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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
8 Seasons, 131 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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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