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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 8.4  (104)

Coal was an American reality television series that ran for 10 episodes on Spike TV in 2011. The show followed coal miners working for Cobalt Coal, Big Ridge Inc., and Trinity Coal in West Virginia as they extracted coal from underground mines. The series aimed to provide viewers with an inside look into the dangers, struggles, and rewards of working in the coal mining industry.

Each episode of the show focused on different teams of miners working on different projects such as drilling, blasting, loading, and transporting coal from underground to the surface. The show also highlighted the living conditions of the miners and their families, as well as the challenges they have to face on a daily basis while working in the mines.

The series was narrated by Mike Rowe, known for his work on the hit show Dirty Jobs. Rowe provided insightful commentary on the work being done by the miners and the risks that they face while working underground. The show's producers also made sure to highlight the importance of coal as a source of energy for the country and the role that miners play in keeping the lights on for many Americans.

One of the main themes of the show was safety, as coal mining is widely considered one of the most dangerous professions in the world. The show's producers made sure to stress the importance of following safety protocols in the mines to prevent accidents and injuries. The show captured the intense moments when accidents did occur, highlighting the swift response of the rescue teams and the heroism of the miners in putting their own lives at risk to save their colleagues.

Coal also tackled the issue of environmental impact, which is often a controversial topic when it comes to coal mining. The show highlighted the steps that the mining companies took to minimize their impact on the environment, including reclamation efforts to restore the land that had been mined and measures to reduce emissions from their operations.

The show received mixed reviews from critics and viewers alike. Some praised the show for shedding light on an important and often-overlooked industry and for showcasing the dedication and hard work of the miners. Others criticized the show for being too focused on the danger and drama of coal mining and for not doing enough to address the environmental concerns associated with the industry.

Despite the mixed reviews, Coal proved to be a popular show for Spike TV, garnering a loyal fanbase and respectable ratings. However, the show was ultimately cancelled after just one season, leaving many fans disappointed and wondering what could have been.

Overall, Coal was a well-produced and informative show about an important industry that often goes unnoticed. The show did a good job of highlighting the hard work and dedication of the miners, while also addressing the safety and environmental concerns associated with coal mining. While the show may not have been perfect, it was an important reminder of the sacrifices that many Americans make to keep the lights on and the importance of finding more sustainable and eco-friendly sources of energy for the future.

Coal is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on March 30, 2011.

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Brute Force and Bad Blood
10. Brute Force and Bad Blood
June 19, 2011
In the dramatic season finale, Mike and Tom work frantically to get the new lease approved as the mine starts to fall apart. The biggest rock fall yet leads to a fight so explosive it threatens to tear the company apart.
The Fight To Go Right
9. The Fight To Go Right
June 12, 2011
The mine gets deadly and conditions force Cobalt to take a different path. To get the new lease to go as planned, they'll have to double production. The pressure is on the night crew to get back in the coal or go to the house for good.
Haunted by the Past
8. Haunted by the Past
June 5, 2011
Danger for the miners increases when they hit water and almost flood the section. Meanwhile, a meeting with a local old-timer force Mike and Tom to come to a drastic decision regarding the direction of the mine.
A Mine Divided
7. A Mine Divided
May 22, 2011
Owners Tom and Mike have gone deep into debt to finance new equipment, and now they're desperate to mine more coal than ever before. To make matters worse, someone is stealing from the mine.
Out with the Coal, In with the New
6. Out with the Coal, In with the New
May 15, 2011
The company's future is threatened when an important piece of equipment is smashed and a redhat steps in.
Into the Heart of Darkness
5. Into the Heart of Darkness
May 8, 2011
Cobalt is forced to mine in the most dangerous part of the mountain, making conditions even more deadly. A skeleton day crew must face the mountain alone, but an unlikely hero, Vince, steps up.
Buried in Coal
4. Buried in Coal
April 20, 2011
Mike and Tom, are facing financial ruin when they roll the dice with a risky belt move that ends up being a success. With the mine half buried in coal, Mike pleads to the trucking company to rally for a record breaking week.
Down 'N Out
3. Down 'N Out
April 13, 2011
The power goes out and equipment goes down when a horrible storm hits the Cobalt Mine. When Hank comes back from the hospital he receives some bad news.
No Easy Way Out
2. No Easy Way Out
April 6, 2011
Cobalt Coal struggles to stay afloat. Lives are threatened when a storm shuts down the mine's air supply, forcing every man to race to the surface.
The Master Miners
1. The Master Miners
March 30, 2011
In the series premiere of Coal, one miner fights to keep Cobalt Coal from shutting down. Major mistakes by the Night Shift almost cost the company their livelihood while one of the deadliest jobs claims another victim.
Where to Watch Coal
Coal is available for streaming on the Spike TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Coal on demand at Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 30, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.4  (104)