The BEST Episodes of Moonshiners
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
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 - 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.
#3 - 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.
#4 - 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.
#5 - 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.
#6 - Mid-season Secret Summit
Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 10, 2019
Midway into the season, America's top moonshiners gather to deal with unfinished business. Mike tells his side of the Mark & Digger feud. Josh reveals scars from his checkered past, and the shiners put their skills to the test in a whiskey showdown.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - 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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - Legend of Popcorn Sutton
Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 6, 2019
Mark and Digger find a decade-old jar of Popcorn Sutton's shine and vow to re-create their mentor's infamous last run; with help from old-timer JB Rader, they rebuild Popcorn's pot still and recount the antics of Appalachia's most legendary outlaw.
#16 - 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.
#17 - Hillbilly Hack
Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 27, 2019
Mark and Digger build a hillbilly hack to save their handmade vodka. Pam may know more than she thinks about Popcorn's lost shine. Nothing but trouble for Josh running a still outside of the woods. Patti and David risk a seaplane bootleg on the bayou.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 100 Proof Heritage
Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 7, 2019
Mark and Digger's first run of barrel-aged bourbon gets interrupted by a bear. Scaling up Tickle's double rye tests Tim's backwoods engineering. Mark Rogers builds a malt house to make corn whiskey. In Kentucky, Donnie and Theresa come up short.
#20 - 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.
#21 - 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.
#22 - Moonshiner Vs. Hogzilla
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 21, 2012
Jim Tom helps Mark and Jeff repair a broken still; Mark hunts a wild hog.
#23 - Tickle's Big Run
Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 3, 2019
Tickle mashes in his first large scale run of outlaw shine in years. Mark and Digger scramble to save their Popcorn legacy mash from runaway livestock. Mike ditches Daniel for a new full-time partner. Mark and Huck double their proof and their price.
#24 - Breaking the Laws
Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 6, 2019
When their still site gets compromised, shiners Henry and Kenny enlist the help of bootlegging legend, Amos Law; to pay off his debt to Mark and Digger, Mike runs his still to the breaking point; Tim doubles down on JT and Tickle's double rye.
#25 - Whisky Deception
Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 13, 2019
When a dead drop goes sideways, Mark Rogers deploys backwoods justice to straighten out a thief. Kelly's massive sorghum haul puts Mark and Digger's pot stills to the test. Mike & Daniel's clear apple pie has buyers calling from across county lines.