List of Gold Rush episodes
Gold Rush (formerly Gold Rush Alaska) is a reality television series that airs on Discovery Channel, with reruns also airing on TLC. The show's eight season began airing on October 6, 2017. As of January 6, 2017 a total of 127 episodes of Gold Rush have been aired.
- 1 Series overview
- 2 Episodes
- 2.1 Season 1 (2010–11)
- 2.2 Season 2 (2011–12)
- 2.3 The Jungle Special (2012)
- 2.4 Season 3 (2012–13)
- 2.5 South America (2013)
- 2.6 Season 4 (2013–14)
- 2.7 Season 5 (2014–15)
- 2.8 Season 6 (2015–16)
- 2.9 Season 7 (2016–17)
- 2.10 Mini-Series : Parker's Trail (2017)
- 2.11 Season 8 (2017–18)
- 2.12 Parker's Trail "Guyana" (2018)
- 3 References
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Average rating
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||11||December 3, 2010||February 18, 2011||3.32|
|2||16||October 28, 2011||February 24, 2012||4.59|
|3||16||October 26, 2012||February 22, 2013||4.57|
|SA||6||August 2, 2013||October 18, 2013||2.15|
|4||19||October 25, 2013||March 14, 2014||3.96|
|5||24||October 17, 2014||March 13, 2015||4.15|
|6||21||October 16, 2015||March 11, 2016||3.83|
|7||22||October 14, 2016||March 10, 2017||TBA|
|Parker's Trail||4||March 31, 2017||April 14, 2017||TBA|
|8||20||October 13, 2017||March 9, 2018||TBA|
|Parker's Trail "Guyana"||TBA||March 30, 2018||TBA||TBA|
Season 1 (2010–11)
During season 1, the series was named Gold Rush: Alaska, and the mining occurred at Porcupine Creek, on the Alaskan panhandle.
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||1||"Gold Nuggets"||December 3, 2010||2.17|
|Six recession-hit patriots from Oregon stake everything on mining and head north to Alaska to dig for gold and save themselves from financial ruin. The team of greenhorns beg, borrow and build all the equipment they need to mine for gold. Loaded with supplies, they leave their loved ones behind and drive from Oregon to southeast Alaska in a Klondike convoy.|
|2||2||"Gold, Guns and Bears"||December 10, 2010||2.07|
|The stakes get higher at the Porcupine Creek prospect as reality sets in about just how little time they have to get to their gold. The miners start to rebuild the mining ghost town but the bears aren't so keen on their new neighbors — and they let them know it.|
|3||3||"Running Dirt"||December 17, 2010||2.92|
|The crew races to set up the mining plant and start running dirt. When the families arrive from Oregon and question the lack of gold — and master mechanic Harness becomes dangerously ill — the tension builds so high that Dorsey and Todd almost come to blows.|
|4||4||"The Ultimate Price"||January 7, 2011||3.71|
|The team attempts to finally run potential pay dirt through the wash plant. But a visit from the Department of Fish and Game reveals a violation, jeopardizing their vital water supply to the mine. Then disaster strikes as Todd's daughter fights for her life.|
|5||5||"The Pain Barrier"||January 14, 2011||3.54|
|The miners continue to run dirt but an equipment malfunction brings the operation to a halt. Meanwhile, James Harness collapses and Jimmy Dorsey drives a wedge between himself and the crew when he takes on an extra job to earn cash. But hard work late into the night finally hits a pay streak.|
|6||6||"Gold Fever"||January 21, 2011||3.30|
|The miners' futures are on the line at Porcupine Creek. After 80 days, the miners are behind schedule; the Hoffmans have run out of money and deliver the crew an ultimatum: find $10,000 worth of gold in the next two days, or the families have to head home to Oregon. Meanwhile, after Dorsey struggles with the wave table, tensions flare and fists fly.|
|7||7||"Going for Broke"||January 28, 2011||3.43|
|With winter weather closing in, a gold-recovery expert comes to help the rookies. Todd discovers a major design flaw in the equipment and is forced to make huge modifications. With the credit cards maxed out, he is forced to take desperate measures.|
|8||8||"Bad Blood"||February 4, 2011||3.66|
|The crew remains in a deep financial hole. Veteran miner Dakota Fred thinks he can turn things around and he cranks up production faster than ever before. But when things start falling apart, tensions mount and Harness can't keep his frustration in.|
|9||9||"Bedrock or Bust"||February 11, 2011||3.89|
|Desperate to get to bedrock and large quantities of gold, Todd and Jack throw caution to the wind and dig deeper than ever before. With the brutal Alaskan winter threatening, they battle floods, cave-ins and equipment breakdowns.|
|10||10||"Never Say Die"||February 18, 2011||4.55|
|With the arctic winter looming, the crew races against the clock. Rain and thawing snow flood the mine and Jack puts his life on the line as the glory hole caves in around the massive 100,000-pound excavator.|
|11||11||"Full Disclosure"||February 25, 2011||2.49|
|The Hoffman crew spent five months and over quarter of a million dollars in a desperate attempt to find gold in Alaska. This special episode reveals what went wrong and how the guys plan to hit the mother lode next season.|
Season 2 (2011–12)
For season 2, the series was retitled Gold Rush. The show followed groups of miners at locations in both the panhandle of Alaska, USA, and in the Klondike of the Yukon, Canada.
