The WORST Episodes of Gold Rush
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 6, 2021
The series follows the gold mining efforts of various family-run mining companies mostly in the Klondike region of Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.