15 Off Grid TV Shows Worth Watching

The off grid lifestyle is not a part of mainstream America, but people are still interested in tuning in to see what off grid homesteaders are up to. It can be entertaining to watch, but more importantly it can be educational.

I’ve watched my fair share of off grid TV shows along with survival and prepping TV shows. Many of them prioritize the importance of skills over resources, which can be refreshing to anybody in this material world.

Take a spin through our comprehensive list and let us know your favorites in the comments.

1. Building Off the Grid

We start off our list with a solid television show: Building Off the Grid. Each episode features a different person, family, or group that is literally building off grid. The show goes into why everyone has their various motivations for doing this, and covers a wide variety of structures. A few people complain that the people featured in the show cut corners with safety to favor speed- but the series is rated TV-G, making it easy to watch with your family.

The first season aired in 2014, and continues to be renewed. There are over eight seasons, but the seasons are short with less than 10 episodes each. The shows are 40 minutes a piece, so their is plenty of off grid building to catch up on.

Is Building Off the Grid available on Netflix?

No, Building Off the Grid is not available on Netflix.

Is Building Off the Grid available on Amazon Prime? 

Yes, Building Off the Grid is available streaming on Amazon.

Is Building Off the Grid available on YouTube?

No, Building Off the Grid is unavailable on YouTube.

2. Homestead Rescue

What happens when people that have no idea about homesteading give it a go? Some ridiculous stuff that makes for a good TV show. That’s what Homestead Rescue is all about: capturing inexperienced homesteaders bungling everything up and helping them out with their problems. It makes for an entertaining show, and can teach you a lot about what not to do.

The show aired in 2016 and has been renewed for three seasons since. The episodes are 45 minutes long, but the seasons are over 10 episodes long so there is many, many examples of what not to do (and how to fix it).

Is Homestead Rescue available on Netflix?

No, Homestead Rescue is unavailable on Netflix.

Is Homestead Rescue available on Amazon Prime? 

Yes, Homestead Rescue is available to stream on Amazon.

Is Homestead Rescue available on YouTube?

No, Homestead Rescue is unavailable on YouTube.

3. Mountain Men

Mountain Men follows three men that survive and thrive in separate mountain ranges. Eustace Conway, Tom Oar and Marty Meierotto call the Blue Ridge Mountains, Yaak River in Montana, and the northern range in Alaska home. They spend a good amount of time combating what nature throws at them and preparing for the unforgiving winter (at all locations). The men are all characters in their own right, and are very entertaining to watch.

The show itself has over 120 episodes, and has been on air since 2012. Episodes run about 42 minutes long, so this series can keep you busy for quite a long time.

Is Mountain Men available on Netflix?

No, Mountain Men is not available on Netflix.

Is Mountain Men available on Amazon Prime? 

No, Mountain Men is not available on Amazon.

Is Mountain Men available on YouTube?

Yes, Mountain Men can be found on YouTube.

4. Building Off the Grid: Big Sky Ranch

A spinoff of Building Off the Grid, Big Sky Ranch mixes it up a bit by following a single interesting family. Jon and Etta Smith head to Montana to build a ranch. As if that isn’t hard enough, they have an 18 month old daughter at the start of the show. The people are much more of the focus of this spinoff- there is less time spent on how they do stuff and more time spent focusing on who they are.

Six episodes aired in 2016 with 20 minute run times each. This makes it one of the easiest on our list to watch, since the whole series combines to be just two hours long.

Is Building Off the Grid: Big Sky Ranch available on Netflix?

No, Building Off the Grid: Big Sky Ranch is not available on Netflix.

Is Building Off the Grid: Big Sky Ranch available on Amazon Prime? 

Yes, Building Off the Grid: Big Sky Ranch is available to stream on Amazon.

Is Building Off the Grid: Big Sky Ranch available on YouTube?

No, Building Off the Grid: Big Sky Ranch is not on YouTube.

5. Frontier

Frontier is a fictional adventure series on Netflix. You may recognize several of the actors, including Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones. The show follows his characters struggles in the Canadian fur trade. The show is rated TV-M and has some mature themes, which is uncommon for our list.

There are three seasons and 18 episodes of Frontier total. The show is an hour long each, and you’ll need a Netflix subscription to watch it. I wouldn’t go out getting one just for this show, but if you have one already it is worth checking out.

Is Frontier available on Netflix?

Yes, Frontier is available on Netflix.

Is Frontier available on Amazon Prime? 

