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Ice Road Truckers

Ice Road Truckers

History 2007

Take a trip to Yellowknife, Canada to experience one of the most dangerous careers around. In unfathomably cold conditions, truck drivers haul equipment and supplies to miners in the Canadian tundra in the dead of winter on a 350-mile highway of ice.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Ice Road Truckers

Ice Road Truckers - S4E11

#1 - A Rookie's Nightmare

8.33

Season 4 - Episode 11

Dalton rookie Ray Veilleux drives into a trucker's worst nightmare when he's distracted for a split-second. With the king of the haul road battle getting fierce, his days as co-leader could be over. Lisa roars up the Dalton with an unwieldy bear cage in tow. And trouble is heating up for the Polar Bear when he ignores his poorly loaded cargo and causes damage to his latest load.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 27 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S4E10

#2 - The Ace vs. The Ice

8.22

Season 4 - Episode 10

King of the haul road, Jack Jesse, must survive the arctic wilderness and cross a frozen river alone to reach the isolated town of Bettles. After ditching her truck, Lisa Kelly is back in action but the slippery slopes of the Dalton will make her road to redemption a dangerous one. Greg is on a mission to revive his reputation, but to do it he must haul the biggest load of his career. And Alex has a plan to one-up his rival Hugh....but the Polar Bear isn't going down without a fight.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 27 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S3E10

#3 - Ocean Run

8.18

Season 3 - Episode 10

Season 3 closes with the truckers all feeling the pressure to deliver their loads to the oil fields. Hugh almost looses control and spins out near Atigun Pass, while Lisa does spin out and must return down the hill and begin again. Alex makes his delivery to Deadhorse and takes a back haul assignment, but the load nearly falls off due to not being strapped down tightly.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 34 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S3E12

#4 - Race for the Finish

8.18

Season 3 - Episode 12

Lisa must take on a van of high explosives due to an air leak in Lisa's trailer in Fairbanks. Elsewhere, Jack spins out at Antigun Pass; George believes Tim is ready for solo runs; Alex heads north with Ron, whose truck breaks down and are forced to wait overnight for a new part; and Hugh meets some acquaintances at a coffee shop.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 34 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S3E13

#5 - Arctic Thaw

8.16

Season 3 - Episode 13

Season 3 ends with the final 72 hours of the ice season being chronicled. George decides to retire; Lisa runs for over 300 miles without any brakes; the rivalry between Alex and Hugh heats up; and Jack Jesse's process is impeded by polar bears on the road.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 32 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S3E6

#6 - Arctic Ice

8.15

Season 3 - Episode 6

Lisa wants to join the heavy haulers and sets out to prove she can do it as good as the men!

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 33 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S5E15

#7 - Judgement Day

8.13

Season 5 - Episode 15

With the end of the ice road fast approaching, the Ice Road Truckers are sprinting to the finish. But they've got obstacles. A polar bear standoff at Prudhoe Bay tables the plans for oil production and ties up Carlile's loads at the most crucial time of the season. A veteran trucker's calculated risk puts his life and livelihood in jeopardy. One rookie's sent packing as the other picks up the slack. And the Dalton's favorite daughter gets her groove back.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 32 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S3E5

#8 - Accident Alley

8.09

Season 3 - Episode 5

A foot of snow has fallen and Lisa and Jack are determined not to waste any time and head out on the roads ahead of the snowplows. The snowy conditions cause a collision, and a tow truck is used to pull a truck cab and trailer back on a road, but gently so that a spark doesn't cause an explosion. Meanwhile, Jack has a confrontation with a 1,100 pound moose.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 34 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S4E12

#9 - The Dalton Strikes Back

8.07

Season 4 - Episode 12

The Ice Road takes no prisoners when the truckers push their limits. Ray spins out into oncoming big rigs. Jack battles a 200 ton monster haul to Prudhoe. Alex risks a bust by the DOT. Lisa races to raise cash to buy back her horse. Greg drives into mega mechanical problems.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 28 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S5E1

#10 - Pushing the Edge

8.07

Season 5 - Episode 1

The Ice Road Truckers are back in action, and the roads are more dangerous than ever. Lisa's first run of the season goes south in a hurry. Two rookie drivers raise the stakes in the "Dash for the Cash." And old pros Hugh and Alex, along with wildcard Rick Yemm, leave Alaska behind to take on some of the most remote and deadliest roads on the planet.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 46 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S5E7
#11 - A Banged-Up Job
8.05
Season 5 - Episode 7

Having spent the night in Coldfoot, Lisa and Tony head north with their modular buildings. On the tundra south of Prudhoe, Lisa barely avoids an oncoming truck and slides partway off the road. The two work together to help her get going again, and Tony drives lead as they complete the delivery. In light of this incident, the question of her transfer to the heavy haul division is left up to the Carlile bosses. In Fairbanks, Maya picks up a load of cable spools and starts out with Phil riding along. An exhaust leak into the cab sends the truck to the shop; once it is repaired later that morning, she starts the run again, ignoring disparaging radio talk from Dave. She drives the entire way to Prudhoe herself without incident. In Manitoba, Hugh and Rick have stopped at night to fix the problem with Hugh's trailer suspension. Although they reinflate its air bags enough to let him keep driving, he soon gets three flat tires on the rough roads and both stop for the night. The next morning, Rick drives the last 50 miles alone to deliver his load and bring help. Hugh, meanwhile, amuses himself by shooting at some of his old food supplies with a rifle he has brought along. Rick and other truckers drive back to pick up Hugh's load and swap trailers so he can take a usable one back to Winnipeg. Once Rick has the cargo, he makes a late-night run to bring it in. Finding an overturned passenger vehicle in a ditch, Alex gives its two occupants a ride and has to put up with their constant arguing as he finishes his run.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 43 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S5E9
#12 - Road to Nowhere
8.05
Season 5 - Episode 9

