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Although the state's mention in the title was dropped after the first season, Alaska still plays a major role in Discovery Channel's top-rated show. It follows gold miners, inexperienced as some may be, hoping to strike it rich in the wilds of The Last Frontier and beyond. For their first effort, a crew led by Todd Hoffman and his father, Jack, sunk $250,000 into their dream and came away with just $20,000 worth of gold. The dismal summer was filled with injuries, malfunctioning equipment and constant fighting among the greenhorn miners, yet their serious case of gold fever trumps any talk of giving up and leads to new operating plans in order to salvage their dream. The series also keeps tabs on the efforts of brash youngster Parker Schnabel, veteran Dakota Fred and longtime Yukon resident Tony Beets to hit the mother lode at separate sites.

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Parker's survival skills are tested in the wild; he hunts for gold along the freezing Klondike Trail in Alaska; he attempts to mine more than Todd Hoffman in South America; Parker faces extreme danger in Papua New Guinea.
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Parker's quest to find the mother lode in Papua New Guinea sends him deep into the jungle where he joins locals in a sacrifice to appease the spirits; one final cleanup and gold weigh determines if he strikes it big in Kuta Village.
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Parker reveals new details and insights about his epic gold mining expedition in Papua New Guinea, including a near-death moment; never-before-seen footage exposes the highs and lows of the trail as well as extreme living conditions.
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Rugged terrain pushes Parker's heavy machinery skills to their limit, forcing him to attempt one dangerous maneuver after another in his quest to open a legendary lost gold mine.
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Driven to find a lost gold mine, Parker joins forces with the grandson of a legendary gold miner in search of a hidden El Dorado lost since World War II.
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Parker navigates the volatile and lawless town surrounding Porgera, one of the world's largest and most profitable gold mines, as he and the team try to gain access to the huge gold pit.
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Parker embarks on a quest to find better land for a local mining operation and races to build a custom piece of mining equipment that will limit exposure to a deadly chemical used to extract gold.
aired 60 days ago
A sudden landslide rips Parker from his feet while working on a local hard rock mining operation, washing him down a steep mountain and putting the mission in jeopardy.
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An encounter with a group of machete-wielding locals tests the team's preparedness for the region's dangerous conditions after a grueling jungle trek leads Parker and his team to a network of abandoned WWII tunnels.
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In the jungles of Guyana, Parker and his crew are chased by deadly caiman and bitten by piranha; they attempt to drag their boat up a waterfall resulting in a disaster that could claim the life of a crew member and bring the expedition to an end.
aired 87 days ago
An out-of-control water hose injures Parker and miners refuse to lease him ground, leaving him with a stark choice between staying in the jungle or heading home.
aired 87 days ago
Extreme mining conditions push Parker to build a custom piece of equipment before he seeks access to one of the world's largest gold mines; Dave's entire season comes down to the final 24 hours and a risk that threatens to shut him down.
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Against the advice of the locals, Parker and his crew head off alone into uncharted jungle terrain, risking encounters with caiman, jaguars, snakes, and venomous spiders; the crew attempts to cross a quarter mile of raging rapids.
aired 94 days ago
Parker races to build a custom piece of mining equipment that will limit exposure to a deadly chemical used to extract gold; Dave faces a nightmare scenario when the ground he's mining goes cold and no one knows why.
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A sudden landslide rips Parker off his feet while he's working on a local hard rock mining operation; Dozer Dave bets his life savings that he can unearth piles of gold using salvaged equipment and a team of amateurs.
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Parker flies in a restored Avenger warplane on his journey to retrace his Grandpa John's experience during World War II; the team assembles with a new recruit to replace Rick Ness on the expedition.
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An encounter with a group of machete-wielding locals tests the team's preparedness for the region's dangerous conditions after a grueling jungle trek leads Parker and his team to a network of abandoned WWII tunnels.
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Parker, Rick, Karla, and Sam cross Guyana and set up their own gold mine in Marudi, the heart of a modern-day gold rush; their dreams of jungle gold are derailed by a local land dispute that threatens to turn violent.
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Parker and his team arrive in Marudi, the epicenter of a 21st-century gold rush; they have just two weeks to find a claim, get the equipment they need to set up a jungle operation and mine for Guyanese gold.
aired 115 days ago
Dave Turin turns rookies into gold miners; his skills as a bulldozer driver earn him the nickname "Dozer" Dave; from the Klondike to the jungle, Dave has helped Todd mine millions, and now he's ready to set out on his own.
aired 122 days ago
Parker Schnabel, Rick Ness and Tony Beets sit down to discuss the biggest moments from this past season of "Gold Rush"; The Dakota Boys reflect on their wild season and look ahead to what's next.

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Back where their gold-mining adventures began, "Gold Rush" alumni Dakota Fred and son Justin persevere in the face of long odds, risking their lives for a fortune they may never realize. Assisted by a team of intrepid divers, mountaineers and bush mechanics, the Dakota Boys explore the white water rapids of McKinley Creek in Alaska, diving deep in raging torrents with a suction dredge. Not only could one wrong move prove deadly, but the guys also face wild animals, extreme temperatures and hypothermia.
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A fan favorite of Discovery's popular "Gold Rush" series sets out on a new adventure to continue his pursuit of the prized yellow stuff. Dave Turin spent years working alongside Todd Hoffman, earning the nickname "Dozer Dave" because of the many hours he spent bulldozing for gold. In his return, Dave is his own boss, and he's on a mission to find an abandoned mine to resurrect in the hope that old-timers left gold behind. He explores the history of each mine, a search that culminates in Dave picking the one that he can turn into newfound riches.
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In Discovery Channel's top-rated show "Gold Rush," gold miners, inexperienced as some may be, hope to strike it rich in the wilds of Alaska and beyond. Some dismal summers result, filled with injuries, malfunctioning equipment and constant fighting among the greenhorn miners, yet serious cases of gold fever always trump any talk of giving up and sometimes leads to dreams being salvaged. The companions series "The Dirt" presents the inside scoop on behind-the-scenes relationships between such miners as brash youngster Parker Schnabel and longtime Yukon resident Tony Beets, as the quest to hit the mother lode never stops.