Here Comes Honey Boo Boo aired on the TLC network from summer of 2012 to summer of 2014. It was a reality TV show that many viewers considered a guilty pleasure. The show's star, Alana, was also known by her infamous nickname, Honey Boo Boo. Her full name is Alana Thompson, however.
This reality TV show followed the life of Alana and her family, including her mother, "Mama June."
This family didn't try to be classy like some reality TV families do. They didn't go for high fashion, or hipster cuisine, or holidays in Ibiza. Instead, they made supper from fresh roadkill, farted on camera, and competed in The Redneck Games.
Fans of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo may revisit their good memories of this show by checking out today's list. Those who don't know a lot about Honey Boo Boo and her family will learn plenty when they check out every entry on the list.
This show was a natural extension of Toddlers and Tiaras because Honey Boo Boo captured the attention of the public while appearing on the hit TLC show, thanks to her sassy ways. While Here Comes Honey Boo Boo only lasted for a couple of years, Mama June got her own reality V show, which first aired in February of 2017.
20 Roadkill Was Turned Into A Family Meal
Eating "fresh" roadkill isn't a concept that will appeal to many families. Honey Boo Boo, Mama June, Sugar Bear, Chickadee, Chubbs, and Pumpkin were more than willing to chow down on roadkill, according to Georgetownvoice.com.
When the family got word that a pig had been struck by a vehicle, the family sprang into action. They got the carcass ASAP and then butchered it. Roadkill was the base for a pork and beans meal.
While this family got judged a lot, there is an upside to their way of life, including the fact that Honey Boo Boo was taught to believe in herself and go for her dreams.
19 Mama June Compared Female Private Parts To Hardee's Biscuits
Mama June doesn't hold back when it comes to expressing herself. She tells it like it is. According to Phillymag.com, Mama June compared female private parts to biscuits during the ultrasound of one of her daughters.
Mama June believes that only well-cooked biscuits, like those from Hardee's, really look like a woman's downstairs region.
Do you think that Hardee's biscuits resemble female private parts? This statement from Mama June is just one of many unusual and hilarious comments that she's made. She is part of the reason why Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was so different from other reality TV shows.
18 Alana Worried That Mom Would Eat Her Pet Pig
Honey Boo Boo was devoted to her pet pig. According to Huffingtonpost.com, she was concerned that her mother, Mama June, would actually eat her porcine pet! The pig was named Glitzy and Alana's worries stemmed from the fact that her mama eats "everything else."
This family is comedy gold. Every member of the family is outspoken, especially Honey Boo Boo and Mama June. Like mother, like daughter. Mama June didn't eat Glitzy, but Alana's comment made plenty of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fans LOL.
While the show definitely had its detractors, and only stayed on the air for four seasons, it did have loyal fans, including Jenna Dewan.
17 June Told Her Teens They Smelled Like Hairspray & Desperation
This is pretty funny. It's not really nice, but I'm sure it wasn't meant seriously. Would you tell your daughters that they smelled like hairspray and desperation? Probably not, but, then again, you're not on reality TV.
With the cameras rolling, reality TV stars do feel compelled to entertain their audiences, through funny remarks, or high drama, or the whatever...the world is watching.
Phillymag.com compiled a list of funny quotes from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and this "hairspray and desperation" quote stood out. It showed a little dark wit from Mama June. Mama June has also gotten some comments from her daughters, so it all evens out.
16 June Revealed Her Love Of Couponing
A lot of people have gotten hooked on couponing, whether it's extreme couponing or couponing that's a bit more moderate. Mama June is one of those people. Mama June once said that couponing is better than private romantic moments, according to Usmagazine.com. Alana (Honey Boo Boo) first revealed that her mom is heavy into couponing during a memorable episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Mama June is self-taught when it comes to the art and science of couponing. She did not have a mentor. She thinks that anyone can learn how to coupon because it's not necessary to be a "rocket scientist" to master the fundamentals.
15 Anna Went Into Labor
While Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was still on the air, Anna (then 17) was pregnant with her first child. Her first baby was a daughter named Kaitlyn, and Mama June would care for her granddaughter on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. In 2015, Eonline.com reported that Anna Marie Cardwell was expecting her second baby.
