Alaskan Bush People

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Alaskan Bush People
Alaskan Bush People Title Card.jpg
GenreReality
StarringBrown Family
Narrated byAsa Siegel
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes85
Production
Production location(s)Chichagof Island, Alaska, Coordinates 57°57'31"N, 135°38'05.77"W, and Palmer Lake, Washington, Coordinates 48°54'00"N, 119°37'03"W, Camper at 48°47'50.5"N 119°35'30.0"W
Running timeApprox. 69 minutes
Production company(s)Park Slope Productions
Release
Original networkDiscovery Channel
Original releaseMay 6, 2014 (2014-05-06) –
present

Alaskan Bush People is an American scripted, docudrama-style reality television series that follows the Brown family in an attempt to survive in the wilderness, detached from modern society. The series premiered on the Discovery Channel on May 6, 2014.[1] Filmed on location near Hoonah, Alaska and Chichagof Island, with later seasons filmed on location in Okanogan County, Washington, it follows the extended Brown family's life.[2][3] Although purportedly a genuine reality TV show, it is criticized for being scripted and/or fake.[4][5][6][7]

In April 2019, Radar Online learned that the show has been renewed for a 10th season,[8] although specific dates are not yet known. On November 13, the show was renewed for season 11 which premiered on December 4, 2019.[9]

On August 3, 2020, it was announced that the twelfth season will premiere on August 23, 2020.[10]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
15May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06)June 15, 2014 (2014-06-15)
28January 2, 2015 (2015-01-02)February 20, 2015 (2015-02-20)
38May 22, 2015 (2015-05-22)July 24, 2015 (2015-07-24)
48November 11, 2015 (2015-11-11)January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)
510May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)July 15, 2016 (2016-07-15)
68December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15)
78June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21)August 23, 2017 (2017-08-23)
89August 19, 2018 (2018-08-19)September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)
95March 3, 2019 (2019-03-03)March 31, 2019 (2019-03-31)
106August 4, 2019 (2019-08-04)September 8, 2019 (2019-09-08)
118December 4, 2019 (2019-12-04)January 29, 2020 (2020-01-29)
12TBAAugust 23, 2020 (2020-08-23) 2020 (2020-TBA)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
11"Raised Wild"May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06)N/A
22"Human Wolf Pack"May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)N/A
33"Blindsided"May 20, 2014 (2014-05-20)N/A
44"Fight or Flight"May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)N/A
55"The Wild Life"June 15, 2014 (2014-06-15)N/A

Season 2 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
61"Breaking Free"January 2, 2015 (2015-01-02)N/A
72"Return to the Wild"January 9, 2015 (2015-01-09)N/A
83"Welcome to Browntown"January 16, 2015 (2015-01-16)N/A
94"Birdy Get Your Gun"January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23)N/A
105"Pile It On"January 30, 2015 (2015-01-30)N/A
116"On the Prowl"February 6, 2015 (2015-02-06)N/A
127"Home Alone"February 13, 2015 (2015-02-13)N/A
138"Now or Never"February 20, 2015 (2015-02-20)N/A

Season 3 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
141"A Wolfpack Divided"May 22, 2015 (2015-05-22)N/A
152"Rise of Browntown"June 5, 2015 (2015-06-05)N/A
163"Divide and Conquer"June 12, 2015 (2015-06-12)N/A
174"Bloodlines"June 19, 2015 (2015-06-19)N/A
185"A Big Gamble"June 26, 2015 (2015-06-26)N/A
196"Rocky Seas"July 3, 2015 (2015-07-03)N/A
207"Sink or Swim"July 17, 2015 (2015-07-17)N/A
218"Never Give Up"July 24, 2015 (2015-07-24)N/A

Season 4 (2015-16)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
261"Block & Tackle"November 11, 2015 (2015-11-11)3.985[11]
272"Shots Fired"November 18, 2015 (2015-11-18)N/A
283"Rock, Paper, Skipper"November 25, 2015 (2015-11-25)3.629[12]
294"Ballad of Billy Brown"December 2, 2015 (2015-12-02)N/A
305"Dock-u-Drama"December 9, 2015 (2015-12-09)3.767[13]
316"Dead in the Water"December 16, 2015 (2015-12-16)N/A
327"Alarmed & Dangerous"December 30, 2015 (2015-12-30)3.931[14]
338"Bush Heart"January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)3.845[15]

