Alone (TV series)
Alone is an American reality television series on History. The first, second and fourth seasons were filmed on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and the third near Nahuel Huapi National Park in Patagonia, Argentina. The fifth season was set in northern Mongolia in Asia. The sixth and the seventh seasons were filmed in the shore of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada. It follows the self-documented daily struggles of 10 individuals (seven paired teams in season 4) as they survive in the wilderness for as long as possible using a limited amount of survival equipment. With the exception of medical check-ins, the participants are isolated from each other and all other humans. They may "tap out" at any time, or be removed due to failing a medical check-in. The contestant (or team in Season 4) who remains the longest wins a grand prize of $500,000.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||76 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Russ McCarroll|
|Running time||60–90 minutes|
|Production company||Leftfield Pictures|
|Original release||June 18, 2015 –|
The series premiered on June 18, 2015. On August 19, before the finale of season 1, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which would begin production in the fall of 2015 on Vancouver Island, Canada. Season 2 premiered on April 21, 2016. Season 3 was filmed in the second quarter of 2016 in Patagonia, Argentina and premiered on December 8. One day before the season 3 premiere, History announced that casting had begun for season 4. Season 4 was set in Northern Vancouver Island with a team dynamic and premiered on June 8, 2017. Season 5 was set in Northern Mongolia and allowed losers from previous seasons to return and compete. It premiered on June 14, 2018. Season 6 began in June 2019 and featured ten all-new contestants between the ages of 31 and 55. It was set just south of the Arctic Circle on a lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada.
In January 2017, a Danish version of the series premiered with the title Alone in the Wilderness (Danish: Alene i vildmarken) on DR3. It featured ten contestants and was filmed in northern Norway in the fall of 2016. Participants chose 12 items from a list of 18. The winner of the Danish version gets nothing but the honor. Since 2017, four more seasons with Alone in the Wilderness have been produced.
In the fall of 2017, a Norwegian version aired with 10 contestants spread around a lake with fish. It was near the tree line, so the few, small, mostly birch trees left few land resources.
The sixth season premiered on June 6, 2019.
The seventh season premiered on June 11, 2020. Participants attempted to survive for 100 days in the Arctic in order to win a $1 million prize.
A spin-off series, Alone: The Beast, premiered on January 30, 2020. In this series, three people attempt to survive in the wild for 30 days, with no tools or supplies except for their own clothing and a freshly killed animal. One group, in the Arctic, was provided with a 1,000-pound male moose; two other groups were sent separately to the swamps of Louisiana and given an alligator and wild boar, respectively.
Format and rulesEdit
General rules - all seasonsEdit
Contestants are dropped off in remote areas of Northern Vancouver Island (seasons 1-2,4), Patagonia (season 3), Northern Mongolia (season 5) and the shores of the Great Slave Lake (seasons 6 and 7), far enough apart to ensure that they will not come in contact with one another. The process begins in mid to late autumn; this adds time pressure to the survival experience as the approaching winter causes temperatures to drop and food to become scarce. Although terrains may differ in each contestant's location, the drop-off zones are assessed in advance to ensure a similar distribution of local resources is available to each contestant.
Contestants each select 10 items of survival gear from a pre-approved list of 40, and are issued a kit of standard equipment, clothing and first aid/emergency supplies. They are also given a set of cameras to document their daily experiences and emotions. Attempting to live in the wild for as long as possible, the contestants must find food, build shelters, and endure deep isolation, physical deprivation and psychological stress.
Contestants who wish to withdraw from the competition for any reason (referred to as "tapping out") may signal a rescue crew using a provided satellite telephone. In addition, medical professionals conduct periodic health checks on the contestants and may, at their discretion, disqualify and evacuate anyone they feel is unable to continue participating safely. The last remaining contestant wins a $500,000 cash prize. Contestants are warned that the show might last for up to a year.