Mama June and Anna have had a tough relationship. When Anna announced her second pregnancy, Mama June wasn't happy. She felt that her daughter was too young to take on the responsibility of a second child. In 2015, Anna filed a lawsuit against her own mother, claiming that "Mama June" Shannon owed her 300,000 dollars.
14 Miss Georgia Gave Alana Pageant Advice
In 2012, Honey Boo Boo had a big pageant on the horizon, according to Eonline.com, and Miss Georgia 2011 (Michaela Lackey) stepped in to give Alana some pageant advice. At this time, the family was scrounging for cash for the pageant. These pageants get expensive. They are so many costs, from dresses to travel to hotel to entrance fees and beyond.
To grab extra cash, the family attended a meet-and-greet with Michaela. They also played Bingo to try to score some winnings. The family was also believed to be angling for a pay raise for season two of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
13 The Family Competed In The Redneck Games
The family enjoyed some quality time together during a trip to The Redneck Games, according to Buzzfeed.com. This event celebrates "Southern pride" and features gross-out activities galore, including bobbing for pig's feet. This activity looked really unpleasant. The pig's feet were slimy. The games are held every summer in Georgia.
Alana enjoys getting messy, just like pigs do. She said so on the show. During this special summer event, she didn't hesitate to jump in huge mud puddles. This event isn't for everyone, but it's a perfect fit for Honey Boo Boo, Sugar Bear, Anna, Mama June, and the rest of the clan.
12 There Were Some Memorable Family Parties
Parties are a big deal for Honey Boo Boo and her family. Maybe you remember the Dukes of Hazzard surprise party that was planned in Sugar Bear's honor? Or the way that the family celebrated the Fourth of July with fireworks and a picnic? Or the throne that greeted Pumpkin when she returned from the hospital? Anna's wedding shower, which has a wrestling theme, was also a memorable event, according to Bustle.com.
The family that plays together stays together, mostly. Mama June and Anna do have their problems. Sugar Bear is no longer with Mama June. At least this family has some good memories of family parties to look back on.
11 June Rented A Goat For Alana
When the family traveled to a Georgia farm, everyone wanted to check out the animals, including some goats. Honey Boo Boo got more than she bargained for when two goats began mating right in front of her. Nonetheless, the family decided to bring a goat home for a while and take care of it. It would be a nice pet for Alana. The goat was rented, for a fee of five dollars a day, based on a report from Dailymail.co.uk.
So, how did it go with the goat? Well, not good. It got into Mama June's coupons and also wreaked havoc on bathroom supplies. The goat lasted 48 hours before being returned to the farm.
10 Alana Ate A Lot Of Junk Food
Critics of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo didn't like the things that the family ate during the reality TV series. They had issues with the portions that were eaten, too. They also called Mama June and Sugar Bear out for creating a family lifestyle that was low on physical activity. Of course, producers of the shows knew all too well that people would be watching and judging.
Since the Toddlers and Tiaras days, when Honey Boo Boo was given "Go Go Juice" made from Mountain Dew and Red Bull, many people have wished that the family would adopt a healthier lifestyle, for the sake of the kids, as reported by The Daily Mail.
9 Mama June Farted During The Opening Credits
The tone for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was set right during the opening credits, when Mama June farted while the family posed in a group, according to Phillymag.com.
This show isn't supposed to be classy. People aren't really supposed to envy the lifestyles of the family members. It's not a Kardashian-type of thing, where fancy houses and exclusive parties and fabulous vacations are being showcased.
With Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, it's about a family that isn't loaded with cash. It's about a family that doesn't have pretensions. The family's lack of culture and "class" gave this show its edge and appeal.
8 Sugar Bear Wooed June With A Hostess Twinkie
Sugar Bear was in the mood for love and he attempted to woo June with a Hostess Twinkie. On KUWTK, it might be diamonds or lush floral arrangements. The sentiment is the same. The Twinkie was a love token which was supposed to fan the flames of passion. June remarked that she'd prefer a deep fryer.
Sugar Bear is Alana's dad, but he's not the bio dad of Mama June's other daughters. Sugar Bear and Mama June weren't at war at this point. Later on, there were some accusations made which were really serious. The accusations came from both sides.