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|12||1||"Twist of Fate"||October 28, 2011||3.33|
|The Hoffmans have to find gold – and fast. The crew arrives in Porcupine Creek reinvigorated and, in record time, they are on the gold. But just as they celebrate their best clean-out ever, Dakota Fred returns and drops a bombshell on Todd, Jack and crew.|
|13||2||"Virgin Ground"||November 4, 2011||3.85|
|The Hoffman crew heads north to the Klondike in a desperate bid to find a new claim and salvage their mining season. 16-year-old Parker Schnabel takes over the Big Nugget Mine, while Dakota Fred gets a new start at Porcupine Creek.|
|14||3||"Family Feud"||November 11, 2011||4.15|
|Jack and Todd go head-to-head over how to set up their new claim. At Porcupine Creek, Dakota Fred rips out the wash plant and finds gold that he forced the Hoffmans to leave behind. At Big Nugget Mine, Parker continues to hit pay dirt.|
|15||4||"Slippery Slope"||November 18, 2011||3.58|
|The Hoffman crew confronts the permafrost that lies between them and the gold. As the Dakota Boys set up their new wash plant, Fred pushes his son too hard and Dustin storms off. Parker faces a breakdown that leaves his mining season at a standstill.|
|16||5||"Drill or Die"||November 25, 2011||4.49|
|A crew rebellion forces Todd Hoffman to dig test holes on the claim. The tension mounts as they wait to see whether they're sitting on a gold-rich paystreak – or about to go bust. Then, Fred is forced to abandon mining as floods in North Dakota destroy his home.|
|17||6||"Lovestruck"||December 2, 2011||4.74|
|The Hoffmans are finally on the gold, but a new love threatens to derail mechanic James Harness right when the crew needs him most. Desperate for pay dirt, Parker bulldozes a dangerous road up the side of a mountain and Fred returns to Porcupine Creek after facing the loss of his North Dakota home.|
|18||7||"Gold At Last"||December 9, 2011||4.65|
|The Hoffmans realize they could be losing thousands of dollars of gold out of the end of their sluices and they are forced to tear apart the wash plant and rebuild. In his quest for virgin ground at Smith Creek, Parker turns into a lumberjack to get back on the gold.|
|19||8||"On The Gold"||December 16, 2011||5.38|
|With the washplant prepped, the Hoffman crew finally has their first clean-out of the season. Back in Alaska, Dakota Fred works furiously to win the "more-gold-in-a-week" bet that he made with Jack. At Big Nugget, Parker clashes with his grandfather when John wants to shut down the wash plant.|
|20||9||"Cameramen - Behind the Scenes - Special"||TBA||TBD|
|This episode follows the production crew and shows the difficulties of filming Gold Rush|
|21||10||"After the Rush - Special"||TBA||TBD|
|In this episode of Gold Rush, the executive producer interviews the miners.|
|22||11||"Dead in the Water"||January 6, 2012||4.69|
|Jack Hoffman's precious excavator gets stranded in the creek and requires emergency surgery in the wilderness. Meanwhile, the crew fine-tunes their wash plant – which doubles their efficiency at finding gold. Parker does the work of two men until an argument with his mother threatens to shut him down.|
|23||12||"Twenty Four Seven"||January 13, 2012||5.48|
|Short on time, the Hoffman crew decides to run night and day in a struggle to get to the gold, while a federal mining inspector pays a surprise visit to both Fred and Parker. The inspector finds safety violations and both operations face closure.|
|24||13||"Rock Bottom"||January 20, 2012||4.81|
|The Hoffman crew is dead in the water until Harness can repair their broken excavator. Parker Schnabel totals his gold for the season and hands the Big Nugget Mine back to his grandpa. Meanwhile, the Dakota boys lock horns trying to re-open their mine.|
|25||14||"Bedrock Gold"||January 27, 2012||4.24|
|A key crew member calls it quits at Quartz Creek. Meanwhile, massive rocks break Dakota Fred's de-rocker and Parker reconsiders his future after smelting his 35 oz season haul into a solid gold bar.|
|26||15||"Man Down"||February 3, 2012||4.88|
|A heart attack has 91-year-old mining legend John Schnabel battling for his life. The Hoffmans find a gold nugget that becomes a game-changer and Dakota Fred accomplishes what Jack Hoffman never managed to do at Porcupine creek.|
|27||16||"In the Black"||February 10, 2012||4.85|
|The Hoffman crew risks it all to run through the night in a bid to finally break even for the season. Fred has to abandon his best paydirt yet when his excavator gets stuck in the pit. John Schnabel returns to the Big Nugget Mine after his heart attack.|
|28||17||"Frozen Out"||February 17, 2012||5.31|
|The Hoffman crew battles frozen dirt and frozen pipes as they struggle to hit their goal of 100 oz. Parker makes a last-ditch effort at Smith Creek Hill and the Dakota Boys' season may be over when Dustin smashes the side of the wash plant.|
|29||18||"Judgement Day"||February 24, 2012||5.06|
|The Hoffman crew is desperate to get 100 ounces, but Todd's decision to run the dozer on solid ice ends in disaster. The Big Nugget Mine faces closure if Parker fails to hit a pay streak and Dakota Fred thinks he's finally found Jack Hoffman's glory hole.|
The Jungle Special (2012)
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|30||—||"The Jungle"||August 17, 2012||2.66|
|Frozen out of the Klondike, Todd Hoffman gets a hot tip on a gold claim in Guyana, South America. But to get there he must lead his crew through the snake-infested jungle, dangerous business deals and up deadly rivers in a "no guts, no glory" adventure.|
Season 3 (2012–13)
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|31||1||"Million Dollar Season"||October 26, 2012||4.45|
|Todd and new Indian River boss Dave Turin bring in 12 new machines, and 11 new crew for the season. Dakota Fred's glory hole is thought to contain millions in gold, but 4ft of snow is in the way. Parker hires a new crew and sets his sights on new land.|
|31||2||"The Wrong Claim"||November 2, 2012||4.41|
