Watch Alaska: The Last Frontier

Discovery Channel's Alaska: The Last Frontier follows the Kilcher family. The family, relatives of the famed singer Jewel, struggle to survive off of the grid in Alaska's unforgiving wilderness, just like past generations of their family have done. The show highlights just how hard living in Alaska is for individuals striving to be as self sufficient as possible.

Alaska: The Last Frontier is set on the Kilcher family's 600 acres of property located just out side of Homer, Alaska. The first of the family to settle the homestead was Yule Kilcher and his wife Ruth, around 80 years ago. Yule has since passed on, but his way of life is continued on and celebrated by the next two generations, Otto Kilcher and his brother Atz (Jewel's father) and Otto's two sons Atz Lee and Eivin. The family is helped along in their quest to thrive and survive in Alaska by their significant others as well. The other people living in the Kilcher household include Otto's wife Charlotte, Atz's girlfriend Bonnie Dupree, Atz Lee's wife Jane and Eivin's wife Eve, all of whom share a deep love for the land and a need to feel connected to nature and one another.

The Kilcher's face many struggles in their every day lives that individuals in the lower 48 never have to deal with. One of the family's main struggles is to make sure that they have enough food to support everyone through the harsh winter months. The family achieves this goal by hunting for bear, fishing the many streams in the area and also raising cattle. In addition, the family has also built a greenhouse in order to take better advantage of the short growing season that is available to those living in Alaska.

Each spring and summer is a struggle for the Kilcher's as they try to get enough wood to heat their homes and enough food to fill their bellies for the long winter that awaits them every year. Despite all their trials though, the Kilcher's couldn't imagine making their homes anywhere else.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on Discovery Channel
8 Seasons, 137 Episodes
December 29, 2011
Action & Adventure, Family
7.8/10
Cast: Atz Lee Kilcher, Atz Kilcher, Eivin Kilcher, Otto Kilcher
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Alaska: The Last Frontier Full Episode Guide

  • Otto and August radio Eivin for rescue after facing an emergency at sea; Atz Sr. must choose between living on the Yuletide and returning to the family homestead; Atz Lee puts Jane's homesteading skills to the test with a wilderness scavenger hunt.

  • The fall cattle round up takes an electrifying turn when a horse gets tangled in electric wire. Eivin and Levi go on a rock-climbing expedition to secure access to a valuable, new hunting ground. Atz Sr. takes Bonnie on an epic hunting date.

  • Otto and Levi bring wind power to the remote cabin. Atz Lee and Jane help homesteader Mike repurpose an old city house into a cabin. Tela receives help from the Kilchers as she struggles to fix her dry spring. August moves back home on his 21st birthday.

  • Atz Lee and Atz Sr. take Jane on an epic hunt on horseback in the foothills. Eivin builds a one-of-a-kind motorized cart for Findlay. Otto, Charlotte, and August race to repair a fence breach after their cattle escape.

  • This Christmas, it's the first-ever Couples Secret Santa. And this year, the Kilchers film themselves making inventive homemade gifts.

  • Eivin takes son Findlay on his first ever, coming of age hunt. Atz Lee and Jane venture far out into the wilderness to fish for elusive pike. Atz Sr. upgrades the Yuletide for the impending cold.

  • The Kilchers mobilize a major sea and land effort to help finish Grady's Perl Island cabin build. Charlotte and August build a cat patio to keep their house cats from killing the local animals.

  • Singer Jewel Kilcher throws her son Kase a coming-of-age celebration on the Yuletide. Atz Lee battles worsening weather to help Grady build a homestead on Perl Island. Otto constructs a drawbridge between his cabin and his new man cave.

  • Atz Lee journeys to Perl Island to build a homestead for a friend. Tempers flare as Otto, Eivin, and Levi work to move an old workshop cabin to Otto's property. Tela constructs a fence for a surprise horse for her children.

  • It's Thanksgiving on the homestead and the Kilchers gather for dinner at the old Family Barn. Then, Thanksgiving dinner goes mobile as the family shows off new upgrades to the homestead. The Kilchers pay tribute the family's patriarch and matriarch.

  • Atz Lee builds a bridge and encounters a predator in the backcountry. Otto's hay season nearly comes to a halt when a broken tractor forces him to get creative. Eivin, Eve and Bonnie journey to Atz Sr's floating homestead to bring him crops.

  • The family gets candid about their lives in the Alaskan wilderness, which is a continuous cycle of fails and fixes.

  • Otto creates a calf caboose for his spring cattle drive at the head of the bay; Atz Lee and Jane bring sustainable power to their remote cabin; Atz Sr. builds a smoker to preserve the meat from his epic hunt; and Levi renovates his childhood cabin.

  • Otto and Eivin fight to douse a raging coal seam fire on Kilcher beach; Atz Sr. attempts the most unconventional bear hunt of his life; and Jane and Charlotte take a girl's day adventure clamming.

