aired on December 6, 2011.

Where to Watch Moonshiners

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

  • Premiere Date
    December 6, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (1,322)