The BEST Episodes of Life Below Zero

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2020

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.

The New World

#1 - 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 8.48
50 votes
First Blood

#2 - 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 8.22
45 votes
The Freeze Up

#3 - 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 8.20
69 votes
The Widowmaker

#4 - 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 8.16
137 votes
Winter Inferno

#5 - Winter Inferno

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 3, 2019

Sue transports a new generator. Andy and Denise gather wood. Ricko and his kids hunt for muskrat. Chip and Agnes move cam

star 8.16
25 votes
Domino Effect

#6 - 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 8.14
43 votes
New Horizons

#7 - 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 8.12
58 votes
New Country

#8 - New Country

Season 13 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 14, 2020

Sue is out to hunt caribou. Ricko travels to a natural hot spring. Jessie moves to Brushkana. The Hailstones build a wall tent and go fishing.

star 8.12
43 votes
Winters End

#9 - Winters End

Season 13 - Episode 1 - Aired Dec 10, 2019

Sue hunts waterfowl. Andy and Denise fight the river breakup. Ricko and his kids hunt geese. The Hailstones hunt small game.

star 8.10
30 votes
Shock & Awe

#10 - Shock & Awe

Season 13 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 24, 2019

Sue fixes her Nodwell. Andy and Denise install solar panels. Jessie repairs his boat. The Hailstones go fishing.

star 8.08
38 votes
Weather the Storm

#11 - 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 8.06
62 votes
Hard Knocks

#12 - 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 8.06
69 votes
Ahead of the Game

#13 - 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 8.06
69 votes
Arctic Discipline

#14 - 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 8.05
55 votes
Darkness Approaches

#15 - 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 8.03
74 votes
Beware the Wild

#16 - Beware the Wild

Season 13 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 21, 2020

Sue builds a drainage system under her runway. Ricko explores old family land. Jessie sets up camp in Brushkana. The Hailstones go boating.

star 8.02
51 votes
Facing Fears

#17 - 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 8.01
144 votes
New Territory

#18 - 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 8.01
164 votes
Best-Laid Plans

#19 - Best-Laid Plans

Season 12 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 2019

In the dead of winter, Alaskans must endure the brutal elements with no end in sight.

star 7.98
65 votes
The Awakening

#20 - The Awakening

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 4, 2014

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.

star 7.96
111 votes
The Great Changeover

#21 - The Great Changeover

Season 11 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 1, 2019

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.

star 7.94
63 votes
Trial by Fire

#22 - Trial by Fire

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 27, 2018

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.

star 7.92
74 votes
False Start

#23 - False Start

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 31, 2017

Agnes and Ting retrieve a sled and tipi from Kiwalik. Glenn goes paragliding off of a mountain. Jessie deals with snow removal around camp. Andy transitions his pups to the full dog team.

star 7.90
193 votes
Hell and High Water

#24 - Hell and High Water

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 21, 2013

star 7.90
100 votes
Adapt or Die

#25 - Adapt or Die

Season 12 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2019

Sue Aikens plays a game of chess with a predator; Ricko DeWilde hunts for moose; Jessie Holmes' plans shift from one final resource mission to simply surviving the day; the Hailstone family prepares vital tools needed to endure winter in Noorvik.

star 7.90
69 votes