  • Atz Lee and Jane rush to aid of a fellow homesteader; Atz Sr. searches for a remote spot to anchor his floating homestead; Otto, Eivin and Levi rebuild a homestead hot tub; and Charlotte takes extreme measures to protect her herd from predators.

  • Otto and Charlotte defend against the homestead's first predator attacks; Atz Lee and Jane travel to Lake Louise to catch massive lake trout; Atz Sr. renovates his new floating homestead; and Eve takes on more work as Eivin recovers from a broken rib.

  • For eighty years, the Kilcher family has flourished in the deep Alaskan wilderness, but with chronic damage to the homestead, the family legacy is jeopardized, and the Kilchers embark on their greatest challenge yet: a complete homestead overhaul. Will the Kilchers be able to reconstruct and ensure the homestead's survival, or will their way of life come to an end?

  • With Spring on the way, the Kilchers team up to prepare the homestead for the upcoming summer season, and they look back on the most pivotal moments from last year, with fresh insight and never-before-seen footage.

  • Jane Kilcher relays her five rules that have helped take her from homestead to greenhorn.

  • Animals play a critical role in survival on the homestead. From dangerous predators to hardworking livestock to elusive prey, each has an undeniable effect on the Kilchers' day-to-day life..

  • For generations, Yule Kilcher's legacy has survived on perseverance and commitment of his family and a community of fellow homesteaders. Now, in order for that dream to continue, a new generation of young homesteaders must raise up and carry the torch.

  • Eve finds herself alone with a buck while hunting. Jane and Atz Sr. hunt elk, and Otto races a snowstorm while rounding up his cattle. Otto and Charlotte travel to Switzerland to see where the Kilcher family started and learn old building techniques.

  • Eve butchers chickens with her children to teach them about the circle of life; Eivin builds a shelter for his trusty horse to protect it from the freeze; Atz Lee and Jane warm up their remote cabin; Atz Sr. goes on a solo hunt.

  • Atz Lee and Atz Sr. trek in search of black bear; Eivin builds a survival motorcycle; the Kilchers film themselves for the first time; Eivin and Eve take their kids crabbing; Atz Senior helps a fellow veteran with a big build.

  • Christmas has the Kilchers playing secret Santa; Atz Lee makes art with fire, Eivin tries to avoid blowing himself up, Atz Sr. jams out with a shovel and Jane wraps coal for someone special; after his injury, Shane spends Christmas in the hospital.

  • The Kilchers pay tribute to their most unique and skilled homesteader friends. From kilt-wearing mountain man Turkey Joe to gold mining surgeon Doc Sayer, these are the fascinating characters who have stood by the Kilchers through thick and thin.

  • Jewel returns to the homestead for son Kase's first cattle drive. Shane faces an uncertain future with his home. And Otto and Eivin fight to save the Kilchers' prized Octagon cabin from destruction.

  • Otto and August make a risky attempt to acquire a massive machine. Charlotte, Eivin,and Eve race against the tide to rescue a weak cow. And Atz Lee and Jane go kayakfishing, but reel in more than they bargained for.

  • The family shows off new upgrades to the homestead to give thanks to their home and family.

  • Atz Lee and Charlotte rush to save the life of a stuck cow before it's too late; a father-son shrimping trip turns deadly when Otto and his sons must outrun a colossal caving glacier; Eve and Jane fish for salmon for their family.

  • Otto and Jane's mission to relocate a herd of wild buffalo on Kodiak Island continues; Atz Sr. ventures into the untamed Alaskan back country to hunt spring black bear; Atz Lee and Nikos test their firearm skills using a custom made gun range.

  • The Kilchers join forces to conquer big projects; tensions flare when Otto and Jane journey to Kodiak Island to rescue a herd of wild buffalo; Eivin and Eve tackle an urgent roof repair; Atz Sr. and Atz Lee help Shane on his long overdue cabin build.

  • Otto and Elvin race to ready the barge to move wild buffalo; Jane and Charlotte lead the Kilchers' first-ever, all-female cattle drive; Atz Sr. and Atz Lee protect a homestead relic.

  • A chimney fire threatens to destroy Otto's cabin; Elvin and Eve burn dangerous brush piles which threaten their family; Atz Lee and Jane embark on an ice-fishing mission and end up on thin ice.

  • The family bands together on a massive mission to rescue a tractor, but Otto faces pressure to get it going before the ice road melts; Otto puts his safety on the line when the family pitches in to build tracks across the frozen river.

  • The Kilchers kick off a complete homestead overhaul; blindsided by a massive snowstorm, the family uses every piece of heavy machinery in their arsenal to ensure the survival of future generations.

  • The Kilchers answer the audience's most pressing questions about the ups and downs of life on the homestead over the last six years; a sneak peek of what to expect in the next season.

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