While some reality offerings like The Bachelor or any franchise of The Real Housewives thrive off of drama and controversy, The Bradshaw Bunch features light, good-hearted humor and a lot of family love.
Since Season 1 premiered in 2020, Terry and his loved ones have given viewers insight into their family dynamics, and they've showcased their funny antics at his Quarter Horses ranch home. Though The Bradshaw Bunch is considered to be a reality TV series, some fans have wondered if certain scenes are staged or if, potentially, they are fake.
Both Rachel and Terry have shared their thoughts on the authenticity of the show in the past. Read on to find out what they had to say.
Is 'The Bradshaw Bunch' fake?
Viewers often debate whether reality TV is as authentic as it is made to seem. While many reality stars do play things up for the cameras, there are some programs that feature scenes that are staged or scripted.
Like many other reality programs, there are story producers who work on The Bradshaw Bunch. They are responsible for creating a cohesive narrative or storyline through editing and producing footage.
While certain scenes may be organized in advance, the dialogue and interactions between the family members are largely off-the-cuff and unscripted.
Though some viewers are doubtful about how real The Bradshaw Bunch is, there is no indication from the cast that the show is fake.
Back in the fall of 2020, as Season 1 was airing, Rachel Bradshaw spoke with Distractify about how her dad emphasized the importance of being as "genuine" as possible in front of the cameras.
"My dad said that we couldn't be fake and that, if we wanted to fake it, we wouldn't do a show," Rachel shared with us back in the fall of 2020. "Everyone needed to be genuine, and we couldn't be afraid of getting people to love us."
Terry himself said something similar in an interview with The New York Post.
"I've been doing television and sports and I've been in front of the media ever since I was 16 years old and so this was nothing new, and I learned a good lesson early in my 20s, that if you're going to be judged and criticized or judged and applauded, make sure you're being yourself," he explained. "Whatever you're going to see on this show, the girls will all tell you, that's just how I am."
How can you watch 'The Bradshaw Bunch'?
The series airs live on E! on Wednesday nights, but there are a few options available for those who do not have traditional cable TV packages.
Viewers can catch up on the show with a subscription to the NBC streaming app, Peacock. Other streaming options include a premium Sling TV package, or a YouTube TV subscription.
While the show is listed on Hulu, only the "Season 2 Kickoff Special" is currently available to stream there.
The Bradshaw Bunch airs on E! on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET.