The BEST Episodes of Doomsday Preppers
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 7, 2021
Network: National Geographic
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.
#1 - Solutions Not Problems
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 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".
#2 - Be the Prep
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 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.
#3 - Back to the Dark Ages
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 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.
#4 - No One Will Ever Know
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 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
#5 - Friends Can Become Enemies
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 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.
#6 - Disaster Doesn't Wait
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 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.
#7 - It's All Gonna Hit the Fan
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 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.
#8 - There Will Be Chaos
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 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.
#9 - Back to the Stone Age
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 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.
#10 - Taking From the Haves
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 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.
#11 - Nine Meals Away from Anarchy
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 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.
#12 - Into the Spider Hole
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 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.
#13 - Close the Door, Load the Shotgun
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 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.
#14 - You Can't Let Evil Win
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 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.
#15 - Bad Times All the Time
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 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.
#16 - Survival is an Ugly Beast
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 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.
#17 - It's Gonna Get Worse
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 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.
#18 - I Suggest We Run
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Apr 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.
#19 - Extreme Prep Edition
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Apr 24, 2012
The five basic principles while preparing for a cataclysmic event are food, shelter, safety, evacuation, and practice.
#20 - Bullets, Lots of Bullets
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 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.
#21 - Prepper's Paradise
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 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.
#22 - Hit the Ground Running
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 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
#23 - The Gates of Hell
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 20, 2013
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.
#24 - The Time of Reckoning
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 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.
#25 - Shepherds and Wolves
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 7, 2014
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.