|Dave faces disaster when he finds his new claim is un-minable. Todd is thousands of dollars in the hole and the 1,000-ounce goal looks impossible. The Dakota boys face the threat of historic floods and Parker desperately needs to secure new ground.|
|33||3||"Secret Weapons"||November 9, 2012||4.09|
|Todd secures new rights to Indian River for Dave Turin's crew, on the claims the crew "accidentally" drilled. The new "Big Red" wash plant is assembled, and nearly destroyed in the first test. Todd junks his old washplant, after finding out it's losing gold, only to discover his new washplant is weeks away. At the Big Nugget Mine in Alaska, Parker sets a goal: find $40,000.00 of gold in one week. He hits his goal, even with a gold thief on the loose. Meanwhile, Fred Hurt brings in a new wheel-loader, and hires two new miners, but a shocking revelation one week in forces him to quickly fire one of them.|
|34||4||"Battle of The Bridge"||November 16, 2012||4.10|
|At Quartz Creek, the mine is at a standstill since Todd ripped out their washplant. The delay on Todd's replacement threatens to ruin his season. Todd heads 1,800 miles south to confront the manufacturer and get the ‘turbo trommel’ back on track. But while he's gone, his chief investor Jason Otteson arrives on the claim to find chaos – and no Todd. Jason is furious and threatens to pull the plug on their season. At Indian River, Team Turin bites off more than they can chew. They attempt to strip a massive cut in the mid-summer sun and, when one of their two dozers breaks down, they face losing it all in a sea of melted permafrost. Parker Schnabel faces a cash-flow crisis. To earn some quick cash, he takes on a contract to replace the bridge leading to the Dakota Boys' claim. But when Parker refuses to provide Fred and Dustin with temporary access, the two claims square up for war.|
|35||5||"The Ultimatum"||November 23, 2012||4.69|
|Todd's chief investor demands to see 100 ounces of gold in the next three weeks – or he will pull the plug on the Klondike operation. At Indian River, Dave Turin is on the gold. Parker's crew goes into meltdown when he forces them to replace a bridge, while Fred attempts to make a precision part for the 270's track out of scrap metal.|
|36||6||"Game Changer"||November 30, 2012||4.59|
|Todd finally takes delivery of the Turbo Trommel. Dave's mine at Indian River digs deeper in search of gold, and pulls 33 oz in a week. The Dakota Boys are forced to run second-hand dirt, pulling 7 oz in 2 days, and Parker doubles shifts to finally haul 55 oz – worth $80,000 – in 1 week.|
|37||7||"Road To Gold"||December 7, 2012||4.71|
|Todd and his crew finally get to test the new Turbo Trommel, but nearly destroy it while getting it into place. Dave pushes his crew to double their last clean-out and, despite a jammed tree in the feeder, pull 60 oz in a week. The Dakota Boys receive a visit from an inspector with the power to shut down their mine, but they pass inspection. Parker brings in dynamite to blast a big solid rock to finish building a new road to Smith Creek.|
|38||8||"Up Smith Creek"||December 14, 2012||4.61|
|Todd Hoffman faces closure if he fails to get 100 ounces of gold for his investor. The Dakota Boys believe they've finally found the elusive Glory Hole. Parker Schnabel uncovers the two-year mystery of Smith Creek just as his grandpa reveals some bad news.|
|39||9||"Leprechaun Gold"||January 4, 2013||4.80|
|Parker finds out about the fate of his Grandpa, and finds new ground. Todd's Turbo-Trommel is back up and running after having an engine replaced, Indian River hits Bedrock, and the Dakota Boys investigate the truth behind the Glory Hole Waterfall.|
|40||10||"Dozer Wars"||January 11, 2013||4.90|
|Todd and Dave go to war over the dozer they both need to keep mining and Todd banks on finding virgin ground beneath a pile of dredge tailings. Parker faces a crew rebellion and Dakota Fred attacks the Glory Hole with his secret weapon – the bedrock shark.|
|41||11||"Pink Slip"||January 18, 2013||4.62|
|Todd calls it quits on his turbo trommel and shuts down his Quartz Creek operation. Dave's race to open a new cut leaves his dozer hanging over a cliff. Parker finally hits bedrock at Emerson Trench and two broken machines force Fred to go deeper in debt.|
|42||12||"The Merger"||January 25, 2013||4.55|
|Todd forces his crew and Dave's crew to merge into one team. The Dakota Boys use their new equipment to get back down to the bottom of the Glory Hole. Parker risks his life to get pay dirt from an abandoned mine site down a dangerous mountain road.|
|43||13||"The Nightshift"||February 1, 2013||4.70|
|Tensions mount between the day shift and night shift as Todd pushes his men harder than ever. Parker battles his ancient washplant and the treacherous road from Discovery Claim while Dustin risks it all diving for hidden gold in the frozen glory hole water.|
|44||14||"Bedrock Blowout"||February 8, 2013||4.87|
|Todd pushes the Big Red washplant to near breaking point on his best ground yet. Fred and Dustin battle to save a broken down excavator as water floods the glory hole and Parker faces his worst nightmare as the dangerous mine road claims its first victim.|
|45||15||"Redemption Road"||February 15, 2013||4.61|
|Out of Indian River pay dirt, Todd comes up with a risky plan to hit his 1,000-ounce goal. A bad fall puts Fred out the game, leaving Dustin to dig the glory hole. Parker worries his season is over – but his grandpa is convinced he's near the mother lode.|
|46||16||"The Motherlode"||February 22, 2013||4.46|
|Winter strikes and the miners wage the final battle for the mother lode. The Hoffmans pull out a secret weapon to thaw frozen gold-rich pay dirt. Dustin plunges into the freezing waters of the Glory Hole and Parker mines the last ground at Big Nugget.|
|47||17||"The Dirt (Special)"||--||--|
|The Producer sits down with the miners and discusses the season|
South America (2013)
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|44||1||"Peruvian Gold"||August 2, 2013||2.39|
