Porter Ridge: Unabashedly ‘Hilljack,’ Take It or Leave It


Terry Porter of PORTER RIDGE on Discovery Channel.
Shirts are always optional in Porter Ridge, and Terry Porter always seems to exercise that option.

Porter Ridge: Just where is Discovery Channel going with this show?

You have to understand:  I live in extreme North Georgia. I grew up in a town that was saluted by Hee Haw in the 1970s. I am not unfamiliar with life in an unabashedly rural setting. But, I just do not get this show.

Still, I find myself laughing hysterically at some of the scenes, even as I ask, “What the heck just happened?” So, it is not that I necessarily dislike Porter Ridge.

I just do not get it.

‘Hilljack’ Way of Living

There are a couple of people on Porter Ridge that can only be described as real characters, particularly Terry Porter. He makes no sense, literally, as he garbles and hem-haws his way through what is apparently every thought, major or minor, that comes into his head. He doesn’t seem to have any kind of censoring system going on in there, at least from what I can actually understand. And, when he CAN be understood, that is when it really gets confusing. If you were asking, “What?” before, you will be asking, “WHAT?!” when you start catching on to his speech “pattern.”

It’s somewhere between fascinating and frightening.

Thinking This Through

Last night, there was some kind of mad-dash scramble that the Porter Ridge rivals deemed a race; most people outside of their community probably just saw complete chaos. It certainly was not NASCAR, at any rate. But, it was good, clean, fairly friendly, if really dangerous, entertainment.

And, maybe that’s what I am “getting” from Porter Ridge.

These people are different; they make no bones about that. They are up front: It may not be the “right” way outside of Porter Ridge, but it is their way. And, watching a show that is not full of language bleeps every 10 seconds, well, it is refreshing. These people seem like good, honest people. They may not be politically correct, but is that a bad thing?  “Respect the Lord, love your family and watch each other’s backs.” Simple as that.

It’s the Porter Ridge way; take it or leave it.

Hmmmm. Maybe I get this show more than I thought I did.

Stay tuned.

Porter Ridge airs on Discovery Channel on Tuesday nights at 10:30/9:30c, following Tickle.

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1 thought on “Porter Ridge: Unabashedly ‘Hilljack,’ Take It or Leave It

  1. well, sounds like another show about ”rednecks”, hillbillies, …..I guess there are a lot of really gullible people who will believe anything about us country people:)

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