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There has been a recent trend in television of new shows depicting the men who work in some of the world's most dangerous professions. These shows are extremely popular because they tend to highlight some charismatic, yet completely relatable characters, plus they treat audiences to slices of life in worlds that they would not otherwise be able to see or visit. One of the newest programs to fit into this subset of reality programming is the History Channel's Ax Men. The title of the show perfectly sums up what the show is about in two simple words, but the program goes much deeper than simply depicting the work lives of men whose primary tool is the ax.

Throughout its run, Ax Men has depicted a number of different logging companies operating in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States in places like Oregon, Washington and Montana. It spends a significant amount of time telling the stories of the individual characters so that audiences have a chance to relate to them. Then, it sends the characters out to do their jobs, which are often very dangerous. The danger of the work permeates every aspect of the program, and it gives extra weight to the relationships depicted between the various people who are documented on the show.

Ax Men also goes into detail regarding the unique lingo and jargon spoken by its characters. As is the case in most industries, logging has its own language and set of rules, and newcomers to the profession often believe that professionals speak in some kind of made-up language. Thanks to the show's research and its ability to get the characters to relate to the audience, many members of the viewing audience now know that booger wood is a term for useless lumber, while a skyline is a cable strung across each logging site. Additionally, the show spends time examining the history of logging and its impact on people, as well as society at large.

Reality programming is becoming much more specific as time goes on, but the public does not seem to mind. This is because shows like Ax Men let them see a world that would be mysterious and unknown in any other set of circumstances. Ax Men is now in its fifth season, and if it continues to offer great human drama mixed with idiosyncratic education, it will air for many more seasons.

History Channel
9 Seasons, 156 Episodes
March 9, 2008
Cast: Thom Beers, Jay Browning, Jesse Browning, Mike Pihl
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Ax Men Full Episode Guide

  • The battle for King of the Mountain all comes down to this. In Alaska, Papac Logging is barely holding on to their lead. With the skyline down, their chances of keeping King of the Mountain are fading fast. On the Rygaard logging site, it's going to take all three generations of Rygaards working as a team to have any chance at reclaiming the title, but the only question is can they set their differences aside? Shelby is under the gun to deliver his order on time, but he has a secret map to a possible stash of sunken logs that may be worth his time. Greg Chapman is doubling down with extra boats and men to retrieve what he hopes is a haul of legendary proportions. Down in the Mississippi Delta, after last week's disappointing visit to the mill, Gary and Eddie have one more day to save their company from sinking to the bottom of the swamp.

  • The Rygaard loggers return; Papac Alaska Logging continue to their last section; Gary and Eddie find out if their risk has paid off; Shelby Stanga calls for backup; and David Zitterkopf must come up with a plan to finish the job.

  • In Louisiana, a storm is about to hit and it's threatening to wash away the Swamp Man's hopes of filling a massive order.

  • A job in Alaska is endangered due to arguments. Also, Gabe's son finds out about rigging and is pressured too far; David Zitterkopf goes back to work in Wyoming; and the Chapman group returns to logging in Florida, only to run into a storm.

  • The Papac Crew is moving on to the most remote and dangerous site of their season. On the St. Johns River, Greg Chapman is losing money and desperately need to score big to get back into the black. Down on the Mississippi Delta, Gary and Eddie's new venture is becoming a nightmare. In the Bayou, Shelby is under the gun to fill his hundred thousand board foot order, but time is running out for the Swampman.

  • Papac Alaska delves deeper into their 7000 acre site, Joe and Coatsy hike out into the harsh wilderness to hatch a plan of attack for the next section of this massive project.

  • Gabe demands too much of his crew; Delta, Gary and Eddie want to cash in on green gold; in order to keep the people safe, the Swampman plays demolition derby. Also, Zitterkopf is at risk of pulling down the family empire; and the Chapman group think about insurrection.