Pairs Format (Season 4)Edit
Season 4 was also filmed in Northern Vancouver Island but included a team dynamic. Fourteen contestants, consisting of seven family-member pairs, were individually dropped off in remote areas of Northern Vancouver Island. The two members of each team chose 10 items of survival gear to be equally divided between them. The team chose one member to be taken to a campsite; the other began approximately 10 mi (16.09 km) away and was required to hike to the site, using only a compass and bearing to find the way. If either member tapped out or was medically evacuated, his/her partner was disqualified as well. The last remaining team won the $500,000 prize.
Season 5 contestants were selected from non-winning contestants from Seasons 1 through 4. The rules were otherwise similar to Seasons 1 through 3.
For Season 7, the contestants attempted to survive for 100 days in order to win a grand prize of $1 million. In an "Alone: Tales from the Arctic" segment at the end of each episode, host Colby Donaldson spoke post-season to the contestants featured in that episode about what occurred, accompanied by "never before seen footage."
The series received positive reviews in its first season and outstanding reviews for its third season, and earned a respectable 2.5 million total viewers, placing it in the top three new nonfictional cable series of 2015.[irrelevant citation]
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||June 18, 2015||August 27, 2015|
|2||13||April 21, 2016||July 14, 2016|
|3||10||December 8, 2016||February 9, 2017|
|4||10||June 15, 2017||August 17, 2017|
|5||10||June 14, 2018||August 16, 2018|
|6||11||June 6, 2019||August 22, 2019|
|7||11||June 11, 2020||August 20, 2020|
The first season premiered on June 18, 2015. It was won by Alan Kay, who lost over 60 pounds during the course of the season. His staple foods were limpets and seaweed. He also consumed mussels, crab, fish and slugs. Lucas Miller enjoyed his time on the show and was selected based on his work as a wilderness therapist. His most difficult experience with the show was making honest confessions to the camera. Sam Larson described his time on the show as "playing in the woods". He set a goal for himself to last 50 days. After he reached his goal, a large storm hit the island, which Larson described as being larger than any he had seen and prompting his decision to leave the island. Larson said that the loneliness and solitude took the most time to adjust to, and that his preparation for the show mostly consisted of mental preparation.
Quatsino is a small hamlet of 91 people located on Quatsino Sound in Northern Vancouver Island, Canada, only accessible by boat or float plane. Its nearest neighbour is Coal Harbour, to the east, about 20 minutes away by boat, and Port Alice, to the south, about 40 minutes away by boat. The largest town in the region, Port Hardy, is located about an hour northeast by boat and vehicle.
|Name||Age||Gender||Hometown||Country||Status||Reason they tapped out||Ref.|
|Alan Kay||40||Male||Blairsville, Georgia||United States||Winner - 56 days||Victor|||
|Sam Larson||22||Male||Lincoln, Nebraska||United States||55 days||Lost the mind game|||
|Mitch Mitchell||34||Male||Bellingham, Massachusetts||United States||43 days||Realized he should actually be around for his mother's cancer|||
|Lucas Miller||32||Male||Quasqueton, Iowa||United States||39 days||Felt content with what he had done|||
|Dustin Feher||37||Male||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||United States||8 days||Fear of Storm|
|Brant McGee||44||Male||Albemarle, North Carolina||United States||6 days||Consuming salt water|||
|Wayne Russell||46||Male||Saint John, New Brunswick||Canada||4 days||Fear of Bears|||
|Joe Robinet||24||Male||Windsor, Ontario||Canada||4 days||Loss of ferro rod|||
|Chris Weatherman||41||Male||Umatilla, Florida||United States||2 days||Fear of Wolves|||
|Josh Chavez||31||Male||Jackson, Ohio||United States||12 hours||Fear of Bears|||
Season 2 began on April 21, 2016. The season had 13 one-hour episodes, including the reunion episode and the first "Episode 0", which shows how the 10 contestants (pared down from 20) are chosen based on survival skills (i.e. ability to make a fire without a starter, basic animal prep, shelter), on-camera personality, and how readily they learn the camera equipment. This was the first season to include women as well as men. The winner, David McIntyre, lost around 20 pounds in the first weeks alone. Mike Lowe made his time on Alone innovative and made a sink, boat, football game, and many more.
