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Alaskan Bush People

Alaskan Bush People

  • Premiered: 
    May 6, 2014
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  • Network: Discovery
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE is a one-hour reality series that follows Billy Brown and his wife Ami, as they raise their seven children while living off Alaska's land like nomads. But the freedom of the life in the backwoods of Alaska comes with its fair share of struggles for this unique clan. When they're not searching for food, shelter, and clean water, they're battling nature's elements and navigating the struggles of being a family -- teenagers who are dating, chores that need to be done, and sibling rivalries. Now, after being pushed off their land, the Browns travel deep into the Alaskan bush to build a small shack where they will all sleep and might go six months without seeing an outsider. Originally developed and scheduled to premiere in spring 2014 on Animal Planet, Discovery Networks changed the name of the series -- from ALASKA BUSH FAMILY to ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE -- and moved it to Discovery Channel before it premiered. ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE returned for its second season on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery. Since their family boat sank, the Browns have been stranded in the city of Ketchikan, Alaska and confined -- all nine of them -- to a small 800 square foot apartment. For a family unfamiliar with modern society, it's been a shock to the system and they're desperate to return to the bush. Bear and Snowbird, who are overwhelmed by public places, have been hit particularly hard. But through it all, they've stuck together and still live under one roof. Now, after months of preparation, they're ready to return to the wild and build a new home. With the Alaskan winter closing in, they need to get to their piece of land -- a raw and untamed 29 acres on a remote island -- before the weather traps them in the city. The journey ahead will be difficult. Chichagof Island, where they've chosen to live, has the highest population of bears per square mile of any place on Earth and no roads lead to their property, which is covered by 100-200 foot widow makers and often experiences gale force winds. But for the Browns, this is the home they've dreamed of for more than 30 years and one worth fighting for. On Friday, May 29, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery, ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE returned for its third season, immediately following a brand-new special at 8pm and an all-day marathon of encore episodes (9am-8pm). This season the Browns look to the future and, for this self-proclaimed wolf pack, that means growing their clan. With the sons in their 20s and 30s, they're eager to meet "the one" and start families of their own. To grow the Brown family, Ami takes it upon herself to hire a local matchmaker. As the boys date, they also work with the family to secure consistent food sources and build out the homestead, including a "bush comfort" -- a homemade clothes dryer constructed from an oil drum and old metal fencing and heated by an open fire. In midst of all of this, the family faces enormous personal challenges when Ami is forced to seek medical attention in town. With the stakes higher than ever and unexpected costs piling up, the family gambles on a new idea they hope will secure they're future -- launching a business that will lead the family deeper into the bush than they ever imagined. Season 4 of ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE premiered on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately following an all-day marathon (9am-9pm) of encore episodes. Last season, Billy Brown, his wife Ami and their seven grown children finally settled down, having built their dream home on the remote Chichagof Island, Alaska. Making their house a home, the Browns worked to source consistent food staples along with bush comfort -- a homemade clothes dryer constructed from an oil drum, old metal fencing, and heated by an open fire. With shelter in place, it's time for the Browns to look towards the future and take life in the bush to the next level. Billy realizes that in order for Browntown to thrive, he must give his kids more responsibility maintaining life at home and stocking up for winter. It's time for Browntown to grow and grow up. In the season opener, "Block and Trade," the Brown family of nine makes the most of the long days during the short Alaskan summer. They hatch a plan to deal with a lumber shortage but then a sudden injury threatens to split the family apart. ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE returned for its fifth season on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately following an 11-hour marathon (10am-9pm) of encore episodes. In the season opener, "The Wolf Pack Returns," a happy homecoming for the Brown family of nine means hard work is ahead to get Browntown back on track. Time away came at a cost and prospects are lean without a working skiff. A highly risky haul with an all or nothing offer may be the only solution. Season 6 of ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE premiered on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on Animal Planet. This season, Billy Brown, wife Ami, and their seven grown children are focused on staying together at all costs. Matt Brown returns, rejoining the family and their new cow Sabrina. When the nest is full, it's all-hands-on-deck to find sustainable food and resources. The Browns' take their "bushcraft" to new levels, creating homemade dynamite and building their own sawmill. Plus, he family grapples with tough choices, as the Brown boys continue their search for love. The family will also face challenges as they endure the elements of Alaska, including storms, more bears and grueling trips to protect their livelihood. It's a tough existence for the Brown family - but they wouldn't have it any other way. In the season opener, "All That Matters," a storm overtakes Chichagof island and threatens the safety of the Brown Family as they set out on a journey to bring home a new addition to Browntown; oldest brother Matt returns home for a fresh start. Season 7 of ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE premiered on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately following a nine-hour marathon (Noon-9pm) of encore episodes. In the season opener, "One for All," the Browns continue to work hard and tirelessly to gather food, secure resources and build everything from scratch in their pursuit of a self-sustaining town and being more isolated and independent than ever before. Season 8 of ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE premiered on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel. After a year of hardship, the Browns are ready to make their long-awaited return to the wild. With over 400 acres of raw wilderness in the Pacific Northwest, the family faces new challenges - from severe weather to re-building their homestead in unfamiliar surroundings - that will make their bond stronger than ever. The Brown's quest for a new life in the bush begins with establishing their foothold on their new property, but trouble strikes when the road that leads to their new home becomes a treacherous winding path of mud. It's crucial for the Brown's to fix the road, but are they equipped to handle such a large task? Following her year-long battle with cancer, Ami Brown, the family matriarch, heads back to the bush full of hope and optimism. Billy, the Brown family patriarch, is determined to continue the family's self-sufficient and unique way of life. "As long as God, Ami, and my family are beside me, I'll ride the wind of adventure to the end." Matt, the first-born Brown sibling, brings his problem-solving skills and passion for the wild to the new homestead. Bam Bam, the second-born son and the family's voice of reason, has his hands full with the new dangers of living on a remote mountain top. Noah is the inventor of the family, while Bear reconnects with his animal instincts deep in the bush. Gabe, having survived the most stressful year of his life, finds his old, humorous self in the wild. Snowbird and Raindrop are the two daughters of the Brown clan - Rain, the youngest, takes on a new role, helping the family build their biggest structure yet, while Bird, the family hunter, steps up to hold the entire wolfpack together when times are at their worst. This season comes after life-altering challenges and strife, but the Browns are a family unlike any other - and with the whole family back together, they are determined to reclaim their natural home in the wild.
On Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 9-11pm ET/PT, Discovery Channel premiered the Season 8 finale of ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE. In the two-hour season ender, "Where There's Smoke There's Fire," the Wolf Pack braces for a looming wildfire that threatens completion of the barn; Ami and Billy return with an important health update.

Other Titles

  • Previously known as: Alaska Bush Family

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Park Slope Productions


  • - Alaska USA