My wife found this show at the start of our shelter in place, and she has been binge-watching all 9 seasons; I've joined her.
And I'm familiar enough with reality tv to know that there are narratives and script grafted on (heck, I know writers who have worked on reality shows).. And I think most of the fans of the show know this. I'd like to see more of a real documentary style that just shows how they work and make things, but I guess Discovery knows what buttons to punch.
I respect the family for being genuine individualists. They aren't like some of the culty families on reality TV with a weird religious side that keeps their kids from real education, and leaving the next. It seems like all of the kids have left at some point, and they've ben to college, and done other things, and some have come back to the homestead by choice.
I also don't buy the whole "starve this winter" thing, because, yes, they are driving distance to a supermarket. But I respect that they do subsistence hunting and eat everything they shoot, and use the other parts. That's the interesting part to me, and I've lived in big cities since I was born.
And I love Jane. She's the one who ISN'T fully bought into the "Kilcher culture," and will say stuff that's utterly real in the face of their "this is the family way" thing.
Atz seems like he's a lot happier as a grandfather than he was as a father. Atz Lee also seems like he forces himself into the "man's got to do what a man's got to do" box, which is an old school way of being a jerk. In an odd way, he and Jane are actually good for each other. I also respect that they keep their kids off the show, mostly.
And of course Eiven and Eve are just nice people. (At least on TV). Hell, I ordered a t-shirt from them.
I've watched enough shows that I can now yell at Otto for one of his "wacky schemes" and see how Charlotte can talk him down.
I respect the way they choose to live, and they certainly aren't living a wasteful life, and are trying to keep things sustainable.
)I also want to know about their neighbors: the Russian community that settled there in 1900 and still speaks with Russian accents!)