The BEST Episodes of Moonshiners

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2019


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.

Moonshine Takedown

#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.

star 8.08
144 votes
Unfinished Business

#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.

star 8.08
49 votes
Popcorn's Secret Stash

#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.

star 8.05
93 votes
Arrested Development

#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.

star 8.04
173 votes
Mobile Moonshiner Madness

#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.

star 8.03
73 votes
Mid-season Secret Summit

#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.

star 7.98
60 votes
Backwoods Justice

#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.

star 7.97
88 votes
Snake Bitten

#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.

star 7.96
228 votes
Skins in the Game

#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.

star 7.94
172 votes
Last nail in the Coffin

#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.

star 7.92
154 votes
Enemy at the Gates

#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.

star 7.86
64 votes
Cannonball Run

#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.

star 7.85
20 votes
Foraging for a Long Winter Ahead

#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.

star 7.83
131 votes
Hillbilly Ingenuity

#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.

star 7.83
87 votes
Legend of Popcorn Sutton

#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.

star 7.81
75 votes
Moonshiner's Apprentice

#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.

star 7.81
78 votes
Hillbilly Hack

#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.

star 7.80
82 votes
Back to the Woods

#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.

star 7.79
67 votes
100 Proof Heritage

#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.

star 7.79
86 votes
Highway To Hell

#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.

star 7.78
177 votes
Burden of Proof

#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.

star 7.78
86 votes
Moonshiner Vs. Hogzilla

#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.

star 7.77
200 votes
Tickle's Big Run

#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.

star 7.76
66 votes
Breaking the Laws

#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.

star 7.74
77 votes
Whisky Deception

#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.

star 7.74
42 votes