TruTV adds another reality series, Way Out West, to its lineup beginning Monday, July 21 at 10pmET/9pmCT. Way Out West gives viewers a glimpse of Idaho’s vast wilderness for tracking, fishing, rafting and camping trips by following three outfitter families: The Bullocks, The Yourens and The Korells (pictured below in order). These families have a long history of rivalry in their businesses of outfitting in the Idaho Backcountry, as they compete against each other to lead the best excursions.
In addition to guiding city-dwellers who would otherwise lose their way, the show follows their everyday life adventures from running the business to raising kids to living with the crazy older Youren brothers (the middle picture), who could be mistaken for The Three Stooges.
The show is a good fit for truTV because it gives as “true” of a look — as far as reality TV goes — at family life amid Idaho’s west. The series takes a modern twist on how residents in the Wild West live after keeping a family business open for so long. Unlike some of the other more trashier reality series, this one is actually a family show that people of all ages can watch.
The only issue I have is that subtitles would have been nice on occasion. At times it was hard to understand what they just said and it felt like I missed things. Oh well, it’s not like you would be missing some major plot line, as it sure isn’t too hard to figure out what they are doing since the majority of the time it’s tomfoolery.
In the pilot episode, the three families actually plan a competition event where they compete against each other to earn some bragging rights. Each family gets to pick one event and whoever wins will be considered the best outfitting family in Idaho. While the events aren’t exactly geared toward their respective businesses — not real sure how chariot races fits into their outfitting options — you do get a good feel for each of the family’s dynamics.
The pilot also finds the Korells, also known as the pretty boys, over their heads when they get too many drunk guests for an outfitting visit. This is when they head to The Bullocks, the old and wise, for their help. Even though they all pick on each other, they are willing to help out when they can. However, this time The Bullocks aren’t willing to help and leave Chris Korell with The Stooges. You’ll have to see how that goes.
Way Out West airs Mondays on truTV beginning July 21st at 10/9c.
photos credit: John Nowak/truTV