Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. It features violently competitive behavior, from threats to shooting, burning property, and running people off roads (no one gets hurt). Appalachian Outlaws. The History Channel featured a new show this year that focused on ginseng in Appalachia. Thank you for your support. Your privacy is important to us. Stereotyping of the end buyers, businessmen in China, happens often. With demand for the herb increasing worldwide and supply not able to meet it, the crop's value is approaching $1,000 per pound. Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. Appalachian Outlaws is another reality-esque, loosely unscripted TV show brought to you by the same network that airs Pawn Stars, American Pickers and Vikings. The stereotyping of people, including Chinese businessmen, sets the foundation for some of this drama. Why do people agree to appear on TV shows when they're engaging in inappropriate or even illegal behaviors? He’s been studying ginseng for over a decade. Be the first to review this title. Mike Ross appears on The History Channel series Appalachian Outlaws, but he’s definitely no bandit. Why isn't it considered a work of fiction when this happens? Appalachian Outlaws features these incredibly unique characters as they jockey for power in the “eco-system” they’ve formed with the mountains and each other. Gator hunting/Cajun culture docu is interesting but graphic. “That doesn’t serve any purpose other than trying to portray negative behavior to get ratings, and I think it sets a terrible precedent.”. Paints violent picture of Appalachian ginseng trade; stereotypes about Chinese buyers. “Sangers”—ginseng hunters—and experts agree that there are many inaccuracies. A star of the hit reality show “Appalachian Outlaws” has been arrested on charges of carrying a gun and for an outstanding assault warrant. Appalachian Outlaws was an American reality television series that focused on the activities of ginseng harvesters in the forests surrounding the Appalachian Mountains. Produced for the History Channel by Original Productions, the series initially debuted on January 4, 2014 with the second season premiering on February 2, 2015. Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus., Connecting Western Wildfires with Climate Action Should Be Easier Than It Is, “Appalachian Fall” Shows How Coal Country Could Be a Model for Rebuilding America. He also doubts how much ginseng some of the characters are harvesting. APPALACHIAN OUTLAWS is a reality series featuring the trials and tribulations of Appalachian ginseng root growers and diggers as they work hard to meet the demands of big-city buyers.