‘Alaskan Bush People’ Fans Reflect on Bam Bam’s Role in the Show

by Amy Myers
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

In every family, there has to be at least one sibling that keeps the rest from falling into absolute chaos, and in the Alaskan Bush People crew, that’s 37-year-old Bam Bam Brown.

It might not be the most popular role, but it’s one that’s necessary. Since oldest brother Matt Brown (38) left the show and family for his own recovery and rehab journey, Bam Bam stepped up to the plate to act as the balancing force in the “Wolf Pack.” Even more so, when the family patriarch, 68-year-old Billy, died, Bam Bam truly became the man of the house (or rather, ranch).

Not surprisingly, that means the Alaskan Bush People star is hardly ever the fun brother. That’s 34-year-old “King of Extreme,” Bear Brown. Throughout the years, we’ve seen Bam Bam keep his siblings out of trouble (or at least less trouble) by being the voice of reason, but he can also come off as a Debby Downer.

Let’s put it this way. If the Alaskan Bush People lived in the Hundred Acre Woods, Bam Bam would be Rabbit. If they were seven dwarves in a house together, he’d be Grumpy. And if they lived on Sesame Street… you get the picture.

It’s not like Bam Bam means to be a buzzkill, but someone has to take on the responsible role in the family.

Fans Discuss Moment When ‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Discovered Father’s Vulnerability

One of the most rewarding and challenging parts about being the oldest sibling is that you tend to be your parents’ go-to for family affairs. And that’s exactly what happened when, years ago, Alaskan Bush People patriarch Billy Brown handled the family’s finances. He called on Bam Bam to help with bookkeeping, and unfortunately, this resulted in fraud charges for them both.

Soon enough, Billy and Bam Bam Brown headed to court to answer for their mistakes. In the end, they had to pay $7,956 and complete 40 hours of community service. Not great, but at least they didn’t have to serve any jail time. But Alaskan Bush People fans seemed to think that there was much more emotional damage than financial damage from the incident.

On Reddit, a few fans discussed how the bookkeeping error and trial may have warped Bam Bam’s image of his father as well as the world.

“It’s not a good feeling when you outgrow your own parent,” one fan wrote.

Another concurred, “No, he faced jail because of his dad and became disillusioned. They say the worst moment for a child is when you realize your parents are mortal. Maybe worse is when you realize they are immoral.”

Now without his father, it seems the Alaskan Bush People star is more serious and graver than ever.