Doomsday Preppers Preparing to Exploit Preppers Again

I received an email this morning from the casting director of Doomsday Preppers. It Read:

“We are now casting our last set for Season 2 in September and I would love to speak with you about it.   Our goal for Season 2 is to educate our viewers about preparedness and provide important prepping takeaways. This is such a great opportunity for any prepper.”

In my opinion, this show has done nothing to “educate viewers about preparedness”. In fact, I think these shows are produced for one reason; to exploit the subject of prepping. The only thing this show has managed to do, is to turn emergency preparedness into something that is ridiculed and laughed at by the mainstream media.

Take the guy who blew his thumb off while trying to be Mr. Joe Cool Prepper on last year’s show. In their attempt to “educate the public” they featured a “prepper” who blew his thumb right off his hand while demonstrating how to shoot. They tried to blame it on a misfire, but as we pointed out last year, it’s not really a misfire when your hand is in front of the gun.

And what about the Doomsday Prepper who was declared Mentally Defective, how exactly did that help the prepping community?

But keep in mind, this is exactly what the show wants. They want the extreme fringe, and if they can’t get them they will do everything they can to make those who appear on the show look crazy. I would warn anyone who is thinking about appearing on these shows to think really long and hard about what you’re getting yourself into.

Just take a look at the promo video from last year:

Do you think they’re really concerned with helping people learn about preparedness?


  1. You are correct that such shows make preppers look a bit nutty but they are fun to watch!!

  2. Susan Robinson
    August 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I think you should take them up on their offer to appear. If you think preppers are painted in an unflattering light, then turn that around!

    • aconcernedamerican
      August 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      they would just turn it right back around in the editing room. trying to make preppers look good on tv would be like trying to get an honest president in the white house.

  3. Charity
    August 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I agree with you totally. It made them look a little off. I watched it to try and learn some things but it made them seem like extremists and a little nutty. I wondered the whole time though, why they would do this on national TV. Now if something happens, everyone close to them is thinking, “I know where I’m going!” making them easy targets.

    • Jason
      August 25, 2012 at 6:52 am

      Preppers make preppers look nutty. Look at the top of this website. A gas mask, caution tape… have you seen other boards and blogs? A lot of the stuff I find here is great info but I can’t share it without everyone thinking I’m nutts too. I think the show is fine. It has to be a little crazy to get people to watch. At least it gets people to think about prepping.

    • Megakarl
      August 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Agreed. Sane, rational prepping isn’t really interesting. That said they clearly are looking for extremists and, not ironically, the producers have contacted the moderators of this website and have personally contacted some of it’s more vocal members….shouldn’t that say something? Target rich environment! (but of course I’m not talking about you, reader)

      The show is entertaining. It does show some interesting ideas for prepping and does an even better job of showing how people can get too carried away with it. There’s a fine line between prepping and paranoia in need of clinical help, and this show should hopefully be giving a few people a reality check. Prepping is a good safety net and practicing skills is a fun hobby, but a lot of folks get carried away with it and turn it into an obsession. All things in moderation!

  4. Larry
    August 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I would never appear on that show. Being prepared, now more than ever, should be a closely guarded secret. That show makes most of them out to be freaks, which most are just plain smart. If they want a reality show, they should do a show on the Banksters who are resigning in droves, converting assets to precious metals, and buying up prepper wilderness properties, outfitting them with shelters and food….why?

  5. Sharon
    August 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I agree. And unfortunately you can’t turn it around because they will edit scenes and statements in any way they see fit. I’m sure things may be said out of context at times too.

    On the other hand, my hubby and I have been exposed to new storage ideas and such by watching these shows, so they can be helpful.

    • Ebang
      August 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      We to have goten lots of ideas from the show, who realy gives a %^&* what people think. Opinions are like, well you know, everybody’s got one.

  6. Kataklismik
    August 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Judging by the promo video, I would say that yes they do seem to be making fun of the whole idea of prepping. But, if you have ever just sat at watched your local news channel when there is a tragedy or something to that effect, they tend to draw out the one tooth, crazy, most illiterate people they can find to appear in their news coverage. It is sad but true. We are facinated with the ridiculous because it is entertaining and makes us laugh or shocks us. If it were an actual educational show, it would not get half of the viewers that it does. That is how media is and since the beginning of the reality show trend it has only gotten worse. I don’t believe any true preppers would actually watch the show for any type of educational value, instead for comedic relief.