Season 5 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
341"The Wolfpack Returns"May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)N/A
352"Driving Miss Rainy"May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13)N/A
363"Winter Watch"May 20, 2016 (2016-05-20)N/A
374"Growing the Wolfpack"May 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)N/A
385"Surviving the Lower 48"June 3, 2016 (2016-06-03)N/A
396"High Tide Housing"June 10, 2016 (2016-06-10)N/A
407"Shots in the Dark"June 17, 2016 (2016-06-17)N/A
418"Judgement Day"June 24, 2016 (2016-06-24)N/A
429"Released to the Wild"July 8, 2016 (2016-07-08)N/A
4310"Back in Browntown"July 15, 2016 (2016-07-15)N/A

Season 6 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
441"All That Matters"January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04)N/A
452"Bear With Us"January 11, 2017 (2017-01-11)N/A
463"Browntown Boom"January 18, 2017 (2017-01-18)N/A
474"Dead in the Water"January 25, 2017 (2017-01-25)N/A
485"One Brown Down"February 1, 2017 (2017-02-01)N/A
496"All Falls Down"February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08)N/A
507"Field of Dreams"February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15)N/A
518"Wind and a Prayer"February 22, 2017 (2017-02-22)N/A

Season 7 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
521"Faith and Family"June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21)N/A
532"The Long Road"June 28, 2017 (2017-06-28)N/A
543"Strength In Numbers"July 5, 2017 (2017-07-05)N/A
554"Unanchored"July 12, 2017 (2017-07-12)N/A
565"Weight of the Wolfpack"July 19, 2017 (2017-07-19)2.64[16]
576"Bush Code"August 9, 2017 (2017-08-09)2.08[17]
587"A New Chapter"August 16, 2017 (2017-08-16)2.44[18]
598"Blazing a New Trail"August 23, 2017 (2017-08-23)2.47[19]

Season 8 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
601"Back to the Bush"August 19, 2018 (2018-08-19)3.41[20]
612"Secrets of the Bush"August 26, 2018 (2018-08-26)1.70[21]
623"Breaking Ground"August 26, 2018 (2018-08-26)2.37[21]
634"Head Above Water"September 2, 2018 (2018-09-02)2.01[22]
645"Call to Duty"September 9, 2018 (2018-09-09)2.09[23]
656"Bird and the Bees"September 16, 2018 (2018-09-16)2.08[24]
667"Family First"September 23, 2018 (2018-09-23)2.36[25]
678"Where There's Smoke There's Fire"September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)2.22[26]
689"A New Beginning"September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)2.22[26]

Season 9 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
691"Bull by the Horns"March 3, 2019 (2019-03-03)2.18[27]
702"The Buffalo Trail"March 10, 2019 (2019-03-10)1.73[28]
713"Beware the Bear-Crow"March 17, 2019 (2019-03-17)1.78[29]
724"Mountain Emergency"March 24, 2019 (2019-03-24)1.86[30]
735"Winter Is Here"March 31, 2019 (2019-03-31)2.21[31]

Season 10 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
741"King of the Mountain"August 4, 2019 (2019-08-04)N/A
752"The Wolfpack vs. the Wolf"August 11, 2019 (2019-08-11)N/A
763"Clear and Pheasant Danger"August 18, 2019 (2019-08-18)N/A
774"Fowl Weather Friends"August 25, 2019 (2019-08-25)N/A
785"The Chaos Before the Storm"September 1, 2019 (2019-09-01)N/A
796"The Big Push"September 8, 2019 (2019-09-08)N/A

Season 11 (2019-20)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
801"Wind and Water"December 4, 2019 (2019-12-04)N/A
812"Bears of a Feather"December 11, 2019 (2019-12-11)N/A
823"Storm's Fury"December 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)N/A
834"A Very Bush Wedding"January 1, 2020 (2020-01-01)N/A
845"Bam Bam's Big Build and Bears"January 8, 2020 (2020-01-08)N/A
856"Bear Meets Girl"January 15, 2020 (2020-01-15)N/A
867"Noah's Animal Ark"January 22, 2020 (2020-01-22)N/A
878"Where There's Water There's a Way"January 29, 2020 (2020-01-29)N/A

Season 12 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
881"Life in the Extreme"August 23, 2020 (2020-08-23)TBD

Specials[edit]

