The BEST Episodes of Life Below Zero

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 16, 2021

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.

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Past Lives

#1 - Past Lives

Season 15 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 8, 2020

As summer’s resources become scarce, Alaskans seize the longer days to further their ability to survive the harsh landscape.

star 8.50
38 votes
The Big Catch

#2 - The Big Catch

Season 15 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 17, 2020

Amid the long days of the arctic summer, Alaskans must learn new ways to survive and re-learn old lessons of generations past.

star 8.49
45 votes
Full Circle

#3 - Full Circle

Season 15 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 15, 2020

With summer in full swing, Alaskans work to secure lasting legacies and connect with age-old traditions in their wild homeland of the Arctic.

star 8.44
39 votes
Bad Bones

#4 - Bad Bones

Season 15 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 24, 2020

For those living in the Arctic, the endless summer daylight must be used efficiently if they wish to survive the impending winter.

star 8.27
44 votes
Inside Out

#5 - Inside Out

Season 15 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 1, 2020

Despite the formidable challenges facing them, residents of Alaska must tackle any and all adversity to survive the endless daylight of summer.

star 8.26
39 votes
Young Guns

#6 - Young Guns

Season 15 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 5, 2021

As summer gives way to fall, Alaskans must rely on tested traditions to survive.

star 8.23
35 votes
Bare Bones

#7 - Bare Bones

Season 15 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 10, 2020

Amidst a global pandemic, Alaskans will face unprecedented challenges during the brief summer months as they prepare for the coming winter.

star 8.23
40 votes
The Freeze Up

#8 - The Freeze Up

Season 12 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 8, 2019

To survive dark winter, Alaskans must be relentless in their pursuit of critical resources.

star 8.21
73 votes
Second Nature

#9 - Second Nature

Season 15 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 1, 2021

Under winter’s shadow, Alaskans must toil to secure scarce food and opportunity in the tundra’s final fertile days.

star 8.19
37 votes
The New World

#10 - The New World

Season 13 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 11, 2020

Sue travels to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Ricko hunts moose. Jessie builds a cabin in Brushkana. The Hailstones all gather in Kiwalik.

star 8.16
61 votes
Lost and Found

#11 - Lost and Found

Season 15 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 12, 2021

Now in the midst of the fall season, Alaskans work tirelessly to get essential tasks done before winter returns to claim the land.

star 8.13
40 votes
The Widowmaker

#12 - The Widowmaker

Season 10 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 8, 2018

Andy undergoes reconstruction of his fish wheel. Jessie gathers chaga and burl posts. Glenn encounters a dangerous animal and hunts for Dall sheep. Sue constructs a pop-up tent and camps out, gathering resources.

star 8.12
143 votes
New Horizons

#13 - New Horizons

Season 12 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 5, 2019

Sue collects firewood. Ricko and his son Skyler go beaver trapping. Jessie explores his newly purchased land. The Hailstones move up river.

star 8.03
63 votes
First Blood

#14 - First Blood

Season 13 - Episode 2 - Aired Dec 17, 2019

Sue expands her garden. Andy and Denise hunt waterfowl. Ricko teaches his kids to hunt. The Hailstones go on an egg hunt.

star 8.02
54 votes
Arctic Discipline

#15 - Arctic Discipline

Season 12 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 19, 2019

Sue clears her runway of snow. Denise learns to dogsled. Jessie snares rabbits. Ricko teaches his son Skyler to hunt.

star 8.02
62 votes
Weather the Storm

#16 - Weather the Storm

Season 12 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 15, 2019

Winter has arrived with a vengeance, and Alaskans prepare for the worst-case scenario.

star 8.01
67 votes
Hard Knocks

#17 - Hard Knocks

Season 12 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 22, 2019

Sue repairs her cabin in Chena. The DeWildes set a fish net. Jessie spends time with his young dogs. Chip receives medical attention after an accident.

star 8.01
73 votes
Facing Fears

#18 - Facing Fears

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 11, 2018

Andy modifies and strengthens his greenhouse. Jessie builds a new smokehouse. Glenn camps out, goes fishing, and spots a dangerous animal. Chip goes hunting for ducks.

star 8.00
147 votes
Domino Effect

#19 - Domino Effect

Season 13 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 31, 2019

Sue cleans up her river and goes fishing. Andy and Denise repair a Jeep. Jessie falls trees and prepares wood. The Hailstones build a trapping cabin.

star 8.00
50 votes
New Territory

#20 - New Territory

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 4, 2018

Andy goes duck hunting on the lake. Jessie builds a new dog yard for his team. Glenn journeys to Thru-Creek Pass. The Hailstones hunt muskrats for fur.

star 7.99
169 votes
Darkness Approaches

#21 - Darkness Approaches

Season 12 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 1, 2019

The time is now for Alaskans to prepare for the harsh winter by any means necessary — or risk paying the ultimate price.

star 7.99
80 votes
Dead Weight

#22 - Dead Weight

Season 15 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 29, 2020

For Alaskans, seizing the final days of summer is critical; and in doing so, the difference between life and death is often only a moment’s decision.

star 7.97
31 votes
Bone Cold

#23 - Bone Cold

Season 14 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 6, 2020

In the heart of winter, Alaskans face deadly, bone-chilling temperatures as they struggle to survive in one of the world’s most inhospitable regions.

star 7.96
49 votes
Sky's the Limit

#24 - Sky's the Limit

Season 15 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 22, 2020

Arctic residents must seize the remaining days of summer for a chance at completing vital tasks and harvesting small game before winter returns.

star 7.95
40 votes
Ahead of the Game

#25 - Ahead of the Game

Season 12 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 12, 2019

Sue travels home to Kavik. Andy and Denise return to Eagle. Jessie prepares for the Iditarod. The Hailstones do chores in Kiwalik.

star 7.95
75 votes