The second season was also set on Vancouver Island, in Quatsino Territory, located near Port Hardy, British Columbia.
|Name||Age||Gender||Hometown||Country||Status||Reason They Tapped Out||Ref.|
|David McIntyre||50||Male||Kentwood, Michigan||United States||Winner - 66 days||Victor|||
|Larry Roberts||44||Male||Rush City, Minnesota||United States||64 days||Hunger and mental breakdown|||
|Jose Martinez Amoedo||45||Male||Santa Pola, Valencia||Spain/Canada||59 days||Fell off kayak into river|||
|Nicole Apelian||45||Female||Portland, Oregon||United States||57 days||Missed her kids|||
|Justin Vititoe||35||Male||Augusta, Georgia||United States||35 days||Had nothing left to accomplish|||
|Randy Champagne||28||Male||Boulder, Utah||United States||21 days||Didn’t like being alone|||
|Mike Lowe||55||Male||Lewis, Colorado||United States||21 days||Missed his wife|||
|Tracy Wilson||44||Female||Aiken, South Carolina||United States||8 days||Rage Monster came out on cub|||
|Mary Kate Green||36||Female||Homer, Alaska||United States||7 days (medically evacuated)||Split Tendon with axe|||
|Desmond White||37||Male||Coolidge, Arizona||United States||7 hours||Bear Scare|||
The third season premiered on December 8, 2016. The winner, Zachary Fowler, had lost 70 lbs (a third of his starting body weight) before the end of his stay. Season 3 marked the first time a contestant was pulled for medical reasons; the first was fourth place, Dave Nessia, who was pulled out when, due to inadequate caloric intake, his systolic pressure barely exceeded his diastolic pressure (80/60 mmHg), putting him in danger of death due to inadequate perfusion of the internal organs. He had been in starvation mode for so long, even though he left with 33 halves of dried fish still ready to eat, he was surviving with the thought of only eating half a fish every other day. The second, and the person who stayed the second-longest, Carleigh Fairchild, was pulled out because, at 101 lbs/45.8 kg, she had lost nearly 30% of her starting body weight and had a BMI of 16.8. Participants are automatically "pulled" at a BMI of 17 or less.
The third season was set in Patagonia, Argentina, in South America. The contestants were spread across multiple lakes in the foothills of the Andes mountain range. Unlike in seasons 1 and 2, which were located on the Pacific Ocean, season 3's food resources were mostly limited to brook and rainbow trout, forage, small birds, and the possibility of wild boar. Contestants also were at a disadvantage because they had no access to the flotsam and jetsam that washes up on the Pacific Coast. They also had no salt source.
The weather in Patagonia is comparable to that of Vancouver Island, with rainfall averaging 78 inches a year. However, unlike Vancouver Island, snowfall is extremely common in the winter.
Predators in Patagonia include wild boar and puma.
|Name||Age||Gender||Hometown||Country||Status||Reason They Tapped Out||Ref.|
|Zachary Fowler||36||Male||Appleton, Maine||United States||Winner - 87 days||Victor|||
|Carleigh Fairchild||28||Female||Edna Bay, Alaska||United States||86 days (medically evacuated)||BMI too low|||
|Megan Hanacek||41||Female||Port McNeill, British Columbia||Canada||78 days||Tooth Ache & Missed family|||
|Dave Nessia||49||Male||Salt Lake City, Utah||United States||73 days (medically evacuated)||Systolic pressure too low|||
|Callie North||27||Female||Lopez Island, Washington||United States||72 days||Felt like journey was complete|||
|Greg Ovens||53||Male||Canal Flats, British Columbia||Canada||51 days||Hypothermia|||
|Dan Wowak||34||Male||Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania||United States||51 days||Missed Family|||
|Britt Ahart||40||Male||Mantua, Ohio||United States||35 days||Missed Family|||
|Zachary Gault||22||Male||Caledon, Ontario||Canada||8 days (medically evacuated)||Cut arm with ax|||
|Jim Shields||37||Male||Langhorne, Pennsylvania||United States||3 days||Regretted leaving family|||
Officially titled "Alone: Lost & Found", the fourth season premiered on June 8, 2017. For this season, for the first time participants were in pairs (2) of family members (brother/brother, husband/wife, father/son), with seven teams scattered throughout the island. The prize was still $500,000, which would be split between the two. One member was dropped in the traditional manner, along a beach head with the idea that they'd stay in the relative area for their duration, while the second member was dropped about 10 miles out with only a compass and bearing and needed to hike their way to base camp. Supply items were still limited to 10 chosen survival tools total, that were split between team members until reconnecting. If one member decided to tap out an any time, the partner was also eliminated. Three teams never met up before tapping out, and it took 8 days for the first team to come together. Pete Brockdorff experienced a medical emergency during his and his son's standard tap-out. It was severe chest pains brought on by the acid reflux he developed as a result of the lack of food.
