Alaska: The Last Frontier

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Season 1 episodes (13)

1 Before the Freeze
Meet the Kilcher family, who live on a 600-acre homestead in Alaska. With another brutal winter approaching, and bears having killed two of the family's cattle, they are forced to pin all of their hopes of surviving the winter on one last hunting trip.
2 Fueling the Fire
The first storm of the winter is fast approaching so the entire Kilcher homestead must race to finish preparing for the next eight months. Atz Sr. races ahead of the storm to lead a herd of cattle on a dangerous trek across flooded glacial rivers.
3 Snow, Cold and Darkness
The early winter storms have left the entire homestead unprepared. A desperate search for a newborn calf and its mother forces Otto's wife and their youngest son into a night snowstorm while Otto is away building shelter for his herd.
4 Dead of Winter
The extended Kilcher family struggle to get through a record-breaking harsh winter. Desperate for food, Atz Lee and Jane venture onto the ice to try fishing. Patriarchs Otto and Atz embark on a dangerous mission to bring aid to a fellow homesteader.
5 Spring Has Sprung
Spring finally arrives on the homestead. Eivin mills lumber, builds a large chicken house from scratch and helps wife Eve take out a rogue cannibal hen. Desperate for food, Jane goes fishing for king salmon solo while husband Atz Lee hunts for black bear.
6 Cattle Drive
Otto and family battle the elements and predators to drive their cattle to the summer pasture. A missing calf causes Otto and Eivin to head off for a dangerous late night rescue mission. Atz Lee and Jane build a makeshift greenhouse from cast off supplies
7 Range Riding
Atz begins his summer range riding season to protect Otto's cattle herd. A bear menaces from the edge; a wolf invades the herd. Otto and family race the clock and the elements to gather in winter's hay crop. Eivin and Eve's cannibal hen strikes again.
8 The River Wild
The Kilchers rally and call in favors to tackle their largest project this season. They have 48 hours to build a long cattle fence and rebuild a cabin, or the treacherous river's tide will trap their barge full of critical equipment for another month.
9 Something's Fishy
Summer half over, the Kilchers head out fishing, but it's not for least not entirely. They need 100s of pounds of fish to eat and barter with during winter. Each couple has their own time-proven technique for catching salmon, halibut and trout.
10 Legend of "Terrible Island"
Atz Lee and Eivin travel 160 miles and brave the bears of "Terrible Island" to hunt deer. Otto refuses to admit defeat and will use all the blackpowder he has to remove a pesky stump blocking his progress. Eve helps Charlotte solve a swarming bee problem.
11 Fall Feast
Fall arrives; the Kilchers scramble to finish their winter prep. Otto confronts a predator killing calves from inside his herd. Atz Lee and Jane catch and smoke salmon in their secret fish camp. Eivin uses a samurai sword to prepare Thanksgiving dinner.
12 Life According to Otto
Cattleman Otto Kilcher sees life a little differently. Some people think he's crazy, but he'll tell you it's just his willingness to accept whatever life brings him. Otto's sense of humor is infectious and his ingenuity inspires family and neighbor alike.
13 Homestead Innovations
For the Kilchers, necessity truly is the mother of invention and recycling takes a on whole new level -- from bone yard scavenges and make-do parts to tasty roadkill suppers. And it's not just the Kilcher men who have to be tough and resourceful.

About this show

Always pushed to their limits by the elements, circumstances and each other, the Kilchers continue to work together as a family to sustain the rich heritage of homesteading.

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2.51K reviews
Joseph Callahan
November 18, 2015
Love the program mostly because I grew up in the interior of Alaska in a small town Delta Junction. The truth is if you plan on doing what the family does, be prepared to share, there's no room for greedy people there, also go up to Alaska the end of winter, first day of spring. That way you and your clan will acclamate to extreme weather changes. I plan on returning next year to build my house, and get my roots reestablished.
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Georgia Garden Girl's Homestead
September 1, 2016
I so admire these folks for choosing to follow their "old" way life style. I use to yearn for this lifestyle. Deep inside I know physically my body could never withstand it. Just as I loved watching Little House on the Prairie growing up, I love watching and reading about Homesteading today. I guess the urge to survive must have came from my indian ancestors.
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A Google user
August 26, 2016
Hats off to all the men and women who live off grid in Alaska, the true last frontier. They have adventure and guts in their blood to be able to with stand the hardships and life 's many disappointments, that they run into. There life style has been forgotten by many people who only read and dream about it. The strongest can only make it out in the last frontier good luck.
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