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.

The Great Changeover

#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.

star 8.12
51 votes
Trial by Fire

#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.

star 8.08
64 votes
Breaking Point

#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.

star 8.07
84 votes
Race Against Time

#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.

star 8.04
52 votes
The Awakening

#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.

star 8.03
104 votes
Window of Opportunity

#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.

star 8.02
54 votes
No Guarantees

#7 - No Guarantees

Season 11 - Episode 3

There are no guarantees for Alaskans during the grim winter in the Arctic.

star 7.99
73 votes
Home Again

#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.

star 7.97
71 votes
The Howling

#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.

star 7.97
94 votes
Thin Ice

#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.

star 7.97
88 votes
Back in the Saddle

#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.

star 7.96
57 votes
Open Season

#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.

star 7.96
56 votes
Arctic Harvest

#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.

star 7.96
76 votes
Hell and High Water

#14 - Hell and High Water

Season 1 - Episode 10

star 7.96
94 votes
There Be Monsters

#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.

star 7.94
108 votes
Search and Rescue

#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.

star 7.92
66 votes
Into the Storm

#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.

star 7.91
65 votes
The Mess of Success

#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.

star 7.91
106 votes
No One Fights Alone

#19 - No One Fights Alone

Season 11 - Episode 21

Alaskans scramble to secure provisions in familiar areas before dark winter's fury returns.

star 7.90
51 votes
Polar Extremes

#20 - Polar Extremes

Season 10 - Episode 13

star 7.90
20 votes
Treading Water

#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.

star 7.90
59 votes
Long Road Home

#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.

star 7.88
104 votes
End of Days

#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.

star 7.88
76 votes
The Burning Man

#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.

star 7.87
62 votes
Dark Times Ahead

#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.

star 7.87
90 votes