The Best Episodes of Doomsday Preppers

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2018

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.

Survival is an Ugly Beast

#1 - Survival is an Ugly Beast

Season 3 - Episode 9

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.

star 8.10
21 votes
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Solutions Not Problems

#2 - Solutions Not Problems

Season 2 - Episode 13

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".

star 7.88
25 votes
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Disaster Doesn't Wait

#3 - Disaster Doesn't Wait

Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.79
37 votes
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Taking From the Haves

#4 - Taking From the Haves

Season 2 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.71
34 votes
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Hit the Ground Running

#5 - Hit the Ground Running

Season 2 - Episode 12

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

star 7.69
29 votes
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Back to the Dark Ages

#6 - Back to the Dark Ages

Season 4 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.67
43 votes
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Nobody Will Be Ready

#7 - Nobody Will Be Ready

Season 3 - Episode 13

Meet two Tennessee families who are both preparing for an earthquake in the New Madrid Seismic Zone. David Mays believes all roads and bridges leading out of his neighborhood will be destroyed, so he's devising the ultimate Doomsday drone fleet. Meanwhile, 100 miles away, do-it-yourselfer David Nash is building a geodesic dome -- considered one of the most stable structures on earth as it eliminates the need for load-bearing walls -- that will house his family during the earthquake's aftermath.

star 7.59
17 votes
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The Gates of Hell

#8 - The Gates of Hell

Season 3 - Episode 2

An economic collapse could mean total chaos for the U.S. -- looting, riots and civil unrest are top concerns. In Washington state, Steve works with a stern hand to prep his family for the potential threat. South Carolinian David Appleton is a comedian, but the idea of a devastating earthquake is no joke to him. His job doesn't always pay the bills, so David must Dumpster dive to find supplies to make a DIY camouflage net to hide his preps.

star 7.59
41 votes
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Gonna Be a Big Bang

#9 - Gonna Be a Big Bang

Season 2 - Episode 17

Brad and Krystal prep hard prepare for an economic collapse. They've stockpiled canned goods, cached weapons and secured bulletproof vests. But their holy grail of prepping is an underground bunker, which they've been struggling to obtain. Kevin and his family live the American Dream, but now they're bugging out to Costa Rica. They believe an economic collapse will make America unlivable. With just weeks until moving day, see how Kevin and his wife prepare their family for a new life.

star 7.56
25 votes
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Lone Wolves and Lovers

#10 - Lone Wolves and Lovers

Season 2 - Episode 18

Think you've got what it takes to survive the end of days? NGC will study the full spectrum of prepper types, from lone wolves to full-fledged neighborhood networks. We'll look at a variety of our best preppers from season 2 to see how their prepping styles differ. Join us as we learn about bunker stew, bunker living and prepping as a team. Doomsday preppers come in all shapes and sizes. From freshly initiated spouses to ex-military types to grumpy kids, there's a prepper to be found anywhere.

star 7.56
18 votes
Nine Meals Away from Anarchy

#11 - Nine Meals Away from Anarchy

Season 1 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.55
42 votes
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It's Gonna Get Worse

#12 - It's Gonna Get Worse

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 7.54
37 votes
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Total Destruction

#13 - Total Destruction

Season 3 - Episode 8

A devastating EF-5 tornado, like the one that struck Oklahoma in May of this year, can throw buildings into the air and hurt hundreds of people. In Tennessee, Tracy is preparing for just that. Tracy has spent six years prepping his farm for a super tornado, but if it does hit, he doesn't plan on hunkering down — he plans on gathering his family and making a getaway in his mobile safe room.

star 7.53
17 votes
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Let Her Rip

#14 - Let Her Rip

Season 2 - Episode 16

Meet Mike and his girlfriend Freda, a descendant from “Devil Anse Hatfield,” the leader of the Hatfield Clan. The couple lives in the deep woods of Virginia, and fear that the current political tensions and economic unrest will lead to a world war. Next, we follow Mike Adams, in Oregon, who is anticipating a terrorist attack. Finally, we profile Joe, a nonconformist living in the backwoods of Kansas, who has already given up on modern living.

