Black Gold is a
documentary-style reality television
series that chronicles three oil
drilling rigs in Andrews County, Texas, 30 miles northwest of Odessa.
title "Black Gold" comes from a slang term for oil.
The first season follows three rigs—Longhorn, Viking, and Big
Dog—that have only 50 days to successfully locate and retrieve the
crude oil. The roughnecks
, as they are
called on the rig, endure exhausting, dangerous work demands and
face debilitating injury, permanent disfigurement or even death.
Oil rigs Longhorn and Viking are funded by wildcatter
Mike Lamonica while the Big Dog is
funded by wildcatter Autry Stevens, both of whom have put up
millions of dollars in hopes of finding new deposits of oil. The
show also features pipe salesman Michael “Rooster” McConaughey,
brother of actor Matthew
The second season only follows one rig from the previous season,
Big Dog rig number 28, owned by Autry Stevens. The season is
centered around the requirement given by Stevens to finish four
wells in 50 days in order to maintain the lease on the land. One
notable returning character is Gerald Williams, who was fired in
the previous season.
The "Black Gold" theme song is sung by country music star Trace Adkins
"Black Gold" airs Wednesday nights on truTV
10pm. It is also shown sometimes as a special presentation on
in high definition. It
is produced by Thom Beers
, creator of
" and "Ice Road Truckers
Starting 8 April 2009, the show also airs in the United Kingdom on
Five, under the title "Oil Riggers".