|After quitting mining in the Klondike, Todd sets his sights on South America and flies his crew to Peru. But to find gold-rich ground to mine, they must overcome dense jungle, lethal roads, and turf wars with local miners on their epic journey.|
|45||2||"Chilean Gold"||August 9, 2013||2.43|
|The Hoffman crew flies to Chile in hopes of getting a slice of the country's 3,750 tons of untapped gold reserves. They prospect on a remote beach and high in the Andes Mountains, pushing the crew to its limits.|
|46||3||"Guyanese Gold"||August 16, 2013||2.24|
|The Hoffman crew heads to the jungles of Guyana after striking out in their hunt for South American gold in Chile and Peru. Running short on time and money Todd needs to deliver gold-rich pay dirt to convince his crew to abandon the Klondike.|
|47||4||"The Frozen North"||August 23, 2013||2.65|
|18-year-old Parker Schnabel leaves home and the Big Nugget Mine to set up his own operation in the Klondike on Tony Beets' land and practices his hot-wiring skills on the Hoffmans' old equipment. In Alaska, the Dakota Boys take to the skies trying to find a way to the source of all the gold in Porcupine Creek.|
|48||5||"Ends of the Earth"||August 30, 2013||1.75|
|The production team gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to film Gold Rush: South America.|
|49||6||"Southern Quest"||October 18, 2013||1.42|
|In the quest for gold, the Hoffman crew quits the Klondike to hunt down gold-rich ground in South America. The Dakota Boys set their sights on the virgin mountain claim known as Cahoon Creek. 18-year-old Parker Schnabel leaves home to mine for Klondike gold.|
Season 4 (2013–14)
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|50||1||"Queen Of Diamonds"||October 25, 2013||2.86|
|The season premiere breaks ground in 3 countries. The Hoffman crew moves their operation to the hostile Guyana jungle. The Dakota boys need to find a safe route over thin ice. Parker is out of cash and must find gold – but Tony Beets has bad news for him.|
|51||2||"Learning Curve"||November 1, 2013||3.02|
|Todd faces disaster when he discovers his claim has been mined out. The Dakota Boys fight over rival mining plans, with one plan high in the mountains, and the other deep in the hole. Parker ignores Tony Beets, but still manages to hit his first pay dirt.|
|52||3||"In Too Deep"||November 8, 2013||3.14|
|The Hoffman crew battles the hostile jungle to get vital mining equipment to the claim. The Dakota Boys drill to find out whether the glory hole contains millions in gold. Parker is on the warpath when a new crew member throws out his gold.|
|53||4||"Road from Hell"||November 15, 2013||3.33|
|The Hoffman crew attempts to set up their washplant, but the jungle fights them every step of the way. The Dakota Boys find their first bedrock gold in the glory hole. In the Klondike, Parker gets more gold out of Little Blue than the Hoffmans ever did.|
|54||5||"Garnets or Gold"||November 22, 2013||3.65|
|Todd makes a shocking departure. Parker is forced to rebuild his wash plant after losing gold. The Dakota Boys finally hit the bottom of the Glory Hole.|
|55||6||"Mutiny"||November 29, 2013||3.66|
|Todd returns to Guyana expecting 20 ounces of gold but gets a nasty shock. Parker faces a mutiny and seeks advice from his grandpa. The Dakota Boys expect a huge payout from the glory hole but get a crushing blow instead.|
|56||7||"Paid in Full"||December 6, 2013||4.22|
|Todd makes an incredible discovery while searching for new gold-rich ground. Parker needs his best clean-out ever in order to stop Todd from repossessing his dozer. Just as Fred gives up on the Glory Hole, it suddenly pays out big.|
|57||8||"Jungle Boogie"||December 13, 2013||3.49|
|Todd abandons gold and switches to diamond mining. In Alaska, Dustin gets stranded in the mountains during the worst electrical storm in twenty years. Parker's need for speed destroys his wash plant.|
|58||9||"Ready to Roll - Special"||--||--|
|Behind the scenes with the production crew|
|59||10||"Hope Creek"||January 3, 2014||3.55|
|Dave returns to the Hoffman crew and butts heads with Todd over their mining plan. The Dakota boys stake their future on a new cut; Parker gets a second chance at mining with one of the largest wash plants in the Klondike.|
|60||11||"Blowout"||January 10, 2014||3.90|
|A tropical storm floods the Hoffmans' operation and Dave is forced to dive deep into the pit. Parker is running one of the biggest washplants in the Klondike and needs to prove it will deliver. The Dakota boys get the biggest clean-out of their season.|
|61||12||"Death of a Dream"||January 17, 2014||4.02|
|In the first part of a two-part episode, Parker hires yet another ex-Hoffman crew member while Todd grows more and more desperate. In the end, two crews get their biggest gold clean-outs to date, while the third faces an abrupt end to their season.|
|62||13||"The Resurrection"||January 20, 2014||3.47|
|In the second part of a two-part episode, Todd's 150 days is up, and with no gold (and just a few diamonds) he faces eviction. Despite a big clean-out, Parker modifies his plant to hit a million-dollar season. Dustin finally gets real mining equipment up to Cahoon Creek to see if it holds big gold.|
|63||14||"Fantasy Land"||January 24, 2014||4.34|
|Todd's claim owner forces a change to the mining plan. Grandpa visits Parker and makes a radical suggestion that the crew believes to be pure fantasy. Dustin fights to reach his first mountain gold.|
|64||15||"Medevac"||January 31, 2014||4.49|
|An emergency in the jungle forces Todd to airlift one of his men to safety. Tony Beets becomes furious when he finds that Parker has moved his whole operation over the creek. The Dakota boys may be forced to abandon their hole.|
|65||16||"Man on Wire"||February 14, 2014||3.76|
|Jack destroys the washplant, forcing Dave to find a new way to run their dirt. Frozen pay disrupts Parker's operation and threatens to end his season early. Dustin participates in a dangerous operation.|
|66||17||"Day of Reckoning"||February 21, 2014||3.74|
