There has been some discussion online about what Nat Geo's intention was in airing the show - was it to encourage prepping? To make preppers look odd? Something else? So I figured I'd activate my sleeper cell over at Nat Geo and get the inside story.
The story is about .... eyeballs. Ratings. Viewers. Apparently, what people watching TV want to watch is shows about people mostly like them .... but with an interesting difference. So middle class people who look at the problems around the world and DO something to prepare to weather them made it to TV.
Actually, Nat Geo doesn't even produce Doomsday Preppers themselves, it comes from a third party company, so Nat Geo doesn't do the editing or selecting families or anything. Nat Geo has more than one show dedicated to groups that, while the members are still part of society, they do or believe something somewhat .... fringe. I don't know if all of the series about 'fringe' folks are from 3rd party companies or not.
Word is that the third party company couldn't find folks outside of the US who prep. Which tells ME that preppers outside of the US have better OPSEC than US preppers have. Nat Geo seems to feel that means that folks outside of the US don't feel they'd survive doomsday.