  7. August 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Yeah, they do kind of make all preppers look a bit on the fringe and outside the norm. I wouldn’t go on the show, but then again, everyone is different. I do agree that it’s entertaining though, so is Doomsday Bunkers. ;)

  8. pat
    August 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Those that choose to be on the show i’m sure make money off it. there taking the risk of showing the world all there stuff, seems more to me like there proud to share there crazyness. But i know for a fact there making money off it & that is helping them buy more crap to squirrel away. Its an entertaining show & those that choose to share there prepping on it more power to them.

  9. PC_Survival
    August 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I love watching those people make idiots out of themselves.

  10. Angie
    August 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I disagree. I am a beginning prepper have only been doing it for a little over a year. And yes, some of the things on the show are ridiculous or exploiting, but I have gotten a lot of good tips and learned quite a bit from watching.

  11. rick
    August 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I has showed you what not to do to prepare for for anything.Just the fact the show is called “preppers” makes my laugh. As Dark Helmet asked in Spaceballs, “Why are you always Preparing? Just go!” When I was young in grade school we learned survival in the 80s. What to do if the the Russians attacked. What to do incase of a Disaster? What to do incase the Bomb was dropped. We didn’t “prepare” to learn a damn thing, we just learned. I’m always ready, I have enough supplies for generators,
    food,water and medical. Constituency Plans a-zz, in place, just incase. and by in place I mean functional. I can support 20 families, comfortably for 2 solid years. Plus grow their own food. In the end it all boils down to those who can, do. Those who can’t,”Prep.”

  12. The Rumpled One
    August 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    They contacted me. When I answered their questions about bunkers and guns, I said, “CLASSIFIED”. They were really interested in bunkers and guns. I refused to answer. Obviously, I won’t be on the show. They said if I changed my mind to contact them. I told them when they change their mind and what to show what prepping really is about to contact me.

  13. One of our local preppers GI Jim, who owns a military surplus store, agreed to be on Doomsday Preppers. He was going to talk about bugging out in the woods. His plan was to teach some woods skills. GI Jim ended up cancelling in the middle of the project. They had no intention of showing his skills. Instead they kept trying to get him to admit that he had illegal weapons and was not doing things on the up and up.

  14. SDR
    August 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    How soon thy forget about Katrina and that Tsunami. I like being on the ‘fringe’. Let them be cannon fodder. Idiots.

  15. laura
    August 24, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I agree, it’s exploitation. If the true intent of the show was to show “how to be a prepper” you would have segments: water purification, canning/preserving, how to pack a bug out bag, what vehicle would suit your needs best when the SHTF, shelters, basic first aid, etc. Maybe we should come up with our own show! Different interviews with companies that make freeze dried foods, different types of preppers…Not exploiting what most people would view as wack-jobs!

    • laura
      August 24, 2012 at 5:44 am

      p.s. I received the same e-mail from the t.v. show

  16. Sara
    August 24, 2012 at 7:23 am

    No one is going to remember these people and where they live/prep 5 minutes after the show ends, hell they won’t remember 5 minutes into the show.

    Reality shows are designed to be exploitational. People seem to love shows about other people who seem crazy/stupid/obscene/etc. More importantly the networks can sell advertising on those shows.

    Shows that have experts instructing people on viable strategies and techniques are not watched and therefore don’t draw advertisers. Even HGTV shows exploit the subject – they are either totally clueless or made to seem that way until the hosts of the show come in and transform them and their house/wardrobe/whatever.

  17. Elaine
    August 24, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I do a better job prepping for winter here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains than some of the folks on that show. There is no education involved and that is sad because there is a need for education, not hype.

  18. Reneda Baer
    August 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Although I’ve only seen the show a few times, I have to admit it did make me take an interest in prepping and start looking into it. However, I’ve always wanted to do this.. I just never realized anyone else was doing it. {I thought I was just a weird person…. not that this is dispelled yet, lol} I don’t know that it provided any education whatsoever, but it did get me to thinking in the right direction. {at least made me aware that there was a community out there}

    Having said that though, I would never appear on the show and wouldn’t recommend anyone else did either for many of the reasons indicated above.