star 7.53
19 votes
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Prepper's Paradise

#15 - Prepper's Paradise

Season 2 - Episode 11

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.

star 7.50
26 votes
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Live Bees, Live Ammo

#16 - Live Bees, Live Ammo

Season 3 - Episode 10

Meet two families who both fear the end of the world is fast approaching. In Texas, John Tucker and his family are preparing for Category 5 hurricanes that they believe will change the landscape forever. After living in a home that was split in two during a hurricane, John vowed he would never again be unprepared. And in Utah, brothers Bret and Shane are preparing for a complete economic collapse. To protect their families, they are building a sniper post complete with the ultimate sniper rifle.

star 7.50
16 votes
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You Can't Let Evil Win

#17 - You Can't Let Evil Win

Season 2 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.49
39 votes
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Shepherds and Wolves

#18 - Shepherds and Wolves

Season 4 - Episode 3

Roger Dougan lost his home in a fire seven years ago. He's working to become self-sufficient through prepping, so he never has to feel helpless again. Before the 2000 New Year, Curtis bought a generator and stocked up on food and water, but it occurred to him that if something serious did happen, he wasn't nearly as prepared as he should be — so he became a prepper. Karissa Baca lost her job during the 2008 financial crisis, causing her to realize how fragile the economy is and begin prepping.

star 7.48
33 votes
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Be the Prep

#19 - Be the Prep

Season 4 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.46
56 votes
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Am I Nuts or Are You?

#20 - Am I Nuts or Are You?

Season 2 - Episode 2

Meet Jason Beacham, a 15-year-old boy from a small town in Missouri who has been prepping since age 11. Jason fears anarchy following economic collapse. Big Al is a musician based in Nashville, Tennessee, who has a secret bug-out location in the mountains of the west. He fears a nuclear attack from Russia. Braxton Southwick is a former professional racer who lives with his wife and their six children in a suburb outside of Salt Lake City. He is prepping for a biological terrorist attack.

star 7.46
35 votes
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Whatever it Takes

#21 - Whatever it Takes

Season 3 - Episode 3

Could an explosion on the surface of the sun cause mayhem on Earth? Jason and Jacob are a father-son team from Alabama who are prepping for exactly that: a global solar flare with the potential to wipe out power grids around the world. Jason was almost stranded for good in the wilderness when he was 19, but that will not stop him from prepping in those very same woods by molding his own ammunition and preparing his 20-piece bug-out pack.

star 7.45
31 votes
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No Stranger to Strangers

#22 - No Stranger to Strangers

Season 3 - Episode 12

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.

star 7.44
18 votes
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Take Our Country Back

#23 - Take Our Country Back

Season 3 - Episode 5

Deep in Oregon's backcountry sits an 80-acre off-the-grid estate that prepper Curt and his family have designed as a fortress in the event of an economic collapse. Isolation is one of their greatest strengths, but the protective measures are endless: a 3,000-square-foot greenhouse, a lake with 1 million gallons of water, infrared cameras and a high-tech software system — not to mention the children are trained in marksmanship.

star 7.44
32 votes
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Back to the Stone Age

#24 - Back to the Stone Age

Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.43
59 votes
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I Hope I Am Crazy

#25 - I Hope I Am Crazy

Season 1 - Episode 2

David Sarti a Youtube "firearms instructor" and self-taught survivalists is prepared for an electrical grid failure; Kellene Bishop a Utah resident has stored away the finer things in life for a financial collapse; Kathy Harrison, the Doris Day of Doom has prepared her local community for a New Madrid earthquake; Dennis Evers brings the family together to survive global chaos caused by hyperinflation.

star 7.42
67 votes
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