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Gold Rush

Gold Rush

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Photo Credit:  Discovery
  • Premiered: 
    December 3, 2010
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  • Network: Discovery
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: gold mining

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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

GOLD RUSH follows crews mining gold, as they try to strike it rich while battling Mother Nature, machinery breakdowns and each other. In the first season, the father-son team of Jack and Todd Hoffman led greenhorn miners at Porcupine Creek, located in the heart of the great Alaskan wilderness where grizzly bears and moose sightings happen daily. The Hoffmans sunk $250,000 into the project but found only $20,000 worth of gold by the end of their long, hard rookie season. In their second season, the Hoffman crew moved to the Klondike region of Yukon, Canada to find a mine at Quartz Creek after 'Dakota Fred' Hurt bought the claim for their mine at Porcupine Creek. Plus, the program followed a third team at the Big Nugget mine -- also located at Porcupine Creek -- which was run by 17 year-old Parker Schnabel after his grandfather, John, handed it down to him. In the third season, the Hoffmans doubled down with two claims, as they sought to find 1,000 ounces of gold -- more than ten times what they found the previous season -- but Dave Turin insisted on leading the second mine, forcing the crew to pick sides. Plus, the Dakota Boys excavated a 90-foot crater at Porcupine Creek mine as they tried to outdo the previous year's total of 80.4 ounces of gold. Finally, Parker hired a new crew, mines new land and rebuilds his aging wash plant from the ground up, as he tries to improve on his Season 2 take of just 35 ounces of gold. In a limited series run -- alternately called a limited summer series or a new season by Discovery -- GOLD RUSH returned on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT with all three crew leaders, Todd Hoffman, Dakota Fred and Parker Schnabel, taking their operations to the jungles of South America. GOLD RUSH returned for its fourth season on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 9-11pm ET/PT. In Season 4, which has miners breaking ground in three countries in the season opener, 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. Parker puts his college fund on the line and goes deep in debt, leasing virgin ground from Klondike legend Tony 'The Viking' Beets. Plus, The Dakota Boys and Melody return to Alaska ready to hit the big time. Discovery debuted the fifth season of GOLD RUSH on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT with a two-hour episode. In the Season 5 premiere, "New Blood," Young Parker sets an outrageous season goal of 2,000 ounces. Tony Beets, The Viking, buys a 75-year-old gold catching dredge. And Todd Hoffman is left a broken man without a crew and with no plans to mine. Season 6 of GOLD RUSH premiered on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 9-11pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately following an all-day marathon (9am-8pm) of encore episodes and an all-new episode of GOLD RUSH: THE DIRT at 8pm. This season Todd Hoffman has gold-rich ground, a seasoned crew and is in position to keep his hot streak alive after brought his crew back from the brink of bankruptcy last season. Meanwhile, Parker Schnabel has his hands full. Last season, he mined an unprecedented $3 million of gold. But it came at a price as he drove his crew into the ground leaving many questioning whether they would ever work for the young mine boss again. As winter closed in at the end of last season, Tony Beets (aka The Viking) was finally about to resurrect his million dollar, 75-year-old gold mining dredge. But this year, he has to get the machine, which hasn't run in 30 years, to actually produce gold. This season it's all hands on deck as dredging for Klondike gold becomes a family affair. Season 7 of GOLD RUSH premiered on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 9-11pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately following a new one-hour special (8pm) and an 11-hour marathon (9am-8pm) of encore episodes. Returning from a record-breaking gold mining season is 21-year-old miner Parker Schnabel. The new season has a sad start for Parker after losing his beloved grandfather and mentor John Schnabel. Parker's leadership will be tested more than ever as he navigates the many changes in his life. This year, he makes the biggest investment in the history of his operation by ordering a customized $600,000 washplant. But will it be enough to beat out his archrival Todd