Issue #18 – Surviving Reality Television: Reviewing Reality Survival Shows

When scrolling through the channels, it can be hard to decide what to watch, especially when it comes to survival-related shows. There are so many of them! Circles watched several of the shows and reviewed them to help you decide which show might be the right one(s) for you.

Survivorman

Survivorman – WATCH IT

Imagine being dropped off in the middle of nowhere with only the clothes on your back, a small amount of camera equipment and tools for survival. If it’s hard to imagine…watch Survivorman. Les Stroud is a survival expert who uses his survival skills and knowledge to survive alone for up to ten days. The focus of this show is how Stroud is by himself and he is his own camera crew. The show is very exciting and informative. How Stroud can adapt and be so resourceful is very empowering. He even used his camera tripod as a shelter in one of his episodes.

Man vs Wild

Man vs Wild – SKIP IT
With a similar premise as ‘Survivorman’, ‘Man vs. Wild’ focuses on Bear Grylls – a survival expert from the UK. Using his knowledge and strength (which is also attributed to his military background) Grylls scours the globe followed by a camera crew and medical staffing. The show helps explain what to do if you fall into quick sand, if you get attacked by an alligator, if you have to make a raft and so much more. Man vs Wild can be quite exciting, however it seems more forced and somewhat fake. He has medical personnel along with him in case he gets hurt, and he studies the locations for almost two weeks before he is dropped off.

 

Dual Survival – WATCH IT

A dynamic duo: A primitive skills survival expert and a military trained survival expert journey into the wilderness and brave the elements. What makes this show interesting is how the two people have different opinions and approaches on how to survive. The show makes for high entertainment.

Dual Survival

 

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