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Gold Rush



Gritty gold mining reality series has some salty vocab.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Being willing to work hard for a dream, remaining loyal, and staying positive are all messages featured here. However, they are also driven by a desire to make a lot of money.

Positive role models

Todd Hoffman respects his crew; his crew is loyal to him. The men all seem like very hard workers. Dakota Fred Hurt is made out to appear devious.


Frustrated miners often argue with each other, which sometimes leads to pushing, shoving, and threats. Explosives are detonated at mining sites.

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Words like "crap," "ass," and "pissed" are audible; occasionally curses like "f--k" are bleeped.


Equipment logos like Caterpillar, Pioneer, and Komat'su are visible. Ford trucks are visible, but the logos aren't prominently featured.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One miner requires the use of morphine to deal with the pain from back injuries.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series featuring a group of miners trying to find gold in Alaska contains some salty language (the strongest words bleeped), and arguments sometimes lead to pushing, shoving, and threats of more violence. Contracting equipment logos (Caterpillar, etc.) are visible. The men are driven by money, but the show also reveals positive messages about loyalty, staying positive, and working hard to realizing a dream.

What's the story?

GOLD RUSH (previously titled Gold Rush: Alaska) features a crew of down-on-their luck miners battling the Alaskan wilderness for gold. Headed up by Todd Hoffman and his father Jack, the six crewmen (including Greg Remsburg, Jim Thurber, James Harness, and Dave Turin) spend the summer months digging for gold in Porcupine Creek, Alaska using heavy equipment to seek their fortune, while exploring mining opportunities in the Klondike. Throughout it all, they must cope with seriously injured crewmen, licensing and financial woes, broken equipment, and competition created by veteran miner Dakota Fred Hurt. The stakes are high, but the Hoffmans are committed to finding enough gold to make it worthwhile.

Is it any good?


The story told here is reminiscent of the gold rush stories of the past, and includes a similar cast of characters: the cash-strapped family risking everything for fortune, the loyal team of miners that sticks with them, and the devious claim jumpers who want to cash in on their spoils. Also adding to the drama is the relentless power of the elements, which in Alaska translates to intolerably cold weather, hard, frozen soil, and precarious terrain.

Despite its connection to the past,  the series shows how truly backbreaking and dangerous gold mining is. It also shows, despite the help of computers, large machinery, and other modern-day equipment, that there are no guarantees when it comes to finding gold. As a result, you can't help but wonder why these men keep doing what they are doing, despite the many mishaps and failed mining attempts they experience along the way.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why shows like this are appealing. What makes this show different from other "dirty jobs" shows? How do you think producers find folks entertaining enough to carry a show like this?

  • Talk about the history of the Alaskan Gold Rush. Did you know that miners who went to Alaska were called "stampeders"?  Or that women played a role in this movement? What has the overall impact been of the Gold Rush on the United States?

TV details

Premiere date:December 3, 2010
Cast:Dakota Fred Hurt, Jack Hoffman, Todd Hoffman
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written bymeltmom January 4, 2014

Great truck show but problems with language

My preschooler LOVES this show. He's into big trucks and this show is full of them. We love seeing the problems they run into with their machines and how they work to fix them. My son likes to reinact the problems with his truck and has picked up new truck words and parts. The language is a problem, though. We've had to have various conversations about not nice words that we don't use.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Educator and Parent Written byFreedomsOpinion December 13, 2013

Makes me uneasy!

My husband loves this show, and I think it's neat for our 4 and 5 year old kids to learn about hard work and gold mining- but I SO WISH they would bleep out words like "frig***'" that Todd uses so often!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 18+ year old Written byNzconcern November 11, 2011

Gold rush

Great show, positive role models. some curse words but are bleeped out.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism


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