Hoffman? With a new girlfriend from Australia, Ashley Yule, joining him in the Klondike, it will be a season like no other for Parker. His gold mining plan is to go lean and mean in an attempt to make his biggest profit yet. Meanwhile, Todd Hoffman takes the biggest gamble of his life, turning his back on the Klondike and moving his entire operation to Oregon. Todd is on a quest for huge nuggets at the High Bar mine, located high up in the mountains. It's a bold move -- with Todd so confident that he sets an ambitious 5,000 ounce goal -- more than 2,000 ounces than his best-ever total. But with the first Oregon clean ups way below expectations, Todd begins to wonder if he's made a massive mistake. Could this season mark the end of the Hoffman crew? Legendary Klondike miner Tony Beets (aka The Viking) is back and doubling down by investing $2 million in resurrecting a second historic gold dredge - twice as big as his first. Last year, people thought he was crazy for investing in his first ancient dredge. But Tony is hoping that once again he can accomplish the impossible. But first, he must transport the 75-year-old abandoned dredge from a remote spot 150 miles down-river. He'll need his family to step up to the plate and run the rest of his gold-mining empire. But when his first dredge sinks within days, Tony's son, Kevin, finds himself in his father's firing line. In the special, "Toughest Dirtiest Richest," Parker Schnabel goes head to head with rival Todd Hoffman to see who will be King of the Klondike; Klondike legend Tony Beets puts everything on the line. Then, in the two-hour season opener, "Miracle on the Mountain," Todd Hoffman takes a gamble and turns his back on guaranteed gold in the Klondike; Tony Beets buys a large second dredge to expand his empire; Parker Schnabel begins the new season without his grandfather.
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Season 8 of GOLD RUSH premiered on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 9-11pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately following a new one-hour special. Before the new mining season even kicks off, gold miner Todd Hoffman lays everything on the line and wagers a massive bet with 22-year-old Parker Schnabel. The ever-confident Todd believes he can pull in the most gold this season. If not, he owes Parker 100 ounces of gold worth over $100,000 dollars. This sets off a head-to-head competition for the season between these two rivals. It's a bold move for Todd, especially after last year's disaster. Todd's 5,000-ounce goal was shattered in Oregon, where he began last season, and his crew went into a meltdown. This season, Todd and his crew are in Colorado where he is joined by his father, Jack, and 18-year-old son Hunter. This year, Todd believes that he'll be the ultimate mine boss by running three plants at the same time - a challenge no gold miner has ever pulled off in the series. Meanwhile, Hunter demands a promotion and wants to run his own operation. But will he be able to handle the pressure? In the Klondike, young Parker Schnabel meets with his long-time, dedicated crew and fills them in on the wager with the Hoffmans. However, this isn't the only battle for Parker. He's going to war on two fronts - not just with Todd, but his landlord Tony Beets, aka "The Viking." Over four years, Tony has taken $2.3 million in royalties. This season, Parker has a plan to buy his freedom with a deal on new virgin ground. Parker doesn't underestimate anyone as he knows mining is as much about perseverance as it is about luck. But first Parker needs to get his ice-bound washplant Big Red up and running -- since every day not sluicing gives Todd and Tony a head start in the race for gold. Meanwhile, legendary Klondike miner Tony Beets is back and continues his on-going obsession with dredges. Last year, his plan to move and resurrect a 75-year-old dredge proved to be a big failure. But "The Viking" never gives up. This year, he and his family set the goal to move Dredge #2 and get it mining for gold. He has everything in place, but first needs to convince legendary mine boss Sheamus Christie to help him move it. But even for Sheamus, moving a 500-ton dredge is a first. The night opens at 8pm with a live kick-off show, featuring Todd, Parker and Tony. Anything can happen in this special one hour live broadcast where the mine bosses will dish stories about what really went down and discuss season highlights as they field real-time audience phone calls and Facebook questions throughout the broadcast.

Cast

Other Titles

  • Season 1 title: Gold Rush: Alaska
  • Title of summer 2013 limited series: Gold Rush: South America

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by RAW TV

Settings

  • - Alaska USA