  • Craig Rygaard, the head of Rygaard Logging, attempts to get his team back on track; the Swampman is pressured to make an emergency storm shelter for a treetop; David Zitterkopf's boy Levi receives a pertinent lesson in logging.

  • Logging legend Craig Rygaard shocks the Rygaard crew with an unexpected visit; the Zitterkopfs run into trouble tying to finish their biggest job ever; Papac takes on the Longest Yard unit.

  • Production increases in Washington with a fresh generation of Rygaard working; David Zitterkopf returns with his boy Levi to face their biggest; Papac's new unit pushes the team to the greatest test.

  • Rygaard ststart this season, Gabe is left with no choice but to call upon his son Aidan to step up and fill the family shoes.

  • The Rygaard crew are challenged as the weather gets hot and a forest fire is a threat; Joe still staggers after his injury; Greg retrieves an unusual double-barrel log from the St. John's River; and Swampman uses his Swamp Buggy to pursue a new client.

  • Gabe attempts to continue the business after his dad's career-ending injury; Papac Alaska attempts a big job on a secluded mountainous island; Greg searches for a missing logging train; and Swampman undertakes a hard job for a wealthy client.

  • Shelby discovers a rare historical item, which causes him to unite with a college professor in a journey to find lost treasures in the swamp.

  • Shelby the Swamp Man searches for the perfect logs driving him further and further into back country full of alligators.

  • In the season finale, fame, fortune, and bragging rights are on the line.

  • It's the final two weeks of the season, and the competition is more intense than ever.

  • With only three weeks remaining, the Ax Men are giving it all they got. Down in Louisiana, Shelby realizes he may be short on wood for his log buyer, so he rounds up his troops to hunt for some last minute logs.

  • After last weeks accident that nearly cost Craig his leg, Gabe Rygaard makes a call to save production and gets his top gun crew back.

  • A devastating injury at Rygaard shakes the crew to the core and threatens to shut down production.

  • The race for logs intensifies as Papac heads onto their most daunting site yet.

  • The battle for King of The Mountain continues. In Washington, the Rygaard crew has a problem with getting the wood to the mill, while up in Alaska, Papac has to deal with a dangerous unpredictable downhill site.

  • Shelby gets his jetboat back, complete with a new five hundred horsepower engine that will help him get the job done.

  • Shelby Stanga is still without his jet boat, but fortunately he has his trusty assistant Davi and his Go-Devil to pick up the slack. On Alaska's Kupreanof Island, the Papac crew is fighting to remain atop the King of the Mountain leaderboard, but today they're moving to the toughest section on their site.

  • In Alaska, the season-long lead is starting to slip away. In Canada, Triack Resources tries to haul logs out of a nearly impossible situation.

  • Shelby Stanga from Louisiana is working to upgrade his logging business, so he takes a risk and tries out some new equipment.

  • In the Louisiana Bayou, Shelby Stanga's jet boat is in desperate need of repair and he needs to find logs to buy a new engine. At Rygaard Logging in Washington, Gabe takes a gamble and hires a wild card veteran logger. And up in Alaska, the Papac team is fighting the elements mother nature is throwing their way, and it could be too much for them to handle. Down in Florida, it's do or die with the Chapman crew and the stubborn Gump Log. Meanwhile in the Wyoming wilderness at Zitterkopf logging, their fearless leader returns and it's all hands on deck.

  • Deep in the Bayou, Shelby heads to Lake Ponchartrain accompanied by Belinda and Bob to retrieve a massive log he marked years ago.

  • The Rygaard crew struggle through equipment malfunctions. Joe takes over as Papac's yarder operator.

  • In Louisiana, Shelby researches about repairing his custom made two-ton swamp buggy. In Alaska, Coatsy returns to the Papac worksite.

  • A dangerous process is implemented in Alaska. Rygaard increases production by doubling its number of yarders.

  • It's only the second week into the logging season, but the teams are ready for a break. In Alaska, the Papac team is desperate to find a replacement to fill the shoes of injured Coatsy.

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