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Life Below Zero behind the scenes

Life Below Zero behind the scenes
Alex Javor crosses a frozen lake on Life Below Zero Next Generation season 2. For season 3, the show is changing its cast slightly. (Photo by Lynn Millspaugh/National Geographic)

The 150th episode of National Geographic Channel’s flagship, Emmys-winning reality series Life Below Zero aired in 2021, and it’s still going strong, continuing to produce new episodes and new spin-offs, including Life Below Zero: Next Generation, Life Below Zero: First Alaskans, and Life Below Zero: Port Protection.

How is the show filmed—including during a pandemᎥc? What’s it like to be on both sides of the camera? How were the show’s spin-off series cast?

How is the show edited? Why is the music so loud? How is the show challenging itself to more accurately represent the lives of Native Alaskans?

Answers to all of those questions and more are in the stories below: a collection of behind-the-scenes pieces that include interviews with one of its stars and its showrunner, and a first-person account of what it’s like to film a reality TV show in the middle of Alaska.

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