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In the age of technology, the world is getting smaller, and some people go to extreme lengths and places to escape. For a rare breed, homesteads are still far too close for comfort. For them, independence means re-defining "off the grid." A collection of unique individuals are hiding out where no one else thinks to look - "above the grid" in the trees, "below the grid" in caves, "outside the grid" on a remote island, and "beyond the grid" on the mountaintops. They say that any true refuge comes at a price...but some people are willing to pay it.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on National Geographic
1 Season, 9 Episodes
January 19, 2016
Cast: Michael Madsen
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The Boonies Full Episode Guide

  • A man named Joe Ray who lives in a series of caves below the Ozark Mountains discusses his lifestyle.

  • On the edge of civilization, life revolves around the seasons. As autumn arrives, temperatures go down, and those outside the grid begin preparation for the toughest time of year.

  • On the edge of civilization, you must always expect the worst case scenario. Far from the modern world, the forces of nature present dire challenges.

  • For those choosing to live a life of solitude, there's always work to be done. Whether it's protecting your home from intruders or preparing for Mother Nature's worst, every day presents a new challenge to tackle.

  • Whether it's finding food, stocking the medicine cabinet, or battling the elements, life in the Boonies requires a daily dose of sweat and blood.

  • Solitude can come at a high cost. Those who choose to live outside the grid must adapt to a constant barrage of obstacles.

  • On the edge of the world, even the most solitary people must rely on a few trusted allies to endure. For those who live outside of society, a little help can go a long way.

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