A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Highlights how hard it is to do what Bear Grylls does. Underscores the fact that surviving the wild requires immense mental focus.
Positive Role Models
Bear Grylls acknowledges how hard the challenges are, and congratulates all contestants for trying hard. There's some mild boasting among contestants.
Jordan Conely is Black. Contestants are male, female, transgender, and from different racial/ethnic backgrounds.
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Violence & Scariness
Challenges are designed to be difficult but not dangerous. Protective gear is worn. People are sometimes shown throwing up or struggling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional strong innuendo, especially when things like animal genitalia are consumed as part of challenges.
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Words like "damn" are audible, while curses like "s--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Mountain Dew is a major sponsor of the show; the logo is prominently visible throughout each episode and people are shown drinking cans of it. Bear Grylls wears the World Scout emblem on his clothes. Snippets from his TV show are featured to highlight what each challenge is simulating.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Survived Bear Grylls is an outdoor game show featuring adults from all walks of life completing activities that simulate actions Bear Grylls has taken over the years to survive in the wild. There's some strong language, and folks slip, fall, and even throw up when competing, but no one gets seriously hurt. There's some occasional strong innuendo, too. The Mountain Dew logo is prominently visible throughout each episode.
Is It Any Good?
The energetic series features diverse participants attempting to demonstrate that they have the strength and skills to survive in the wild just like Bear Grylls. From a woman who claims to be one of Grylls' biggest fans, to a man who has spent years bulking up and developing what he believes is enough mental discipline to see each challenge through, contestants attempt to climb up slippery hills, sift through animal feces-filled tanks, jump in icy pools of water, and eat things like raw ostrich eggs and ox lips to stay in the game. Granted, the challenges often seem silly compared to the real thing, especially when dishwashing liquid is used to create a slippery mountain, and stuffed toys and coolers replace animals and camping gear during the game. Jordan Conely's comments, sound effects, and CGI also add some humor. Despite all of this, the legitimate efforts contestants make to complete each difficult activity is acknowledged in positive ways.
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