7 June Confiscated The Kids' Smartphones
June set a parenting rule to try to stop Smartphone overuse. Her kids were becoming way too reliant on their mobile devices, so she confiscated them. The problem was, she began to miss her own Smartphone.
As parents, we've got to try to set rules without being hypocritical. When it comes to mobile devices, this can be tough. According to Bustle.com, we all check our Smartphones, on average, every 10 minutes. It's good for everyone to unplug now and then and read a book or get some exercise or just talk. But banning Smartphones entirely is just too hard for most families to do.
6 Pumpkin Got A Makeover
Makeovers are a big deal with this family. Alana does pageants and these pageants have a strong hair, fashion, and makeup component. So, it's no real surprise that Pumpkin got a fun makeover during Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
According to TLC.com, the makeover happened during one of the "lost episodes" of the show, which are now accessible at the official TLC.com website. Pumpkin's makeover wasn't as dramatic as the makeover that Mama June had, though. She's been on quite the hunt for the perfect body these days. Mama June's transformation was unveiled in her own reality show, which aired after Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was canceled.
5 Mama June Wondered If She Was Pregnant
Mama June was worried about a possible pregnancy during Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. She said that "Aunt Flowey" hadn't made the usual appearance. She wasn't sure what was happening with her body. Apparently, she was also eating in a different way (going for grapes and salads, which was unlike her) and experiencing mood swings. It all turned out to be a false alarm, according to a report from the Dailymail.co.uk website.
She did take a pregnancy test, however, but the result was negative. She wondered if menopause might be changing her cycle. The whole pregnancy concern inspired Mama June to explain menstruation to Alana, in a really gross way.
4 Pumpkin Failed The Pigzilla Eating Challenge
Pumpkin's real name is Lauryn and she's all grown up now. It's been a while since she tried to eat a four-pound meat sandwich. She was 13 when she took the challenge, according to Huffpost.com. She couldn't finish it in time to win, but made a strong effort. The Pigzilla contains three pounds of meat and a one-pound Hawaiian-style bun.
Pumpkin is a mom now, who bats for both teams. She let the world know that she likes men and women in 2015, according to Dailymail.co.uk. When she came out during an interview, Mama June revealed that she shares the same inclinations as her daughter.
3 June Worried About Anna Moving Out
Most moms worry about the empty nest, but Mama June had to worry earlier than most, because her daughter, Anna, moved out very young, and then became pregnant as a teen. Anna wasn't living with mom and Anna wanted her to move back in when news of her pregnancy was announced.
Anna had moved out of the family home after she became engaged to Michael, whom she married in May of 2014, according to Herecomeshoneybooboo.fandom.com. Anna's wedding preparations were featured on the reality TV show, including a wrestling-themed wedding shower. Anna and her mom have had a lot of problems in the past.
2 'Sketti' Was A Family Delicacy
If you enjoyed watching the family eat "sketti" on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, you should know that Mama June shared the "secret recipe," according to People.com. To make your own artery-clogging Sketti meal, add chunks of butter and splashes of ketchup to a plastic bowl and then melt the two ingredients in your microwave. Then, pour this melted concoction over cooked spaghetti noodles.
It's easy to poke fun at sketti, from a culinary and nutritional standpoint, but Mama June says it was one of the ways that she managed to keep her kids fed when her budget was very tight. Sketti is a family favorite.
1 Alana Had A Very Messy Sneeze
Little Alana had one of those unfortunate sneezes that involved an unexpected amount of mucous. It could happen to anyone. According to Thesun.co.uk, Honey Boo Boo wasn't sure how to handle the situation, because the mucous just didn't stop spewing. Of course, the cameras were rolling.
Honey Boo Boo has confidence, but she was just a little thing when this happened. She must have been embarrassed. Naturally, the cameras didn't stop recording her while she was having a bad moment.
How do you feel about Here Comes Honey Boo Boo? Some people think it's designed to mock the family. Others believe that it showed a close-knit clan who looked out for each other.
Sources: Phillymag.com, Usmagazine.com, Eonline.com, Huffingtonpost.com, Buzzfeed.com, Bustle.com, Georgetownvoice.com, Herecomeshoneybooboo.fandom.com, People.com, Thesun.co.uk