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The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch  

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List Rules TV 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 for you to watch 90 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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Alone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
-1452337153690 added Russ McCarroll, Zachary Behr
Alone (History, 2015) is an American reality television series. Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone, and the winner receives $500,000.
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Survivorman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
alfeyerabend added Les Stroud
Survivorman is a Canadian-produced television program, broadcast in Canada on the Outdoor Life Network, and internationally on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. The show aired 5 seasons and ...more
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johnmiller980 added E.J. Snyder, Jeff Zausch
Dual Survival is an American reality cable television series which airs on the Discovery Channel. The show features a pair of survival experts in predetermined scenarios while in challenging ...more
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austin97 added Marooned With Ed Stafford Ed Stafford
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Man, Woman, Wild is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Mykel Hawke Pierce, Ruth England
Man, Woman, Wild was 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 ...more
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Dude, You're Screwed is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
stiaan-van-huyssteen added Tom Tomahawk Moore, Terry Schappert
Whose turn is it to play the game? In DUDE, YOU'RE SCREWED, five of the world's most elite, thrill-seeking survivalists will find out! The seven-part series is the newest twist in the survival ...more
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Naked and Afraid is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
radams430 added Michael Brown, Amanda Kaye, E.J. Snyder
Naked and Afraid is an American docudrama series that airs on the Discovery Channel and premiered on June 23, 2013. Each episode chronicles the lives of two survivalists who meet for the first ...more
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Primal Survivor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
mikkeldolbak added Hazen Audel
Primal Survivor (National Geographic, 2016) is an American documentary reality television series. The show follows wilderness guide and survival instructor Hazen Audel as he tackles some of ...more
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Ray Mears' Bushcraft is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Ray Mears
Bushcraft is a survival television series hosted by Ray Mears. The series airs on the BBC in United Kingdom, it also shown on Discovery Channel in the United States, Canada, India, Italy, ...more
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Lost Survivors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
monique-marie added Lost Survivors Ruth England, Mykel Hawke Pierce
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Man vs. Wild is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Chris Abraham added Bear Grylls, Will Ferrell, Jake Gyllenhaal
Man vs. Wild, also called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls, Ultimate Survival, Survival Game, or colloquially as simply Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom, is a survival television series hosted by ...more
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Extreme Survival is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Extreme Survival Ray Mears
Extreme Survival is a survival television series hosted by Ray Mears. The series airs on the BBC in United Kingdom, it is also shown on Discovery Channel in the United States, Canada, India, ...more
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Fat Guys in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
jon-smiley added Fat Guys in the Woods Creek Stewart
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Survival with Ray Mears is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Survival with Ray Mears Ray Mears
Survival with Ray Mears is a 3 part television series hosted by Ray Mears, as he tracks predators in their natural habitats. The series was broadcast by ITV, and was billed as the return of the ...more
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Ray Mears' World of Survival is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Ray Mears' World of Survival Ray Mears
Ray Mears' World of Survival is a survival television series hosted by Ray Mears. The series airs on the BBC in United Kingdom, it is also shown on Discovery Channel in the United States, ...more
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Ray Mears' Northern Wilderness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Ray Mears' Northern Wilderness Ray Mears
Ray Mears' Northern Wilderness is a television series hosted by Ray Mears, showing Mears in Canada. The series is broadcast by the BBC. Mears also released a book of the same title.
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The Colony is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
AlexMcArthur added Thom Beers
The Colony is a reality television series that is produced by the Discovery Channel. The program follows a group of people who must survive in a simulated post-apocalyptic environment. Casting ...more
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The Island with Bear Grylls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
derek-leggatt added Bear Grylls
Generations have wondered if they could survive being stranded on a desert island. But how would people cope if they had to do it, for real, and with only themselves to rely on? Adventurer Bear ...more
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Out of the Wild is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
vxenon67 added Out of the Wild: Alaska Experiment
Out of the Wild is a Discovery Channel reality television series. The first and second seasons followed volunteers from urbanized backgrounds as they use survival skills in the back-country of ...more
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Survive This is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Les Stroud
Survive This is a Canadian reality television show in which eight teenagers with limited survival skills training are taken into a forest and confronted with a number of survival challenges to ...more
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Dirty Rotten Survival is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Ken Scott added Dirty Rotten Survival Dave Canterbury, Johnny Liittlefield, Dick Strawbridge
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Ray Mears Goes Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Ray Mears
Ray Mears Goes Walkabout is a survival television series hosted by Ray Mears, showing Mears in Australia. The series airs on the BBC in United Kingdom, it is also shown on Discovery Channel in ...more
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Wild Britain with Ray Mears is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Wild Britain with Ray Mears Ray Mears
Survival with Ray Mears is a television series hosted by Ray Mears. He explores some of Britain's more inaccessible countryside to discover wildlife.
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Alone in the Wild is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Ken Scott added Alone in the Wild
Alone in the Wild is a 2009 documentary television series commissioned by Channel 4 and produced by Tigress Productions, a UK independent producer. It was co-produced with the National ...more
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johnmiller980 added Men Women Wild
Man, Woman, Wild (Discovery Channel, 2015) is an American reality survival television series. The show features various couples who have to survive for a half-week with limited supplies in wild ...more