The fourth season was again set on Vancouver Island, in Quatsino Territory, located near Port Hardy, British Columbia. Teams were set further apart than normal this season, due to the 10 mile radius hike required to meet up at their rendezvous point.
|Team||Name||Age||Gender||Hometown||Country||Status||Reason They Tapped Out||Ref.|
|Baird (brothers)||Jim Baird*||35||Male||Toronto, Ontario||Canada||Linked up - day 10
Winners - 75 days
|Ted Baird||32||Male||Toronto, Ontario||Canada|
|Brockdorff (father/son)||Pete Brockdorff†ẞ||61||Male||Poolesville, Maryland||United States||Linked up - day 9
Tap out - 74 days
|Jointly decided the cost of the game wasn't worth it.|||
|Sam Brockdorff*†||26||Male||Poolesville, Maryland||United States|
|Whipple (husband/wife)||Brooke Whipple†||45||Female||Fox, Alaska||United States||Linked up - day 9
Tap out - 49 days
|Felt too exhausted and drained to go on.|||
|Dave Whipple*||40||Male||Fox, Alaska||United States|
|Wilkes (brothers)||Chris Wilkes†||44||Male||Hattiesburg, Mississippi||United States||Linked up - day 8
Tap out - 14 days
|Missed family and felt guilty for having left them behind.|||
|Brody Wilkes*||33||Male||Kentwood, Louisiana||United States|
|Bosdell (brothers)||Shannon Bosdell†||44||Male||Wrangell, Alaska||United States||5 days (medically evacuated)||Lower back injury|||
|Jesse Bosdell*||31||Male||Skowhegan, Maine||United States|
|Ribar (father/son)||Alex Ribar*||48||Male||Montville, Maine||United States||2 days||Was not mentally prepared|||
|Logan Ribar†||19||Male||Liberty, Maine||United States|
|Richardson (brothers)||Brad Richardson*||23||Male||Fox Lake, Illinois||United States||1 day (medically evacuated)||Injured ankle|||
|Josh Richardson†||19||Male||Fox Lake, Illinois||United States|
* hiking team member (other team member sets up camp)
† team member(s) who tapped out
ẞ during evacuation Pete experienced a medical emergency and the standard extraction turned into a medical emergency.
Officially titled "Alone: Redemption", Season 5 premiered on June 14, 2018. The 10 contestants are non-winners selected from the previous 4 seasons of Alone.
The fifth season was set in Northern Mongolia in Asia. The series was filmed in Khonin Nuga near the city of Züünkharaa, Selenge aimag. "Khonin Nuga" is a valley located close to the Khentii Mountains of Northern Mongolia, one of the country's unique and still largely untouched places.
