Alone (TV series)

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Alone
Alone show logo.jpg
GenreReality
Survival
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes55 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Russ McCarroll
Zachary Behr
Gretchen Palek
Nathaniel Lukas
Shawn Witt
Zachary Green
Ryan Pender
David George
Brent Montgomery
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Leftfield Pictures
DistributorHistory
Release
Original networkHistory
Original releaseJune 18, 2015 (2015-06-18) – present

Alone is an American reality television series on History. The first, second and fourth seasons were filmed on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and the third near Nahuel Huapi National Park in Patagonia, Argentina. It follows the self-documented daily struggles of 10 individuals (7 paired teams in season 4) as they survive in the wilderness for as long as possible using a limited amount of survival equipment. With the exception of medical check-ins, the participants are isolated from each other and all other humans. They may "tap out" at any time, or be removed due to failing a medical check-in. The contestant (or team in Season 4) who remains the longest wins a grand prize of $500,000.

The series premiered on June 18, 2015. On August 19, before the finale of season 1, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which would begin production in the fall of 2015 on Vancouver Island, Canada.[1] Season 2 premiered on April 21, 2016. Season 3 was filmed in the second quarter of 2016 in Patagonia, Argentina and premiered on December 8.[2] One day before the season 3 premiere, History announced that casting had begun for season 4.

In January 2017, a Danish version of the series premiered with the name Alone in the Wilderness (Danish: Alene i vildmarken) on DR3. It featured ten contestants and was filmed in northern Norway. Participants chose 12 items from a list of 18.[3]

In the fall of 2017, a Norwegian version aired with 10 contestants spread around a lake with fish. It was near the tree line, so the few, small, mostly birch trees left few land resources. The last contestant tapped out after a little more than a month.

The fifth season premiered on June 7, 2018.[4]

Format and rules[edit]

General rules - all seasons[edit]

Contestants are dropped off in remote areas of Northern Vancouver Island (seasons 1-2,4), Patagonia (season 3) and Northern Mongolia (season 5), far enough apart to ensure that they will not come in contact with one another.[5] The process begins in mid to late autumn; this adds time pressure to the survival experience as the approaching winter causes temperatures to drop and food to become scarce. Although terrains may differ in each contestant's location, the drop-off zones are assessed in advance to ensure a similar distribution of local resources is available to each contestant.

Contestants each select 10 items of survival gear from a pre-approved list of 40, and are issued a kit of standard equipment, clothing and first aid/emergency supplies.[6] They are also given a set of cameras to document their daily experiences and emotions. Attempting to live in the wild for as long as possible, the contestants must find food, build shelters, and endure extreme isolation and psychological distress.

Contestants who wish to withdraw from the competition for any reason (referred to as "tapping out") may signal a rescue crew using a provided satellite telephone. In addition, medical professionals conduct periodic health checks on the contestants and may, at their discretion, disqualify and evacuate anyone they feel is unable to continue participating safely. The last remaining contestant wins a $500,000 cash prize.[5] Contestants are warned that the show might last for up to a year.[7]

Season 4[edit]

Season 4 was also filmed in Northern Vancouver Island but included a team dynamic. Fourteen contestants, consisting of seven family-member pairs, were individually dropped off in remote areas of Northern Vancouver Island. The two members of each team chose 10 items of survival gear to be equally divided between them. The team chose one member to be taken to a campsite; the other began approximately 10 mi (16.09 km) away and was required to hike to the site, using only a compass and bearing to find the way. Either member may tap out at any time, but doing so removed both of them from the competition; in addition, if either member of a team was medically evacuated, both were disqualified. The last remaining team won the $500,000 prize.

Season 5[edit]

Season 5 contestants were selected from non-winning contestants from Seasons 1 through 4. The rules were otherwise similar to Seasons 1 through 3.

Reception[edit]

The series received positive reviews in its first season and outstanding reviews for its third season, and earned a respectable 2.5 million total viewers, placing it in the top three new nonfictional cable series of 2015.[8][irrelevant citation]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
111June 18, 2015 (2015-06-18)August 27, 2015 (2015-08-27)
213April 21, 2016 (2016-04-21)July 14, 2016 (2016-07-14)
310December 8, 2016 (2016-12-08)February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09)
411June 15, 2017 (2017-06-15)August 17, 2017 (2017-08-17)
510June 14, 2018 (2018-06-14)August 16, 2018 (2018-08-16)

Series overview[edit]

Season 1[edit]

