The WORST Episodes of Gold Rush

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 6, 2021

Network: Discovery

The series follows the gold mining efforts of various family-run mining companies mostly in the Klondike region of Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.

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Gold, Guns and Bears

#1 - Gold, Guns and Bears

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 10, 2010

The stakes get higher at the Porcupine Creek prospect as reality sets in about just how little time they have to get to their gold. The miners start to rebuild the mining ghost town but the bears aren't so keen on their new neighbors — and they let them know it.

star 6.83
612 votes
Klondike Legend

#2 - Klondike Legend

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 12, 2016

Tony Beets travels back to his roots in the Netherlands where he reveals details about his transformation from a farm boy to a Klondike mining legend. Cameras also follow him in his offseason home in the desert.

star 6.93
451 votes
Family Feud

#3 - Family Feud

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 11, 2011

Jack and Todd go head to head over how to set up their new claim. At Porcupine Creek, Dakota Fred rips out the wash plant and finds gold that he forced the Hoffmans to leave behind. At Big Nugget mine, Parker continues to hit pay dirt.

star 7.01
576 votes

#4 - Revelations

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 2, 2012

In never before seen footage, the miners unearth the sometimes ugly truth about their 2011 mining seasons. In a shocking development, one miner is kicked out of the Hoffman crew. The miners also disclose plans for next season.

star 7.04
81 votes
Running Dirt

#5 - Running Dirt

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 17, 2010

The crew races to set up the mining plant and start running dirt. When the families arrive from Oregon and question the lack of gold — and master mechanic Harness becomes dangerously ill — the tension builds so high that Dorsey and Todd almost come to blows.

star 7.20
574 votes
Slippery Slope

#6 - Slippery Slope

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 18, 2011

The Hoffman crew confronts the permafrost that lies between them and the gold. As the Dakota Boys set up their new wash plant, Fred pushes his son too hard and Dustin storms off. Parker faces a breakdown that leaves his mining season at a stand still.

star 7.23
565 votes
The Resurrection

#7 - The Resurrection

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 20, 2014

Todd's 150 days is up and with no gold and just a few diamonds he faces eviction. Despite a big clean out, Parker modifies his plant to hit a million dollar season. Dustin finally gets real mining equipment up to Cahoon Creek to see if it holds big gold.

star 7.23
368 votes
Gold Fever

#8 - Gold Fever

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 21, 2011

The miners' futures are on the line at Porcupine Creek. After 80 days, the miners are behind schedule, and the Hoffmans have run out of money and deliver the crew an ultimatum: find $10,000 worth of gold in the next two days, or the families have to head home to Oregon. Meanwhile, after Dorsey struggles with the wave table, tensions flare and fists fly.

star 7.27
535 votes
Virgin Ground

#9 - Virgin Ground

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 4, 2011

The Hoffman crew heads north to the Klondike in a desperate bid to find a new claim and salvage their mining season. 16-year-old Parker Schnabel takes over the Big Nugget Mine, while Dakota Fred gets a new start at Porcupine Creek.

star 7.28
634 votes
The Ultimatum

#10 - The Ultimatum

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 23, 2012

Todd's chief investor demands to see 100 ounces of gold in the next three weeks, or he will pull the plug on the Klondike operation. At Indian River, Dave Turin is on the gold. Parker's crew goes into meltdown when he forces them to replace a bridge, while Fred attempts to make a precision part for the 270's track out of scrap metal.

star 7.28
521 votes
Man Down

#11 - 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.

star 7.29
545 votes
Rock Bottom

#12 - Rock Bottom

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 20, 2012

A broken excavator sidelines the Hoffman crew; Parker Schnabel returns the mine to his grandfather; efforts to reopen a mine beget a clash between the Dakota boys.

star 7.33
501 votes
Go Down Fighting

#13 - Go Down Fighting

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 16, 2016

Todd Hoffman hits rock bottom when a key crew member quits; Tony Beets transforms some rusty relics into a monster power barge; a troubled Parker Schnabel misses his own birthday party.

star 7.34
1,120 votes
Redemption Road

#14 - Redemption Road

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 15, 2013

Out of Indian River paydirt, Todd comes up with a risky plan to hit his 1,000 ounce goal. A bad fall could put Fred out of the game, leaving Dustin to dig the glory hole. Parker worries his season is over but his grandpa is convinced he's near the motherlode.

star 7.34
497 votes
Twist of Fate

#15 - Twist of Fate

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 28, 2011

The Hoffmans have to find gold and fast. The crew arrives in Porcupine Creek reinvigorated and in record time, they are on the gold. But just they celebrate their best clean out ever, "Dakota Fred" returns and drops a bombshell on Todd, Jack and crew.

star 7.35
563 votes
Leprechaun Gold

#16 - Leprechaun Gold

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 4, 2013

Parker finds out about the fate of his Grandpa. Todd has to rebuild his turbo trammel, Indian River faces a shutdown and the Dakota boys investigate whether the Glory Hole is truly an ancient waterfall.

star 7.35
479 votes
Learning Curve

#17 - Learning Curve

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 1, 2013

Todd faces disaster when he discovers his claim has been mined out. The Dakota Boys fight over rival mining plans with one plan high in the mountains and the other deep in the hole. Parker ignores Tony Beets, but still manages to hit his first paydirt.

star 7.35
344 votes
Make It Rain

#18 - Make It Rain

Season 9 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 15, 2019

Parker is determined not to leave any good pay dirt for Tony, so he cranks up the speed on his sluices. The frosty ground is causing problems for Rick's crew.

star 7.35
375 votes
Gold Hard Truth

#19 - Gold Hard Truth

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 11, 2016

A romantic relationship between crew members is exposed; allegations that Tony did not honor an agreement are discussed; Parker's workers express themselves; Todd shares a hidden talent; the miners provide information about the seventh season.

star 7.36
341 votes
Pink Slip

#20 - Pink Slip

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 18, 2013

Parker hits bedrock at Emerson Trench; Todd shuts down the Quartz Creek operation; and Dave has a mishap with a bulldozer.

star 7.36
568 votes
Drill or Die

#21 - Drill or Die

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 25, 2011

A crew rebellion forces Todd Hoffman to dig test holes on the claim. The tension mounts as they wait to see if they're sitting on a gold-rich paystreak or about to go bust. Then, Fred is forced to abandon mining as floods in North Dakota destroy his home.

star 7.37
506 votes
Gold At Last

#22 - Gold At Last

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 9, 2011

The Hoffmans realize they could be losing thousands of dollars of gold out of the end of their sluices and they are forced to tear apart the wash plant and rebuild. In his quest for virgin ground at Smith Creek, Parker turns into a lumberjack to get back on the gold.

star 7.37
439 votes
Crew War

#23 - Crew War

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 8, 2016

Parker's new mechanic sparks a mutiny. A drought shuts down Todd's operation and Tony faces a major issue that could put him out of business.

star 7.38
464 votes
Frozen Out

#24 - Frozen Out

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 17, 2012

The Hoffman crew battles frozen dirt and frozen pipes as they struggle to hit their goal of 100 oz. Parker makes a last ditch effort at Smith Creek Hill and the Dakota Boy's season may be over when Dustin smashes the side of the washplant.

star 7.38
597 votes
Bedrock Gold

#25 - Bedrock Gold

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 27, 2012

A key crew member calls it quits at Quartz Creek. Meanwhile, massive rocks break Dakota Fred's derocker and Parker reconsiders his future after smelting his 35oz season haul into a solid gold bar.

star 7.39
454 votes