What happens when you take a family of down home rednecks and plop them in the middle of the Hamptons of New York in an over 4 million dollar house and add Tom Arnold popping in occasionally with a comment? You get the premise of CMT’s show, “My Big Redneck Vacation”. This show follows this lively, beer swigging, gun toting, rowdy family from their home in Shreveport, LA, to the fancy, wine drinking, polo playing, and upper class life of the Hamptons.
You first meet the Clampets (yes, their last name is Clampet) in their homes in the swamps of Louisiana. You know right away that this rowdy bunch of rednecks is going to be fun to watch. They pack up everything, including their off-road vehicles, coolers full of beer, and chickens, and caravan in trucks and RV’s to their new adventure. It takes them a couple of days, which was a new experience for most of them never leaving their home state before.
As they are driving through the streets in the Hamptons, you can already get a feel of what these people are in for. They get to the house and meet up with the renter, who is not sure, what to think of this bunch of rednecks. After settling in, they unload all their stuff and check out the place.
The show is a few episodes in already, and it has been fun to watch this fish-out-of-water group try to fit in, get their neighbors to loosen up, and have fun. The lady’s take lessons on refinement and the men get drunk while fishing in the lake behind the house as speed boats rush by. They even decide to have a BBQ to meet their neighbors serving them possum, raccoon, and snake with a whole lot of beer to wash it down. This hardy bunch wouldn’t even let hurricane Irene chase them out of their home. They just boarded up the windows and partied. The next day, the yard was a muddy mess so they just pulled out the off-road vehicles, added homemade sleds to the back of them, invited the neighbors, and had a mucky time. They topped off the day by washing off the mud in the pool. I would hate to be their renters but would love to be their neighbors. I can’t wait to see what is next.
So come along and join in every Saturday night on CMT to see what other kinds of mischief the Clampets get into. (Check your local listings for time.)