|Todd's claim owner arrives – unannounced – to take stock of the Hoffmans' operation. Dustin returns from the mountains just in time for the final clean-out. Unwilling to admit defeat, Parker uses a new piece of equipment to thaw his frozen pay dirt.|
|67||18||"Go Big or Go Home"||February 28, 2014||4.02|
|Parker Schnabel refuses to give up. He's not satisfied with his gold total and is dead set on bringing home big gold to his beloved grandfather. Nothing is going to stop him – not even the Klondike winter.|
|68||19||"Grandpa's Last Wish"||March 7, 2014||4.40|
|94-year-old mining legend John Schnabel convinces his grandsons Parker and Payson to return to Big Nugget to work together deep into the winter to prove, once and for all, that there is big gold buried deep under Smith Creek.|
|69||20||"Unearthed"||March 14, 2014||3.46|
|This no-holds-barred show reveals how Fred coped with a dying wife, why a fateful choice cost Todd a huge amount of gold and how he coped with a murder in the jungle. A look forward reveals where the miners will be next season and who will return.|
Season 5 (2014–15)
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|69||Special||"Heroes and Zeroes"||TBA||TBD|
|A special episode looking forward to the show's fifth season, and the story of how a fateful choice cost Todd a huge amount of gold.|
|70||1||"New Blood"||October 17, 2014||3.59|
|Young Parker sets an outrageous season goal of 2,000 ounces, but struggles to strip new ground without his rock trucks- which are stranded miles from the claim due to bad roads. Tony Beets, The Viking, buys a 75-year-old gold-catching dredge, and plans to transport it to his claim and get gold this season; Todd Hoffman is left a broken man without a crew and with no plans to mine, but his father convinces him to travel back to the Yukon, where he strikes a deal on a new gold-rich claim.|
|71||2||"From the Ashes"||October 24, 2014||3.25|
|Todd and Jack struggle alone at McKinnon creek, working with just their old 400 excavator and a left behind loader, while Thurber transports their wash plant from Guyana to the claim. Tony nearly crushes his son beneath a conveyor, and Parker is forced to mine a swamp.|
|72||3||"Golden Boy"||October 31, 2014||3.57|
|Parker fights with his crew over running at night. Tony twists a vital steel frame on the dredge. Todd, Jack and Thurber tackle their first clean up, but disaster strikes when their only excavator is damaged beyond repair.|
|73||4||"Viking Ship"||November 7, 2014||3.56|
|Todd is forced to sell his gold to get a new loader and excavator, and convinces his old crew to return. Parker hauls his washplant across the claim and Tony takes to the skies to get from his claim to the gold dredge.|
|74||5||"Hard Bargain"||November 14, 2014||3.99|
|Dave agrees to work with the Hoffman crew under a new agreement, where he's an equal owner, and brings in 6 new massive machines. Tony has a near miss while removing the heaviest part of the dredge and Parker fights with Rick when he opens up untested ground.|
|75||6||"Cursed Cut"||November 21, 2014||3.78|
|Dave and Todd clash over how to mine frozen ground. Tony's daughter Monica gets stuck in a bad situation. Parker's hopes are drowned by multiple issues including a flooded cut.|
|76||7||"Goldzilla"||November 28, 2014||3.76|
|Todd needs to find a 100 ounce down payment to make a big purchase on one of the largest washplants in the klondike. Parker spends a quarter of a million dollars on new equipment. Tony attempts to remove the wheelhouse from his 75 year old gold dredge.|
|77||8||"Gold Blooded"||December 5, 2014||4.31|
|Parker goes for his best clean up so far this season, Tony attempts to rip the trommel out of his 75 year old gold dredge and the Hoffman crew is stunned by the death of an old crew member.|
|78||9||"Colossal Clean Up"||December 12, 2014||4.26|
|The Hoffmans overcome a lack of water to get a monster clean up. Tony finally gets his dredge on the way to its new home in Eureka Creek. Parker gets the biggest gold clean up in Gold Rush history.|
|79||10||"Grandpa John"||December 19, 2014||4.42|
|This special explores the life of 94 year old mining legend John Schnabel. From the Kansas dustbowl, to his career on an Alaskan gold mine, Grandpa John continues to inspire his grandson Parker to follow in his footsteps.|
|80||11||"Parker's Accident"||January 2, 2015||4.44|
|Parker Schnabel totals his truck in a head-on collision. The Hoffman's rock trucks struggle to run on a sketchy haul road. Tony begins rebuilding his 75-year old dredge.|
|81||12||"Ship of Fools"||January 9, 2015||4.22|
|Parker and his grandpa begin the hunt for a new mining claim. Tony's crew runs out of bolts while re-building the dredge, and Todd suffers a huge financial loss.|
|82||13||"Piles of Gold"||January 16, 2015||4.57|
|Todd and Dave disagree about how to mine, but reap large rewards; Tony and Parker go to war over bedrock gold; Minnie steals Tony's dredge crew.|
|83||14||"Gold Road"||January 23, 2015||4.69|
|Logan has an accident with the rock truck; the Hoffman crew aims for a huge weigh-in; Parker finds his new cut frozen solid; Tony installs the heaviest part of his dredge.|
|84||15||"Rogue Miner"||January 30, 2015||4.59|
|Todd and Dave get bulldozers stuck in deep mud; Parker breaks an excavator; Parker's crew struggles with frozen ground; Tony rushes to finish the dredge.|
|85||16||"The Monster Lives"||February 6, 2015||4.63|
|Parker mines an island of paydirt; the Hoffman crew puts rock trucks out of commission; Tony finds an electrical problem.|
|86||17||"Rivers of Gold"||February 13, 2015||4.65|
|Parker diverts a creek in order to mine a pile of gold in the riverbed; Tony's crew is upset over fitting the tailings conveyor; Jack is accused of sabotage.|
|87||18||"Frozen Gold"||February 20, 2015||4.37|
|The Hoffmans' sluicebox is frozen; Tony tries to run his dredge, but discovers he's missing a part for his bucket line; equipment issues hinder Parker.|
|88||19||"Hundreds of Ounces"||February 27, 2015||4.47|
