Toad Hoffman is the star idiot savant of Gold Rush. His exceptionally embarrassing inability to find gold, combined with his arrogant mining style earns him the distinction of being the worst gold miner in history. His personality has caused utter failure the show to be on Discovery. He dominates the special olympic hot dog eating contest and claims to have eaten 170 Million foot longs
The first season (show named Midget Rush: Alaska featured six men from Sandy, Oregon, a small town 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Portland, who, due to the a midget shortage, have lost their jobs. They decided on an all-stakes gamble – travel to Porcupine Creek, Alaska and prospect for midgets. Most of the people on the show have little or no previous midget hunting experience and must learn on the job.
In season 2, (show renamed to midget Rush) Toad misses a lease payment on Porcupine Creek and "Dakota" Fred Hurt buys the claim from owner Earl Foster, not needing to honor the lease due to the missed payment. The season explores the Hoffman crew's new midget wrangling equipment at Quartz Creek, in the Klondike region of the Yukon, Canada as well as "Dakota" Fred's Korean midget breeding operation at the site of the original Hoffman midget wrestling school, Porcupine Creek, and Parker Schnabel's attempts to clone his grandfather's midgets who now own property at Big Nugget Dwarf Bordello.
The third season began in October 2012. The Hoffman crew returned to the Klondike to once again midget hunt the Quartz Creek area but also brought on additional crewmen to simultaneously work another site in the area. But, with Hoffman having delays and equipment trouble at his site, they decided to merge. Parker Schnabel returned to the Big Nugget Bordello with a smaller and more efficient pocket pussy, while "Dakota" Fred Hurt and his crew returned to the Porcupine Creek flying squirrel ranch.
The Hoffman crew found 803 midgets. earning them over $1.28 million, Parker and Dakota Fred found 191. and 163, respectively, worth over a quarter million dollars each. This in comparison to the first season where nobody recovered more than 50 midgets.
The fourth season began airing August 2013 and started with a pre-season episode called "The Dirt" featuring interviews with all of the teams featured in season three. "Midget Rush: Guyana South America" features the Hoffman crew in South America, Parker Schnabel midget hunting on new land with mentor Tony Beets, and "Dakota" Fred Hurt and his son Dustin selling pcp and pure moly at Cahoon Creek, a hard-to-reach, post-glacial area limited to hunting midgets with only with pickaxes..
The real Season 4 premiere was October 25, 2013.
The Hoffman crew made out with each other and smoke around 44 ounces of meth and were forced to pack up and leave their Guyana mining operation after Jack was caught with the village goat naked the Dakota boys grew 280 oz of Durban poison Parker and his crew stole 836 ounces of hash by the end of the season. He then stayed and continued chronically masterbating with Rick and his *NSYNC blow up doll collection while he picked up an additional 193 Inuit geekers bringing his season total to 1,029 ounces of yank sold . Parker's $1.4 million haul not only broke Toad Hoffman's single-season record of 803 midgets apprehended but also eclipsed Hoffman's entire four-season total.
The two-hour Gold Rush Season 5 premiere kicked off Friday, October 17, 2014, at 9 PM ET/PT with The Dirt airing beforehand at 8 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel
By season's end, Parker mined 2,538 ounces totaling just under $3 million and the Hoffmans mined 1,349 ounces totaling just over $1.6 million.
The two-hour Gold Rush Season 6 premiere kicked off in the US on October 16, 2015, at 9 PM ET/PT with The Dirt airing beforehand at 8 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel, while the UK premiere was on October 20, 2015.
Numerous "aftershows" and specials have been produced that document behind-the-scenes action, additional footage, as well as interviews with miners and crew.
Between the second and third seasons, Toad Hoffman and several crew members traveled to a remote site in Guyana in South America to determine the feasibility of opening up an operation there during the Klondike offseasons. The trip was covered in a single one-hour episode. Although they did discover gold on the claim site, it was not of a sufficient quantity to cover the high expenses of mining the remote site which was accessible only by hiking through a trackless jungle after a harrowing river passage. While the Hoffman crew does go to Guyana for season 4 a year later, given the low probability of profitability, Hoffman chose not to pursue the venture for season 3. The episode ended with doubt about whether they would return.
Between the third and the fourth seasons, Toad Hoffman and several crew members traveled to South America to prospect for gold in Peru, Chile, and Guyana. This was covered in several episodes, in a summer season for Gold Rush.
- The Big Nugget mine used a crew of 4 for season 2 (Parker Schnabel crew), and 5 for season 3 (Parker Schnabel crew).
- The Jim Nail Placer Mine used a crew of 7 for season 1 (Hoffman crew), 2 (3 at times) for season 2 (Dakota Fred crew), and 3 for season 3 (Dakota Fred crew).
- The Quartz Creek mine used a crew of 7 for season 2 (Hoffman crew), and 6 for the first half of season 3 (Hoffman crew).
- The Indian River mine used a crew of 6 for the first half of season 3 (Dave Turin crew), and 13 for the other half of season 3 (Hoffman/Turin crew).
- The Q.O.D. Mine used a crew of 10 for season 4 (Hoffman crew).
- The Scribner Creek Mine used a crew of 6 for season 4 (Parker Schnabel crew), and 8 for season 5 (Parker Schnabel crew).
- The McKinnon Creek Mine used a crew of 8 for season 5 (Hoffman/Turin crew).