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As Life Below Zero reaches its 150th episode, go behind the scenes

As Life Below Zero reaches its 150th episode, go behind the scenes
An ice sculpture for Life Below Zero's 150th episode at Sue Aikens' Kavik River Camp, Alaska. (Photo by David Lovejoy/BBC Studios)

National Geographic Channel Life Below Zero keeps winning Emmys Emmy-winning series, and continues to produce new episodes, even despite the events of the year. The 150th episode airs New Year’s Day.

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? 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.

Life Below Zero is reaching its 150th episode on New Year’s Day with an episode airing outside its usual timeslot (NatGeo, Friday, Jan. 1, at 9), and then will finish its 14th season with two more episodes on its normal night and time (Tuesdays at 8). Starting Jan. 19, Life Below Zero: Next Generation takes over that timeslot. In this clip from the 180th episode, one of its core cast members, Ricko DeWilde, talks about teaching his kids as he has them help out in the creation of a tree house.

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