Unplugged Nation

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  • 2015
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.7  (35)

Unplugged Nation is a reality television show that aired on the FYI network in 2015. The show follows the journey of couples and families as they leave their hectic city lives behind and search for the ultimate off-grid paradise. With the help of expert hosts Jay Gruen and John Weisbarth, these hopeful individuals embark on an adventure of a lifetime as they explore remote areas across the United States and Canada.

The main premise of the show is to showcase the different sustainable and eco-friendly living options available in the wilderness. Each episode features a different group of individuals who have a desire to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and forge a new path in a picturesque and secluded location. From the high-mountain deserts of the Southwest to the lush forests of the Pacific Northwest, Unplugged Nation offers a glimpse into the different remote settings of North America.

The first half of each episode sees the families meet with the hosts, who help guide them through the selection process of finding their dream off-grid home. They work closely with the families to determine their requirements for basic necessities such as power, water, shelter, and entertainment. The hosts then use their wealth of knowledge of the area and the different properties available to narrow down the options for the families.

The selection process is often riddled with challenges, as many of the families have specific needs that must be met, but simultaneously, they also need to find a balance between self-sufficiency and the resources available in their chosen location.

The second half of the episode features the families as they are whisked away to their new off-grid paradise. In this section, viewers get to see the physical labor involved in turning a piece of raw land into a functional homestead. From putting up battered straw homes, installing solar panels, and digging shallow wells, the families face various challenges along the way but, with the help of the hosts, always pull through.

The show also offers an educational aspect- learning about life off the grid, from building strategies to land use requirements. It focuses on the importance of sustainability and tries to provide a means to live a happy and comfortable life without plundering the Earth's natural resources. The general theme of the show is for viewers to gain knowledge of the world without industrial luxuries.

The hosts are what make Unplugged Nation stand apart from a regular homestead show. Jay Gruen, a carpenter and builder, brings his expertise in the construction and design of the homes, while John Weisbarth, a real estate expert, possesses vast knowledge regarding land acquisition and legal issues.

In conclusion, Unplugged Nation is a thrilling and informative reality show, which provides viewers with an insight into off-grid living. The show's hosts and content make it a must-see for people interested in sustainable and eco-friendly living, as it helps to showcase remote and secluded areas that potential off-gridders may not have known existed. The show is a perfect blend of education, entertainment, and adventure as it follows families on their quest for the ultimate off-grid living experience.

Unplugged Nation is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (19 episodes). The series first aired on July 29, 2015.

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New Mexico Desert Dangers
10. New Mexico Desert Dangers
August 17, 2018
Arizona based software developer, Brian and his wife Venus, want to live a more simpler life in New Mexico with their three kids. Venus is concerned she doesn't have the right skills.
Maine Coastal Challenge
9. Maine Coastal Challenge
August 16, 2018
The Snodgrass family from Chicago wants to move to Maine and become self-sufficient. They view three off-the-grid properties on the coast and choose one to stay in and try out. Will they decide to stay unplugged in paradise or plug back in?
Maine Lakeside Living
8. Maine Lakeside Living
August 16, 2018
Manhattan based bond trader, John, and his real estate broker wife, Becky, are frustrated in their small Manhattan apartment and want to give their two boys more of an outdoors way of life. After viewing three properties in remote locations in Maine they decide which one they want to stay in and try out. But after their time unplugged will they decide to make the move or not?
Off Grid Dream in Idaho
7. Off Grid Dream in Idaho
August 2, 2018
The Cosgrove family wants to leave the bustle of Philadelphia behind for the remoteness of Northern Idaho. The trouble is their teenage daughters don't share their parents' vision. After viewing three off-the-grid homes, they choose one to try out. But can they adapt or will the outdoor life have their daughters pleading to go home?
Hawaiian Tropical Trials
6. Hawaiian Tropical Trials
August 2, 2018
Cory and Shanna own an auto body shop that's taking over their lives. Along with their two daughters, they want to live unplugged on the island paradise of Hawaii. They feel that life is passing them by and need to spend as much time as possible with their two children before they get old. They're looking for a remote property where they can hunt and grow fruit and vegetables. Will the family come together as one or will their teenage daughters escape back to the city?
California Dreaming
5. California Dreaming
August 2, 2018
Jason, a stunt man, and his wife Chris Anne, a yoga instructor, are desperate to go off the grid and move to the high country in California and they are bringing along their two children, five year old Leilani Ashanti and Brighten Bella who's two. They want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Denver and turn an off-the-grid property into a healing retreat where people can come to relax and get close to the clean air and pristine countryside. Will they be able to handle the rigors of remote mountain life or high tail it back to the safety of the city?
Off Grid In Arizona
4. Off Grid In Arizona
August 2, 2018
The Jones family from Georgia hope to relocate to Arizona and become self sufficient. They look at three off-the-grid properties and have to decide on one to stay in and try out.
California Mountain Retreat
3. California Mountain Retreat
January 21, 2017
The Johnson family are getting ready to part from the sunshine of Carolina beach for the mountains of No. Cal. to see if they've got what it takes to live off-the-grid. Can this conjoined family of three teen girls and an eight-year-old boy work with each other to accomplish their parents dream?
Hawaiian Island Idyll
2. Hawaiian Island Idyll
January 14, 2017
The Wheerler siblings from San Diego desire a relocation to Hawaii to live unplugged. They visit three off-the-grid properties on the Big Island and decide on one to stay in and try out. Will they choose to remain unplugged in paradise or plug back in?
Off Grid In Idaho
1. Off Grid In Idaho
January 7, 2017
Sales manager, Peter, and his wife, Aubrey, hope to make a different future for their two kids. Both Pete and Aubrey hope that their kids can grow up experiencing a childhood packed with adventure, nature and practical skills.
Where to Watch Unplugged Nation
Unplugged Nation is available for streaming on the fyi website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Unplugged Nation on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 29, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    8.7  (35)