|The Hoffman crew tries to reach their season goal; Tony tries to run the gold dredge, but finds himself shipwrecked; Parker makes a push to hit his goal.|
|89||20||"Freddy Dodge Returns"||February 27, 2015||3.98|
|Freddy and Derek Dodge search for gold in the Yukon wilderness; Freddy believes there is a hot spot around.|
|90||21||"Millions in Gold"||March 6, 2015||4.96|
|Parker faces mutiny; the Hoffmans get a large dozer; Tony makes one last attempt at getting the dredge working; Parker, Tony and Todd discuss the season.|
|91||22||"The Whole Truth"||March 13, 2015||3.27|
|The miners discuss highs and lows, as well as conflicts and drama behind the scenes; Todd, Parker and Tony reveal plans for next season; a crew member calls it quits.|
Season 6 (2015–16)
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|92||1||"Blood, Sweat and Gold"||October 16, 2015||3.886|
|As a new mining season begins, Parker gets off to a disastrous start when he loses key crew and Tony orders him off his claim. Todd sets a massive goal for the season and Tony reveals big plans to expand his operation.|
|93||2||"Gold Ship"||October 23, 2015||3.506|
|A major issue brings Tony's dredge operation to a halt; Grandpa John is rushed to the hospital.|
|94||3||"Moving the Monster"||October 30, 2015||3.578|
|Todd encounters big issues as he attempts to move his 50 ton washplant. Tony's dredge finally starts producing gold. Parker piles on the pressure and it proves to be too much for one of his young crew members.|
|95||4||"Grandpa's Golden Advice"||November 6, 2015||3.518|
|Todd's attempt to deal with a mountain of tailings pits him against his son Hunter. Tony's dredge takes a hit as he puts a rookie winchman in the hot seat. Parker seeks advice from his Grandpa as he struggles to save his season.|
|96||5||"Jack's Gold Shack"||November 13, 2015||3.735|
|Parker takes his frustration out on his crew until his Grandpa gives him a much needed wake up call. Tony's crew battles over how to fix the bucket line on the dredge and Todd calls upon Freddy Dodge for help.|
|97||6||"Treasure Island"||November 20, 2015||3.495|
|Parker and his foreman Rick take a chance on a new cut. Todd searches for a fix so he can stop losing gold out of the sluicebox. Tony's crew hits a huge snag with the dredge.|
|98||7||"El Dorado Dream"||November 27, 2015||3.810|
|Jack gets to chase his dream at El Dorado, the richest documented creek in North America. Parker's crew pushes hard in attempt to have Treasure Island live up to its name. Tony discovers his dredge is pouring gold out of its sluices.|
|99||8||"Mammoth Channel"||December 4, 2015||3.996|
|The Hoffman crew uncovers a unique potential sign of good gold. Parker refuses to give up on Treasure Island and a fight between Tony and his crew spells the end for some of his crew.|
|100||9||"Mammoth Gold"||December 11, 2015||3.745|
|Todd's crew unearths evidence of a massive prehistoric creature that may or may not lead to big gold. Tony is forced to rebuild his washplant and Parker opens the biggest cut of his life in an attempt to get more gold than his rival Todd.|
|101||Special||"Parker Comes of Age"||December 11, 2015||2.384|
|A special episode that aired right after episode 9, it covers Parker's gold mining milestones.|
|102||10||"Parker's 21st"||December 18, 2015||3.775|
|It's Parker's 21st birthday and Rick has an awesome surprise waiting for him aboard a party barge. Tony seeks for a new investment.|
|103||11||"Captain Monica"||January 1, 2016||4.427|
|Monica covers Tony's dredging operation. Elsewhere, Parker attempts a large haul.|
|104||12||"Crew War"||January 8, 2016||4.128|
|Parker's new mechanic sparks a mutiny; a drought shuts down Todd's operation; and Tony faces a major issue that could put him out of business.|
|105||13||"Goldzilla Gold"||January 15, 2016||4.032|
|Hoffman deals with a feud between his day and night staff. Elsewhere, Tony and Gene have a disagreement about operations while Parker's wash plant is washing pay, but his team falls apart.|
|106||14||"Million Dollar Mountain"||January 22, 2016||4.558|
|Tony makes a big purchase. Parker and Todd wager on who will get the most gold, leading to big changes on the claims.|
|107||15||"Dead Even"||January 29, 2016||4.044|
|Parker pays his royalties for his 3000 ounce gold goal in advance. The dredge is stuck in his own tailings. Todd recovers his weekly loss by opening the roulette cut.|
|108||16||"Golden Bombshell"||February 5, 2016||3.926|
|Parker is convinced to re-open his Fantasyland cut. The power on Tony's 75-year-old dredge is upped to speed up production. Todd's Roulette cut provides both rewards and problems.|
|110||Special||"Klondike Legend"||February 12, 2016||3.578|
|Tony Beets travels back to his roots in the Netherlands where he reveals details about his transformation from a farm boy to a Klondike mining legend. Cameras also follow him in his offseason home in the desert.|
|111||18||"Oregon gold"||February 19, 2016||3.850|
|Hoffman's looking for new mining ground in Oregon. Beets tries to find better ground for his dredge. Parker moves his washplant to other side of cut.|
|112||19||"Frozen Pay"||February 26, 2016||4.154|
|Parker must divert a creek and mine. Tony breaks his dredge buckets. Todd doubles down with a second monster washplant.|
|113||20||"King of the Klondike"||March 4, 2016||4.369|
|As the Klondike winter closes in, the final race for gold intensifies. Todd runs two massive washplants, Tony pushes to get his dredge out of the water before it freezes and Grandpa John arrives to find out if Parker has beaten his rival Todd.|
|114||21||"Gold Hard Truth"||March 11, 2016||N/A|
|Season 2015 review and season 2016 preview.|
Season 7 (2016–17)
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|115||1||"Miracle on the Mountain"||October 14, 2016||2.853|
|In the epic 2-hr premiere Todd Hoffman takes the biggest gamble and turns his back on guaranteed gold in the Klondike. Tony Beets expands his empire, buying a huge second dredge. Parker Schnabel starts his new season without his grandfather and mentor.|