|Name||Age||Gender||Hometown||Country||Original Season||Status||Reason They Tapped out||Ref.|
|Sam Larson||24||Male||Lincoln, Nebraska||United States||1||Winner - 60 days||Victor|||
|Britt Ahart||41||Male||Mantua, Ohio||United States||3||56 days||Missed his family|||
|Larry Roberts||46||Male||Rush City, Minnesota||United States||2||41 days||Missed his family|||
|Dave Nessia||50||Male||Salt Lake City, Utah||United States||3||36 days||Just felt "right"|||
|Randy Champagne||31||Male||Boulder, Utah||United States||2||35 days||Lonely|||
|Brooke Whipple||45||Female||Fox, Alaska||United States||4||28 days||Lonely|||
|Jesse Bosdell||32||Male||Skowhegan, Maine||United States||4||24 days (medically evacuated)||Constipation, possible fecal impaction|||
|Nicole Apelian||47||Female||Raymond, Washington||United States||2||9 days (medically evacuated)||MS attack|||
|Brad Richardson||24||Male||Fox Lake, Illinois||United States||4||7 days||Had no food the whole time|||
|Carleigh Fairchild||30||Female||Anchorage, Alaska||United States||3||5 days (medically evacuated)||Fish hook in hand|||
Officially titled "Alone: The Arctic", Season 6 premiered on June 6, 2019.
Although subtitled "The Arctic", the sixth season is actually set along the shore of the east arm of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories of Canada, about 400 km (250 mi) south of the Arctic Circle and about 120 km (75 mi) south of the arctic tree line.
|Name||Age||Gender||Hometown||Country||Status||Reason They Tapped Out||Ref.|
|Jordan Jonas||35||Male||Lynchburg, Virginia||United States||Winner - 77 days||Victor|||
|Woniya Thibeault||42||Female||Grass Valley, California||United States||73 days||Starvation|||
|Nathan Donnelly||39||Male||Lopez Island, Washington||United States||72 days||Shelter fire|||
|Barry Karcher||39||Male||Fort Collins, Colorado||United States||69 days (medically evacuated)||Lost too much weight|||
|Nikki van Schyndel||44||Female||Echo Bay, British Columbia||Canada||52 days (medically evacuated)||Low BMI, lost too much weight|||
|Michelle Wohlberg||31||Female||Mullingar, Saskatchewan||Canada||48 days (medically evacuated)||Constipation, possible impacted bowel|||
|Brady Nicholls||36||Male||San Antonio, Texas||United States||32 days||Missed his family|||
|Ray Livingston||43||Male||Vancouver, Washington||United States||19 days||Nothing left to give|||
|Donny Dust||38||Male||Monument, Colorado||United States||8 days (medically evacuated)||Food poisoning|||
|Tim Backus||55||Male||Lubbock, Texas||United States||4 days (medically evacuated)||Broke ankle|||
Officially titled "Alone: Million Dollar Challenge", Season 7 premiered on June 11, 2020. Unlike the previous seasons, to win the participants need to survive for 100 days on their own. At the end of each episode host Colby Donaldson lets the contestants comment on the episode which is accompanied by "never before seen footage."
|Name||Age||Gender||Hometown||Country||Status||Reason They Tapped Out||Ref.|
|Roland Welker||47||Male||Red Devil, Alaska||United States||Winner - 100 days||Victor|||
|Callie Russell||31||Female||Flathead Valley, Montana||United States||89 days (medically evacuated)||Frostbite of the toes|||
|Kielyn Marrone||33||Female||Espanola, Ontario||Canada||80 days||Starvation|||
|Amós Rodriguez||40||Male||Indianapolis, Indiana||United States||58 days||Starving - his shelter also burned down after tapping out|||
|Mark D'Ambrosio||33||Male||Vancouver, Washington||United States||44 days||Homesickness, effects of trichinosis infection|||
|Joe Nicholas||31||Male||Redding, California||United States||44 days||Starvation|||
|Joel Van Der Loon||34||Male||Sisters, Oregon||United States||40 days||Starvation|||
|Keith Syers||45||Male||Sturgis, Kentucky||United States||22 days (medically evacuated)||Food poisoning, infection|||
|Correy Hawk||30||Male||Plattsmouth, Nebraska||United States||12 days (medically evacuated)||Cyst on leg|||
|Shawn Helton||43||Male||Henry, Tennessee||United States||10 days||Lost fire starter|||
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