Gold Rush is Discovery Channel’s most popular TV show. Since premiering in 2010, the show has maintained phenomenal success. So much so, that Gold Rush has expanded to include after shows and spinoffs in South America. The show follows crews of small-scale, family-run mining companies in search of gold in the Klondike region of Yukon, Canada.
Throughout the seasons, the cast has changed, but its most familiar faces stayed: father-son duo Jack and Todd Hoffman and young miner, Parker Schnabel. Gold Rush has also stirred up some controversy during its run. Here are some facts that will explain why the show is so popular!
1. Like Father, Like Son
Todd Hoffman did not start his adult life as a gold miner. After the 2008 recession cost him his job, Hoffman needed to think of new ways of earning money. Remembering his dad’s old stories of mining gold in the 1980s inspired Todd to follow in his footsteps and try his hand at gold mining.
Luckily for us, not only did Hoffman decide to pursue mining as a new career but decided to take us along on the journey through the Gold Rush series.