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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 (205 episodes). The series first aired on December 6, 2011.

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

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Discovery Channel
10 Seasons, 205 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Moonshiners Video Clips & Extras

Moonshiners Full Episode (20 sec) Episode 10 Clip (31 sec) Holiday Feasts with a Side of Moonshine | Christmas With the Moonshiners Clip (5 min 16 sec) Drinking a Jar Full of Christmas | Christmas With the Moonshiners Clip (5 min 45 sec) These Moonshiners Are Under Attack By Deadly Snakes Clip (2 min 47 sec) Making Mush Melon Moonshine Clip (1 min 46 sec) Tickle Is Out Of Jail And Ready To Straighten Up And Fly Right | Moonshiners Clip (2 min 19 sec)