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
9 Seasons, 157 Episodes
December 29, 2011
Action & Adventure, Family
7.8/10
Cast: Atz Lee Kilcher, Otto Kilcher, Eivin Kilcher, Atz Kilcher
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Alaska: The Last Frontier Full Episode Guide

  • Otto restores a homestead relic that was once used by Yule Kilcher.

  • Cattleman Otto Kilcher expresses willingness to accept anything life has in store for him.

  • Eivin and Eve discover a tangle of old nets endangering fish in a nearby river, and launch a risky clean-up operation. Charlotte and Otto rebuild their rotting deck, leaving Jane and Jewel to pitch in elsewhere. And Atz Sr. goes on a solo hunt for moose.

  • The Kilchers navigate their newly blasted road for the first time, hauling a huge pole barn up the hill and across the homestead. Eivin and Atz Sr. get tangled in a mooring line as the tide comes in, pushing Eivin's boat towards the rocky beach.

  • In the midst of Thanksgiving preparations, a baby seal needs help getting back to its family in time for dinner. Later, Eivin and August engineer a hay baler that will literally take a load off their backs.

  • Things get explosive when the Kilchers expand a road on their homestead with detonation expert Desmond Duffy; Jane and Charlotte get stuck in the mud on a fishing trip; Atz Sr. and Bonnie brave the back country to salvage vital resources.

  • When Jane and Charlotte get word of a sick calf at the Head of the Bay, they trek through bear country to protect their herd; three generations of Kilchers build a line shack on Perl Island; Otto has a surprise for Charlotte.

  • With predators stalking the homestead, the need for safe grazing land is greater than ever; Atz Sr. and Atz Lee head to Perl Island to begin plans for a new pasture; Otto and Eivin set to work transporting a small herd to the island by boat.

  • While collecting coal on the beach after a storm, Eivin and Eve find a capsized boat and begin looking for survivors; Otto, Charlotte and August build a shelter for their calves; Jane brings the family together with a new spring tradition.

  • In preparation for the spring cattle drive, Atz Lee, Otto and August survey the homestead for signs of bears and employ surveillance to track their movements; Eivin and Eve take the kids on a kelp-harvesting expedition; Atz Sr. goes bear hunting.

  • Otto looks into the condition of his barge after the winter, Even and Eivin lear land using explosives.

  • The Kilchers prepare their homestead as the spring arrives in Alaska.

  • Look back at never before seen footage and get a peak of the upcoming season. The Kilchers have relied on out-of-the-box thinking to maintain their wild way of life. No matter how crazy the idea a little homestead ingenuity always gets the job done.

  • After eight decades on the homestead, the Kilcher clan continues to thrive. Now, the family is revealing the valuable lessons, techniques and special skills they've acquired that allow them to flourish in the Alaskan wilderness.

  • Traveling to parts both known and unknown is a part of the Kilcher lifestyle that goes all the way back Yule and Ruth's time in Switzerland. Now, the family reveals how venturing off the homestead is still necessary for survival, adventure and more.

  • The Kilchers reveal the gnarliest, hairiest and downright dirtiest moments from their nine seasons on the homestead. And a "Behind the Blast" bonus scene depicts the family's most earth-shattering, havoc-filled explosion.

  • With the Constructor dead in the water, it's up to Otto and his crew of family and friends to save the invaluable boat for future use. Eivin takes novice hunter Levi on a last chance hunt to Shuyak Island to stockpile deer meat for winter.

  • 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..

  • In the harsh Alaskan wilderness, it's impossible to thrive alone. In this episode, the Kilchers look back on key moments where the family and their fellow homesteaders depended on each other for survival the most.

Alaska: The Last Frontier Video Clips & Extras

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