Independence USA

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  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 7.0  (10)

Independence USA was an American reality television series produced by Total Content Digital that premiered in 2012. The show follows Frank Belcastro and his family as they attempt to live off the grid in rural West Virginia. The Belcastros leave behind their suburban life in New Jersey to build a self-sufficient lifestyle in the wilderness. They hope to escape the increasing cost of living and to prepare for any potential disaster that may occur in the future.

Frank Belcastro is a former telecommunications executive who had become increasingly worried about the state of the world. He worried about the uncertainty of the economy, rising food prices, and the possibility of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. After researching and studying the lifestyle of homesteading, he decided to leave his job and take his family to West Virginia to live a more independent life. His wife, Kim, and their three children - Cassy, JoJo, and Vinny - were reluctant at first, but they eventually came to embrace the new way of life.

The show follows the Belcastros as they learn how to live off the land and create a self-sustaining homestead. The family builds a log cabin with their own hands and works hard to grow their own food, raise animals, and harvest resources from the surrounding forest. They also install renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines, to power their home.

Each episode of Independence USA focuses on a different aspect of the Belcastros' journey towards self-sufficiency. The family learns how to hunt, fish, and trap for their own food. They build a greenhouse to extend their growing season and start a honeybee colony to help pollinate their crops. They also work on improving their home, building a rainwater collection system, and constructing an outhouse and composting toilet.

In addition to showcasing the family's progress and challenges in living off the grid, the show also highlights the importance of community. The Belcastros befriend their neighbors and trade goods and services with them. They also participate in local events and festivals, such as the Ramp Festival, where they sell their homemade products.

Throughout the series, the family faces numerous obstacles, including harsh weather, equipment failure, and wildlife threats. They struggle to adjust to the physical demands of their new lifestyle and also face the emotional toll of leaving behind their old life and adapting to a completely new way of living. However, they remain determined and optimistic, working together to overcome these challenges and build their homestead.

Overall, Independence USA is an inspiring and educational show that highlights the importance of self-sufficiency and community. The Belcastros' journey towards independence is both entertaining and informative, offering viewers insight into the practical aspects of homesteading while also promoting the values of hard work, determination, and resilience.

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A Call to Arms
9. A Call to Arms
October 1, 2017
Frank and Adam set out to make their own black powder for shooting practice but will it hold up against the store bought kind? Frank takes the whole family to the shooting range on the coldest day of the year. Later, Frank challenges Kim to a beer making competition where the loser must be the winner's servant for 24 hours.
On a Wing and a Prayer
7. On a Wing and a Prayer
October 1, 2017
Frank and Adam are determined to add a wind turbine to the property to generate electricity but the idea does not sit well with Kim. The family works together to make their Bunker a livable space but will working in such tight quarters together take its toll on them?
The New Breed
6. The New Breed
October 1, 2017
Frank worries that having a vehicle that can only run on gasoline will not be enough if disaster were to strike. With Adams help he sets out to make a hybrid vehicle that can run on gas, propane, and horse manure. Will they succeed or will Kim have the last laugh?
Forging Ahead
5. Forging Ahead
October 1, 2017
Frank decides it's time the family learns something
Going to Ground
4. Going to Ground
October 1, 2017
Frank feels an underground bunker is essential for storage and survival and sets out to find the perfect location to add one to the house. Kim worries the property will get destroyed. Without thinking twice Frank and Adam begin construction on the bunker but are they in over their heads? Will they succeed without demolishing the house?
3. Future/Primitive
October 1, 2017
The Belcastro's are well on their way towards self sufficiency but Frank worries that people may try to take what they have if an emergency were to strike. With Adam's help, he attempts to make a cannon for protection. When it comes time to test the cannon with their homemade lead shot not everyone is excited to try it
Off the Grid
2. Off the Grid
October 1, 2017
What if there was no electricity? The Belcastro's want to celebrate their successful hunt with a party. Can Frank and Adam build a summer kitchen with timber from their backyard? And how can they light party without any electricity? Meanwhile, Kim and Emma must prepare a feast for their guests.
A Hunting We Will Go
1. A Hunting We Will Go
October 1, 2017
What if there were no grocery stores? In the series premiere, we meet the Belcastro's as they set out on a journey to be a self-sufficient family. Frank wants the family to be able to hunt and kill their own food but not every one is on board. Starting with making their own weapons, Frank and Adam really learn an appreciation for the hunt, but will they succeed?
  • Premiere Date
    October 1, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (10)