The first season premiered on June 18, 2015. It was won by Alan Kay, who lost over 60 pounds during the course of the season. His staple foods were limpets and seaweed. He also consumed mussels, crab, fish and slugs.[9] Lucas Miller enjoyed his time on the show and was selected based on his work as a wilderness therapist. His most difficult experience with the show was making honest confessions to the camera.[10] Sam Larson described his time on the show as "playing in the woods". He set a goal for himself to last 50 days. After he reached his goal, a large storm hit the island, which Larson described as being larger than any he had seen and prompting his decision to leave the island. Larson said that the loneliness and solitude took the most time to adjust to, and that his preparation for the show mostly consisted of mental preparation.[11]

Location[edit]

Quatsino is located in British Columbia
Quatsino
Quatsino
Location of Quatsino in British Columbia

The season was shot in Quatsino Territory, located near Port Hardy, British Columbia.

Quatsino is a small hamlet of 91 people located on Quatsino Sound in Northern Vancouver Island, Canada, only accessible by boat or float plane. Its nearest neighbour is Coal Harbour, to the east, about 20 minutes away by boat, and Port Alice, to the south, about 40 minutes away by boat. The largest town in the region, Port Hardy, is located about an hour northeast by boat and vehicle.

Contestants[edit]

Name Age Gender Hometown Country Status Ref.
Alan Kay 40 Male Blairsville, Georgia United States Winner - 56 days [12]
Sam Larson 22 Male Lincoln, Nebraska United States 55 days [13]
Mitch Mitchell 34 Male Bellingham, Massachusetts United States 43 days [14]
Lucas Miller 32 Male Quasqueton, Iowa United States 39 days
Dustin Feher 37 Male Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States 8 days
Brant McGee 44 Male Albemarle, North Carolina United States 6 days [15]
Wayne Russell 46 Male Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 4 days [16]
Joe Robinet 31 Male Windsor, Ontario Canada 4 days [16]
Chris Weatherman 41 Male Umatilla, Florida United States 2 days [17]
Josh Chavez 31 Male Jackson, Ohio United States 1 day [18]

Season 2[edit]

Season 2 began on April 21, 2016.[5] The season had 13 one-hour episodes.[19]

Location[edit]

Quatsino is located in British Columbia
Quatsino
Quatsino
Location of Quatsino in British Columbia

The second season was also set on Vancouver Island, in Quatsino Territory, located near Port Hardy, British Columbia.

Contestants[edit]

Name Age Gender Hometown Country Status Ref.
David McIntyre 50 Male Kentwood, Michigan United States Winner - 66 days [20]
Larry Roberts 44 Male Rush City, Minnesota United States 64 days [20]
Jose Martinez Amoedo 45 Male Santa Pola, Valencia Spain 59 days [20]
Nicole Apelian 45 Female Portland, Oregon United States 57 days [20]
Justin Vititoe 35 Male Augusta, Georgia United States 35 days [20]
Randy Champagne 28 Male Flagstaff, Arizona & Boulder, Utah United States 21 days [20]
Mike Lowe 55 Male Lewis, Colorado United States 21 days [20]
Tracy Wilson 44 Female Aiken, South Carolina United States 8 days [20]
Mary Kate Green 36 Female Homer, Alaska United States 7 days
(medically evacuated)
[20]
Desmond White 37 Male Coolidge, Arizona United States ~5 hours [20]

Season 3[edit]

The third season premiered on December 8, 2016.[21] The winner, Zachary Fowler, had lost 70 lbs (a third of his starting body weight) before the end of his stay. The person who stayed the second-longest, Carleigh Fairchild, was pulled out because, at 101 lbs, she had lost nearly 30% of her starting body weight and had a BMI of 16.8. Participants were automatically "pulled" at a BMI of 17 or less. The fourth longest stayer, Dave Nessia, was pulled out when, due to inadequate caloric intake, his systolic pressure barely exceeded his diastolic pressure (80/60 mmHg), putting him in danger of death due to inadequate perfusion of the internal organs.

Location[edit]

Alone (TV series) is located in Argentina
Alone (TV series)
Location of Lakes Soberania, Montes and Escondido in Patagonia, Argentina[22]

The third season was set in Patagonia, Argentina, in South America. The contestants were spread across multiple lakes in the foothills of the Andes mountain range. Unlike in seasons 1 and 2, which were located on the Pacific Ocean, season 3's food resources were mostly limited to brook and rainbow trout, forage, small birds, and the possibility of wild boar. Contestants also were at a disadvantage because they had no access to the flotsam and jetsam that washes up on the Pacific Coast. They also had no salt source.

The weather in Patagonia is comparable to that of Vancouver Island, with rainfall averaging 78 inches a year. However, unlike Vancouver Island, snowfall is extremely common in the winter.

