Bear Grylls: Face the Wild

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Survivalist treats unsung heroes to basic outdoor school.

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Educational Value

Includes basic survival skills like building a fire, scavenging for safe sustenance. Emphasizes the personal benefits found in pushing your limits and accomplishing new things.


Positive Messages

Shows amateur survivalists learning new skills and overcoming challenges in the wild. Much attention is paid to the subjects' passions and pet projects that brought them to the attention of Bear Grylls; their efforts in those are celebrated.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Bear is an excellent leader in this capacity, always encouraging and putting just enough positive pressure on the subjects that they believe in their own abilities to accomplish new things.


Violence & Scariness

Subjects are shown overcoming fears, which can be emotional and a little scary for them, but they're always well-supervised in controlled environments.

Sexy Stuff

The show gives much exposure to Bear and, by extension, his other TV projects.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bear Grylls: Face the Wild is a Facebook Watch series starring renowned outdoorsman and TV personality Bear Grylls, who takes fans out into the wild to teach them about survival. Ten people were selected for the show based on their examples of courage and resolve, which are tested slightly more at Grylls' side with introductory lessons in conquering the elements and surviving in the wild. Equal focus is devoted to the participants' areas of expertise, from special-needs advocacy to veterans' affairs, with Grylls assuming the role of student. These inspirational stories are less about hard-core survival school and more about Grylls' work to help these unsung heroes discover their own potential in the wild.

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What's the story?

In BEAR GRYLLS: FACE THE WILD, survivalist and TV personality Bear Grylls invites 10 of his Facebook fans to join him on outdoor adventures to learn some basics of making it in the wild. Participants are selected for their enthusiasm but also for the inspirational impact their personal stories have on Bear, who leads them on their personal journeys of accomplishment in the wild and learns about the issues that move them.

Is it any good?

This show's appeal is less about Bear Grylls' celebrated survival skills and more about his eagerness to share the spotlight with everyday folks who are heroes in their own (less prominent) right. The participants are making a difference in issues that are meaningful to them and living lives that deserve celebration even if they typically aren't in the spotlight. As Bear helps them realize courage and determination in themselves they otherwise might not have known they had, he's also inspired by their personal stories of triumph and assumes the unusual role of student as they share their own expertise and experiences with him.

Even though Face the Wild devotes much of its time to the participants' causes, Bear still ensures that his survival students learn a few basics of existing in the wild. They hike, they scavenge, they learn about tackling the elements, and they perform some sort of physical feat that challenges their resolve. If extreme survival drama is what you're looking for, you won't find it here, but this Bear Grylls project is inspiring in its own way.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the purpose of reality shows like Bear Grylls: Face the Wild. Are they intended to entertain? To educate? To inspire? Did you learn anything from this show?

  • What value exists in knowing survival skills? Do you enjoy spending time in nature? What steps do you take to ensure your safety in the outdoors? 

  • Who stands out in this series as a role model? What qualities do you most admire in them? How does perseverance help in challenging situations? 

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