Sarah Palin’s Alaska • A Retrospective

 

Seven years ago today, ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ premiered on the TLC cable network. C4P commemorates the occasion with a slew of video clips for your enjoyment.

Best described a part travelogue; part documentary; part reality show; the program featured Sarah Palin, husband Todd, the five Palin children, Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper, Trig, and Bristol’s son Tripp. as they explored The Last Frontier.

‘Follow Me There’ was the series theme song, performed by the Christian rock band Third Day

Follow Me There • Third Day

You need a place to be your sanctuary
Follow me there, come on, follow me there
Where love, like a river, flows
Peace like you’ve never known
And joy never ending lives
Won’t you follow me there
Won’t you follow me there
Where love, like a river, flows
Peace like you’ve never known
And joy never ending lives
A place where faith can find
Hope that will never die
Follow me there, come on, follow me there

You can listen to the full studio version of the song here.

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • TLC series preview

 

‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Scores Big In Debut

The premiere of TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska last night drew 5 million viewers to become the most watched series premiere ever on the cable network. The documentary series starring the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate and executive produced by Mark Burnett also set a record for a TLC series debut in households with a 3.5 rating. Its 18-49 delivery was 1.6 million. Sarah Palin’s Alaska posted triple-digit rating gains vs. the network’s primetime average in the 9 PM slot, where it faced NBC’s Sunday Night Football, ABC’s Desperate Housewives and CBS’ Undercover Boss. (Deadline)

 

The New York Times surprisingly gave ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska a fairly favorable review upon it’s debut:

[…] the eight-part series lives up to its title — the camera follows the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee as she fishes, hunts, dog-sleds and rock-climbs. It’s a nature series for political voyeurs: viewers get to observe Ms. Palin observing nature.

And to her credit, the governor who quit the job with more than a year left to her term doesn’t use the camera crew to recast her image or pad gaps in her résumé. She doesn’t pore over position papers in a book-lined study, phone foreign leaders or even watch “Jeopardy.”

Mostly she has fun outdoors. That includes white-water rafting, kayaking, salmon fishing and climbing glaciers.

[…]

A reality show is a risky step for any politician, but then Ms. Palin is no ordinary politician. It’s still not clear whether she plans to run for president in 2012, or is just riding high on her popularity and fame. The TLC program highlights her physical bravery, but the series’s existence points to a different kind of courage: Ms. Palin is not afraid to be herself. (NYT’s)

 

Eight episodes of Sarah Palin’s Alaska were produced. A ninth (and final) episode featured ‘best of’ moments and outtakes.

As TLC’s highest rated program, viewers had every right to expect a second season, but it didn’t happen. Entertainment Weekly speculated that "it makes sense why Palin wouldn’t want to commit to another season: If she and her family chose to shoot more episodes, it would surely be interpreted as a sign that she had no plans to run for office. By not doing a second round, Palin would spare TLC the trouble of having to provide her fellow candidates with equal-access time of their own in the event she did decide to run."

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • This is my home

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Logging Camp

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Visit with Todd’s Family

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Caribou Hunt

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Willow’s Boyfriend

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Halibut Fishing

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Pie Making with Piper

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Target Practice

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Camping with Kate plus Eight

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Counting Fish

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Touching Moments

 

Sarah Palin’s Alaska • Guest Stars

 

It’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska !!!

 

Hope you enjoyed our retrospective of Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Share your memories of the show in the comments below.

 

 



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