DESCRIPTION: (from TLC's press release, June 2014) TLC and Discovery Networks International (DNI) today announced the premiere of ESCAPING ALASKA, an original six-part series following a group of five young people of Inuit, Inupiaq and Yupik descent who risk everything in the pursuit of their dreams as they leave their frigid Alaskan homes for sunny San Diego. The series will make its global debut on TLC on Sunday, July 27 at 9 PM (ET/PT) before rolling out internationally to more than 200 countries and territories across Western Europe, CEEMEA (Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa), Latin America, the Nordics, Canada and Asia-Pacific. ESCAPING ALASKA is the first original production from DNI to debut first on TLC in the United States and then cascade out internationally. Hot Snakes Media is producing the series for DNI. The series chronicles the dramatic and emotional journey of Mary, Frank, Tamara, Qituvituag (also known as "Q") and Nuala, as they embark on their high-stakes "escape" from Alaska to explore the world outside their villages and small towns. Although they love their families and take pride in their heritage, they are yearning for more fulfilment and different experiences. ESCAPING ALASKA captures their brave journey as they leave their sheltered lives behind.