A&E // 2010 // 250 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // January 15th, 2011
Some jobs bite. This one bites back.
The state of Louisiana is filled with annoying creatures setting up camp in people's homes, and there's one only man who's got what it takes to get rid of all the messy pests: Billy Bretherton, America's most famous exterminator. No matter how complicated or dangerous the job, Billy's always ready for a new challenge when it comes to animal removal. Whether you're dealing with an incredibly venomous snake hiding in your living room, thousands of aggressive bees taking over your yard, or a massive alligator trying to get on your porch, Billy is the man to call when all other pest control companies turn you away. He's as fearless as he is committed to help his clients to the best of his abilities, and that's exactly why A&E decided to introduce Billy to the world of television. Billy the Exterminator has been on the air since 2009, and Billy the Exterminator: Season One is now available on DVD.
The two-disc set includes all thirteen episodes from the debut season, with each episode running for about 20 minutes. That's just about enough time to follow Billy as he tackles two major jobs. The remainder of each episode is dedicated to some family drama, shedding light on how tough it can be to be in business with your family. Billy's mother is pretty much in charge of the office, while his dad and brother occasionally join him out in the field. Billy's wife Mary also wants a part in the company, but things don't always end well when she's around. Needless to say, the show comes with a certain amount of silly conflict typical for this kind of reality television.
What really turns Billy the Exterminator into an entertaining series is the variety of jobs Billy faces each day. While lots of his clients can't do anything about those annoying creatures invading their homes, others simply let their places of residence deteriorate, which is at times truly fascinating to watch. Whether people are struggling with dozens of mice or literally thousands of roaches chewing on anything they can find in kitchens and bathrooms, Billy always keeps a cool attitude as he grabs his nature-friendly products and heads into disaster zones to clean house and evict pests.
Luckily, Billy is one of a kind, which makes his show all the more interesting. Not only does he look the part, but Billy is without a doubt the craziest exterminator around. Fearless and always in a great mood, he simply sticks his hands and head everywhere they fit. Sure, he occasionally gets stung, bitten, or attacked, but for Billy, that's part of the job. The animals he goes after are his "dudes." As long as they are not harmful to the environment, he goes the extra mile of releasing his prisoners somewhere far away from human populations. He treats his profession with utter respect and knows what he's doing. Watching him do his thing with all the raccoons, alligators, and snakes is indeed both entertaining and even at times quite informative.
Audiences get to know Billy pretty well throughout the season, but for those seeking even more information about the unstoppable exterminator from Louisiana, the second DVD comes loaded with six featurettes focusing on all aspects of his life and work. While "About Billy" takes you on a tour inside his crib and into his big closet, "Meet the Family" introduces Billy's relatives and business partners. "Donnie" focuses on his mother's cancer story, and "Billy's Words of Wisdom" features Billy as he shares useful tips about nature and its often dangerous inhabitants. The two remaining specials are "Dangers of the Job," which is self-explanatory, and "Billy the Storyteller," a segment in which he recounts his craziest client stories. Needless to say, each of these extras will teach you something more about Billy and his company or the pest control business.
Raccoons, bats, possums, bobcats, skunks, foxes, killer bees, or alligators -- none of these creatures can stop Billy Bretherton, a man so devoted to his profession, he will never turn down a pest control gig. A&E's Billy the Exterminator may be occasionally infused with unnecessary drama to raise the tension, but when it comes down to it, it's still a fast-paced show getting incredibly close to the action. It really does make the world of pest control look like an adrenaline-fueled field, and it paints an interesting portrait of the man who's not afraid to declare war on any creature out there. Reality TV fans rejoice, because this one certainly is entertaining.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 250 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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