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.

Go Big or Go Home

#1 - Go Big or Go Home

Season 4 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.29
153 votes
Remembering John Schnabel

#2 - Remembering John Schnabel

Season 6 - Episode 23

Honoring the life and legacy of Grandpa John Schnabel.

star 8.19
62 votes
Day of Reckoning

#3 - Day of Reckoning

Season 4 - Episode 17

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.

star 8.17
173 votes
Grandpa's Last Wish

#4 - Grandpa's Last Wish

Season 4 - Episode 19

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.

star 8.09
143 votes
Gold Blooded

#5 - Gold Blooded

Season 5 - Episode 8

Parker goes for his best clean-up so far; Tony attempts to rip the trommel out of his gold dredge.

star 8.06
234 votes
Colossal Clean Up

#6 - Colossal Clean Up

Season 5 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.96
258 votes
Fire and Ice

#7 - Fire and Ice

Season 9 - Episode 21

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.

star 7.95
361 votes
Goldzilla

#8 - Goldzilla

Season 5 - Episode 7

Todd needs a down payment for a big purchase; Parker buys new equipment.

star 7.91
233 votes
Road From Hell

#9 - Road From Hell

Season 4 - Episode 4

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

star 7.86
213 votes
Behind The Scenes

#10 - Behind The Scenes

Season 3 - Episode 9

Film crews battle the wilderness and the elements in Alaska to film the four Gold Rush mining operations.

star 7.86
105 votes
Man on Wire

#11 - Man on Wire

Season 4 - Episode 16

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.

star 7.84
168 votes
Golden Boy

#12 - Golden Boy

Season 5 - Episode 3

Parker fights with his crew; Todd, Jack and Thurber tackle their first clean up.

star 7.82
211 votes
New Blood

#13 - New Blood

Season 5 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.81
234 votes
Cold War

#14 - Cold War

Season 9 - Episode 19

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.

star 7.81
343 votes
Grandpa John

#15 - Grandpa John

Season 5 - Episode 10

The life of John Schnabel from the Kansas dustbowl, to a career on an Alaskan gold mine.

star 7.80
164 votes
From the Ashes

#16 - From the Ashes

Season 5 - Episode 2

Todd gets his washplant stuck in a river, Tony nearly crushes his son beneath a conveyor, and Parker is forced to mine a swamp.

star 7.80
231 votes
Brace for Impact

#17 - Brace for Impact

Season 9 - Episode 20

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.

star 7.80
348 votes
Hard Bargain

#18 - Hard Bargain

Season 5 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.79
229 votes
Broken Bones

#19 - Broken Bones

Season 9 - Episode 16

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.

star 7.78
376 votes
Viking Ship

#20 - Viking Ship

Season 5 - Episode 4

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.

star 7.78
212 votes
Man Down

#21 - Man Down

Season 2 - Episode 14

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.

star 7.78
151 votes
The Merger

#22 - The Merger

Season 3 - Episode 13

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.

star 7.78
145 votes
Big Red Is Dead

#23 - Big Red Is Dead

Season 9 - Episode 18

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.

star 7.76
339 votes
Lovestruck

#24 - Lovestruck

Season 2 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.75
156 votes
Cursed Cut

#25 - Cursed Cut

Season 5 - Episode 6

Dave and Todd disagree about how to mine frozen ground; Tony's daughter lands in a bad situation.

star 7.75
243 votes