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Risking It All

Risking It All

Photo Credit:  TLC
  • Premiered: 
    November 18, 2014
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  • Network: TLC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Family
  • Tags: adventure, off the grid

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Plot Synopsis

Three families set out to live off the land -- unplugging their smartphones and tablets and giving up electricity and running water -- as they seek to reconnect with each other while living off the grid. From attempting to save their marriage to dealing with family illness to regaining control of their relationships, each family has a different reason for embarking on the journey of a lifetime. The three families pack up their homes, say their good-byes to loved ones, and prepare for the challenges that come with trading in the luxuries of modern-day society for a self-sufficient life. This one-hour reality series features these three families:

The Kemps: David and Shay Kemp are happily married with five kids -- Joseph (15), Miriam (13), Benjamin (11), Lydia (8) and Elizabeth (3) -- but they re-evaluated everything after David was laid off from a job that took over his life and left little time for his family. The family moves from a development in Boiling Springs, SC to Sparta, NC, where they live under canvas in a small village of semi-permanent tents of their own construction.

The Elliotts: Tina and Blake Elliott are searching for a more holistic lifestyle to support Tina who is suffering from degenerative arthritis, and they move with their three daughters -- Lily (17), Grace (12) and Caroline (10) -- and pets from Mulvane, KS to an unincorporated area in Elmira, OR, where they build their entire home, grow produce and raise livestock

The Watfords: Brett and Callie Watford are striving to save their marriage and believe that eliminating external distractions will bring them closer together and closer to their family. With four sons -- Tyler (13), Parker (10), Lawson (7) and Cullen (4) -- they move from a neighborhood outside Charleston, SC to a 13.5 acre plot of land in Mars Hill, NC.
On Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT, TLC premiered the season finale of RISKING IT ALL. In the season ender, "Home Is Where the Heart Is," each family faces its own crossroads as their commitment is questioned. Callie and Brett Watford must come clean to their kids. The Kemps journey takes a jarring turn with Shay's health. The Elliotts find a surprising solution to their shelter problem.


  • - Sparta, North Carolina USA
  • - Elmira, Oregon USA
  • - Mars Hill, North Carolina USA