We might be die-hard survivalists and adventurers or just homebodies who cannot be asked to get up and go out for a walk. Either way, we get a kick out of watching experts gearing up, battling the forces of nature and trying to survive out in the wild with minimum resources and maximum resourcefulness. Here is a list of the best wilderness survival shows currently on TV.
5 Best Wilderness Survival Shows
The master of wilderness survival shows himself – Bear Grylls – stars in this reality series. He takes a different celebrity along on his adventures every episode. Popular celebrities of the likes of Zac Efron, Ben Stiller, Kate Winslet, Channing Tatum and Michelle Rodriguez have made appearances on this show. The final episode of the second season also features President Obama as a guest, where he and Bear hiked through the Exit Glacier. This is one of the most popular wilderness survival shows currently on TV.
This reality survival series airs on the Discovery Channel. It features two survival experts that are thrown into challenging environments and survival scenarios. 2015 saw Matt Graham and Joseph Teti using several survival philosophies and methods to navigate those scenarios. 2016 will bring the seventh season of the show, and will star Bill McConnell and Grady Powell as the pair of survivalists.
3. Dirty Rotten Survival
This National Geographic Channel show follows former Dual Survival star Dave Canterbury along with home-builder Johnny Littlefield and engineer and former military colonel Dick Strawbridge. They set each other location-specific outdoor challenges which are to be accomplished using a limited set of tools. This show features survival skills, ingenuity and resourcefulness at their best, and it is a great watch for survival nerds out there.
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Arguably the best competitive survival show of the year. Alone features 10 contestants that are dropped off in remote areas of Northern Vancouver Island. Each contestant is placed isolated from each other. They are provided with limited equipment and cameras, and they have the option to tap out of the competition, leaving just one winner in the end with a prize of $500,000.
Another great competitive survival show. This National Geographic Channel series consists of four teams of three survivalists that are dropped off in the wilderness of Alaska. They must use minimal gear to compete in several races against the other teams, all while navigating the unpredictable weather and predators of the Alaskan wilderness.
is a Canadian-produced television program, broadcast in Canada on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), and internationally on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. The show has aired 7 seasons and 4 specials in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2015. The title refers to the host of the show, Canadian filmmaker and survival expert Les Stroud, who uses survival skills and knowledge to survive alone for up to ten days (seven days during the first three seasons and ten days during seasons four and five), in remote locales where he brings with him little or no food, water, or equipment. According to the show’s website, each location was scouted and pre-planned extensively by Stroud and his team who consulted with survival specialists and natives of each area. The fact that Stroud is not accompanied by a production crew and performs the filming himself is a major focus of the show.
is an American reality television series on History, from executive producers Russ McCarroll and Zachary Behr for History and Gretchen Palek, Shawn Witt, David George, and Brent Montgomery of Leftfield Pictures. The series is filmed in northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, following the self-documented day-to-day lives of 10 individuals as they attempt to survive in the wilderness for as long as possible. The participants are isolated from each other and all human contact, and the one who remains on the island the longest wins a grand prize of $500,000. The series premiered on June 18, 2015
is a cable television reality series which originally aired on the Discovery Channel from July 2010 to January 2012.The show features former US Army Special Forces survival expert Mykel Hawke, and his television journalist wife, Ruth England, who have to survive for a half-week with limited supplies in wild and inhospitable locations around the world.