The Best Episodes of Alaska State Troopers
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2019
They are the first line of defense on the last frontier, the roughly 400 state troopers who patrol the rugged and unforgiving terrain of America’s largest state — Alaska. One of the toughest law enforcement agencies in the nation, these officers often travel hundreds of miles in piercing subzero temperatures to uphold the law. Responding by land, air and sea — with backup sometimes days away — they face danger to protect the people and wildlife of Alaska.
#1 - Village Vigilantes
Season 3 - Episode 14
Troopers go the distance in this episode of Alaska State Troopers, taking to land, air, and snow machine to bring justice to some of Alaska's most remote locations. Alaskan villages on the outskirts often present challenges for troopers, both tactically and culturally. With the help of concerned locals, troopers are able to track down wanted criminals and solve mysterious cases.
#2 - Dazed and Confused
Season 2 - Episode 13
Under the midnight sun, troopers engage in a dangerous 90 mph pursuit until they apprehend the "dazed and confused" driver at gunpoint and find illegal drugs in the car. When officers respond to a domestic dispute, they are greeted by a gun-wielding homeowner. And troopers patrol the dangerous Copper River, where powerful currents and steep cliffs sometimes make for a deadly recreational area.
#3 - Anchorage Undercover
Season 2 - Episode 11
Troopers team up with the FBI to confront Anchorage's drug problem- taking down 17 suspects in one night. Across town, a known felon barricades himself inside his house, resulting in a tense standoff for hours. Meanwhile, the search is on for an injured hiker stuck halfway up a treacherous mountain. And troopers patrol Alaska's version of the Everglades in air boats to search for illegal moose hunters.
#4 - Armed and Bootlegging
Season 4 - Episode 5
It's a criminal homebrew operation, and Trooper Tim Smith must head into a 'dry' village where illegal manufacturing of alcohol has gotten out of control. Meanwhile, Trooper Gordon Young hunts down a dangerous thief and must race to the airport to stop the suspect from fleeing. Later, Trooper Jared Noll makes a seemingly routine traffic stop only to discover that the driver is one of the biggest meth cooks in the valley, and he's got knives with him.
#5 - Moose/Man Hunt
Season 3 - Episode 7
To maintain the element of surprise, Troopers execute a night operation on a remote island only accessible by boat. Their mission: to remove a threatening squatter who refuses to leave private property. Across the state, Wildlife Trooper Doug Massie gets a call about an illegal kill. After hours of searching, he finds the entire moose, but it's too late to salvage any of the meat.
#6 - One in the Chamber
Season 6 - Episode 4
Troopers pursue illegal moose hunters in the mountains surrounding the Mat-Su Valley, but the search turns dicey when they come across a fresh, warm grizzly bed still ripe with the stink of the bear. Later, all units rush to the scene when they receive a call about a man with a stolen gun. A tense four-hour standoff ensues when the suspect flees to a nearby residence. The chaos continues when troopers come across some drugged-up fishermen they must detain.
#11 - Gun N Hide
Season 3 - Episode 8
When troopers respond to a call regarding a discharged gun in the Mat-Su Valley, they discover a large stash of weapons hidden inside a boat. There is a good chance that the suspect is still armed and dangerous as officers venture out into the dark woods to search for him. Later, troopers patrol villages near Juneau, handle the fall moose hunt in the Denali wilderness, and search the southeast Alaskan ocean floor for a stolen firearm.
#12 - Grizzly-pendence Day
Season 4 - Episode 8
Trooper Gabe Rich is called to a residence where renters are armed and have fired shots on anyone trying to enter their house. Will Rich find himself in the middle of a firefight in this hostile situation? Meanwhile, in Soldotna, suspects caught speeding ditch their car and take off on foot, leaving trooper Jim Buttrey to risk being outnumbered in a heavily wooded area. And finally, across the state, trooper George Kammer is in the middle of sorting out a domestic violence case when he notices...
#13 - Hostage Standoff
Season 4 - Episode 9
Ride along with Alaska State Troopers on some of the most dangerous calls yet--life and death hang in the balance when an armed, belligerent man turns his loaded gun on his pregnant girlfriend, a search and rescue mission unfolds in the forest, and road rage turns potentially fatal when a gun is involved.
#14 - Burglars & Bears
Season 5 - Episode 6
The roads are teeming with trouble and the Troopers must dodge wintry conditions to catch their targets/suspects. In Butte, an intoxicated man harasses Troopers and leads them to a surprising discovery: a 9 mm pistol on the couch. An altercation involving alcohol at a Fairbanks hotel leads to arrests. And a dispute between neighbors involving guns on the outskirts of town draws Troopers into the cross fire. Finally, when brown bears take over a remote village dump, Sgt. Dobson must mediate.
#15 - Hammered on the Holiday
Season 5 - Episode 7
In this one-hour episode of "Alaska State Troopers," Trooper Dan Dahl scans the wilderness for missing hunters in his floatplane. An off-road pursuit turns into a forest foot chase and Fourth of July celebrations keep Troopers busy.
#16 - Shotgun Showdown
Season 4 - Episode 4
This episode starts with a bang as the troopers respond to a call about gunshots and screams. The hunt for the gunman leads them into the Fairbanks woods, where they find the suspect threatening to blow someone's head off. Then, on the waterways of western Alaska, the team must rein in some potentially volatile fishermen by both boat and float plane. Then, Trooper Stariha is hot on the trail of a fleeing motorcycle who suddenly takes the chase onto the crowded highway.
#18 - Crime Under the Midnight Sun
Season 2 - Episode 8
Troopers have their hands full patrolling the late-night partiers under the sun that doesn't set. Troopers attempt to crack down on underage drinking, halt disorderly conduct and investigate a mysterious death in the backwoods as well as deal with eagles attacking people and orphaned moose.
#19 - Bloody Warrior
Season 4 - Episode 6
It sounds like a tale out of a horror movie when troopers Aaron Mobley and Bill Connors set out to find a man who assaulted someone with a machete, leaving the victim bloodied and with a broken jaw. But after they make the arrest, the drama is far from over.
#20 - Knife Fight
Season 4 - Episode 2
Snowflakes fall as Trooper Howie Peterson responds to a snow-machine accident where the victim may be dead or alive. As night falls, he frantically sets out into the backwoods of avalanche country to find the man. Then, a horrific stabbing sends trooper Blake Calhoun on a search for the stabber in a maze of unsecured cabins, where the potentially armed man could be hiding behind any door. Later, Trooper Anthony Stariha tries to catch a speeding vehicle before reaching the populous town center.
#21 - Rock-Throwing Rampage
Season 7 - Episode 9
Troopers scramble to rescue lost snowmobilers, help a stranded citizen, and recover a frozen body, lost to the harshness of the terrain.
#23 - Alaskan Standoff
Season 3 - Episode 13
From Alaska's bustling city of Fairbanks all the way to Grayling, a remote village that in winter is accessible only by plane, the Alaska State Troopers never have a dull moment. A team of Alaska's troopers attempt to serve a warrant to a man who doesn't want to be found. With the house surrounded and the man refusing to appear, the troopers are ready to go ' except that they have to wait for a search warrant to arrive before they can enter the house.
#24 - Extreme Justice
Season 4 - Episode 1
Get the adrenaline flowing with this special episode that includes arrests in remote villages; helicopter rescues on frigid, 22 degree mountaintops; and dangerous suspect chase-downs in south central Alaska. Trooper Howie Peterson confronts an intoxicated gold miner who is blocking a road. Then, when snow machine riders go missing, the troopers deploy on a search and rescue mission. The search via helicopter comes across an overturned snow machine and the race is on to find survivors.