5 Best American Documentary series ever made!Gamebargains99 | 25/01/2013 | See all Gamebargains99's reviews (58)This is an epic series that follows a group of almost down-and-outs, unemployed guys who invest all their meagre savings into trying to pan for gold in the Alaskan wilderness up in the mountains. The first major hurdle is to get the huge and heavy mining equipment ,that a father and son, gambling all their spare cash to buy, maneuvered into the mountains. Even that is an epic battle, crossing a rickety bridge with heavy trucks and crossing a fast-flowing stream with a digger. When they get there they must contend with wild bears, contaminated water that nearly kills one of their young children, lack of experience of getting a mine operational, and each other! Tempers fray when it becomes obvious that they will find it tough to get started sieving for gold dust and nuggets. More drama flares up here than you would see in ten movies! Amazing viewing. And that is just the very beginning of their epic fight to try and turn a profit from finding gold, as they lose $1000 every single day! Absolutely riveting documentary series that really highlights all the blood, sweat and tears that go into pursuing wealth of this nature. Highly recommended. As good a series as Axemen or Deadliest Catch etc. Brilliant!