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From the same person who produces Deadliest Catch comes this series that focuses on the rough-and-tumble world of the Texas oil fields. Now entering its fifth season, this reality show gets up close and personal with the struggles facing the roughnecks who try to discover the latest hot oil field.

Season one focused on three different oil rigs and crews, with each of them facing different challenges and different personnel problems. Each crew had a maximum of 50 days to extract as much oil as possible from the ground they had leased. Season two focused on the number 28 rig owned by Autry Stephens. He still has 50 days to extract oil but the challenge that season was that he was trying to do it using four different rigs and locations.

The following seasons have focused on Autry and his crews and the challenges they face, which include hostile landlords and roughnecks who can't seem to keep from getting in trouble with the law. Season five's hook is that one of his employees will also be his roommate, which ensures that problems on the rig will continue when they each get home.

One of the factors that makes the show so much fun to watch is that the history of the Texas oil fields makes for great television. All of the easy wells have been dug and the land that is left has been drilled before or has some other geographical problem that makes it difficult to retrieve the oil from the ground. While larger oil companies rely on sophisticated technology and extensive mapping to find the best place to drill, these small wildcat oil companies still rely on the old school instinct and brawn to make money.

One of the challenges for Black Gold is that in the U.S. it airs on TruTV, a network which is primarly known for more brash shows such as Hardcore Pawn. This series is a change-up for TruTV, and some viewers have missed the series because they don't often watch the channel.

Wednesday 10:00 PM on truTV
5 Seasons, 44 Episodes
June 18, 2008
Reality
6.3/10
Cast: Thom Beers, Gerald R. Williams, Wayne Rycraft, Justin Darr
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  • The Big Dog Big Wigs come down hard on Oscar to pick up the pace, forcing him to take it out on his slacking crew. A visit from Cheston's girlfriend distracts him while he's on the clock, while Mitch risks a parole violation when he's kept overtime on the rig.

  • When a pressure spike causes a cave in and brings the rig to a screeching halt, Oscar steps up to the drilling slot to keep the rig running. A visit from his family reminds him of what is truly at stake. With their competition to become a Big Dog driller on hold, Mitch and Cheston have a spitting contest of sorts - roughneck style. Cheston's attempt to earn bonus points with Oscar by helping out with rig repairs backfires - big time. And a heart to heart with his father brings Brandon to tears - and closer to the root of his anger issues.

  • A dangerous explosion causes a stir on Rig 28, and it's a dead-sprint to finish the fourth and final hole before the looming deadline. With no driller to take charge, Freddie commands Oscar to do it himself.

  • Competition for the driller position becomes intense, and when Freddie has major doubts about Cheston's ability, he struggles to prove himself against Mitchell, despite a looming deadline.

  • Brandon struggles with legal problems and is upset when Cheston refuses to bail him out; and to compound matters, Oscar is getting fed up with Brandon's all-too-frequent no-shows. Later, Cheston squares off against Mitch in a battle for the vacant driller position.

  • Brandon keeps his promise to Cheston and gives him a drilling lesson, but things dont' go as planned and Cheston risks their friendship by talking to a rival driller in the hopes of coming out on top.

  • Brandon's always been sketchy, but failure to show up for work indicates something is very wrong.

  • The temperature and a few tempers continue to rise in the fifth season opener. Brandon struggles to keep a crew on Rig 28, and makes a huge sacrifice.

  • A rival driller visits Oscar and his crew on Rig 28; competition intensifies as the crew finishes the third and final leg of Big Dog's challenge. Later, the remaining roughnecks anticipate their long-awaited bonuses.

  • Brandon's absence complicates things on Rig 28; Josh's rodeo ride could get him fired from the job; Tank seeks a barroom brawl rematch with Cheston.

  • In the most dramatic episode of Black Gold yet, Brandon's demons catch up with him, leaving Aaron Wheeler a victim of a brutal assault.? With felony assault charges looming overhead, Driller Brandon Watson is forced to turn himself in to the Federal Marshalls.

  • Cheston attempts to get his job back but Brandon is reluctant to rehire him. Meanwhile, a $50,000 bit disappears and drilling is shut down, but Oscar has an idea of who took it.

  • Cheston aims for a promotion but his plan ends up backfiring when he finds himself fighting to keep his job; drilling on the rig comes to a stop with the arrival of a competitor's rig; Brandon finds himself in a pickle after a petty incident involving a sandwich mix-up.

  • The long arm of the law catches up with Brandon Watson, and the Big Dog driller could face hard time.? Brandon finds trouble on the job too when a slacker crew sent to help with the rig move mouths off - forcing him to challenge them to an afterhours fight.

  • In the Season 4 premiere, Brandon, searches for a new oil reserve and must protect it from competitors. He assembles a crack team, but they get off to a difficult start. Later, sabotage is suspected after a power outage and the appearance of a mysterious truck.

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