  19. Victoria
    August 24, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    There is a very real need for proper education. We try to do some on our site and would never want to go on a show like that. I have never watched it.

  20. Gerald Penix
    August 25, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Unfortunately some peppers feel a sense of responsibility to the blinded mass thus some are willing to expose it all in hopes to awaken some. Little do the preppers realize that the blinded masses watch shows like this to reaffirm their normalcy and preppers are the real nutcases.
    This country is on the downward slide, most everyone feels it but a few of are doing anything about it but as long as there is a TV Camera with 5 minutes of fame there will always be someone to step in front of it and allow himself / herself to look stupid to the blinded masses.

  21. JSO
    August 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    The only one I really feel that did make a difference was the one who made the spider hole he was x opps.And didn’t reveal too much info other than his rabbits names!But unfortunately the morons I mean mormons have their hands in the pot on that show like Big Bertha bragging how her fat butt will be eating when the rest are starving come on talking about a slap in the face to preppers and Jenny Craig!

  22. Mike
    August 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    If you do go on the show and/or provide the answers to their detailed preshow questionnaire you can throw OPSEC right out the window.

  23. Ghost
    August 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I would not go on that show. It’s bad enough my close family has blabbed about my self-sufficient lifestyle and my back-ups to their friends. All I need is everyone else knowing too. If you want to keep it, keep it secret.

  24. NEWBY
    August 26, 2012 at 7:11 am


  25. Catherine
    August 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    The aim of these so-called reality shows is exploitation and shock value. However, some people have been able to apply things that are shown to their real, less extreme lives. The hoarder shows, for example, have helped many seek help “before it gets that bad”. I hope the prepper shows will do the same for those who can see past the shock value.
    I know of two people who appeared on shows. They received no money. Their aim was to try to educate others and show that most preppers are not “extreme”. After the editing, they came out looking crazy too. Mr. Sarti had his problem with being declared “mentally defective” BEFORE the show was made. He informed the producers and they used him anyways. I believe they used him BECAUSE of this not in spite of it.
    I don’t see myself giving up opsec for this entertainment genre. But, I do understand why some would do so.

  26. kevin
    August 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    havnt any of these morons herd of op sec

  27. twanakc
    August 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I rec’d same email. and a survey..was okay with it until they asked me how many guns I had and then asked me send in pictures of my stocks and guns, Don’t think so..

  28. Mike
    August 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

    After going through these posts, I can understand why was contacted; what I would be more concerned with is some of these others that have identified “They contacted me” or “I got that email too.”

    So, if National Geographic contacted you for their Doomsday Preppers show, unless you actually contacted them first, I would be more worried as to how they identified YOU as a prepper.

    Who’s customer list had been sold and to whom?
    Which vendor has an association to Nat Geo or through Columbia Journalist Review ( – parent company)?
    Did you purchase a number of specific books from one of their publishers that would categorize you as a prepper?
    Did one of the blogs I post to sell their list?
    Did I reveal personal information on a post that they found?

    Just a thought????

  29. Nick
    September 4, 2012 at 12:58 am

    After the doctor took away one preppers guns, another shoots off his thumb, and yet other had his generator stolen, why would anyone want to have anything to do with his show! Blatant arrogance of the producers did not impress me to watch it again.

  30. LvM
    September 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I don’t get it. With the guy that blew his thumb off they blamed it on a ‘misfire’, which actually makes him seem less ridiculous. The guy that got his guns taken from him was declared mentally defective after the show already aired, so how is that the show’s fault?
    I wouldn’t expect they were actually interested (primarily) in education about prepping, but your arguments don’t make sense.

  31. Dave
    December 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

    People need to wake up to reality (the real reality not reality TV). We have disturbed kids shooting up schools and people stepping on each others throats to get ahead. There doesn’t need to be an apocalypse. We are doing a well enough job destroying ourselves without help. If people don’t start using that mound of fat between their ears more often we will slowly spiral lower and lower. I am just glad we have evolved to the point that mass hysteria doesn’t ensue when doomsayers screams that the sky is falling. SEE—> Orson Welles “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.

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