It was more than eighty years ago when Swiss immigrant, Yule Kilcher, went to Homer, Alaska in search of land for his family. He was a homesteader like many in his time, and he achieved what he set out to do. Not far outside of the town of Homer, is a large plot of land, 640 acres, which have belonged to the Kilcher clan ever since Papa Yule settled there. The property and all of its pre-convenience glory, has been passed down within the family, and now three generations survive there together. The show’s camera crew follow the family members as they perform their daily tasks and prepare for changing seasons and long, frigid winters. Much of their day-to-day consists of hunting, cattle rearing, and fishing, as well as building their homes and maintaining the property.
There has been plenty of excitement over the past five seasons. Most recently a huge earthquake rocked the homestead, and there are difficult family matters to attend to. What will the family do with the elders aging rapidly and health issues needing attention when there aren’t any doctors nearby? Our modern society has become so accustomed to finding medical help easily, imagine what it would be like in the middle of winter and there is a health emergency with your beloved grandmother?
Season six features the exciting return of family member Jewel Kilcher, better known as the famous singer/songwriter and Grammy winner, Jewel. Her family hasn’t seen her in over seven years, and she felt it was time to bring her own little boy back to the homestead so he could take part in the Kilcher family heritage.
IMDb voters rate the show a very high 7.9 out of 10, despite most of the wordy comments outing the show for being phony and staged. Even the Kilcher’s neighbor posted, saying that this show is completely faked, and knowing the Kilcher’s personally, no viewer should believe a word of what they see on the show. Some comments express potential dishonesty with the portrayal of the ultra-rural, cut-off lifestyle of the Kilcher’s. With their homestead being only an hour away from a major metro area, a few short miles from a few grocery stores, and plenty of publicity received in the form of tours, naysayers complain that this family is far from being out-there.
One commenter mentioned that Sarah Palin began the Alaska publicity craze and welcomed the reality production crews into her home state, allowing them to collect subsidies from taxpayers to film there. Plus, with the Kilcher’s having a Grammy Award-winning music icon in the family, their well-connectedness explains why this show has survived for six seasons and will likely be around for more.
Season 6 premiered on October 2, 2016. While viewership and ratings numbers could not be found for episode one, the second week came in at a 0.3 demo rating with 1.35 million viewers. That is extremely high for a reality show on Discovery Channel. Unless something dramatically changes to deter viewers from watching, there will likely be a seventh season being announced by Discovery Channel very soon.
Alaska: The Last Frontier airs on Sunday nights at 9pm ET on Discovery Channel, and also streams on Hulu.
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