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The Boomtowners documentary reality series is based on life in the upper midwest of Bakken, North Dakota, and features a community's prosperity and growth due to an oil boom in the area. Watch as local families welcome new comers to the neighborhood, and fight for their piece of the pie called the American Dream.

Smithsonian Channel
1 Season, 6 Episodes
April 26, 2015
Cast: Deanna Senior
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Boomtowners Full Episode Guide

  • Financial woes are hitting the Boomtowners hard, leading to major decisions that could have life-altering effects. For Chris, the CEO of Liberty, a downturn in oil prices leads to a risky gamble that could mean trouble for the company. Larysa and Haley start selling puppies to pay for their wedding. Ben pushes his lockbox invention to prove to his wife, and himself, that he can follow through on his dreams. And Sean faces a big choice when it looks like his own dream of being a full-time pastor could become a reality.

  • Sidney police officer Alex and his drug-sniffing dog go on their round, but there's no such thing as "routine" when you live in the Bakken.

  • The world's most advanced drilling rig is ready to go, but before Doug can put it to work, he has to get his newly assembled all-star team to work together first. Things aren't working so well for the Bakken's residents either. Tony's date with an old fling takes a strange turn, Deanna's visit from her in-laws becomes stressful, and Brooke's new online boutique business has a questionable future.

  • Witness a work stoppage, Haley's risky purchase, Ben's fight for childcare, and Jennifer's wedding in danger.

  • Frustrations mount as faulty equipment perplexes Justin, debt plagues Haley and Larysa, and a decent home evades Tony.

  • Meet some of the men and women from across America who have left their old lives behind for new opportunities in the oil-rich Bakken. The transition hasn't been easy. Follow trucker Ben Moorhead, whose 14-hour day begins at 2:00 AM, and Pastor Sean Banks, who works in the oilfields to make ends meet. Life in this boomtown is no easier for longtime residents, as Judge Greg Mohr deals with a surging Judge Greg Mohr deals with a surging crime rate, and gun-toting Sandi Beagle Angel tries to preserve the land she loves.

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