Dual Survival

Common Sense Media says

Wilderness survival tips families can watch together.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

When people go up against nature, nature always has the upper hand, and the only thing people have going for them is their wits. The survival experts in this series demonstrate that being clever, careful, and sometimes a bit lucky can make all the difference between life or death.

Positive role models

The two survival experts in this series have a healthy respect for the wild, and demonstrate how a little bit of knowledge and a lot of common sense can help people make it through a true survival situation.The also model healthy communication skills.


The survivalists catch and eat small game, and the cameras show them killing and butchering their prey.

Not applicable

Some swearing, including “crap,” “sucks,” “ass,” and “piss.” Stronger words are bleeped.


Cody Lundin is a well-known survivalist, and the show mentions his books by title.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality series -- which pits two survival experts against some of the toughest environments on Earth and shows the kinds of skills and knowledge it takes to survive in these places -- sends solid messages about using common sense and being prepared, but could frighten younger, more sensitive kids who might imagine themselves getting into life-threatening situations. There is some swearing ("ass" is the strongest audible, plus some bleeped words), but otherwise the series is appropriate for almost the whole family. Just make sure kids don't think that watching a TV show is all the preparation they need to survive in the outdoors.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

DUAL SURVIVAL pits two veteran outdoorsmen against some of the most hostile climates on the planet. In this engaging reality series Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin find themselves stranded -- in a snowy forest, a scorching desert, an enormous mountain -- and must fend for themselves. The men explain the basics of survival as they go about creating a shelter, building fire, foraging for food, and trying to signal for rescue. While it’s obviously a manufactured scenario, they don’t seem to get any help and their common-sense approach to making it through a life-or-death situation is educational.

Is it any good?


The congenial hosts have very different approaches to wilderness living, and sometimes butt heads. Canterbury is a former Army sniper, with a straightforward, old-school style. Lundin is something of a free-spirited hippie who hasn’t worn shoes in two decades (but he does deign to put on wool socks when he ventures out into the snow). Canterbury sometimes has little patience for Lundin’s ideas -- use a plastic sheet to screen the entrance to their shelter and block the heat from the fire? Outlandish!

But Lundin’s skills are based on hard science; he explains why the sheet will create a greenhouse effect and trap the heat, and Canterbury is quick to admit that the shelter is the warmest he’s ever had. Despite, or perhaps because of, their differences, the men work well together. Their confidence and common-sense decisions make survival seem easy. It’s fun to watch, and these basic tips might someday save a viewer’s life.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the reality of this show. Since the duo is obviously travelling with a camera crew, how real do you think their experience is? Do you think they would act differently in these situations if they weren't on camera? How effective is the show even though viewers understand that their lives are never truly in danger?

  • Dave and Cody have very different approaches to living in the wild. Do you think one of them makes more sense than the other, or do you think they both have something to teach us? What do you think about their relationship? How do they handle conflict when they disagree about what to do?

  • Did you learn anything from this show about how to survive in the wild? Do you think you could make it through a life-or-death situation? Does this show make surviving look easier than it actually is under these circumstances?

TV details

Cast:Cody Lundin, Dave Canterbury
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Parent Written byOldFeller1963 June 4, 2011

Excellent Survival Show

Dave and Cody are incredible role models for my children. My youngest son loves to watch Dave's cringing face as he eats the bugs Cody picks up. And my oldest enjoys the survival tips and useful information they both share. Dave is an experienced woodsman, and trained by the US military, where he served for 8 years. There's not much of a better role model you can get than that. Cody is an experienced naturalist, and can and has survived on the bare minimum of resources. He is very educated on general sciences, and teaches much about physics, nutrition, etc in the show.

It is important to know that the show is exaggerated, and that people should not attempt these activities unless they are as experienced and trained as Dave or Cody. Other than that, it is very educational and enjoyable.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 8 years old May 8, 2011


What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byluke3854 July 12, 2010

Great Show

A few minor swears but thats it

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models


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