Doomsday Preppers or Doomsday Fools?

The topic of prepping has become popular. At least a couple of TV production companies I know of have either produced shows or are in the process of putting something together.

I watched the National Geographic special, “Doomsday Preppers” on YouTube. I’m not certain, but I think it’s the episode that aired February 7th. This is apparently part of a new series, though I don’t know how many episodes there will be.

The show presents some interesting ideas, such as one family’s aquaponic system. Also, I liked the bicycle powered wheat grinder another family set up.

It’s gratifying to see nothing negative said about guns and firearms training. They’re both normal aspects of the prepping life for the people featured.

In one segment of the show, two families are shown working together to be prepared. That’s encouraging and sets a positive example.

In fact, I think each of the families featured sets a positive example. They’re each doing things differently and envision different scenarios for which to be prepared. You’ll get inspiration and new ideas from what they’re doing.

What I don’t like is the attitude of the people who put the show together. They show all this great material, then chide the preppers for not doing what “our expert” recommends. I don’t know who their expert is, but presumably he knows everything and has all the answers.

Granted, none of the families is perfect or 100% above criticism. Would you put yourself and your preps on public display? Not me.

But the real question is, Will these people survive? Time will tell, won’t it? One can only assume the show’s producers won’t make it.

But what really infuriated me is the ending of the show. They have the nerve to say scientists don’t think the scenarios these families are preparing for are likely. So they’ve just called preppers fools.

Oh, yes, the show acknowledges the government encourages people to be prepared. But, hey, let’s not go overboard like these featured families, right?

With that in mind, I can’t get enthused about watching any future episodes. I feel those who participated in the “Doomsday Preppers” show have been wronged.

How about just reporting what preppers are doing and let viewers make up their own minds about it? Of course, the problem with that is that it’s not sensational or controversial enough.

You can watch the show below if you haven’t seen it. When one part is done, click through to the next part in the upper left corner of the video screen. There are four parts in all. The show is a few minutes shy of an hour long.



What do you think? I’d love to know your thoughts. Feel free to leave a comment below.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

5 thoughts on “Doomsday Preppers or Doomsday Fools?”

  1. Do terms like “doomsday” or “end of the world” serve the cause of people who believe in preparing? They are terms of mockery. Must we use them in referring to ourselves? Exaggerated and emotional terms are often used by those who deny reality, but people who prepare are the realists. We deserve better language to describe our efforts and beliefs.

    1. I heard an interview with one of the show producers before the series aired. I don’t remember a specific quote about why the term “doomsday” was used, but he was asked about it, and the idea was it gets people’s attention. So sensationalism is the order of the day.


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