While CMT and TLC focusing on mocking the likes of backwoods antics, the National Geographic Channel chooses to bypass the punch lines in favor of highlighting "hillbilly ingenuity."

The unlikely group of folks they've rounded up for Rocket City Rednecks include several men who hold Ph.D.'s, actual rocket scientists, a certified genius, and a NASA machinist. Each guy is as brilliant as he is unflinchingly Southern, making this one a science reality show like no other in its class.

Performing experiments in Alabama's backyard, the men mix science and redneck sensibilities to entertaining effect, using discarded beer cans to bomb-proof a truck, launching moonshine-fueled rockets and cracking jokes about how much they enjoy consuming each all the while.