In Alaska, the storm of the decade pounds the Dalton, sending the truckers' hauls into chaos. After her demotion from heavy haul status, Lisa is determined to deliver her load

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 43 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S7E1
#13 - Collision Course
8.04
Season 7 - Episode 1

"The Polar Bear,โ€ Hugh Rowland quits his job at Polar Industries and joins team with a local dispatcher to start his own trucking company. Meanwhile, his former company plans to settle the score by hiring Ice Road Trucker experts Alex Debogorski, Lisa Kelly, and Darrell Ward. This season, both teams will vie to carry the most loads from Manitoba, Canada.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 75 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S4E15
#14 - Deadly Melt
8.04
Season 4 - Episode 15

As Alaskan temperatures rise, it's heading into the deadliest and most dangerous time of the year--the melt. Last year flowing ice from the Yukon River nearly wiped out an entire village. Now, the DOT are racing to stop an overflow that could take out the Dalton and its truckers with it. As drivers race to rack up loads in the Dash for the Cash, they're forced to team up for safety. Jack and Lisa convoy together and come across an overturned rig. Greg and Ray use the buddy system until Ray hits Greg where it hurts. Hugh Rowland gets busted for speeding.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 26 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S4E14
#15 - A Legend Meets His End
8.04
Season 4 - Episode 14

When a Haul Road legend dies, Ray leads the trucker's son to scatter his ashes on Atigun. But the son's blunders on the Dalton could get them killed before they make it. Lisa gets her biggest break yet when she's assigned to push-truck a monster load to Prudhoe. Alex discovers Alaskan gold, but is later busted by the DOT for violations. Jack's hauling a highly explosive fuel load when he comes head-on around a blind corner with a truck parked in the center of the road. Greg faces the challenge of trucking an unstable, 15-foot high mega-reel of pipe.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 28 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S5E12
#16 - No More Mr. Nice Guy
8.03
Season 5 - Episode 12

It's the first warm day of spring and the ice roads are getting dangerously slick. Hugh and Rick hauling tankers with diesel fuel, run into Alex at a fuel stop and decide to convoy north together. When Hugh and Rick see a crashed truck and decide to stop and strap down, Alex blows by and runs solo, much to the ire of Hugh. Later, Alex surprises Hugh with a late Christmas present. Over in Alaska Lisa and Tony haul record wide loads. Maya gets into trouble on Koyukuk's steep grades.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 38 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S2E4
#17 - Arctic Whiteout
8.02
Season 2 - Episode 4

MGM breaks camp to move everything to a new base, including its rig; a storm strikes.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 48 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S1E6
#18 - Driving on Thin Ice
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 6

Jay hauls a 95,000-pound diamond ore scrubber, which the De Beers mine needs in order to start production. T.J. is investigated for negligent driving. Rick continues to hang in there and is still hauling without any heat in his truck. A truck goes through the ice and emergency crews spring into action.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 64 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S3E9
#19 - Turn and Burn
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 9

As the end of the ice road season comes soon, the push for delivery supplies is great. Lisa learns some new driving skills from Jack Jesse as they convoy together. Tim and George are delayed in Fairbanks when George's truck get's repaired, and later, Tim's truck dies of an electrical failure, forcing Tim to drive alone.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 32 votes.

Ice Road Truckers - S7E12
#20 - Winter Takes All
8.00
Season 7 - Episode 12

As the ice roads melt away, Polar and VP Express are neck and neck in the load count. Racing to come out on top this season, both Polar and VP take on a late season mission to the remote village of God's Lake. Every driver joins the massive race, hoping their company comes out on top. But with the roads melting, getting in is only half the battle. Every driver must make it off the roads before they melt away or risk losing their truck and cargo to the Manitoba backwoods. It's the final dash for the cash, and only one company can win the load count.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Ice Road Truckers from 63 votes.

Last updated: oct 26, 2020

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This show, like "Ax Men", is also in danger of dying from the loss of realism and authenticity brought by it's gradual transformation into "reality" TV. As with Ax Men, the best seasons of this show were the earliest, which had a primarily documentary style...just put cameras and sound on the professionals, and let them show us their world and walk us through how they do their work. The contrived "king of the ice road" competition was always there, but like with earlier "Deadliest Catch" seasons, played a minor role in the early seasons. With the recent seasons, this feature has grown in prominence and importance, threatening to turn the show away from real documentary about a unique and important line of work, into a contrived sort of game show. Sad. But I still watch as it's the _only_ show with a window into this kind of work in mass market TV at the moment.

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According to Some Source I Eard That Ice Road Truckers Got Cancelled After 11 Season

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I been hooked since season one. I know they purposely over dramatize the show, but I still like it.

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