No, Frontier is not available to stream on Amazon.

Is Frontier available on YouTube?

No, Frontier is not available on YouTube.

6. Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West

Pioneer Quest is about two couples headed out west to live a period-accurate lifestyle: building their own homes, growing crops, and raising livestock just as early settlers did. Pioneer Quest aired in the year 2000, so the show has some age on it. That doesn’t mean you should pass it up though. The Logies and the Treadways rough it cut off from the rest of the world for a year only with technology and supplies from the 1870 period.

The show ran for one season with 9 total episodes that are one hour each. This makes it a pretty quick watch, and great for people interested in the off grid life in a historical context.

Is Pioneer Quest available on Netflix?

No, Pioneer Quest is not available on Netflix.

Is Pioneer Quest available on Amazon Prime? 

Yes, Pioneer Quest is available to stream on Amazon Prime

Is Pioneer Quest available on YouTube?

Yes, Pioneer Quest is available on YouTube.

7. Sarah Off the Grid

Sarah Robinson is a designer that took her husband and two kids off grid to build a home, had it filmed, and called the show Sarah Off the Grid. Sarah is an exuberant personality and makes the show interesting with her feminine touch. They don’t just set out to build a home off grid- they go for their dream home, which ends up being very nice.

Sarah Off the Grid ran for two seasons starting in 2017. There are 12 total episodes that are one hour each. The format and the lighthearted delivery make it a breeze to watch.

Sarah Off the Grid available on Netflix?

No, Sarah Off the Grid is not available on Netflix.

Is Sarah Off the Grid available on Amazon Prime? 

Yes, Sarah Off the Grid is available to stream on Amazon.

Is Sarah Off the Grid available on YouTube?

No, Sarah Off the Grid is not available on YouTube.

8. Building Alaska

If you want to watch a DIY show where they build amazing remote cabins in the remote parts of Alaska, then Building Alaska is for you. Do keep in mind that these guys are amateurs, and not professional builders. This keeps it interesting, but some of the construction methods used are a little sketchy.

The documentary series has been running since 2012 and amassed 68 episodes over 11 seasons. The show runs for 30 minutes each episode, so you can get a quick show in here and there.

Is Building Alaska available on Netflix?

No, Building Alaska is not available on Netflix.

Is Building Alaska available on Amazon Prime? 

Yes, Building Alaska is available to stream on Amazon.

Is Building Alaska available on YouTube?

Yes, some episodes can be found on YouTube.

9. Beyond the Grid

Beyond the Grid focuses on bow and rifle hunts brought to us by Eastman’s. It is chock full of hunting tips, and is a great off grid series for hunters. It is not focused on living off grid, but the various animals hunted off grid each episode.

The show has 22 episodes across three seasons. Beyond the Grid first aired in 2017 and the shows run about 20 minutes each.

Is Beyond the Grid available on Netflix?

No, Beyond the Grid is not available on Netflix.

Is Beyond the Grid available on Amazon Prime?

Yes, Beyond the Grid is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Is Beyond the Grid available on YouTube?

No, Beyond the Grid is unavailable on YouTube.

10. Unplugged Nation

Have you ever wanted to just pick up your life and go off grid? Unplugged Nation follows a different family each episode and documents their journey ‘unplugging’. The various locations and families make the show a great choice- especially if you are considering being among them.

Unplugged Nation has three seasons with a total of 19 episodes. The episodes run about 40 minutes each- just long enough to document how each family goes off grid without getting into too much detail.

Is Unplugged Nation available on Netflix?

No, Unplugged Nation is not available on Netflix.

Is Unplugged Nation available on Amazon Prime? 

Yes, Unplugged Nation is available streaming on Amazon Prime.

Is Unplugged Nation available on YouTube?

Yes, many episodes of Unplugged Nation are available on YouTube.

11. Off the Grid On the Beach

Off the Grid On the Beach is one of those househunting shows where couples try to find their dream home. The twist is that the homes are in remote areas on the beach. Some of the homes are self-sustaining, but some are not. If you are going into this show expecting all of the homes to be ‘off grid’ you will come away dissapointed. None-the-less, the remote locations and the motivations driving these couples makes the show interesting to watch.

Off the Grid on the Beach first aired in 2020, and has one season so far of 10 episodes. The episodes are a fast 20 minute watch, which makes it easy to pick it up at any time.

Is Off the Grid On the Beach available on Netflix?

No, Off the Grid On the Beach is not available on Netflix.

Is Off the Grid On the Beach available on Amazon Prime? 