|116||2||"Eye in the Sky"||October 21, 2016||3.071|
|Todd Hoffman has his back against the wall when his new Oregon mine fails to deliver. Parker Schnabel's new $600,000 washplant breaks down on its first start-up and Tony Beets takes to the sky to check up on his children.|
|117||Special||"The Gambler"||October 28, 2016||N/A|
|118||3||"Frankenstein Machinery"||October 28, 2016||2.631|
|Todd returns to the Klondike to collect Monster Red while Parker confronts tough negotiator Tony over royalties and receives a shock offer which will change his season.|
|119||4||"Mutiny"||November 4, 2016||3.053|
|Todd finally finds good gold at his new High Bar mine. Parker gives his foreman Rick his own operation and when Tony and Minnie decide to cut the dredge crew's pay, a key crew member calls it quits.|
|120||5||"Misery on the Mountain"||November 11, 2016||3.032|
|Todd digs deep for 50 ounces to keep High Bar open, Tony enlists his kids to get Paradise Hill up and running, and human error at Scribner Creek costs Parker thousands in lost gold.|
|121||6||"No Crane, No Gain"||November 18, 2016||3.201|
|Todd Hoffman moves his whole operation; Parker Schnabel is flooded out; Tony Beets' ancient dredge hit over a million in gold.|
|122||7||"Watery Grave"||November 25, 2016||3.224|
|Tony arrives to find his million-dollar dredge in disaster. While Rick is at his grandpa's funeral, Parker shuts him down by taking his equipment, and the Hoffmans discover that their wash-plant doesn't work in their new mine.|
|123||8||"Mega Barge & Kid Commando"||December 2, 2016||3.294|
|Todd digs deeper than ever before in a desperate quest for gold; Tony heads down the Yukon River; and Parker's pricey wash-plant begins to shake apart.|
|124||9||"Record Gold"||December 9, 2016||3.596|
|Tony breaks records with the biggest gold haul in series history; Parker struggles to save his wash-plant; and Todd finally strikes gold after seven weeks at the Buckland.|
|125||10||"Go Down Fighting"||December 16, 2016||3.345|
|Todd Hoffman hits rock bottom when a key crew member quits; Tony Beets transforms some rusty relics into a monster power barge; a troubled Parker Schnabel misses his own birthday party.|
|126||11||"Game Over"||December 30, 2016||3.299|
|With no paycheck for five weeks, Todd Hoffman's close-knit team turn on each other. Parker's gamble to run his washplant without protection from rocks proves costly. Tony builds a $10,000 mega-trailer to move his barge – but gets his measurements wrong.|
|127||12||"Abandonment"||January 6, 2017||3.750|
|Todd struggles to continue mining after his crew quits; Parker recklessly damages his truck's air hoses while transporting the wash plant; and Tony discovers his dredge is blowing gold out of the sluices.|
|128||13||"Lifeline"||January 13, 2017||3.689|
|The remnants of the Hoffman crew reach their lowest point, but someone brings Todd good news; Tony Beets fires his barge captain, then runs aground up the mighty Yukon River; Rick Ness finally gets Parker Schnabel's second operation up and running.|
|129||14||"Parker vs. Rick"||January 20, 2017||3.422|
|Rick outperforms Parker on his new Indian River claim; Tony's dredge suffers a catastrophic failure, threatening his season; Todd Hoffman's skeleton crew finally sees good gold at their new mine in Colorado.|
|130||15||"Excavator Down"||January 27, 2017||3.859|
|Todd Hoffman eats humble pie when he begs his old crew to return, Parker Schnabel loses an excavator in a swamp and Tony Beets gives his daughter Monica her own operation.|
|131||16||"Double Trouble"||February 3, 2017||3.647|
|The Hoffman crew opens a second mine in Colorado, Parker tries out a new mechanic without Mitch's approval and Tony sets sail in a power-barge up the Yukon River.|
|132||17||"Cruelest Cut"||February 10, 2017||3.547|
|Circumstances force Parker Schnabel to call his dad in to help his struggling operation; Todd Hoffman has the best clean-up of the season; Tony Beets' daughter Monica starts bringing home the gold.|
|133||18||"Miners vs. Beavers"||February 17, 2017||3.424|
|Todd's whole operation is brought to a halt; Parker's plant move turns into an excavator nightmare and a massive fix means Tony can finally get his broken dredge up and running.|
|134||19||"Dredge vs. Washplant"||February 24, 2017||3.428|
|Todd finds monster nuggets on the top of a mountain, Parker and Rick struggle with a conveyor and Tony pits Monica against Kevin to see if the dredge is more efficient than a modern washplant.|
|135||20||"Viking Voyage"||March 3, 2017||3.650|
|Todd uses dynamite to blast monster boulders and get to the gold, Parker has to overcome a flood to get to a record gold count and Tony heads up the freezing Yukon River in his massive power barge.|
|136||21||"Final Fury"||March 10, 2017||3.557|
|As each crew attempts to hit their final goals, a fist fight on the Hoffman claim ends in a resignation; Tony's plan to relocate his dredge hits a brick wall; and Parker records the biggest gold weigh of his life and teases his next big adventure.|
|137||Special||"War and Peace"||March 17, 2017||2.186|
|The miners reveal the secrets of the gold mining season: the life and death issues on Parker's claim, how Tony Beets was defeated by a piece of paper and how a fight on the Hoffman claim brought about the end of a seven-year veteran.|
|138||Special||"Parker Schnabel's Journey"||April 7, 2017||N/A|
|This features Parker's journey from a 15-year-old boy who learns from his beloved grandpa to the 21-year-old man who becomes a major player in the Klondike.|
Mini-Series : Parker's Trail (2017)
Between 1896 and 1899, more than 100,000 brave souls set out on a perilous journey into the frozen North on the legendary Klondike Gold Rush trail. Most never made it to the end. Killed or scared off by bears, treacherous terrain, raging torrents and temperatures below -40 degrees, only one in three completed the journey. Now Parker Schnabel of Discovery GOLD RUSH fame, will attempt to make this same journey and document it in Gold Rush: Parker's Trail.