Title Original air date
"Back to the Bush - A Family of Nine"July 15, 2014 (2014-07-15)
The Brown family reveals their unique Christmas traditions out in the Alaskan bush. They also reflect on the past year as well as what's on the horizon for the family.
"A Very Bush Christmas"December 19, 2014 (2014-12-19)
The Brown family reveals their unique Christmas traditions out in the Alaskan bush. They also reflect on the past year as well as what's on the horizon for the family.
"Wild Times"May 22, 2015 (2015-05-22)
The Family look back on their life in the wild and talk about memorable and extreme moments from the show.
"Lost Footage"July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31)
Never before seen footage from season 2.
"The Wild Year"August 7, 2015 (2015-08-07)
The Brown family looks back on the last year of their lives. From their time in Ketchikan until the present, they reflect upon their crazy journey and respond to burning questions viewers have about events that have happened over the course of the season.
"Endless Summer"November 4, 2015 (2015-11-04)
Never before seen footage and an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming season.
"Paradise Lost"January 6, 2016 (2016-01-06)
This special features a look back at the Brown’s first summer on Chichagof Island.
"Browntown or Bust"April 29, 2016 (2016-04-29)
As the Browns return home from the Lower 48, we look back on what they miss the most about Alaska. Also never before seen footage and an exclusive sneak peeks of the new season.
"Browns Down South"July 22, 2016 (2016-07-22)
In this special episode, a deeper look into the Brown's time spent down south. And in never before seen footage brothers Bear and Bam commemorate their time in the Lower 48 in an extreme way.
"Made in the Wild"July 29, 2016 (2016-07-29)
A look behind the lens at the countless hours spent to bring bush life to the lower 48 and how Brown luck influences what makes it to air.
"A Browntown Christmas"December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07)
Join the Brown family as they celebrate Christmas, Alaskan Bush style.
"Browntown Bound"December 28, 2016 (2016-12-28)
At the end of one of the toughest years the Brown family has had in the wilderness of Alaska.
"Harsh Wilderness"March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01)
Having a well-functioning homestead takes massive amounts of ingenuity and hard work, something The Browns have worked tirelessly to achieve.
"Forever Browntown"March 8, 2017 (2017-03-08)
As the modern world encroaches on Southeast Alaska, the Browns fight to prove that the bush way of life is worth saving.
"Heart of the Browns"March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15)
"This Land is Our Land"March 1, 2019 (2019-03-01)
Never before seen footage and exclusive insight reveal how the Browns struggle during their first Spring on the mountain.
"The Wild New Wild"September 15, 2019 (2019-09-15)
The Wolfpack's ability overcome nearly any challenge. But will their skills help them realize their family dream of a ranch in Washington?
"Secrets of the Hunt"September 22, 2019 (2019-09-22)
Over decades in the Alaskan bush, the Browns have developed their own unique tricks and secrets to hunt like only the Wolfpack can.
"Never Surrender"September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)
"Growing Pains"November 27, 2019 (2019-11-27)
The Wolf Pack risks everything to transform the raw wilderness into a working ranch; as they grow faster than expected, the family is forced to evolve in ways they never imagined.
"Let the Feast Begin"November 27, 2019 (2019-11-27)

List of family members[edit]

Relationship Name Full Name Birthdate
Father Billy Brown Billy Bryan Brown December 3, 1952
Mother Ami Brown Amora Larene Branson Brown August 28, 1963
Son Matt Brown Matthew William Brown September 7, 1982
Son Bam Bam Brown Joshua Bam Bam Brown September 18, 1984
Son Bear Brown Solomon Isaiah Freedom Brown June 10, 1987
Son Gabe Brown Gabriel Starbuck Brown December 15, 1989
Son Noah Brown Noah Darkcloud Brown July 18, 1992
Daughter Birdy Brown Amora Jean Snowbird Brown November 18, 1994
Daughter Rainy Brown Merry Christmas Kathryn Raindrop Brown November 23, 2002
Daughter-in-law (Noah's Wife) Rhain Alisha Brown Rhain Alisha
Grandson (by Noah and Rhain Alisha) Eli Brown Elijah Connor Brown February 26, 2019 [32]
Daughter-in-law (Gabe's Wife) Raquell Brown Raquell Rose Pantilla
Grandson (by Bear and ex Raiven Adams) River Anthony Brown March 9, 2020

Background[edit]

Series follows the Brown family as they supposedly build lives together off the grid in Alaska before moving to Washington state in the most recent season.

Billy has a criminal history of horse theft in 1980.[33] Ami has a criminal history of welfare fraud.[34]

Residency issues[edit]

On October 3, 2014, following an investigation by the Alaska Department of Revenue, a Juneau grand jury indicted the Browns with 60 counts of first-degree unsworn falsification regarding Permanent Fund Dividend forms for their residency and first- and second-degree theft that took place between 2009 and 2012.[35]

Billy was charged with 24 of those counts, which occurred from 2010 to 2013 as well as for the theft of more than $21,000 in dividend money for himself and others.[35] The charges meant that the state believed the family spent more than 180 days a year living outside of Alaska and lied about it on their applications.[35]

On November 18, 2015, Billy and Joshua struck a plea deal for the whole family except Matt and Rain (Matt wasn't living there and didn't file and Rain was too young). They pled guilty for the rest of the family for lying on PFD forms.[36] Billy and Joshua's punishment for stealing over $21,000 dollars was restitution, fines and 30 days of house arrest at a Juneau hotel.

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