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"Gold Rush" (TV show) is a reality docu-series on Discovery Channel that follows six men who, in the face of an economic meltdown, risk everything — their families, their dignity, and in some cases, their lives — to strike it rich mining for gold in the wilds of Alaska. Inspired by his father Jack, Todd Hoffman of Sandy, Oregon, leads a group of greenhorn miners to forge a new frontier and save their families from dire straits. While leasing a gold claim in Alaska, Todd and his company of newbies face the grandeur of Alaska as well as its hardships, including an impending winter that will halt operations and the opportunity to strike gold. In an effort to keep the operation running, the team takes fate into their own hands with a make or break venture that will change their lives forever.

After watching the steady decline of his aviation business in Oregon due to the stalled economy, Todd searched for new opportunities. With the price of gold on the rise, he came up with a plan to mine for the mineral in southeast Alaska, where there's an estimated $250 billion worth of gold. The mystique of Alaska draws Todd to Porcupine Creek, the setting for "Gold Rush: Alaska," where his father Jack mined for three seasons in the 1980s before he nearly went bankrupt.



Todd and Jack look to their community in Oregon for a team of men to work the mines alongside them, knowing dire economic straits have hit those around them hardest. They have no financial means to pay them until — or unless — they find gold. It's a risk, but with high unemployment in Oregon, there's no shortage of interest. The assembled team includes: rookie Jimmy Dorsey, mechanical genius James Harness, foreman Greg Remsburg, and safety officer Jim Thurber.

The mine at Porcupine Creek is located in the heart of one of the last great wildernesses, where weather conditions can change in an instant. The claim is surrounded by the largest bald eagle population on earth, and a nearby river is the site of a year-round salmon run. Grizzly bears and moose sightings happen daily, and the team must be prepared for some seriously close encounters. Armed with the hope and ferocity to rekindle the original American Dream, "Gold Rush: Alaska" shines a spotlight on this group of enthusiasts. In essence, these are the new "'49ers," going back to the roots this country was founded on: hard labor, blood, sweat and tears. The men risk everything in the biggest gamble of their lives, and the hunt is on to strike it rich — or in some cases, go bust.

Season 3

The "Gold Rush: Do or Die" special reveals what the crews did last winter to prepare for their most important season yet: teenager Parker Schnabel looks to redeem himself and prove to his grandfather John he has what it takes to turn a profit at Big Nugget Mine, "Dakota Fred" Hurt gets to finally see what's at the bottom of the infamous glory hole and Todd Hoffman strategizes about how to achieve the monstrous 1,000 ounce goal he set for himself and his crew at the end of last season.

In the Season 3 premiere, one of the mining teams hits pay dirt ... but which one? Parker Schnabel has a new crew, new land and a newly rebuilt wash plant on his side. After months and months of digging, Dakota Fred finally hit bedrock and started to see the best gold yet just as winter set in last year — and has high hopes that this will finally be the season he walks away a millionaire. And in his quest to find 1,000 ounces of gold this season, Todd Hoffman doublesdown with two claims and twice the crew and equipment. But is that enough to get him to his goal of finding ten times more than he did last year?

Season 4

In season four of "Gold Rush," Todd Hoffman puts his life on the line, and asks his crew to do the same, braving malaria, poisonous snakes and quicksand to set up a mining operation in a patch of hostile jungle deep in Guyana, South America. Last year their Klondike operation delivered a million dollar season, but the jungle ground promises five times as much gold — if his crew can survive. Jack Hoffman, Dave Turin, Jim Thurber and a handful of greenhorns risk everything to search for the ultimate payday, but they're forced to fight the jungle every step of the way.

Parker Schnabel takes the biggest decision of his life. At just 18, and having made only a 2 ounce profit last year, he's putting his $160,000 college fund on the line for a shot at the big time. He leases virgin ground from Klondike legend Tony 'the Viking' Beets and goes deep into debt to buy a wash plant and a dozer, in an all-out bid to beat Todd Hoffman's season three total of 800 ounces of gold, worth over a million dollars. As his 92 year old grandfather John Schnabel says, "Parker is like an eagle leaving the nest. He will either soar this season or crash to the ground."

The Dakota Boys and Melody return to Alaska ready to hit the big time. Dustin risks his life heading high into the mountains to mine the legendary source of all the gold in Porcupine Creek. Down at the claim, their quest for a million dollar payday pushes them to dig 120 feet down, beneath collapsing rock walls. After an epic three year search, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, they finally uncover the mystery pile of nuggets at the bottom of the glory hole.

"Gold Rush" Season 4 is produced for Discovery Channel by Raw Television, where Dimitri Doganis and Sam Maynard are executive producers and James Bates is showrunner. For Discovery Channel, Christo Doyle is executive producer.




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GOLD RUSH (TV SHOW): FACTS

Network: Discovery Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: December 3, 2010
Seasons: 4
Production Company: Raw Television





Jack Hoffman and Todd Hoffman in "Gold Rush" 'Gold Rush' Season 4 Puts Lives on the Line — Premiering Friday, October 25, the new season of Discovery Channel's highest rated series is back with the teams braving malaria, poisonous snakes and quicksand to set up a mining operation in a patch of hostile jungle deep in Guyana, South America Read more...
"Gold Rush - South America" cast member Dakota Fred 'Gold Rush - South America': Miners Test Themselves Like Never Before — Premiering Friday, August 2, the new limited Discovery Channel series follows the mining crews from "Gold Rush" as they take their operations to extremes. Read more...
"The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius" host Kal Penn and judges Mark Fuller, Christine Gulbranson and Mike Massimino Discovery Channel Unveils 2013-14 Upfront Slate — "Gold Rush," "Deadliest Catch," "Fast N' Loud," "Moonshiners," "Amish Mafia," "Jungle Gold," "Bering Sea Gold" are among the return class. Read more...
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vince says:
The show appeared stagged. It has to get better than this for me to continue to watch.
richard says:
Great Show...lots of hardship and problems running a gold camp!
trishayowell says:
I truely hope that they never find any kind of gold.They shot that bear,they do not know if it is the same bear.The bear didn't move to Or.They pissed me off so bad,I wish them nothing but bad luck.THEY ARE IN THE BEARS HOUSE,HOPE THEY GET SICK OFF OF THE MEAT,A BIG GROUP OF STUIPD BASTARDS.
towzilla says:
These are some real idiots. How much is Discovery paying these guys. Leave the kids at HOME. Need to put Jack in a home he's gong to kill someone. Looks to me like its a bear hunt not a gold hunt. 45 guns Gimme a Break.
dave says:
Absolute idiots with no comprehesion of the place they are in. Leave food out and bears come, so shoot the bears??? How about teaching the kids to leave a clean camp? On the positive side, they sure got some decent structures up quickly and the mechanic has some skills, but they are complete morons otherwise. I hope they lose their shirts.

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