Ice Road Truckers

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  • TV-14
  • 2007
  • 11 Seasons
  • 6.2  (3,583)

Ice Road Truckers is a documentary television series that originally aired on the History Channel in 2007 and ran until 2017. The series, which was created by David Story, follows the lives of truck drivers who transport freight to and from remote locations in Canada and Alaska during the winter months when roads are frozen over and ice roads become the only means of transportation.

The show primarily focuses on the danger of the job and the challenges the drivers face. Most of the drivers are independent operators, and their ability to transport goods in a timely manner directly correlates with their financial success. However, the hazards of the job are many: drivers face blizzards, whiteouts, and black ice, all while driving on roads that are not only frozen but also prone to shifting and cracking. The trucks themselves are challenged by the extreme conditions as well, with engines that must be kept warm and tires that are at risk of puncture or blowout.

As one of the drivers featured on the show, Lisa Kelly became popular among viewers for her tenacity, bravery, and skill as a driver. Her segments on the show follow not only her delivery runs but also her personal life and the relationships she forms with other drivers.

Ice Road Truckers also highlights the lifestyle of the drivers themselves. Many of them live in trailer parks and often go months without seeing their families, making the bonds they form on the road incredibly important. The drivers' camaraderie is frequently shown on the show, as they offer each other advice, support, and even assistance with their trucks.

In addition to the personal relationships among the drivers, the show also touches on the cultural aspects of the regions in which they work. Many of the drivers are First Nations people, and the show examines not only their role in contemporary society but also the history and traditions of their communities.

Ice Road Truckers is shot almost entirely on location, offering viewers a vivid and immersive portrayal of the often-overlooked world of long-haul trucking in extreme conditions. The show's camerawork contributes to a heightened sense of danger and adventure, as viewers often feel as if they are in the cab with the drivers, battling the elements together.

Over its ten-year run, Ice Road Truckers became a hit for the History Channel, consistently drawing in high ratings and devoted fans. The show inspired spinoffs and imitators, but none could match its unique blend of danger, drama, and human interest.

Overall, Ice Road Truckers is a gripping and fascinating look at the lives of truck drivers who must navigate some of the most treacherous roads on earth. While Lisa Kelly's personal story is a standout among the drivers, the show offers a comprehensive and varied depiction of the truckers' world, incorporating both the harsh realities of the job and the relationships and communities that sustain the drivers.

Ice Road Truckers is a series that is currently running and has 11 seasons (147 episodes). The series first aired on June 17, 2007.

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One Last Lick
10. One Last Lick
November 9, 2017
Drivers head out one last time during the spring thaw; Steph Custance slides into trees; Todd Dewey struggles with a load on a twisty trail; Art Burke retrieves a heavy bulldozer; Reno Ward's truck dies on the ice; Lisa Kelly gets an emergency call.
Double Trouble
9. Double Trouble
November 2, 2017
A volatile season is winding down and it seems like trouble comes in doubles. Lisa Kelly and Steph Custance barely get by when they team up for safe passage on the icy terrain.
The Big Skid
8. The Big Skid
October 26, 2017
A big bump takes out Art Burke's radiator; Todd Dewey's rig lands in a snowbank; Steph Custance regrets her foray onto a wet ice crossing; Alex Debogorski uses a sled to drag a construction shack across a frozen lake.
Of Ice and Men
7. Of Ice and Men
October 19, 2017
Reno Ward has a disastrous encounter with a speeding pickup. Then, as Lisa Kelly attempts to rescue him, her truck is pushed to the breaking point forcing her to leave Reno to fend for himself. Alex Debogorski finds out that small roads and oversized loads are a bad combination. Meanwhile, Art Burke attempts to deliver a Zamboni to save an isolated community's hockey season.
A Bridge Too Far
6. A Bridge Too Far
October 12, 2017
A small convoy heads out with an oversized load; Lisa Kelly and Reno Ward's skills are tested by the treacherous journey; Art Burke attempts to navigate an ice road over a frozen lake; Alex Debogorski stops to help a stranded trucker.
The Son Rises
5. The Son Rises
October 5, 2017
Polar Industries must deliver an oversized load hundreds of miles north on the winter roads; owner Mark Koyhaykewych recruits Lisa Kelly, then calls in Reno Ward, the 23-year-old son of the late Darrell Ward; a blizzard adds a new layer of danger.
Meltdown Blues
4. Meltdown Blues
September 14, 2017
A blast of arctic air reopens the ice roads; Steph Custance falls victim to severe icing and winds up in a ditch; truckers set out to see if the newly reopened ice crossings are really ready for their big rigs.
Helter Melter
3. Helter Melter
September 7, 2017
A sudden warm-up threatens to derail the ice road season; Art Burke faces scary and slick roads; Lisa Kelly is forced to ask her former boss for financial help; Alex Debogorski encounters a mystery man walking alone on an isolated winter road.
Jackknife Jeopardy
2. Jackknife Jeopardy
August 31, 2017
Lisa Kelly finds herself in a real jam after jackknifing her truck deep in the back-country; Alex Debogorski gets more than he bargained for when he falls through a patch of thin ice; Todd Dewey comes to the aid of a stranded trucker.
The Ice Is Right
1. The Ice Is Right
August 24, 2017
The drivers are ready for what is forecast to be a cold and busy winter, but the tragic passing of legendary driver Darrell Ward leaves the drivers wondering who can take his place.
Where to Watch Ice Road Truckers
Ice Road Truckers is available for streaming on the History website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ice Road Truckers on demand at Disney+, Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Vudu, History Vault, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Hoopla, Apple TV, History and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 17, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (3,583)