‘Alaskan Bush People’: Does The Family Actually Live In Isolation In Alaska?

'Alaskan Bush People': Does The Family Actually Live In Isolation In Alaska?

By now, viewers know that the reality show is far from real. Real housewives are anything but, and conveniently, the events in the Kardashians’ lives happen at just the right time when the cameras happen to be rolling. Over the years, fans have come to realise that many famous reality shows are actually fake.

The story of the Alaskan Bush People has led viewers to believe it’s real. In the series, which has aired on the Discovery Channel since 2014, fans have followed an eccentric family who decide to live a life connected to nature for 13 seasons.

From the beginning of the series, there have been questions about how real the situation really is. Despite the family’s constant denials, there are more outrageers than ever who believe there are many things about the “Alaskan Bush People” that the Discovery Channel is keeping secret.

It seems that Brown’s expedition was not originally intended to be a reality show. According to a Capital City Weekly article, the initial plan was to run the story as a documentary. Apparently the series would have documented the Brown family as they returned to Alaska after a book signing and speaking engagement tour.

The family would have been accompanied by a professional film crew who would have filmed them as they ventured into the bush to recreate the journey described in Billy Brown’s book, The Lost Years. The final product, a television documentary about the 57-day journey, would be broadcast nationally and internationally.

‘Alaskan Bush People’: Does The Family Actually Live In Isolation In Alaska?

Although the late patriarch Billy Brown calls himself The Alaskan Man, he doesn’t even come from the Last Frontier. He was actually born in Texas. This fact is detailed in his book, One Wave At A Time, which after his death, sells for exorbitant prices. But there’s more. It also turns out that the family doesn’t actually live in Alaska. The show portrays the family living off the grid in the Alaskan bush, foraging for food and building shelters with their bare hands. But the reality is very different.

In 2016, it came to light that the Browns falsified their Alaska residency records. People who live in the area year-round receive an annual payment, and the Browns had been claiming payments despite not being residents of the state.

Once caught, Billy and his son Joshua, known as “Bam Bam,” were sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from the state of Alaska. In all, the family had received $27,000 illegally, and were ordered to pay back $22,000 in fines.

Written by Christine Cohan

Reality TV Writer / Editor

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