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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 event 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 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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Survivorman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
alfeyerabend added Survivorman 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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Alone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
-1452337153690 added Alone 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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johnmiller980 added Dual Survival with E.J. and Jeff 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
Man, Woman, Wild 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 Dude, You're Screwed 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 Naked and Afraid 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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Ray Mears' Bushcraft is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Ray Mears' Bushcraft 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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Man vs. Wild is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Chris Abraham added Man vs. Wild 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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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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Primal Survivor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
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Survival with Ray Mears is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Extreme Survival is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Ray Mears' World of Survival is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 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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Fat Guys in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Island with Bear Grylls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
derek-leggatt added The Island with Bear Grylls 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

The Worst People in the History of Reality TV

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Survive This is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Survive This 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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Ray Mears Goes Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Ray Mears Goes Walkabout 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) 20 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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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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The Colony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
AlexMcArthur added The Colony 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

The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time

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Out of the Wild: Alaska Experi... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
vxenon67 added Out of the Wild: Alaska Experiment

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Wild Food is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Wild Food Wild Food Documentary is a documentary 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, ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
aayushkhurana added The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Alone in the Wild is listed (or ranked) 26 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

Men Women Wild  is a six-episode series that follows three survivalist couples as they spend three weeks living off the land in harsh terrain.

The couples featured in the new series include a husband and wife, a boyfriend and girlfriend and a mother and father, with each pair dropped off in the desert mountains of Morocco, the fjords of Norway, and the jungle of Southern Mexico.

“Whether highly trained military personnel or self-taught primitive survivalists, each couple’s unique skill set and experience will be challenged in order for them to survive,” the network said in a statement. “In the process, they will be faced with the same tough question: Do they truly have each other’s back, and when the going gets tough, are they stronger together or better off apart?”

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Mantracker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Mantracker Shawn Devlin, Terry Grant, Chad Savage Mantracker is a Canadian reality television series created by Ihor Macijiwsky and produced by Bonterra Productions. It premiered in Canada in April 2006 on the Outdoor Life Network. In the ...more

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Out Of The Wild: Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch

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The Wheel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
JeanDuhamel added The Wheel Kat Dellinger, Shon Joyner, Adam Kimble

THE WHEEL is the ultimate survival challenge: survive not one, but six lethal environments over the course of 60 days. The participants are not typical survival experts, but rather everyday people with something to prove. Unbeknownst to them, the wheel is a mechanism that mirrors the lunar calendar. With every phase of the moon, the wheel will turn and send each person to a new eco-zone. The amount of time at each location is revealed only to viewers, leaving the survivors to agonize and obsess over when the wheel will spin again. As every rotation thrusts them - without warning - into a new harrowing domain, participants are completely at the wheel's mercy.

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Law of the Jungle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Melissa Richardson added Law of the Jungle

Law of the Jungle (Korean: 정글의 법칙) is a South Korean reality-documentary show on SBS. It was first aired on October 21, 2011. This show is a hybrid of reality-variety television, natural documentaries, and human drama; a new concept of programming. The cast of celebrities travel to less-habitated, natural places to survive on their own and experience life with local tribes and people.

You can watch english sub episodes here: http://kshowonline.com/kshow/6611-[engsub]-law-of-the-jungle-ep.41

Law of the Jungle is a South Korean reality-documentary show on SBS. It was first aired on October 21, 2011. This show is a hybrid of reality-variety television, natural documentaries, and human ...more

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johnmiller980 added Lone Target with Joel Lambert Joel Lambert, ex-Navy SEAL against the world's most elite military and law enforcement tracking teams in new series LONE TARGET. With only what he can carry on his back, Joel will play an extreme version of hide-and-seek in unknown treacherous terrain with nothing but a basic survival kit and canteen of water as he attempts to evade capture in 48-hours or less. Using diversionary tactics and survival techniques gained from his 10-years of experience as a Navy SEAL, will Joel's training, skill and cunning be enough to help him escape?In each episode of LONE TARGET, Joel is dropped at an unknown secret starting point, and with a small head start, must evade capture from a different elite military or law enforcement tracking team and make his extraction - in less than two days - or risk capture. Following the chase side-by-side with cameras capturing the action from both perspectives, we get to experience first-hand the thrill of the hunt as he is being pursued by: the U.S. Army's Phantom Recon unit in Arizona, the Straz Graniczna border guard in Poland, the South African International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), the Army Scout Rangers in the Philippines, Panama's elite anti-drug force, SENAFRONT and the South Korean National Police SWAT unit.
With only what he can carry on his back, former navy SEAL Joel Lambert is pitted against some of the world's most elite military tracking units in treacherous terrain as he attempts to evade ...more

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Danger! 50,000 Volts! is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Survival TV Shows You Need to Watch
Danger! 50,000 Volts! Nick Frost^! Bruce Parry^! Annti Antikainen Danger! 50,000 Volts! is a 2002 British television programme written and presented by Nick Frost, which presented viewers with various life-threatening scenarios and suggested ways out of these ...more