A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the survival skills needed to stay alive in the wild. It also underscores the importance of team work, making smart decisions, and being safe.
Positive Role Models
Grylls offers criticism of teams, but does so politely and explains why. Some team members are better leaders than others, and others get catty at times. Competitors are from all walks of life.
Violence & Scariness
Occasionally contestants engage in some catty behavior, but most of the time they try to work as a team. Competitors talk about surviving major accidents (bloody images visible), illnesses, and other major events before the competition. Contestants eat fish eyes, drink urine, and consume other icky items to stay alive.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nothing sexual, but people sometimes have to strip down in order to keep clothing dry and avoid hypothermia.
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Words like "piss" occasionally audible. Curses are bleeped with mouths blurred.
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Products & Purchases
The Bear Grylls logo is visible on survival clothing and other equipment visible. Proctor & Gamble products, including Crest toothpaste and Scope mouthwash are visible and/or discussed. Walmart sponsors Bear's survival tips.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some competitors are recovering alcohol and drug addicts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls features teams attempting to survive in the wilderness for a cash prize. It offers lots of useful information about surviving in the wild, but some of these techniques, like eating raw fish eyeballs, might be too much for young kids and/or sensitive viewers. While the action highlights important messages like teamwork and staying safe, it also features occasional bickering, some bloody images of contestants from previous accidents, etc. Cursing is bleeped with mouths blurred. The show includes lots of sponsorships and product mentions for BG survivalist clothing, Proctor & Gamble items like Crest toothpaste, and Walmart.
Is It Any Good?
Unlike eco-races like 72 Hours, the way to win this game is to actually demonstrate that you can survive in the wild by thinking smart and using the resources available to you, even if they don't look, feel, and/or taste good. Meanwhile, the challenges that Grylls pose are actually teachable moments, designed specifically to show contestants and viewers ways to make it out of the wilderness alive.
Get Out Alive is as much about Grylls and his talent as it is about the people who are competing. Meanwhile, some of the techniques he showcases (like drinking purified urine to stay hydrated) aren't easy to watch. But there is definitely a lot to learn. Wilderness fans will certainly enjoy it, but even those who are less inclined to participate in any sort of outdoor adventure will find it both educational and entertaining.
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