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Homestead Rescue

Homestead Rescue

  • Premiered: 
    June 17, 2016
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  • Network: Discovery
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Adventure
  • Tags: off the grid

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Plot Synopsis

HOMESTEAD RESCUE is a one-hour reality series that follows expert homesteader Marty Raney -- along with his daughter Misty Raney, a farmer; and son Matt Raney, a hunter and fisherman -- as they help families who attempted to leave behind civilization in favor of life off-the-grid -- but failed. The trio teaches them the necessary skills to survive the wilderness. The stakes are high, but the Raney family is determined to prepare these families for nature's worst and set them up for success. Each family faces the ultimate decision: will they tough out their first year or pack up and return to civilization? In the series opener, the Raneys help Beth and Mike Ettinger who live in an abandoned ghost town in Montana, where many previous homesteaders failed. Survival is a battle on this homestead that is stalked by a mountain lion and void of any livestock, water or food.

Season 2 of HOMESTEAD RESCUE premiered on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery. In the season opener, "Wolves at the Door," poisoned well water and a mystery predator plague an Arizona homestead. After the family dog is killed, the Raneys must act quick to stop the couple from becoming the next victims.

The third season of HOMESTEAD RESCUE premiered on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel. In the new season, father Marty, daughter Misty, and son Matt help struggling families learn new bush craft skills, protect their livestock, grow food, and face the most grueling challenges yet seen, leaving some with the stark decision to tough it out or pack it up and head back for civilization. In the season opener, "The Bears and the Bees," the Raneys find a bee-keeper with hives attracting bears and a homestead too unsanitary for a child to visit. Marty builds a bathhouse and bush-engineers a windmill water pump, but violent winds threaten to derail his mission to reunite a family.

Season 4 of HOMESTEAD RESCUE premiered on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel. Homesteading saviors Marty, Misty, and Matt Raney return to the most desperate homesteads across America to help those on the brink of failure learn to survive and thrive off the grid. Using fresh ingenuity, the trio will help several new struggling families discover how to successfully secure clean water, grow sustainable crops, protect their valuable livestock, and reinforce failing infrastructures, all while facing the most grueling obstacles mother nature has to offer. While the Raneys answer these cries for help with their unique skillset, each family will ultimately have to decide if they can stick it out for the long-haul or must pack up and return to civilization. In the season opener, "Poisoned," toxic land plagues this Kentucky homestead, so the Raneys must build the Rains family a hillside garden, turn a cave into a goat fortress, and find uncontaminated water deep underground.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT, Discovery Channel premiered the fifth season of HOMESTEAD RESCUE. Traveling to some of the most dangerous, isolated areas in the country and battling all that Mother Nature can throw their way, expert craftsman and survivalist Marty Raney, alongside daughter Misty and son Matt, return to help families sharpen their homesteading skills and learn to survive off-the-grid In the season opener, "Line of Fire," a homestead in serious danger of a raging California wildfire prompts Marty to clear cut surrounding trees and create an evacuation ark for the Grants' livestock while Matt devises a unique layer of fire protection to save the home from destruction.

The sixth season of HOMESTEAD RESCUE premiered on Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 8-10pm ET/PT on Discovery, immediately followed by a second episode (10pm). Traveling to some of the most dangerous and isolated areas of the country, expert craftsman and survivalist Marty Raney, his daughter Misty and son Matt, help families to save their homes and new-found way of life from total demise. Each equipped with a unique set of skills and contribution to quirky family dynamics, the Raneys not only teach homesteading hopefuls the tools they need to survive in the wilderness, but also the many different ways the families can create off-the-grid businesses by utilizing all that their properties have to offer. And this season, they're upping the ante and doing more than just showing homesteaders how to save their dream...they're leaving each homestead with a viable way to make money off their resources.

HOMESTEAD RESCUE returned for a new season on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel. With a hundred-year pandemic causing more uncertainty than ever before, many have been reminded of the importance of living simply, sustainably and needing only the basics in order to survive. This season, the Raneys quickly learn that while more people have moved off-grid in the last two years to seek a simpler way of living, most are devastatingly unprepared for long-term survival. With challenges that are bigger, tougher and more important than ever, the Raneys will bring families back to the basics to learn how to thrive in any climate or terrain, and how to survive through any major global crisis. Marty Raney, alongside his daughter Misty and son Matt, travel to some of the most remote and dangerous areas of the country to rescue failing homesteads and save these families and their new-found way of living from total demise. Against all odds, the Raneys work to shape these homesteads to outlast the homesteader by setting them up with tangible elements for long-term success and survivability that will allow them to endure anything thrown their way. Utilizing local natural resources where possible and teaching homesteaders - and viewers - how to make do with what they've got, this season's builds feature more ingenuity and creativity than ever before. From an unlivable hillside homestead off the coast of Hawaii with a failing foundation, to the Heartbreak Goat-el homestead in Mississippi with a serious flooding problem, no homestead is too far gone or dream too far-fetched for the Raneys. When an off-grid family's small business is shuttered in Girdwood, Alaska, the Raneys create a way to make their fishing dreams come true. By creating a sustainable homestead and protecting it from pesky local wildlife that are ubiquitous in the region, the Raneys attempt to set the family up with the first-ever fully operational, up-to-code commercial kitchen on their homestead to process and sell fish. In Juneau, Alaska, known for having one of the planet's wettest climates, the Raneys work to save a cabin from sinking in the rainforest marsh and into the water that seems to be getting everyone sick. By turning the problem of homesteading in such a wet climate on its head by utilizing the problematic water for the homestead's gain, the Raneys may just be able to give this family a leg to stand on. Whether it's improving the basics like food resources with builds including the first-ever hanging garden, or having a little fun with the home-improvements, like building a boat turkey coop or racetrack for the homestead kids, the Raneys are up for any challenge and ready to bring these families back to the basics to ensure survival for the immediate future and the long-haul.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2023, HOMESTEAD RESCUE returned for a new season at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel. The Raney family continue their mission to save families and their beloved homesteads from the brink of failure as they take on all-new builds and life changing rescues while sharing lessons in homesteading. In the season premiere, Marty, the patriarch of the family and author of "Homestead Survival: An Insider's Guide to Your Great Escape," attempts to help a family in Wyoming resurrect an inherited homestead with a tragic legacy, while unraveling the mystery of an unfinished well. In one of their most creative builds yet, Misty combines a one-of-a-kind aquaponic greenhouse and with a new duck sanctuary built by Matt, for an inventive "duckaponics" system. Other stories this season include rescuing millennial homesteaders in Idaho from a crumbling mountainside threatening to crush their cabin; responding to a family unprepared for the looming brutal winter on 300 acres in Alaska's remote Delta Junction; traveling to rural Virginia where new homesteaders struggle to survive on their 11 acres with a failing garden, inadequate water catchment and no shelter, aside from an old school bus they currently call home; and traveling to Washington State where, for the first time ever, the Raney family arrives too late to save a homestead's crumbling cabin ahead of the fast-approaching winter.
A new season of HOMESTEAD RESCUE premiered on Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 8-10pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel. In a last ditch effort to save their homesteads, these families call in survival experts to prepare them for nature's worst and force the ultimate decision: stay to tough out their first year, or pack it up and go back to civilization. In the season opener, "Where the Wild Wind Blows," a Colorado war veteran's family and stable of horses are ravaged by hurricane-force winds that make subsistence all but impossible; when the Raneys learn of their larger dream, they pull out the stops with some of their most creative builds yet.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by RAW TV (2016-2021)
  • Produced by All3Media America (2020-2023)