The BEST Episodes of Life Below Zero

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 20, 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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Whiteout

#1 - Whiteout

Season 17 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 5, 2021

With limited daylight during Dark Winter, Alaskans must brave cruel temperatures to secure the resources needed for their survival.

star 9.00
2 votes
Winter's Surprise

#2 - Winter's Surprise

Season 17 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 6, 2021

From Alaska's north to its southern tip, hunting is vital to the subsistence lifestyle.

star 8.78
9 votes
The Hunt

#3 - The Hunt

Season 16 - Episode 1 - Aired May 5, 2021

From Alaska's north to its southern tip, hunting is vital to the subsistence lifestyle.

star 8.75
4 votes
Danger Zones

#4 - Danger Zones

Season 16 - Episode 3 - Aired May 19, 2021

From Alaska's northern frontier to its southern tip, danger comes in all shapes and sizes.

star 8.75
4 votes
Cold Harvest

#5 - Cold Harvest

Season 17 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 14, 2021

As the deep freeze sets in, Alaskans brave cruel temperatures to complete vital tasks.

star 8.75
4 votes
Breaking Trail

#6 - Breaking Trail

Season 17 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 7, 2021

As winter's grip in the Arctic strengthens, Alaskans are forced to react to avoid an icy demise.

star 8.50
6 votes
Past Lives

#7 - 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 8.43
46 votes
The Big Catch

#8 - 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 8.38
52 votes
Bush Fix

#9 - Bush Fix

Season 16 - Episode 4 - Aired May 26, 2021

From Alaska's north to its southern tip, Alaskans improvise as essential gear breaks down.

star 8.33
3 votes
Cold as Ice

#10 - Cold as Ice

Season 17 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 21, 2021

star 8.33
3 votes
Inside Out

#11 - 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 8.28
50 votes
Full Circle

#12 - 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 8.28
50 votes
Fish Tales

#13 - Fish Tales

Season 16 - Episode 2 - Aired May 12, 2021

From north to south, Alaskans rely on fishing for survival.

star 8.25
4 votes
Creature of the Night

#14 - Creature of the Night

Season 17 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 28, 2021

As the Arctic enters the throes of dark winter, Alaskans living off-grid are faced with brutal and relentless snowstorms, threatening their survival.

star 8.25
4 votes
The Freeze Up

#15 - 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 8.18
78 votes
Young Guns

#16 - 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 8.18
51 votes
The New World

#17 - 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 8.17
64 votes
Bad Bones

#18 - 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 8.15
54 votes
The Widowmaker

#19 - 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
149 votes
Dead Weight

#20 - 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 8.08
48 votes
New Horizons

#21 - 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 8.06
68 votes
Second Nature

#22 - 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 8.04
53 votes
Facing Fears

#23 - 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 8.02
151 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 8.02
53 votes
Domino Effect

#25 - 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 8.02
54 votes