Predators in Patagonia include wild boar and puma.

Contestants[edit]

Name Age Gender Hometown Country Status Ref.
Zachary Fowler 36 Male Appleton, Maine United States Winner - 87 days [23]
Carleigh Fairchild 28 Female Edna Bay, Alaska United States 86 days (medically evacuated) [23]
Megan Hanacek 41 Female Port McNeill, British Columbia Canada 78 days [23]
Dave Nessia 49 Male Salt Lake City, Utah United States 73 days (medically evacuated) [23]
Callie North 27 Female Lopez Island, Washington United States 72 days [23]
Greg Ovens 53 Male Canal Flats, British Columbia Canada 51 days [23]
Dan Wowak 34 Male Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania United States 51 days [23]
Britt Ahart 40 Male Mantua, Ohio United States 35 days [23]
Zachary Gault 22 Male Caledon, Ontario Canada 8 days (medically evacuated) [23]
Jim Shields 37 Male Langhorne, Pennsylvania United States 3 days [23]

Season 4[edit]

Officially titled "Alone: Lost & Found", the fourth season premiered on June 8, 2017.[24]

Location[edit]

Quatsino is located in British Columbia
Quatsino
Quatsino
Location of Quatsino in British Columbia

The fourth season was again set on Vancouver Island, in Quatsino Territory, located near Port Hardy, British Columbia.

Contestants[edit]

Team Name Age Gender Hometown Country Status Ref.
Baird (brothers) Jim Baird* 35 Male Toronto, Ontario Canada Linked up - day 10
Winners - 75 days
[25]
Ted Baird 32 Male Toronto, Ontario Canada
Brockdorff (father/son) Pete Brockdorff† 61 Male Poolesville, Maryland United States Linked up - day 9
Tap out - 74 days (medically evacuated)
[25]
Sam Brockdorff* 26 Male Poolesville, Maryland United States
Whipple (husband/wife) Brooke Whipple† 45 Female Fox, Alaska United States Linked up - day 9
Tap out - 49 days
[25]
Dave Whipple* 40 Male Fox, Alaska United States
Wilkes (brothers) Chris Wilkes† 44 Male Hattiesburg, Mississippi United States Linked up - day 8
Tap out - 14 days
[25]
Brody Wilkes* 33 Male Kentwood, Louisiana United States
Bosdell (brothers) Shannon Bosdell† 44 Male Wrangell, Alaska United States 5 days (medically evacuated) [25]
Jesse Bosdell* 31 Male Skowhegan, Maine United States
Ribar (father/son) Alex Ribar* 48 Male Montville, Maine United States 2 days [25]
Logan Ribar† 19 Male Liberty, Maine United States
Richardson (brothers) Brad Richardson* 23 Male Fox Lake, Illinois United States 1 day (medically evacuated) [25]
Josh Richardson† 19 Male Fox Lake, Illinois United States

* hiking team member (other team member sets up camp)

† team member who tapped out

Season 5[edit]

Officially titled "Alone: Redemption", Season 5 premiered on June 14, 2018. The 10 contestants are non-winners selected from the previous 4 seasons of Alone.

Location[edit]

Alone (TV series) is located in Mongolia
Alone (TV series)
Location of Khonin Nuga valley in Selenge Province, Mongolia
Location of Mongolia (green)

The fifth season was set in Northern Mongolia in Asia. The series was filmed in Khonin Nuga near the city of Züünkharaa, Selenge aimag.[26] "Khonin Nuga" is a valley located close to the Khentii Mountains of Northern Mongolia, one of the country's unique and still largely untouched places.[27]

Contestants[edit]

Name Age Gender Hometown Country Original Season Status Ref.
Sam Larson 24 Male Lincoln, Nebraska United States 1 Winner - 60 days [28]
Britt Ahart 41 Male Mantua, Ohio United States 3 56 days [28]
Larry Roberts 46 Male Rush City, Minnesota United States 2 41 days [28]
Dave Nessia 50 Male Salt Lake City, Utah United States 3 36 days [28]
Randy Champagne 31 Male Boulder, Utah United States 2 35 days [28]
Brooke Whipple 45 Female Fox, Alaska United States 4 28 days [28]
Jesse Bosdell 32 Male Skowhegan, Maine United States 4 24 days (medically evacuated) [28]
Nicole Apelian 47 Female Raymond, Washington United States 2 9 days (medically evacuated) [28]
Brad Richardson 24 Male Fox Lake, Illinois United States 4 7 days [28]
Carleigh Fairchild 30 Female Anchorage, Alaska United States 3 5 days (medically evacuated) [28]

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