Alone: Season 6 — all episodes
July 21, 2020 10:37 AM - Season 6 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Ten survivalists have a chance to win $500,000 by enduring the coldest location in the history of Alone: The Arctic. Participants grapple with a harsh storm out of the gate.

Cast bios (warning, season 7 bios are on this page too)
Wikipedia contestant summary
posted by gladly (10 comments total)
After hearing Shea Serrano talking about this show, I binged only this season and have never watched any others. I loved it. It's so minimalist for a reality show, no narration, no host, no competitions, no voting. It's just these ten people filming themselves while they try to survive out in this location.

I'm sure there's tons of producer interference that we never see, but the experience of watching the show, especially without commercials is really nice. There is a ton of small animal death and some larger animal death too.

After watching these people try to survive from September 2018 - mid-November 2018, I totally get why enormous brown bears stand in a stream and catch salmon for 6 straight months.
posted by gladly at 10:46 AM on July 21, 2020

I! Love! This! Show! I have watched every season and am totally evangelistic about it. Makes me want to learn knot tying and mushroom identification. Makes me want to join Adult Scouts.
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:27 PM on July 21, 2020 [2 favorites]

I loved it too, but it had the opposite effect on me. I've never been more sure that I'm unsuited to roughing it after watching these contestants. I admire their resourcefulness — especially the shelters.

After watching Nathan leave by accident, I wonder how the season might have gone down if he hadn't burned down his shelter. I was so impressed that he made it so far without bringing a ferro stick (literally a thing I learned about by watching this show), but I think once Jordan caught that huge pike, no one could have outlasted him. By the time it was down to about 6 or 7 contestants, I really liked everyone. Jordan had a ton of charisma and good humor, and I'm happy he did win, but it could have been any of them, and I'd have been satisfied with the outcome.
posted by gladly at 1:54 PM on July 21, 2020 [2 favorites]

I use to love it and watched just about the first three seasons happily. But I started to feel like the show basically is always won by a big fat guy who mostly does nothing and thus tends to starve more slowly than the other competitors. Also I felt like some of the editing and pacing could do with some work. In the second season there was a woman who was a naturalist - the editing made her look quite hopeless, but I read an interview with her after where she talked about the fish traps she'd set up, the smoked fish she had stockpiled etc. The show didn't include any of that in the edit, favouring boring psychological crises and the stories of the men instead, which I found disappointing.

I wish it was focused more on survival techniques etc.
posted by smoke at 6:57 PM on July 21, 2020

Smoke, I'd try season 6, the women are represented better, and the winner wasn't won of those big fat guys.
posted by ishmael at 8:46 AM on July 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

I have never heard of this show before, but decided to dive in with Season 6. I'm on episode 2 and I am finding it very interesting. Thanks for cluing me into it Fanfare!
posted by Julnyes at 4:52 PM on July 22, 2020 [1 favorite]

I'm currently watching Season 7 and am so conflicted; the premise is very much up my alley, but is presented in such a frustrating manner. Maybe it's mean, but I don't watch because I care about the people or their personalities or their struggles, I watch because it is interesting to see how and why they do things. Instead it's a thirty-second timelapse of building a shelter and then two minutes of some creepy prepper singing a dumb song or a doof homesteader crying and thanking a rabbit carcass for its service.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:54 PM on July 22, 2020 [3 favorites]

I have spent the last month mainlining the whole series. I have been working to get out into the woods for a few months and I wanted to see the things these folks had done to live in their circumstances. The skills fascinate me. It has become comfort viewing as I have had to deal with more rather than fewer human beings through this period. I envy them the time away from people.

I do wonder why anyone with small children even thinks to do the show. The bonds of family always seem to be more of a weight than a motivation in the long run.

I was rooting for Woniya through Season 6.
posted by Ignorantsavage at 11:28 PM on July 27, 2020 [2 favorites]

I do wonder why anyone with small children even thinks to do the show. The bonds of family always seem to be more of a weight than a motivation in the long run.

Well, a lot of the time, those people are basically saying "I want to give my kid a better life than I had," which is a pretty powerful motivator.
posted by showbiz_liz at 2:18 PM on July 28, 2020

I understand the motivation to compete for the sake of family. What gets me is that it almost always turns into something else, a deep longing for and drive to return to that family. I want to say more but I think that the series is worth watching and I have no desire to spoil anything for anyone who wants to watch.

Seasons 1 and 2 are streaming free on the History Channel website. The other seasons are available on Hulu except for the current one.
posted by Ignorantsavage at 10:32 PM on July 28, 2020 [1 favorite]

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