Doomsday Preppers Review

Doomsday Preppers is quite a great show, though there are some schizophrenic design choices which aim to make the show appealing to viewers who agree with prepping for Doomsday and those that think it is crazy, but also undermine the weight of the show. Herein, Doomsday Preppers will be reviewed in detail with attention paid to some of the more interesting moments. This review may contain minor spoilers, though these have been shown repeatedly on YouTube already.

The Premise

The show is a documentary that shows the lifestyle and strategies various ‘preppers’ have created in order to survive some variety of Doomsday scenario. The show basically records how they prepare and live, as well as gets expert advice to assess the quality of their preparation.

The Preppers

Doomsday Preppers

The absolute best part of the show is not the preparation strategies but rather the preppers themselves. The personalities are really interesting and it is certainly the case that the people preparing for disaster are far more interesting than their preparations or the disasters. Some of them seem to suffer from mental disorders and are using prepping as an outlet for their anxieties. Some are military types that seem to want to continue the lifestyle. Others are just a little bit crazy. The show occasionally reaches to become something more than it might have been, for example the New York Fireman that prepares after having seen the destruction of September 11. These stories are true human stories, with strong emotional cores to them.

The Preparations

Given that the show is basically about the various preparations people have for various Doomsday scenarios, the show obviously gives a lot of attention to them. Many of them are very elaborate, thought out and interesting. However, one of the issues the show never brings up is how irresponsible some of them are. Take for example a father in one of the episodes who spends quite a lot of time and money preparing, rather than saving that money for its children’s educations. He thinks the trade is worth it, but education and knowledge might prevent Doomsday scenarios occurring in the first place which is a far better option. Another father trains his children to use firearm and on the show shots himself in the thumb.

Doomsday Preppers Gun Misfire

This is where the show has a fault: the experts never seem to identify that the preparations are often reckless and dangerous. As such, the people involved are far more likely to be harmed in making preparations than in just living normal lives. The irony that the preppers are dramatically more likely to bring harm to their families by preparing than if they had just behaved normally is never brought up, but always evident.


Doomsday Preppers is a great show, but needs to focus more on whether the preparations can be achieved without damage to the preppers lives and those of their children.

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