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|139||1||"Before the Trail"||March 24, 2017||N/A|
|140||2||"Footsteps of Legends"||March 31, 2017||1.66|
|141||3||"Racing The Freeze"||April 7, 2017||N/A|
|142||4||"Hypothermia"||April 14, 2017||N/A|
Season 8 (2017–18)
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|143||Special||"The 9 Million Dollar Season"||October 6, 2017||N/A|
|In an action packed look at Season 7 of Gold Rush Parker faced the tragic loss of his mentor Grandpa John and bet big on a $600,000 wash-plant to chase a record gold haul. Todd moved his entire operation to Oregon in search of a mountain of nugget.|
|144||1||"Wagers and Wars (120 min)"||October 13, 2017||2.571|
|Parker and Todd go head to head as they lay down the exact same gold-weight goal for their season, whilst Tony Beets fires up his second ancient dredge.|
|145||2||"Blizzards and Bullets"||October 20, 2017||2.690|
|A rogue gunman fires shots at the Hoffman crew. Frozen ground destroys Parker Schnabel's dozers. Tony Beets starts to tear apart his 500 ton dredge.|
|146||3||"The Viking vs. the Mechanic"||October 27, 2017||2.488|
|Todd interferes with son Hunter's wash-plant, pushing their relationship to a breaking point; Parker battles to maneuver a 150 foot super conveyor; Tony desperately needs dredge number 1 to deliver gold, but frozen ice may derail his plans.|
|147||4||"The Curse of the Fairplay Mountains"||November 3, 2017||2.826|
|Todd races to construct a massive holding pond before a storm hits. Parker is furious that Ricks's failure to manage the cut has forced it to be shutdown. Meanwhile, Tony undertakes a $600,000 upgrade of dredge #1 in an attempt to jumpstart his season.|
|148||5||"Son Dethrones Father"||November 10, 2017||2.817|
|Parker Schnabel fights rising floodwaters to save his cut; Hunter Hoffman makes a bold decision shut down his operation and his father's. Tony Beets takes a convoy of military trucks on a treacherous journey to hunt down parts for his monster dredge.|
|149||6||"Colorado Strikes Back"||November 17, 2017||3.173|
|Todd shuts down his operations to support Freddy Dodge as he pleads with the county commissioners to allow him to mine his claim; Kevin has bad news.|
|150||7||"Inferno"||November 24, 2017||2.911|
|A massive forest fire tears through the Klondike toward Parker's claim, threatening to end his season; Tony desperately needs his barge to run.|
|151||8||"The Mighty Uppercut"||December 1, 2017||2.93|
|Todd is falling way short of his target and with his business struggling, he faces a tough ultimatum. Plus, Parker must move Sluicifer but is short on crew.|
|152||9||"Gold Bars and Hail Marys"||December 8, 2017||2.86|
|In Colorado, Todd's only hope for the season rests on a new claim, 'the jewellery box' - but has it already been mined out? And, Freddy drops a bombshell.|
|153||10||"The Devil's Finger"||December 15, 2017||2.93|
|Parker Schnabel is halfway through the season, but nowhere near halfway to his goal. Plus, Tony Beets is ready to barge the bucket line down the Yukon River.|
|154||11||"The Holy Grail"||December 22, 2017||2.93|
|Todd discovers a historic mine that could turn his season around and battles monster boulders to get to gold. Tony mounts a massive operation to replace a 24-ton bucket line and Parker's parents arrive for his birthday bearing extraordinary gifts.|
|155||Special||"Busted and Bushfixed (special)"||December 29, 2017||2.00|
|To deliver incredible gold hauls, the miners have to keep the equipment running at all costs. The miners look back at the worst breakdowns and heroic fixes.|
|156||12||"Eclipsed"||January 5, 2018||2.85|
|Todd's Colorado mine is in the path of a rare solar eclipse, but he's in trouble with less than 800 ounces this season. Meanwhile, Rick has bad news for Parker.|
|157||13||"Lost Gold"||January 12, 2018||3.05|
|Hunter Hoffman makes a rookie mistake that causes dysfunction in the team. Tony Beets has to improvise to tear down his second dredge. Parker Schnabel risks damaging his washplant as he races to finish his last cut at Scribner Creek.|
|158||14||"The Father, The Son & The Holy Roller"||January 19, 2018||2.69|
|Parker Schnabel's opens a brand-new cut, but his crew gets stuck in the mud. Todd tries to get Hunter back on the team to assemble a new wash-plant and Tony's stuck up the creek without a barge.|
|159||15||"Broken"||January 26, 2018||2.84 |
|Parker Schnabel takes on a massive wash-plant move on his own. Todd Hoffman races to set up new trommel and faces a medical emergency, while Tony Beets' daughter Monica makes a $200,000 mistake.|
|160||16||"Of Monsters and Men"||February 2, 2018||N/A|
|Parker threatens to shut down Rick's Indian River operation after production drops. Disaster strikes for Tony and Todd gives his crew a shock ultimatum.|
|161||Special||"Going for Gold"||February 9, 2018||2.8|
|The crew give a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road, showing they need to get the gold. And, there's a look back at the biggest payouts of gold, crab cash, and treasure. One hour trailer for the Discovery Channel - low in content. With features from Moonshiners, Gold Divers and Deadliest Catch.|
|162||17||"Planes, Cranes, and Virgin Claims"||February 16, 2018||N/A|
|Parker suspects Tony of sabotage on his new ground and confronts him. Todd's new washplant hits the noise limits for local regulations and they must find a bush fix to solve the problem. Tony Beets takes on his biggest challenge yet in tearing down his second dredge.|
|163||18||"King Kong"||February 23, 2018||N/A|
|Parker fulfils a life time ambition when he buys his first Klondike claim. Plus, Todd attempts to use chemical integrity to break a monster boulder that's in his path.|
|164||19||"Independence Day"||March 2, 2018||N/A|
|Tony's dredge teardown hits a wall when they attempt to remove the heaviest piece yet. Todd's son, Hunter demands a change of mine site if they're going to have a future. Parker makes a bid for independence on his own claim, but Tony stands in his way.|
|165||20||"The Spoils of War"||March 9, 2018||N/A|
|It's judgement day on Parker and Todd's 100-ounce bet. Parker chases a record breaking 7.2 million dollar season total. Todd desperately tries to stop his crew from falling apart. Tony struggles to get his dredge to Dawson before the Yukon River freezes.|
Parker's Trail "Guyana" (2018)
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|166||1||"Mining With Monsters"||March 23, 2018||N/A|
|167||2||"Welcome To The Jungle"||March 30, 2018||N/A|
|168||3||"Hell Dorado"||April 6, 2018||N/A|
|169||4||"Gold Wars: The Jungle Awakens"||April 13, 2018||N/A|
|170||5||"X Marks the Spot"||April 20, 2018||N/A|
|171||6||"The Jungle Strikes Back"||April 27, 2018||N/A|
|172||7||"Revelations"||May 4, 2018||N/A|
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