Edge of Alaska: Return to the Range

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  • 2017
  • 1 Season

Edge of Alaska is a reality television show that aired on Animal Planet from 2014 to 2017. The show followed the lives of 26 residents living in McCarthy, Alaska, a remote, rugged and sometimes dangerous town deep in the wilderness. The latest edition of the show, Edge of Alaska: Return to the Range, premiered in 2019, featuring a new cast and storyline.

The show is set in the fictional town of McCarthy, a former mining camp that was abandoned after the decline of the copper industry. The town has no roads, and residents rely on small planes or a 60-mile dirt road to get to the nearest city. The harsh winter weather and the lack of modern amenities make life in McCarthy challenging and often dangerous.

Edge of Alaska: Return to the Range follows a group of people who have chosen to make McCarthy their home. The season starts with the arrival of new residents who are looking to start a new life in the wilderness. The newcomers include Casey and Amanda, a young couple who want to start a farm, and Cappie and Sophie, a father and daughter who are building a cabin.

The show also follows the stories of the returning cast members. Jeremy Keller, a miner and homesteader, is trying to keep his family's homestead running while dealing with personal and financial challenges. His wife, Alison, is pursuing her dream of starting a brewery in McCarthy, but facing numerous obstacles along the way. Neil Darish, the town's de facto mayor, is working on an ambitious project that he hopes will put McCarthy on the map: a luxury hotel and tourist destination.

Throughout the season, the residents of McCarthy face a variety of challenges. Winter arrives early, cutting off the town from the rest of the world and making survival even more difficult. Jeremy and Alison deal with the aftermath of a devastating wildfire that threatens their homestead. Casey and Amanda struggle to make their farm work, battling harsh weather and difficult terrain. Cappie and Sophie's building project faces numerous setbacks as they try to navigate the complex rules and regulations of living in the wilderness.

The show highlights the resilience and resourcefulness of the people who choose to live in such a harsh and remote environment. The residents of McCarthy rely on each other for support and help, creating a tight-knit community that works together in the face of adversity. The show also underscores the importance of sustainability and self-sufficiency as the residents work to create a life in the wilderness.

Edge of Alaska: Return to the Range offers a fascinating look at a way of life that is both challenging and rewarding. The show's stunning cinematography captures the beauty and harshness of the Alaskan wilderness, while the personal stories of the cast members provide insight into the motivations behind their choices to live in such an extreme environment. Overall, Edge of Alaska: Return to the Range is a compelling and captivating show that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

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Braving the Storm
11. Braving the Storm
July 31, 2017
The residents of McCarthy, Alaska, endure the throes of winter struggles and an oncoming storm as they run low on food supplies.
The Frozen Hunt
10. The Frozen Hunt
July 31, 2017
The residents of McCarthy begin running low on food supplies, which means they must venture further into the Alaskan wilderness to hunt for dangerous game if they want to survive.
Wolf Hunt
9. Wolf Hunt
July 31, 2017
Sled dogs serve an integral part of life in the Alaskan wilderness; residents of McCarthy find their dogs being threatened as wolves kill one of them, and they begin a hunt.
Fight for McCarthy
8. Fight for McCarthy
July 24, 2017
McCarthy undergoes some renovations, and the residents aren't happy about it; the people question whether the town development will enhance or diminish the historic frontier, and they must fight for the preservation of their home.
42 Strong
7. 42 Strong
July 24, 2017
The 42 residents of McCarthy must band together to decide on the future of the frontier; the off-the-grid lifestyle is at stake as the remote town is poised to become a homestead for tourists.
Striking the Mother Lode
6. Striking the Mother Lode
July 17, 2017
The tours are open for the Mother Lode Mine, the largest unexplored manmade ruins, and the adventure is on as tourist flock to discover the mystery on the mountain.
Bear Country
5. Bear Country
July 17, 2017
The fierce predators of Alaska are on the prowl as spring arrives; the threats bears pose on the safety of the residents and livestock must be addressed.
Wild Wild Winter
4. Wild Wild Winter
July 10, 2017
Tensions arise as everyone prepares for the change of season; while transporting his bull calf, Jeremy has a frightening encounter with a black bear.
The Dark Night
3. The Dark Night
July 10, 2017
Locals are haunted by the lack of daylight; bringing back memories of the dark night several years ago where a deadly massacre struck town.
Frozen Landing
2. Frozen Landing
July 3, 2017
Final days of treacherous snow and ice have the people of McCarthy on edge; Jason is swept into the frozen Mizina river as he fights to recover his crashed airplane; things get worse as he battles hypothermia.
The Forgotten Frontier
1. The Forgotten Frontier
July 3, 2017
Buried in the frozen Alaskan southeast are the brave pioneers of McCarthy; the once thriving frontier of the gold rush is now home to 42 mavericks battling the extreme isolation and wilderness.
  • Premiere Date
    July 3, 2017