The BEST Episodes of Gold Rush
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Network: Discovery (US)
The series follows the gold mining efforts of various family-run mining companies mostly in the Klondike region of Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.
#1 - Go Big or Go Home
Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 28, 2014
Parker Schnabel refuses to give up. He's not satisfied with his gold total and is dead set on bringing home big gold to his beloved grandfather. Nothing is going to stop him, not even the Klondike winter.
#2 - Remembering John Schnabel
Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 1, 2016
Honoring the life and legacy of Grandpa John Schnabel.
#3 - Day of Reckoning
Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 21, 2014
Todd’s claim owner arrives unannounced to take stock of the Hoffman’s operation. Dustin returns from the mountains just in time for the final clean up. Unwilling to admit defeat, Parker uses a new piece of equipment to thaw his frozen paydirt.
#4 - Grandpa's Last Wish
Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 7, 2014
94 year old mining legend John Schnabel convinces his grandsons Parker and Payson to return to Big Nugget to work together deep into the winter to prove, once and for all, that there is big gold buried deep under Smith Creek.
#5 - Gold Blooded
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 5, 2014
Parker goes for his best clean-up so far; Tony attempts to rip the trommel out of his gold dredge.
#6 - Colossal Clean Up
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 12, 2014
The Hoffmans overcome a lack of water to get a monster clean up. Tony finally gets his dredge on the way to its new home in Eureka Creek. Parker gets the biggest gold clean up in Gold Rush history.
#7 - Fire and Ice
Season 9 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 15, 2019
Rick desperately tries to get the last 27 ounces he needs to hit his target. Meanwhile, Tony finds out his dredge is short 30 buckets.
#8 - Goldzilla
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 28, 2014
Todd needs a down payment for a big purchase; Parker buys new equipment.
#9 - Road From Hell
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 15, 2013
The Hoffman crew attempts to set up their washplant, but the jungle fights them every step of the way. The Dakota Boys find their first bedrock gold in the glory hole. In the Klondike, Parker gets more gold out of Little Blue than the Hoffmans ever did
#10 - Behind The Scenes
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 21, 2012
Film crews battle the wilderness and the elements in Alaska to film the four Gold Rush mining operations.
#11 - Man on Wire
Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 14, 2014
Jack destroys the washplant forcing Dave to find a new way to run their dirt. Frozen pay disrupts Parker’s operation and threatens to end his season early. Dustin participates in a dangerous operation.
#12 - Golden Boy
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 31, 2014
Parker fights with his crew; Todd, Jack and Thurber tackle their first clean up.
#13 - New Blood
Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 17, 2014
Returning for Season 5 is Parker, who proved himself in his rookie season mining the Klondike when he brought in over 1,000 ounces of gold worth $1.4 million. This time around, he's set a lofty goal to double his take. Todd is also back after hitting rock bottom in the jungles of Guyana, South America, where he lost his land, most of his money, and ultimately his crew. Finally, Tony aka "The Viking," and his team return after buying a $1 million, 75-year-old floating gold dredge he hopes will be his ticket to wealth.
#14 - Cold War
Season 9 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 1, 2019
Parker's parents visit and offer help; Rick continues to battle frozen ground to reach his goal; shocking news forces Tony to make a drastic decision about his season.
#15 - Grandpa John
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 19, 2014
The life of John Schnabel from the Kansas dustbowl, to a career on an Alaskan gold mine.
#16 - From the Ashes
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 24, 2014
Todd gets his washplant stuck in a river, Tony nearly crushes his son beneath a conveyor, and Parker is forced to mine a swamp.
#17 - Brace for Impact
Season 9 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 8, 2019
Winter has arrived, shutting down Rick's sprinkler system and leaving his cut frozen. Elsewhere, moving Big Red to the new pay dirt he discovered proves a difficult job for Parker.
#18 - Hard Bargain
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 14, 2014
Dave agrees to work with the Hoffman crew under a new agreement. Tony has a near miss while removing the heaviest part of the dredge and Parker fights with Rick when he opens up untested ground.
#19 - Broken Bones
Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 1, 2019
Parker and Mitch go for a boat ride that results in Mitch getting injured. With the parts of the second dredge finally in position, Tony has problems reconstructing it.
#20 - Viking Ship
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 7, 2014
Todd is forced to sell his gold to get the mining equipment he needs, Parker hauls his washplant across the claim and Tony takes to the skies to get from his claim to the gold dredge.
#21 - Man Down
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 3, 2012
A heart attack has 91 year-old mining legend John Schnabel battling for for his life. The Hoffmans find a gold nugget that becomes a game-changer and Dakota Fred accomplishes what Jack Hoffman never managed to do at Porcupine creek.
#22 - The Merger
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 25, 2013
Todd forces his crew and Dave's crew to merge into one team. The Dakota Boys use their new equipment to get back down to the bottom of the Glory Hole. Parker risks his life to get paydirt from an abandoned mine site down a dangerous mountain road.
#23 - Big Red Is Dead
Season 9 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 22, 2019
In an attempt to get dredge two running before the end of season, Tony shuts down dredge one. Brennan takes a risk and keeps Big Red running after signs of damage.
#24 - Lovestruck
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 2, 2011
The Hoffmans are finally on the gold, but a new love threatens to derail mechanic James Harness right when the crew needs him most. Desperate for pay dirt, Parker bulldozes a dangerous road up the side of a mountain and Fred returns to Porcupine Creek after facing the loss of his North Dakota home.
#25 - Cursed Cut
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 21, 2014
Dave and Todd disagree about how to mine frozen ground; Tony's daughter lands in a bad situation.