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doug thomas
(sparky52804) - MLife

Locale: Eastern Iowa
Survival shows on 07/27/2013 19:38:40 MDT Print View

Does anyone watch any of the survival/reality shows on tv these days? Watching bear grylls new show(nothing else on) and I find he is so full of crap. He claims to be teaching survival skills but has the contestants running a preset course. Naked and Afraid is a bit better, (plus naked people, bit blurry tho) but they limit what you are allowed to have. Are there any REALISTIC shows out there?

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Survival shows on 07/27/2013 20:21:08 MDT Print View

I want to see the un-edited version of that one : )

Any show that has the people drinking thier pee loses it for me, although I suppose that might be useful sometime

I like Survivor Man with Les Stroud

There sure are a lot of survival reality shows. And "Real" Housewives shows...

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Survival shows on 07/27/2013 21:06:20 MDT Print View

I am not all that good at it.
Very seldom I survive till the end of the show.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Survival shows on 07/28/2013 08:53:53 MDT Print View

I think the survival shows are useful because they give comedians and ad writers things they can spoof.

David Adair
(DavidAdair) - M

Locale: West Dakota
Re: Re: Survival shows on 07/29/2013 21:29:45 MDT Print View

OK, I have to admit to watching all the survival shows. Lately, I have been watching the Naked and Afraid series. The one where a man and a woman have to survive naked for 21 days. When I started watching the show my PRS (personal survival skills) rating was at 7.1 but after watching the series my PRS was actually down a few notches to 6.8. Anybody else have a similar experience? Seem to be squinting a lot too.

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
RE: Survival shows on 07/30/2013 01:40:44 MDT Print View

TV shows are for entertainment purpose only. I have respect for Bear Grylls, he summited Everest when he was 23. What have you done?

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: RE: Survival shows on 07/30/2013 06:14:32 MDT Print View

I have respect for Bear Grylls, he summited Everest when he was 23.

Rich kids have the best trips. Good thing Eddie's dad is well connected. It's who you know...

80 year old men summit Everest. Big deal. He's a stunt man plain and simple.

Edited by kthompson on 07/30/2013 06:18:13 MDT.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: RE: Survival shows on 07/30/2013 08:45:49 MDT Print View

Bear Grylls is one bad assed dude - he has an interesting book about Everest trip.

I hate his shows - jumping out of helicopter or down cliff - spectacular just for entertainment. I've watched his new show a little and maybe it's a little better, but just barely.

Oh, that's a pun, referring to that other show where they have blurred out naked people. It is amazing what the creators of shows come up with. "Let's create a show that combines people's interest in pornography and survival shows..."

I like survivor, because they show people stabbing each other in the back. In real life you only see this from one side. On the show they have video from all angles. For example, someone thinks they're being stabbed in back so they retaliate, but they weren't actually being stabbed in the first place...

K C
(KalebC) - F

Locale: South West
RE: on 07/30/2013 09:00:34 MDT Print View

"Good thing Eddie's dad is well connected"

Well connected? He is dead

"80 year old men summit Everest. Big deal"

Funny

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: RE: on 07/30/2013 10:26:30 MDT Print View

Survivorman was good because he did things for real without help. he had to bail on 2 shows at least when he got followed by a jaguar and the ice was melting out in Labrador.

Cody lundin's show is pretty good. they set things up but at least teach common sense about staying put or having to get to a place of better chance of getting found.

naked and afraid is funny because the big A type dudes seem to be getting shown up by the girls who work smarter.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: RE: on 07/30/2013 10:37:33 MDT Print View

"naked and afraid is funny because the big A type dudes seem to be getting shown up by the girls who work smarter"

That's always a good theme on any TV show : )

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Survival shows on 07/30/2013 14:14:08 MDT Print View

More TV than reality.

Matt

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Survival shows on 07/30/2013 18:41:14 MDT Print View

You mean the Putin outdoor show? Did you see that pike!

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Survival shows on 07/30/2013 20:33:34 MDT Print View

If I could do the stuff Mr Grylls does and get paid for it, I probably would.

Then again, decades ago when I was still a tall,blond blue eyed tanned and terrific...
hang on , that was a movie I was watching the other night. Forget about that bit.

Shane O'Donnell
(Jester2000) - F

Locale: In front of a computer, tragically
Re: Survival shows on 07/30/2013 22:56:29 MDT Print View

No. There aren't any realistic survival shows out there, and here's why:
Actual survival situations require one to minimize danger and drama.
Television shows (if they are to get ratings) require as much danger and drama as possible.

So in order to have a successful show about survival, it's necessary to make a show that is absolutely unrealistic in terms of survival.
This is one of the reasons why the entire premise of survival shows is crap.