The BEST episodes of Doomsday Preppers

Every episode of Doomsday Preppers ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Doomsday Preppers!

Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality.

Last Updated: 11/7/2023Network: National GeographicStatus: Ended
Be the Prep
103 votes

#1 - Be the Prep

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/31/2014

After losing his job, Nick Klein began prepping for an economic collapse. Nick keeps rabbits that he believes will give him all the food, fuel and fertilizer he needs to survive. Patrick Troy began prepping for societal collapse caused by a catastrophic event after the birth of his only child. He is building a multi-tiered perimeter defense system around his house. Keith Ford is prepping for a second civil war that he believes will destroy American society.

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Solutions Not Problems
83 votes

#2 - Solutions Not Problems

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/12/2013

Prepping for an economic collapse, Jeff is converting a decommissioned missile silo into the perfect bug-out getaway. But that's not all Jeff is focused on. With an online dating profile, he is also searching for a special someone who can share his love for prepping. We'll see Jeff, a bachelor on the lookout for love, not only work on his bunker, but also go on multiple dates to find his prepper mate. We also meet Doug, who lives in the mountains of Tennesse and is known by locals as "Rockman".

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Back to the Dark Ages
96 votes

#3 - Back to the Dark Ages

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/14/2014

Chuck Vessey fears that an electromagnetic pulse will take out the power grid near his Texas home. He's concealing his goods in intricate spots around his house and building a wind turbine to generate electricity. Lisa Roulette preps for global climate change and teaches her sons the ways of living off the land. Tom and Beth Tailer prepare their land and community in rural Vermont for massive oil shortages by engineering a seemingly indestructible eco-dome shelter.

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No One Will Ever Know
103 votes

#4 - No One Will Ever Know

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/10/2013

In Texas, Kenny and his wife Connie are preparing for a civil war. With defense as their ultimate concern, they're building a fortified bulletproof rooftop command center. In Maryland, Kevin is prepping for an EMP attack. Kevin is very protective of his close-knit family, including his three pregnant daughters. Their survival plan relies on a customized 15-ton bunker buried 20 feet underground and stocked with baby supplies and doomsday essentials

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Friends Can Become Enemies
125 votes

#5 - Friends Can Become Enemies

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/28/2012

James Patrick Douglas a man of the land in Maine shows off many needed homestead techniques to the viewers based upon overpopulation fears; Larry Hall the survival underground missile bunker builder invests in making sure his and other families are safe during any event; Becky Brown a gorgeous yet very inventive prepper (Grab n Go Food Storage) is making sure she and others are ready for martial law.

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It's All Gonna Hit the Fan
179 votes

#6 - It's All Gonna Hit the Fan

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/21/2012

Martin Colvill lives on the road with his wife as a "survival trucker" and looks to prepare for the upcoming economic collapse; Donna Nash is prepared to quarantine all her family members to protect against a global pandemic; Kevin O'Brien is concerned about losing his home due to rising sea levels created by global warming or a polar shift.

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There Will Be Chaos
128 votes

#7 - There Will Be Chaos

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/28/2014

Jerry McMullin, a retired risk assessment analyst, has put millions of dollars into his safe house. In case of a biological attack, Jerry has built an ultraviolet radiation chamber intended to disinfect the contaminated population, and will use solar panels and wind turbines to sustain power inside the safe house. The Jackling family will do everything in their power to protect their home and family from a wildfire they fear will ravage their Californian community.

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Disaster Doesn't Wait
149 votes

#8 - Disaster Doesn't Wait

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/10/2012

Barry, Pink and Cole have the ultimate urban underground foxhole right in the garage. Hooray! one if the best we have seen; Steve Pace a hometown survivalists is ready to take on long term electric failure; Carolina resident Laura Kunzie has concerns to a rapid airborne flu outbreak and is preparing so.

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Taking From the Haves
92 votes

#9 - Taking From the Haves

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/4/2012

Jeff Bushaw plans to fly his family to safety following the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano; Allen and Franco have built sustainable food production systems in preparation for worldwide food shortages; John Adrain has invented numerous security gadgets to turn his estate into a technological fortress safe from a wide range of disasters.

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Back to the Stone Age
220 votes

#10 - Back to the Stone Age

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/14/2012

Tim Ralston - A survival tool manufacturer himself (the Crovel), loses part of a thumb during firearms practice for the show; Jason Charles, The New York City Fireman/Prepper demonstrates expert urban survival skills; Jules Dervaes has prepared well for the collapse of the industrial food system; Pat Brabble insists on surviving hyperinflation by planning ahead.

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Nine Meals Away from Anarchy
185 votes

#11 - Nine Meals Away from Anarchy

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/6/2012

For Mike Messiner civil unrest is just round the corner and he is getting everyone ready; Colorado computer programmer Preston White has collected over 11,200 types of seeds and plans for biosphere living in a Fukushima radiated future while friends Shane and others provide supportive help; Riley Cook spends his days supporting the prepper society building underground structures.

