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The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch

Updated February 11, 2021 20.8k votes 7.6k voters 564.5k views50 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!

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  • Survivorman1
    1,959
    494

    Survivorman

    Les Stroud

    Premiered2004

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  • Marooned With Ed Stafford2
    695
    360

    Marooned With Ed Stafford

    Ed Stafford

    Premiered2014

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  • Dual Survival with E.J. and Jeff3
    986
    619

    Dual Survival with E.J. and Jeff

    E.J. Snyder, Jeff Zausch

    Premiered08/24/2016

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  • Man, Woman, Wild4
    718
    500

    Man, Woman, Wild

    Mykel Hawke Pierce, Ruth England

    Premiered2010

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  • Naked and Afraid5
    924
    636

    Naked and Afraid

    Michael Brown, Amanda Kaye

    Premiered2013

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  • Dude, You're Screwed6
    550
    318

    Dude, You're Screwed

    Tom Tomahawk Moore, Terry Schappert

    Premiered2013

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  • Ray Mears' Bushcraft7
    429
    307

    Premiered2004

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  • Lost Survivors8
    383
    356

    Lost Survivors

    Ruth England, Mykel Hawke Pierce

    Premiered2013

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  • Man vs. Wild9
    823
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    Man vs. Wild

    Bear Grylls, Will Ferrell

    Premiered2006

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  • Fat Guys in the Woods10
    223
    198

    Fat Guys in the Woods

    Creek Stewart

    Premiered2014

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  • Alone11
    1,814
    274

    Alone

    Russ McCarroll, Zachary Behr

    Premiered2015

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  • Extreme Survival12
    287
    253

    Extreme Survival

    Ray Mears

    Premiered1999

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  • Survival with Ray Mears13
    278
    268

    Survival with Ray Mears

    Ray Mears

    Premiered2010

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  • Primal Survivor14
    239
    98

    Primal Survivor

    Hazen Audel

    Premiered2017

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  • Ray Mears' Northern Wilderness15
    224
    216

    Ray Mears' Northern Wilderness

    Ray Mears

    Premiered2009

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  • Ray Mears' World of Survival16
    234
    226

    Ray Mears' World of Survival

    Ray Mears

    Premiered1997

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  • The Colony17
    164
    90

    The Colony

    Thom Beers

    Premiered2009

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  • Survive This18
    194
    196

    Survive This

    Les Stroud

    Premiered2009

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  • Out of the Wild: Alaska Experiment19
    98
    49

    Out of the Wild: Alaska Experiment

    Mocean Melvin

    Premiered2008

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  • The Last Alaskans20
    44
    13

    The Last Alaskans

    Bob Harte, Edna Korth

    Premiered2015

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  • Ray Mears Goes Walkabout21

    Premiered2008

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  • Wild Britain with Ray Mears22
    159
    187

    Wild Britain with Ray Mears

    Ray Mears

    Premiered2010

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  • The Island with Bear Grylls23
    275
    284

    The Island with Bear Grylls

    Bear Grylls

    Premiered2014

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  • Dirty Rotten Survival24
    133
    127

    Dirty Rotten Survival

    Dave Canterbury, Johnny Liittlefield

    Premiered2015

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  • Alaska: The Last Frontier25
    33
    16

    Alaska: The Last Frontier

    Otto Kilcher, Charlotte Kilcher

    Premiered2011

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