Dual Survival

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Wilderness survival tips families can watch together.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

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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 & Representations

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.


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.

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykpmont February 20, 2019

Dual Survival

I enjoy watching this show I always learn something while I'm watching it however it seems like they can't survive without having props already in the... Continue reading
Adult Written byBroncosdude October 13, 2012

Good show.

A great show about surviving in many different places.
Some language, and violence. They show animals getting killed.
Kid, 11 years old March 19, 2016

Dual Survival

CSM nailed this review of Dual Survival, a particularly intriguing show following two outdoor experts in risky places, and it shows their journey through the wi... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 1, 2015

Great wilderness survival tips but it went off with new people

There is some strong language that is bleeped but you can tell what they are saying. they use words like B**** S*** hell D*** and A**. there is some violence... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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