The BEST Episodes of Life Below Zero
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 16, 2021
Network: National Geographic
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 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.