Siberia (TV series)

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Siberia NBC logo.jpg
Created by Matthew Arnold
Directed by Matthew Arnold, Herbert James Winterstern, Slava N. Jakovleff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Manitoba, Canada
Running time 41-42 minutes[2]
Production company(s)
  • Sierra-Engine Television
  • Infinity Films
  • Welldone Productions
Original network NBC
Picture format 1080p
Original release July 1 (1-07) – September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16)
External links
Official website

Siberia is an American mockumentary series about a reality television show where 14 contestants must survive in the Siberian territory of Tunguska. Shortly after arrival, the contestants notice strange things and are abandoned by the production of the reality show. The show was filmed in Birds Hill Provincial Park just north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.[3] It premiered on NBC on July 1, 2013.

It was met with generally favorable reviews from critics and viewers, with average viewership per episode coming in around 2.03 million viewers. Metacritic scored the show with a 63 out of 100.[4] The first season concluded on September 16, 2013. After low ratings the show was not renewed.


Sixteen reality-show contestants, each hoping to win $500,000, arrive in a Siberian forest to take part in a reality show. Two are immediately eliminated, and 14 settle in for the contest. The unexpected death of a fellow contestant throws them off, but they eventually all accept it as an accident. Strange events continue to happen, and when a contestant is injured and no help arrives, they realize they will have to band together to survive in a land they do not understand. More unusual events happen that parallel the ones natives experienced 100 years earlier during the Tunguska event.

The show is described as having a "Lost-meets-Survivor premise",[5] and is compared to The Blair Witch Project and The River.[6]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Matthew Arnold Matthew Arnold July 1, 2013 (2013-07-01) 3.07[7]
In the series premiere, 16 contestants from all around the world arrive in the remote Siberian wilderness where they must try to survive and be the last ones remaining in a show that has no rules and offers no help from the producers, in order to win $500,000. The last two contestants to arrive at the camp where they will be staying will be eliminated from the competition (these turn out to be Harpreet and Berglind). At night, the remaining 14 contestants hear a strange noise in the forest. In the morning, Tommy wanders away searching for mushrooms for food. Later, the contestants are informed by Jonathon, the host, that Tommy has had a fatal accident.
2 "A Question of Reality" Matthew Arnold Travis Rooks July 8, 2013 (2013-07-08) 2.60[8]
George decides to leave the competition. Later, Daniel finds the site where Tommy was killed along with a strange footprint and cave markings showing tribesmen fighting a large creature with the same footprint. The contestants then find a shed full of food, which they decide to ration. Victoria unintentionally eats uncooked poisonous mushrooms and begins hallucinating. The next day, she returns to normal and decides to leave. Before she does, she warns Daniel that in her hallucinations she saw that the group is going to die.
3 "Lyin' and Tiger and Bare" Matthew Arnold Odin Shafer and Andrew Adair July 15, 2013 (2013-07-15) 2.36[9]
At night, the group finds the food shed set ablaze. In the morning, Natalie and Annie return to camp claiming to have seen a tiger. The contestants discover that Johnny burned the food shed, but a hidden camera inside the shed reveals Carolina as the true saboteur, who framed Johnny. Later, Neeko and Sabina find a partially eaten tiger and wonder what could have killed it.
4 "Fire in the Sky" Matthew Arnold Dorian Hess July 29, 2013 (2013-07-29) 1.93[10]
In the morning, the contestants find a spear in their camp with an attached message warning them to leave. At night, the sky mysteriously turns green. After the sky returns to normal, Carolina reveals to the group that she is a TV actress named Joyce who was ordered by the producers to frame Johnny for burning the food shed.
5 "What She Said"[11] Matthew Arnold David Paster August 5, 2013 (2013-08-05) 1.80[12]
Natalie leaves behind a note informing the contestants that she has left the competition. Later, Irene gets caught in a booby trap, severely injuring her leg. Desperate, the contestants search for the producers' basecamp to get help for Irene, but they find the basecamp in ruins.
6 "Out of the Frying Pan"[13] Matthew Arnold Matthew Arnold and Odin Shafer August 12, 2013 (2013-08-12) 1.86[14]
Now on their own, the contestants discover that Miljan found a century-old Russian diary that describes violent creatures called “Valleymen” and a nomadic tribe called the Evenki. Later, the contestants spot a radio tower in the distance that Johnny, Daniel, Sam, and Joyce hike towards while the rest stay at camp. Along the way, the hikers find a site reminiscent of the Tunguska event.
7 "First Snow"[15] Slava N. Jakovleff and Herbert James Winterstern Matthew Arnold and Shaun Hudson August 19, 2013 (2013-08-19) 1.83[16]
With temperatures dropping, the away team continues their harsh trek. Back at camp, a deranged Miljan attacks Irene, forcing the group to tie him down. Miljan persuades Esther to untie him and to dose the others with sleeping pills so he can secretly take Irene into the woods.
8 "A Gathering Fog"[17] Slava N. Jakovleff and Herbert James Winterstern Brian Rost August 26, 2013 (2013-08-26) 1.73[18]

While the group at camp searches for Irene and Miljan, they stumble upon Natalie's corpse. As Neeko and Sabina press on, Annie and Esther stay behind to bury Natalie but are later captured by unseen forces. Meanwhile, the away team loses sight of the radio tower but instead finds shelter in a deserted Russian research station.

Note: This is the least-viewed episode of the series along with "One by One".
9 "One by One"[19] Slava N. Jakovleff and Herbert James Winterstern Matthew Arnold and Brian Rost September 2, 2013 (2013-09-02) 1.73[20]
At the research station, the away team discovers a lab conducting mutation experiments and find the radio tower destroyed. Back at camp, Neeko and Sabina find Miljan, who handed Irene over to the Evenki tribe for help. The three are later captured by the tribesmen.
10 "Strange Bedfellows"[21] Slava N. Jakovleff and Herbert James Winterstern Shaun Hudson and Andrew Adair September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09) 1.81[22]
At the research station, Johnny, Daniel, Sam, and Joyce use a radio to make contact with a rescue team. Meanwhile, the Evenki tribesmen take Sabina, Neeko, and Miljan to their encampment, where they find Esther, Annie, and a healed Irene. Believing the area is cursed due to the Valleymen creatures that roam the woods, the Evenki direct the six towards the research station.
11 "... Into the Oven"[23] Herbert James Winterstern and Matthew Arnold Travis Rooks and Matthew Arnold September 16, 2013 (2013-09-16) 2.2 [24]

Season finale. A squad of Russian black ops soldiers arrives at the research station to kill the reunited contestants but is attacked by the Valleymen. The contestants escape in a truck, but Annie is killed by the troops. When the truck gets stuck in ice, Esther (who appears to possess the prize money) hijacks the truck. The contestants find shelter in an evacuated small town and are discovered by Jonathon (the host).

Note: This episode was merged with the 12th episode to compensate for the Royal Baby Special, regarding the birth of Prince George of Cambridge, which delayed the airing of the 4th episode.

DVD Releases[edit]

On March 11th, 2014 Lions Gate Entertainment released Siberia - Season one on DVD in Region 1 with all 11 episodes on a 3-disc set.[25]


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