The BEST Episodes of Moonshiners
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020
Think the days of bootleggers, backwoods stills and "white lightning" are over? Not a chance! It's a multi-million dollar industry. But perhaps more importantly to the moonshiners, it's a tradition dating back hundreds of years, passed down to them from their forefathers. It's part of their history and culture. While this practice is surprisingly alive and well, it's not always legal. Discovery Channel's all-new series MOONSHINERS tells the story of those who brew their shine - often in the woods near their homes using camouflaged equipment - and the local authorities who try to keep them honest. Viewers will witness practices rarely, if ever, seen on television including the sacred rite of passage for a moonshiner - firing up the still for the first time. They will also meet legends, including notorious moonshiner Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton.
#1 - Moonshine Takedown
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 9, 2014
Tickle nails down a stash spot. Josh and Bill butt heads in the backwoods. Jim Tom and Roy are back in action. Mark and Digger's still goes from old school to state-of-the-art. And Mark and Jeff put the bells and whistles on their new shine spot.
#2 - Popcorn's Secret Stash
Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 23, 2019
Ten years after Popcorn Sutton's death, his widow reveals a clue that could lead Mark and Digger to a hidden stash; Mike must gin up his brandy game to pay off his debt to Mark and Digger; Donnie and Teresa build a still site in a Kentucky cave.
#3 - Arrested Development
Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 9, 2018
Tickle mentors JT at Belmont Farm; Mark and Digger receive an impossible shine order; Patti and David secure their still site after spotting a deadly intruder; Lance and Jeff scramble when their bootlegger goes missing.
#4 - Hemp Shine
Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 25, 2020
Tickle and the Laws infuse a batch of shine with anxiety-reducing CBD, Josh digs into a secret stash to cure his blues and a mystery bootlegger encroaches on Mike's turf.
#5 - Unfinished Business
Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 13, 2019
Moonshiners share their tricks for running shine and how they avoid the long arm of the law. Tim reveals a visit with Tickle behind bars, and Mark & Digger reveal an unexpected twist in their search for Popcorn Sutton's shine, stashed a decade ago.
#6 - Mobile Moonshiner Madness
Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 6, 2019
Josh debuts his mobile still at a North Carolina biker rally. In the Great Smoky Mountains, Mike gets burned by a taste of his own medicine. There's a reason Franklin County, VA is the Moonshine Capital of America, and someone there is above the law.
#7 - Georgia on My Shine
Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 3, 2020
Mark and Digger heads to Georgia to visit an old-time shiner and restore an important piece of Popcorn Sutton history; Tim and Tickle plan on how to sell their new shine; Mike finds out about a rival on his turf.
#8 - Best Served Cold
Season 9 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 17, 2020
In the season finale, Tickle gets a life sentence -- to the marvellous Mrs. Tickle. Mark and Digger risk delivering both moonshine and justice
#9 - Snake Bitten
Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 14, 2017
Moonshine season is back and the demand for white lightning is higher than ever. Tim Smith has a visitor from his outlaw past, Mark and Digger get a sign from above in Tennessee, and Josh's favorite still hand has a brush with death.
#10 - Backwoods Justice
Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 9, 2019
Tensions boil over in Tennessee as Mike must answer for blowing up Mark and Digger's still. With Tickle in jail, JT answers the call when two outlaw shiners show up looking for help in the woods. Josh faces more bad news in the form of a bear.
#11 - Skins in the Game
Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 16, 2018
More setbacks confront Chico and Sondra; Mark and Digger secure ingredients for an experimental liquor; Mark and Mike reunite; Tim's centuries old method for finding water is met with opposition.
#12 - Last Nail in the Coffin
Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 27, 2018
In this explosive season finale, backwoods rivalries reach the breaking point! Cops stop Mark and Digger during their last big bootleg. Josh risks a $20K sale with an unreliable biker gang, and Mike lights the fuse on an Appalachian turf war.
#13 - Run for the Hills
Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 28, 2020
Mark and Digger attempt to rescue a former apprentice from a moonshine calamity; an unknown competitor invades Mike's turf, forcing him to change his shine strategy; Mark and Huck bank on backwoods survival skills to fuel their high-proof run.
#14 - Drone vs. Shotgun
Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 31, 2019
Josh breaks into his secret stash to build a new still site, and breaks out his shotgun when a drone invades his airspace. Daniel hits the jackpot selling for Mark and Digger, while Mike finds his steady customers mysteriously less thirsty than usual.
#15 - Unexpected Offer
Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 10, 2020
Mike and Jerry confront Daniel about how their rival's liquor is invading their territory; Tickle, Henry and Kenny scale up their CBD-infused moonshine operation; a new bootlegger makes Mark and Digger an offer they can't refuse.
#16 - Cannonball Run
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 17, 2012
It's the dead of winter in Appalachia, and moonshine season is months away. Moonshiner Tim and his partner Tickle are planning a daring 100-mile bootleg run capped with a risky midday moonshine transfer - something Tim rarely does.
#17 - Foraging for a Long Winter Ahead
Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 20, 2018
In Tennessee, Mike sets himself up for a career high with a run of specialty liquor but faces a devastating setback. In the last run of the season, Sondra takes the reigns and Rodgers tampers with his final run in an attempt to cash out.
#18 - Enemy at the Gates
Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 10, 2019
Teaming up with a former competitor, Mark and Digger sell their legacy shine in a neighboring county. Mike and Jerry double their shine output only to find customers are getting their shine from another source. Mountain man Mark tracks an intruder.
#19 - Moonshiner's Apprentice
Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 13, 2019
Mark and Digger's new apprentice proves talent can't be taught. Josh tempts fate converting a new race car trailer into a mobile moonshining masterpiece. Mark Rogers enlists a retired lawman to bootleg 30 gallons of shine into a music festival.
#20 - Hillbilly Ingenuity
Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 20, 2019
As Josh gets set to fire up his hidden mobile still at a biker rally, law enforcement gets wise to his illicit plan. Mark & Digger's backwoods potato vodka hits a sweet spot. Short on payback cash, Mike and Daniel invent a new way to get out of debt.
#21 - Back to the Woods
Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 19, 2019
When Tickle returns to the outlaw side, even Tim can't resist the call of the backwoods; Mark and Digger rediscover a lost recipe from a legend; Mike finds the ultimate secret mountain still site, if only he can build a way to access it.
#22 - Busted by the Law
Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Jan 7, 2020
Mark and Digger go across county lines to bootleg their triple-grain shine. Mark Huck uses bear scent to track down an intruder while Mike and Jerry fire up the 24-jar rig and discover the downside of backpressure.
#23 - Burden of Proof
Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 30, 2019
Booted off his backwoods still site, Josh turns to his stock-car racing roots to invent a whole new way of making moonshine. Old-timer JB comes to the rescue as Mark and Digger fall short on a run. Mark Rogers faces a close encounter with the law.
#24 - Highway to Hell
Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 6, 2018
Josh embarks on a harrowing cross-country delivery; rain threatens the final run of a special seasonal shine recipe; America's first Shiner in Chief inspires a top dollar batch of malted rye whiskey.
#25 - Toxic Work Environment
Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 14, 2020
Tickle's carpentry skills shine as Virginia outlaws plan a risky modification to their still; Mark and Digger take a big swing on a small ingredient that can't pass the sniff test; Josh uncovers the worst way to foster a toxic work environment.