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Into the Spider Hole
178 votes

#12 - Into the Spider Hole

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/13/2012

Doug Huffman is rightly prepared teaching survival techniques for the second depression based upon America's massive "debts".; Dianne and Greg Rogers, dedicated parents in Canada are concerned with future events effecting their home-life; Ed and Dianna Peden ("still living in the 60's"), of Topeka, Kansas are preparing to survive and thrive fully underground when doomsday arrives in their decommissioned Atlas missile site.

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Close the Door, Load the Shotgun
114 votes

#13 - Close the Door, Load the Shotgun

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/3/2012

John Major has gone to the extent of moving his family to Idaho for a better more natural lifestyle; Janet Spencer an author in Montana decided because of her location to prepare for any "unnatural" event; Jack & Jackie Jobe, although new to prepping have done quite well for their future survival.

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You Can't Let Evil Win
150 votes

#14 - You Can't Let Evil Win

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/4/2012

Some American families have drastically altered their lifestyles in order to survive what they fear will be the end of the world. Johnny O fears a terrorist attack on nuclear power plants, and his prepping philosophy is always having backups for your backups. He is a husband and father of two who lives with his wife and his wife's twin sister, who also knows their bug out plan.

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Bad Times All the Time
150 votes

#15 - Bad Times All the Time

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/20/2012

At some point, we've all wondered what will happen to our economy. Jay Blevins has probably thought about it more than most. He is a former law enforcement officer who is preparing for a global economic crisis. He fears that social unrest will erupt and has found creative ways to protect his family, including his own recipe for homemade pepper spray.

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It's Gonna Get Worse
173 votes

#16 - It's Gonna Get Worse

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/27/2012

Bruce Beach a lifelong prepper is focused upon nuclear wars and saving children in his 42 underground buses; Jeremy and Kelly, are concerned parents in Salt Lake City, preparing for the collapse of society due to peak oil depletion; Bradford Frank of San Diego, California works around the clock in case of a worldwide pandemic that will end life as we know it.

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Survival is an Ugly Beast
52 votes

#17 - Survival is an Ugly Beast

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/26/2013

To protect his family from Doomsday marauders, Rob is devising the ultimate booby-trap system. He's securing his Texas property's perimeter with an elaborate system of alarms, traps and defense mechanisms. In Tenn., Greg is preparing for a financial catastrophe by building an invisible tree house where he hopes to be safe from looters. If the build goes as planned, his family will have a tree house 12 feet into the forest canopy, with mirrored paneling and a stockpile of food, water and ammo.

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I Suggest We Run
169 votes

#18 - I Suggest We Run

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/17/2012

Texas prepper "Dr Wayne" bases his doomsday fears on a Chinese financial takeover and he has prepared many ways to survive these events; John & Cristina Sellers, are both hardworking Americans who want to protect what they have; Jason & Tanya have done their homework on how life and prepping can happen on a budget.

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Extreme Prep Edition
159 votes

#19 - Extreme Prep Edition

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/24/2012

The five basic principles while preparing for a cataclysmic event are food, shelter, safety, evacuation, and practice.

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Bullets, Lots of Bullets
283 votes

#20 - Bullets, Lots of Bullets

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/7/2012

Paul Range and friends prepare for a "polar Shift"; In California Christopher Nyerges demonstrates urban jungle survive skills in the event of a massive earthquake; Deep in the heart of Houston, Texas Megan Hurwitt hopes to survive on her own after the all the oil and gas runs out.

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Prepper's Paradise
53 votes

#21 - Prepper's Paradise

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/22/2013

Doomsday Preppers visits the household of Amanda Bobbin, who began prepping after being warned in her sleep of imminent danger. These days Amanda and her husband Scott spend their time hidden away in the mountains, where they practice sustainable living to prepare themselves in the event of a comet hitting the earth's atmosphere.

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Hit the Ground Running
88 votes

#22 - Hit the Ground Running

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/5/2013

Former firefighter medics John and Kelly are motorcycle riders living on a prepping homestead in the mountains of Virginia in preparation for a total economic collapse. Frank, who owns a construction company in Maine, spends his golden years flying his private plane and preparing for the upcoming economic collapse. Finally, we meet mobile prepper Brian as he prepares for his fear: a terrorist attack. Brian spends the majority of his time on the road in his ultimate bug-out vehicle

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The Time of Reckoning
177 votes

#23 - The Time of Reckoning

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/27/2012

A single dirty bomb could cause massive chaos. Tom Perez is prepping for a terrorist attack and suspects it's only a matter of time before one gets through our defenses. He has not worked in 12 years because he spends most of his day prepping and spends much of his family's yearly income on preps.

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No Stranger to Strangers
45 votes

#24 - No Stranger to Strangers

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/17/2013

Outside of Fort Worth, Texas, Vietnam veteran Richard Huggins is preparing for a nuclear strike by a terrorist state — a concern he believes is amplified by his proximity to the defense production hub of Dallas-Fort Worth. Meanwhile, in rural Colorado, Dr. Dave, his wife, Dee, and their young daughter are prepping for a possible solar flare that could lead to widespread illness and death due to lack of medical care.

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Escape From New York
83 votes

#25 - Escape From New York

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/18/2012

Follow three New York preppers as they plan their bug-out to escape destruction from natural disasters.

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