Premise: Although the state's mention in the title was dropped after the first season, Alaska still plays a major role in Discovery Channel's top-rated show. It follows the efforts of gold miners, inexperienced as some may be, hoping to strike it rich in the wilds of The Last Frontier and beyond. For their first effort, a crew led by Todd Hoffman and his father, Jack, sunk $250,000 into their dream and came away with just $20,000 worth of gold. The dismal summer was filled with injuries, malfunctioning equipment and constant fighting among the greenhorn miners, yet their serious case of gold fever trumps any talk of giving up and leads to new operating plans in order to salvage their dream. The series also keeps tabs on the efforts of brash youngster Parker Schnabel, veteran Dakota Fred and longtime Yukon resident Tony Beets to hit the mother lode at separate sites.
"We were more like on our face," says Todd Hoffman of the trials he faced on "Gold Rush" this sea...
"When Richard Madden showed up," "Gold Rush" executive producer Christo Doyle says, "I went to hi...
"Good ground makes a good miner," says Parker Schnabel of "Gold Rush." "With good ground, everybo...
Says Emily Riedel of "Bering Sea Gold," "Gold mining is not for the sane, but it's not for the in...
Says "Gold Rush" executive producer Christo Doyle, "There are bad Christmas sweaters; we exchange...
Since "Gold Rush" is a show about seeking a precious metal deep in the Earth, from Alaska to Cana...
"I have a lot of friends who've even graduated college," says Parker Schnabel, "and they don't kn...
Todd Hoffman eats humble pie when he begs his old crew to return; Parker Schnabel loses an excavator in a swamp; Tony Beets gives his daughter Monica her own operation.
The Hoffman crew opens a second mine in Colorado; Parker Schnabel tries out a new mechanic who fails to get approval from Mitch; Tony Beets sets sail in a power-barge up the mighty Yukon river.