Get out Alive with Bear Grylls

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Survivalist competition is about teamwork and being smart.

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


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.


Nothing sexual, but people sometimes have to strip down in order to keep clothing dry and avoid hypothermia.


Words like "piss" occasionally audible. Curses are bleeped with mouths blurred.


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.

What 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.

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Kid, 9 years old May 2, 2020
Teen, 13 years old Written byRamonaM August 3, 2013

Average Game Show With a Twist

Get Out Alive is entertaining, but nothing more than that. While watching with my family, I often get bored between the constant bickering of uncooperative team... Continue reading

What's the story?

The reality competition series GET OUT ALIVE WITH BEAR GRYLLS features 10 duos of best friends, married couples, and parents with their adult children trying to survive in extreme environments for a cash prize. Man vs. Wild star Bear Grylls sends the teams on a series of wilderness journeys around New Zealand that requires them to hike, find food, and survive the elements. Grylls observes each team during their treks, and judges them on their contributions to the entire group, as well as their ability to make smart decisions that will help them survive. He also sets up challenges that can earn teams extra food and other luxuries, and that will keep them safe from elimination. After each journey is completed, Grylls eliminates the team that, based in its performance, will be the least likely to survive in the wild. The last team remaining wins $500,000.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what they can do if they unexpectedly find themselves stuck in the wilderness. What are some of the things you should do? Not do? Do you think this show might teach you some helpful tips?

  • Do you think this show depicts what it's really like to survive in the wilderness? What kinds of things are highlighted for entertainment's sake?

  • What drives survivalists to do what they do? What are some of the most famous survivalists featured on TV and films over the years?

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