Tuesday night TV: basic cable offers up a feast of manly programming

‘Sons of Anarchy’ tonight at 10 p.m. on FX Photo: (FX)

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2013 —Since the major broadcast networks seem intent on force feeding us reruns this time of year, it may be a good time to look for hidden gems on  basic cable. Fortunately, Tuesday nights have plenty to choose from, especially for men.

“Moonshiners” at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel is consistently one of the top rated shows of the night. Follow the exploits of back woods bootleggers in their quest to make illegal whiskey while avoiding the authorities. The show has been criticized for its authenticity, but regardless of its detractors, the show can be very entertaining.

Also at 9 p.m. “Doomsday Preppers” on National Geographic Channel features people who are preparing for the end of life as we know it. Ever since the Cuban Missile Crisis during the cold war, people have built bunkers and stocked up food and supplies in the event that society breaks down.

Preppers expect everything from earthquakes to economic meltdowns to send the world into a downward spiral in which only the prepared will survive. Each Tuesday “Doomsday Preppers” follows the exploits of various people as they take steps to assure their survival.

This show has been criticized as a strictly commercial endeavor that feeds on the fear of people. But recent events like the 9/11 attack, Hurricane Katrina, and a general escalation of threatening events across the board have raised enough concerns that make preppers look less and less crazy.

The Mormon Church even encourages its members to have at least a six month supply of essential items in the event of a catastrophe. The church is so concerned it has actually published the “LDS Preparedness Manual,” a book that contains tips and instructions on preparing for surviving the downfall of society.

This is good to know because just in case we find ourselves unprepared for global catastrophes, we can always go to Utah.

At 10 p.m. on History Channel, Swamp man and gator expert Shelby will be serving up a Cajun version of the holidays on “A Very Shelby Christmas.” When Shelby isn’t celebrating the holidays you can find him tearing across the swamps hunting valuable submerged logs and spreading chaos. Be warned though, Shelby is not for the faint of heart. He rarely wears shoes and he isn’t above urinating off the edge of his boat.

And last but certainly not least is “Sons of Anarchy” at 10 p.m. on FX. This show premiered in 2008 and has increased its audience each year to the point that it is one of the highest rated shows in FX’s history. For motorcycle enthusiasts and people with an affection for living outside the law, this show is everything they could want and more. For women, the star is the incredibly sexy Charlie Hunnam. So ladies, act like you are watching the show with your man just to endulge his rebellious aspirations and keep the real reason to yourself. That way it is a win-win situation.


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