Yes, Off the Grid On the Beach is available to stream on Amazon.

Is Off the Grid On the Beach available on YouTube?

No, Off the Grid On the Beach is not available on YouTube.

12. Jericho

Jericho is a fictional series that explores the psychological, emotional, and physical repercussions of a nuclear event. Without communication and power, the protagonists struggle to adapt to their ‘new normal’ in rural Kansas after Denver, CO is nuked. We won’t divulge too much, because the suspense of the unknown is part of the show.

Jericho first aired in 2006 and ran for two seasons. There are a total of 24 episodes that run about 40 minutes a piece. There is also another show called Jericho that aired in 2016 as a western drama, but it is unrelated.

Is Jericho available on Netflix?

Yes, Jericho is available on Netflix.

Is Jericho available on Amazon Prime?

Yes, Jericho is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Is Jericho available on YouTube?

No, Jericho is not available on YouTube.

13. Alaska: The Last Frontier

Alaska the Last Frontier follows the adventures of the Kilcher family as they live off the land and prepare for the extremely harsh Alaskan winters. The large family is tenacious and proud of their ability to live without running water and electricity.

The show has been airing for a long time: since 2012 with nine seasons. They have over 160 episodes that run about 40 minutes each. It is a lot of material to watch, but it is worth it with the interesting and smart people that make up the Kilcher family.

Is Alaska: The Last Frontier available on Netflix?

No, Alaska: The Last Frontier is not available on Netflix.

Is Alaska: The Last Frontier available on Amazon Prime?

Yes, Alaska: The Last Frontier is available to stream on Amazon.

Is Alaska: The Last Frontier available on YouTube?

No, Alaska: The Last Frontier is not available on YouTube.

14. Life Below Zero

Life Below Zero follows people that live in remote parts of Alaska, where it is literally below freezing most of the time. They have to contend with predators, scarce resources, and of course- the cold. The documented families and people are interesting, which makes you even more invested as you follow along.

The show has been airing for a while: 12 seasons since 2013. There are 152 episodes to watch at 45 minutes each.

Is Life Below Zero available on Netflix?

No, Life Below Zero is no longer available on Netflix.

Is Life Below Zero available on Amazon Prime?

Yes, Life Below Zero is available to stream on Amazon.

Is Life Below Zero available on YouTube?

No, Life Below Zero is not available on YouTube.

15. Ice Lake Rebels

Similar to Life Below Zero, Ice Lake Rebels follow people in an extremely cold area, but this time at Great Slave Lake in Canada. They are also part of the same community, instead of in separate areas, which adds some drama as you would expect. They are outside of the reach of taxes and the law, and encounter issues working together (or not) pretty frequently.

The show first aired in 2014 for two seasons. There are 19 episodes at 40 minutes each.

Is Ice Lake Rebels available on Netflix?

No, Ice Lake Rebels is not available on Netflix.

Is Ice Lake Rebels available on Amazon Prime? 

Yes, Ice Lake Rebels is available streaming on Amazon.

Is Ice Lake Rebels available on YouTube?

No, Ice Lake Rebels is not available on YouTube.

Off Grid Shows on Netflix

A few of the shows on this list have been available on Netflix in the past, but are no longer available. Netflix buys rights to many of these shows for a year or two, but does not renew them.

Instead, Netflix has changed its focus to developing original content. There are some pretty entertaining shows on Netflix, but not as much to learn from off grid shows and documentaries. You can find a few of the fiction series, such as Jericho and Frontier still available on Netflix.

The Final Word

Off grid TV shows are a great way to learn about homesteading, off grid strategies and practices, and survival. Regardless of whether you are off-grid or planning to go off grid, there is still plenty to take away. As a prepper not planning to go off grid any time soon, I find many of the shows expose me to problems and challenges I may not typically think of or encounter connected to ‘the grid’. Along with prepping and survival TV shows, this can make my time in front of the TV a little productive.

Do not let all the off grid TV shows keep you planted on the couch, though! Be sure to get out there and try new things you learn. Preparedness skills and survival gear are not worth a damn without some practice.

Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.


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15 Off Grid TV Shows Worth Watching

Rusty

I am an engineer by day, but a prepper 24/7. I am an Air Force veteran that developed emergency and disaster plans as an emergency manager and responded to many attacks and accidents as a HAZMAT technician. I have been exposed to deadly chemical agents, responded to biological incidents, and dealt with natural disasters worldwide. Check out my full story here: Rusty's Story

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