'Gold Rush: Alaska' returns on Friday: Do you dig the Discovery series?


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Todd Hoffman (pictured) and the group of miners of Sandy, Oregon, will still be searching for gold during the second season of their wildly popular reality series Gold Rush: Alaska, but the show has already brought that to their home network Discovery. The first season alone drew an average of 3 million viewers and clearly struck a nerve with audiences.

While Discovery president and GM Clark Bunting credited the theme of the show about a “group of everyday men [who] have harnessed their hopes and dreams and combined it with ferocity of spirit in an attempt to rekindle the American Dream for their families … Gold Rush: Alaska reflects what many Americans are feeling right now,” we want to know why you tuned in, PopWatchers, before the show makes its return on Friday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m.

Is it because you’re obsessed with the wave of Cash For Gold prospecting that’s happened over the past few years, or were you simply excited to see something about Alaska that had nothing to do with Sarah Palin? Is it, as Bunting suggested, a series chronicling the revival of the American Dream, thanks to the hard-working Hoffman and crew? Or is it simple reality television escapism in which you essentially get to watch real-life Yosemite Sams? Share why you watched the first season of Gold Rush: Alaska, and if you plan to watch season two on Friday, in the comments section below.

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  • Froman

    Loved the show, can’t wait for season two

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  • Tiffany

    Mostly I am looking forward to playing that game where you take a drink every time someone says “glory hole”

  • Samantha

    Eh. We caught an episode while on vacation and while it was interesting (the one where the main guys daughter gets sick) I wasn’t interested enough to watch any more episodes.

  • caryn c

    They must be excited over at “The Soup”!

  • Alaska Gold

    Couple years ago this movie was pitched to discovery channel:
    Next thing you know they are making a show about some tool bags from OR

  • Russell Rauanheimo

    I am 65 years old and think this is a great show, two years ago, on vacation, I tried a little gold panning in the mountians of tennasee, didn’t find a thing but I was hooked. I bought all kinds of things for my next trip that I wanted to take this year but had to put off until later next year due to other things I had to attend to. My wife is all geared up for out next trip and wants to really give it a try, we may not find anything but if you don’t try you never will. I would love to be a part of the Alaska crew, I know how it is to search for “who knows what you will find”. I will be watching every show this season, even the reruns.

  • Heidi

    I admire the fact that these guys who can’t support their families and can’t find steady jobs are risking everything to find the American Dream. Their hard work and the lessons they are passing on to their boys is cool to watch. I just want them to strike gold!!

  • Alaskan Senior

    I like the series. Several friends are gold miners. The old mans needs to shut his mouth, and listen or he is going to kill or seriously hurt someone with that track shovel. Time will tell. I’m surprised someone hasn’t been seriously hurt.

  • Black Cat Mining

    Being in the industry it’s hard not to watch it, though sometimes the reverse is also true. Hope they’ve learned some lessons from season 1.

  • MDH

    I like the show….but rolling into something with a quarter million dollar bankroll and heavy equipment….is not typical, nor does it make me think they all have everything on the line.
    Gold Fever on the OLN seems a lot more “real” to me

  • anita

    its not showing that its on tonight on disc channel! Im confused

    • cody

      i cant find it on my discovrey chanel oh no why cant i anyone.

  • Donna

    I like to watch and see what these guys go thru to make it rich and I truely hope they do. I want them to hit it big. This is the best reality show me and my husband have ever watched.

  • Frank &Elaine Herrnkind

    The show is one of our favorite shows.It is exciting and just good entertainment.We are happy this show and Flying Wild Alaska is back on. The HERRNKINDS of Palm Bay , Florida

  • Becky

    The crap hit the fan tonight!!!!! Dakota Fred should sleep with one eye open. He’s a slimeball of a man.

    • pylarox

      Idiots, missing a payment on a paying claim lease is inexcuseable,hoffman let everyone down, don’t blame Dakota fred.

      • Mimsi

        Even though things went South for the Hoffmans, Fred does not need to be a part of the show that was about one group of men.

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