From a family owned business in North Louisiana, to a world wide mega brand, the Robertson family are the biggest thing in hunting AND entertainment these days. So, how did the Robertson's go from running 'Duck Commander' to staring in 'Duck Dynasty'?

It all started when a some members of the Robertson family appeared for three seasons on an Outdoor Channel show about actual hunting. David McKillop, the general manager of A&E, said the network viewed a tape and realized the potential for his channel was in the family interaction.

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After what he called “a vision meeting” with Mr. Robertson, A&E commissioned two pilots. The second ended with a scene of the family gathered around the dinner table.

That clicked. A&E saw an overarching theme: “A cross between ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ and ‘The Waltons.’ ” A family dinner would cap each episode, Mr. McKillop said. “It would be like, ‘Goodnight, John-Boy.’ ”