The BEST Episodes of Life Below Zero
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 3, 2019
When bears, wolves and foxes are your only neighbors, life can be pretty lonely. Add minus-60-degree days and a constant battle for the most basic necessities, and you have the daily challenges of people who live in remote corners of Alaska. This series takes viewers deep into an Alaskan winter to meet six tough and resilient residents as they try to stay one step ahead of storms and man-eating beasts to make it through to spring. The closest neighbor to Sue Aikens is more than 300 miles away. Eric Salitan subsists solely on what he hunts and forages. Chip and Agnes Hailstone catch fish for currency in bartering for supplies, and Andy and Kate Bassich use their pack of sled dogs for transportation.
#1 - The Great Changeover
Season 11 - Episode 15
The Hailstones build a new temporary structure in the Kiwalik region. Ricko teaches his younger children survival skills. Sue races against the clock to renovate a key camp fixture. Jessie battles weather and chance to secure a meal.
#2 - Trial by Fire
Season 11 - Episode 10
Jessie runs the race of a lifetime at the Iditarod. Ricko hunts for small game. The Hailstones go on a family rabbit hunt. Sue clears snow from her rooftops.
#3 - Breaking Point
Season 3 - Episode 9
After a short flight to Deadhorse to pick up her new all-terrain vehicle, Sue begins the 85-mile unpredictable journey through the Alaskan tundra back home to Kavik. In Eagle, Kate and Andy's apprentice, Cody, faces his final test as he heads out to spend a night alone in the Arctic wilderness. Chip and Agnes's daughter Carol goes out with her parents to learn how to set a fur trap. Isolated in the Brooks Range, Glenn sets out to make a fire kit to help keep his fires going all winter long.
#4 - Race Against Time
Season 11 - Episode 20
To survive in the Arctic, Alaskans must battle Father Time to harvest the last of summer's bounty. Sue tracks a lone predator. The Hailstones have a chance at a key resource. Jessie builds a new cabin, and Andy fights the clock.
#5 - The Awakening
Season 4 - Episode 1
Chip and Agnes teach their daughters how to live off the land; Sue has three months to make a profit off her camp for the year; Andy and Kate deal with seasonal flooding; and Glenn is on the hunt for food.
#6 - Window of Opportunity
Season 11 - Episode 11
Sue settles back into life at Kavik; Ricko replaces the cabin stove; Jessie struggles to free his four-wheeler from the frozen mud; Chip and Agnes hunt an apex predator.
#7 - No Guarantees
Season 11 - Episode 3
There are no guarantees for Alaskans during the grim winter in the Arctic.
#8 - Home Again
Season 11 - Episode 5
With dark winter descending on the Arctic, unseasonably warm temperatures cause the frozen tundra to become an unpredictable environment.
#9 - The Howling
Season 3 - Episode 11
n Kavik, a looming snowstorm threatens Sue's camp. The last storm buried her food tent under 17 feet of snow, and the additional snow could crush it. Andy and Kate find that a large chunk of ice has broken free from the shore, leaving Andy scrambling to get supplies before the whole river breaks up. In Noorvik, Chip and Agnes prepare for their annual light winter hunting trip. A howling wolf wakes Glenn in Chandalar. He sets off in pursuit of the predator in hopes he'll find a bigger prize.
#10 - Thin Ice
Season 3 - Episode 6
A warm-up has swept through the Arctic, leaving the camps scrambling to prepare for what lies ahead. In Eagle, newcomer Cody Allen hopes to learn the intricacies of dog mushing & the lessons have only just begun. In Kavik, the warm weather has Sue on high alert. Her fears that the warm weather is bringing predators closer to her camp are realized when she scouts Kavik from a plane & spots a group of polar bears not far from her land. For Chip & Agnes Hailstone, the warm-up has delayed the thickening of the Kobuk River ice, making fishing impossible. Until the ice is thick enough to bear the weight of their large net, they will be without their fish & their winter trade currency.
#11 - Back in the Saddle
Season 11 - Episode 19
With the summer ending, Alaskans must overcome exhaustion, injury and failure; after seeking medical aid, Andy returns home to pick up the pieces; Jessie harvests salmon; Sue searches for winter food; the Hailstones gather key resources.
#12 - Open Season
Season 11 - Episode 14
The Hailstones bind together for a family hunt. Jessie recuperates from a hard-fought Iditarod. Ricko finds an unexpected treasure. Sue's rush to clear the runway is interrupted by an unexpected breakdown.
#13 - Arctic Harvest
Season 11 - Episode 4
At the onset of dark winter, the clock is ticking for Alaskans to brace for what lies ahead.
#14 - Hell and High Water
Season 1 - Episode 10
#15 - There Be Monsters
Season 1 - Episode 6
This week's episode of Life Below Zero puts the spotlight on couples. Kate joins Andy out in the wilderness for a challenging day of collecting lumber for their homestead. After a day filled with frustrations, Andy surprises Kate with a quick getaway to celebrate her birthday. In Noorvik, Chip and Agnes are working together on a major hunt that could determine their livelihood for the coming year. They'll use the tactics of Agnes' Inupiat ancestors in hopes of getting a leg up.
#16 - Search and Rescue
Season 3 - Episode 10
Chip is planning to go hunting with his son Jon, but when Jon still hasn't arrived hours after their departure time, the family becomes concerned. The unpredictable weather in Kavik threatens Sue's ability to gather basic resources essential to her survival. In Eagle, Andy and Kate begin training new lead dogs to take over for the aging Iceberg, the current veteran lead. The bears in Chandalar will wake from hibernation, so Glenn prepares an emergency shelter should the bears destroy his cabin.
#17 - Into the Storm
Season 11 - Episode 8
Sue must build new furniture from scratch. Ricko traps a dangerous foe. Jessie constructs a new workshop. The Hailstones journey through a treacherous storm.
#18 - The Mess of Success
Season 2 - Episode 3
Sue worries that a lost water filter and a missing food shipment may impede her business. Also, Andy and Kate work on constructing a greenhouse.
#19 - No One Fights Alone
Season 11 - Episode 21
Alaskans scramble to secure provisions in familiar areas before dark winter's fury returns.
#20 - Polar Extremes
Season 10 - Episode 13
#21 - Treading Water
Season 11 - Episode 17
Jessie collects logs in anticipation of the coming winter. The Hailstones prepare themselves for the coming fish run. Ricko teaches his younger children to hunt and fish. Sue tests her mettle against the capricious, flooding tundra.
#22 - Long Road Home
Season 2 - Episode 6
A lack of food forces Glenn to embark on a long journey back to civilization, while the Hailstone family begins a trek to Agnes's family camp.
#23 - End of Days
Season 4 - Episode 8
Summer is drawing to a quick close, and the Alaskan winter lurks right around the corner. Before the tundra freezes over and the herds become scarce, Sue Aikens has limited time to hunt enough caribou to sustain herself for the harsh winter ahead.
#24 - The Burning Man
Season 11 - Episode 13
Sue sharpens her survival skills; Jessie sets out for food and medicine; Glenn burns a manmade structure to the ground so that nature can reclaim its rightful place; the Hailstones embark on a traditional hunt for valued seal meat and oil.
#25 - Dark Times Ahead
Season 3 - Episode 3
Chip and Agnes are ready to embark on an autumn moose hunt. For Sue, the approaching winter means that she has only a few days to make sure her camp and business are completely closed. In Eagle, early snowfall has left Andy and Kate concerned that winter will come sooner rather than later. Andy decides it's time to hit a nearby pond to see if he can catch a beaver. Erik Salitan has ordered powerful new traps with the hopes of catching a valuable fox if he can set the traps safely.