The lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Abbie Cornish ...  Belinda Mulrooney 6 episodes, 2014
Marton Csokas ...  The Superintendent 6 episodes, 2014
Ian Hart ...  Soapy Smith 6 episodes, 2014
Greg Lawson ...  Goodman 6 episodes, 2014
Conor Leslie ...  Sabine 6 episodes, 2014
Richard Madden ...  Bill Haskell 6 episodes, 2014
Tim Blake Nelson ...  Meeker 6 episodes, 2014
Johnny Simmons ...  Jack London 6 episodes, 2014
Tim Roth ...  The Count 6 episodes, 2014
Sam Shepard ...  Father Judge 6 episodes, 2014
Michael Greyeyes ...  Tlingit Leader 6 episodes, 2014
Dustin MacDougall ...  Hush 6 episodes, 2014
Augustus Prew ...  Byron Epstein 6 episodes, 2014
Colin Cunningham ...  Swiftwater Bill 4 episodes, 2014
Ron Selmour ...  Sundown 4 episodes, 2014
Scott McAdam ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 2014
Brian Markinson ...  Cavendesh 2 episodes, 2014
Bill Baksa Bill Baksa ...  Bartender / ... 2 episodes, 2014
Rohan Campbell ...  First Mate 2 episodes, 2014
Sophia Lauchlin Hirt Sophia Lauchlin Hirt ...  Maid Mary 2 episodes, 2014
Cliff Liknes Cliff Liknes ...  Scumbag #1 2 episodes, 2014
Mitchell Verigin Mitchell Verigin ...  Foley 2 episodes, 2014
Neil Webb ...  Card Playing Mountie 2 episodes, 2014
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The lives of two childhood best friends, Bill and Epstein, in the late 1890s as they flock to the gold rush capital in the untamed Yukon Territory. This man-versus-nature tale places our heroes in a land full of undiscovered wealth, but ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and native tribes witnessing the destruction of their people and land by opportunistic entrepreneurs. Written by Discovery Channel

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What doesn't kill you makes you a fortune. See more »


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Country:

Canada | USA

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English

Release Date:

20 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Klondike See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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(3 parts)

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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The Swiss army rucksacks used by the two main protagonists, when hiking to the Klondike valley, were not in use until the 1950's. The speckled green canvas was a mixture of nettle and flax, invented during the Second World War. See more »

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Featured in Gold Rush: The Dirt: Klondike Klash (2013) See more »

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A victim of its own ambition
4 January 2015 | by larshevnSee all my reviews

Klondike is one of those series I picked up because it looks fascinating, with a somewhat unorthodox setting. With gold digging as the historical background, you assume that this is what the series will also be about mostly - aside from all the frauds and the harsh climate. Alas, everything seems to be addressed only once throughout the series, because there isn't time to remind the viewer what's so perilous about the environment, and what's at stake. Instead the show aims to be a classical Western story featuring cold weather.

The gold digging itself is also left completely out of the story. While I wouldn't want to watch a 6 hour series about digging gold, it's striking that a 20 page chapter of "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck" is more detailed in the process of extracting gold, than a 6 hour series produced by Discovery. At times it's easy to forget that the show is even taking place in Klondike, and not just any saloon in Santa Fe.

Despite a good crew of actors, the characters are one-dimensional and there is little room for any character development. Although some of the characters undergo transitions, there's no development - they simply go from A to B while not giving the viewer any credible reason for their transition. The same goes for the relationships between the characters. Some characters that take up a lot of screen time are even completely redundant, and a waste of the precious time of a 6 episode mini-series. I can think of at least two subplots, without which the show would have lost virtually nothing, while gaining both time and coherence.

"Klondike" bit off more than it could chew. A mini-series of 6 episodes is not equipped to deal with profound questions on the true value of gold, while also dealing with the position of females, the suppression of Native Americans, the presence/absence of hope and God, and so on.

This series could and should have been a lot better.


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