Sponsored
7.5k voters

The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch

Updated January 14, 2021 21.8k votes 7.5k voters 561.9k views48 items

List RulesTV shows about survival skills and living in the wilderness only.

These are the best survival TV shows voted on by fans like you. If you're ever stuck in a desert or jungle, these shows may just help you survive for a little bit longer. It is a hot genre now, with many new survival shows airing each year. Naturally, there is much debate on which one is best. Are you a fan of Bear Grylls, or do you think he is nothing compared to Les Stroud?

This list has a variety of survival TV shows, like Dual Survival, Naked and Afraid, and Survivorman. Maybe there are even some survival shows on Netflix, if you want to survive watching dozens of episodes of in a row! From survival reality shows to new survival shows that are soon to be your favorites, there are plenty of TV series to watch if you're into the excitement of wilderness survival shows and outdoor survival in general. 

What is the best survival skills show of all time? What are the greatest survival skills shows starring survivalists out in the world, taking on Mother Nature? Cast your votes for the best survivalist and surviving shows today!

Photo:
...more
  • Survivorman1
    2,033
    507

    Survivorman

    Les Stroud

    Premiered2004

    Amazon buy button
  • Marooned With Ed Stafford2
    728
    370

    Marooned With Ed Stafford

    Ed Stafford

    Premiered2014

    Amazon buy button
  • Dual Survival with E.J. and Jeff3
    1,025
    642

    Dual Survival with E.J. and Jeff

    E.J. Snyder, Jeff Zausch

    Premiered08/24/2016

    Amazon buy button
  • Man, Woman, Wild4
    741
    519

    Man, Woman, Wild

    Mykel Hawke Pierce, Ruth England

    Premiered2010

    Amazon buy button
  • Naked and Afraid5
    959
    660

    Naked and Afraid

    Michael Brown, Amanda Kaye

    Premiered2013

    Amazon buy button

    More Naked and Afraid 

    The Best Episodes of 'Naked and Afraid XL'#40 of 277 The Most Overrated TV Shows Of All Time

  • Dude, You're Screwed6
    577
    334

    Dude, You're Screwed

    Tom Tomahawk Moore, Terry Schappert

    Premiered2013

    Amazon buy button
  • Ray Mears' Bushcraft7
    445
    318

    Premiered2004

    Amazon buy button
  • Fat Guys in the Woods8
    235
    209

    Fat Guys in the Woods

    Creek Stewart

    Premiered2014

    Amazon buy button
  • Man vs. Wild9
    850
    779

    Man vs. Wild

    Bear Grylls, Will Ferrell

    Premiered2006

    Amazon buy button

    More Man vs. Wild 

    #66 of 77 Good TV Shows for Tweens#20 of 53 Good TV Shows for 10 Year Olds

  • Alone10
    1,869
    287

    Alone

    Russ McCarroll, Zachary Behr

    Premiered2015

    Amazon buy button
  • Lost Survivors11
    399
    382

    Lost Survivors

    Ruth England, Mykel Hawke Pierce

    Premiered2013

    Amazon buy button
  • Extreme Survival12
    297
    263

    Extreme Survival

    Ray Mears

    Premiered1999

    Amazon buy button
  • Survival with Ray Mears13
    292
    278

    Survival with Ray Mears

    Ray Mears

    Premiered2010

    Amazon buy button
  • Primal Survivor14
    251
    101

    Primal Survivor

    Hazen Audel

    Premiered2017

    Amazon buy button
  • Ray Mears' World of Survival15
    245
    236

    Ray Mears' World of Survival

    Ray Mears

    Premiered1997

    Amazon buy button
  • Ray Mears' Northern Wilderness16
    234
    225

    Ray Mears' Northern Wilderness

    Ray Mears

    Premiered2009

    Amazon buy button
  • The Colony17
    169
    92

    The Colony

    Thom Beers

    Premiered2009

    Amazon buy button
  • Out of the Wild: Alaska Experiment18
    103
    50

    Out of the Wild: Alaska Experiment

    Mocean Melvin

    Premiered2008

    Amazon buy button
  • Survive This19
    202
    205

    Survive This

    Les Stroud

    Premiered2009

    Amazon buy button
  • The Last Alaskans20
    46
    13

    The Last Alaskans

    Bob Harte, Edna Korth

    Premiered2015

    Amazon buy button

    More The Last Alaskans 

    #65 of 189 The Best Reality Shows Currently on TV#18 of 39 The Best Current Discovery Channel Shows

  • Ray Mears Goes Walkabout21

    Premiered2008

    Amazon buy button
  • Wild Britain with Ray Mears22
    166
    192

    Wild Britain with Ray Mears

    Ray Mears

    Premiered2010

    Amazon buy button
  • Dirty Rotten Survival23
    140
    132

    Dirty Rotten Survival

    Dave Canterbury, Johnny Liittlefield

    Premiered2015

    Amazon buy button
  • Alaska: The Last Frontier24
    35
    16

    Alaska: The Last Frontier

    Otto Kilcher, Charlotte Kilcher

    Premiered2011

    Amazon buy button

    More Alaska: The Last Frontier 

    #16 of 38 The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time#54 of 166 The Best TV Shows Returning In 2020

  • The Island with Bear Grylls25
    289
    301

    The Island with Bear Grylls

    Bear Grylls

    Premiered2014

    Amazon buy button