I Shouldn't Be Alive

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Gripping tales of survival for sturdy families.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 16 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

People are shown making mistakes, like not using safety equipment, but the consequences are obvious.


Dramatized scenes of intense injuries, accidents, and occasional threats by people or animals. Some images of real-life injuries.


Occasional "hell" or "damn."


Some brands or logos visible, like outdoor clothing insignias or vehicle names.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this riveting docudrama series tells real-life horror stories through dramatizations and interviews. Stories involve near-death experiences like being seriously injured, trapped, or attacked by an animal. The emotional intensity of the tales, including discussion of never seeing one's family again, might be too much for the youngest viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPlague October 19, 2010

I Shouldn't Be Alive

This show is epic, and great for families to watch together.
Adult Written byXtremesk8er4ever April 3, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written by_IAmMrMuffinMan_ June 19, 2020

Interesting, Engaging Survival Story TV Series has Blood, Peril, and Some Disturbing Scenes.

I shouldn't be alive is a 2005 docu-series featuring incredible stories of people who just barely escaped perilous situations with their lives. The TV seri... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAnna B. November 27, 2020

Gross and Scary

My grandma showed me this when I was eight. It was very gross and scary. It gave me nightmares for a year. I really don't think it's 10+.

What's the story?

In I SHOULDN'T BE ALIVE, people tell stories of survival almost too incredible to believe. Through a combination of dramatizations and interviews with actual participants, this gripping docudrama series recreates near-death experiences like a shark encounter, a kidnapping, and a mountain climbing expedition gone very wrong. One episode tells the story of two brothers whose hike in the Utah canyons turns iinto 72 hours of hell. When one brother accidentally lets go of the other's hand, he falls into freezing water and shatters his shin bone. As the other brother attempts to climb out of the canyon for help, he battles darkness, icy water, fire, exhaustion, and guilt, while the injured brother fights frostbite, pain, and delerium.

Is it any good?

The survivors' stories are so compelling that they overshadow the intrinsically corny dramatizations. Hearing the real people recount their experience, their voices full with emotion and disbelief, is enough to keep viewers glued to the set, eyes wide and hearts beating fast.

Both the reenactments and the photos from the real incidents can be grizzly. The emotional intensity may be too much for young children to handle, but depending on their sensitivity, tweens and teens may enjoy watching. The show is an option for families looking for something to watch together that's both exciting and devoid of sex, drugs, and guns.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about making choices under difficult circumstances. Would kids have made the same choices as the people in the show? How do your decisions change when you're under extreme stress? If you were physically hurt, how would you keep your mind off your pain? What do you think people learn from experiences like these?

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