I'm Alive

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Real-life survival tales are OK for kids but can be tedious.

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Positive Messages

The show's inspiring stories showcase the lengths that people will go to save themselves or loved ones. Some people who were on the verge of death describe how they consciously chose to fight for consciousness and not willingly slip away.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Everyday people prove to be moving role models as they describe how they reacted when placed in real life-or-death situations.


All of the stories involve true life-or-death situations. The survivors recount their experiences, sometimes in graphic detail, but the reenactments don't show too much. There’s some blood and quick shots of injuries (and sometimes weapons, like guns), but nothing especially graphic.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality series features real people sharing their stories about life-or-death situations. Since the survivors are telling their own tales, there’s little doubt about the outcome -- though the details of these harrowing encounters with dangerous animals can be very dramatic. The incidents are often quite intense, but the reenactments are pretty tame, and young viewers may find the stories inspiring.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySomeoneYouDon'tKnow May 7, 2012

Very tedious

I have only seen a few episodes of this, but so far it doesn't look very good. There was this episode where an Australian guy gets attacked by a Great Whit... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 2, 2011

Not a Good Idea to Watch

Can I just say that the is the most gruesome reality show I have ever seen? It can be scary! As far as anything, I'd consider this show to be violent but y... Continue reading

What's the story?

Life can turn in an instant, and an ordinary day can suddenly become a survival situation. I’M ALIVE explains, in often harrowing detail, how regular people react when they're suddenly thrust into contact with dangerous animals, ranging from the tiny black widow spider to massive elephants. Each episode of the show includes detailed interviews with the victims, as well as reenactments of the incidents.

Is it any good?

It’s hard to beat the drama of real-world, life-threatening encounters with wild animals, but I'm Alive drains much of the excitement from the stories by stretching them out too long. Hearing someone talk about being gored by an elephant in a remote part of China is fascinating; listening to his entire life story -- including his school years, travels, marriage, and a tragic loss -- is unnecessary filler that detracts significantly from his story.

The show also sometimes exaggerates the stories' drama. For example, one reenactment shows a man trying to smuggle illegal anti-venom into the country to save his dying stepson from a poisonous spider bite. It's nail-biting adventure, but as he approaches Mexican customs, he’s suddenly accosted by security guards wielding machine guns! Did they find the contraband serum? No, he was just afraid that they would -- and the reenactment brings his fears to life. In reality, he passed through the checkpoint without incident. It feels like TV bait-and-switch, falsely creating action when nothing actually happened. This show would be better at half its length, sticking to the facts and cutting out the fluff.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about survival. How do you think you'd react in a life-or-death situation? Do you think the people in these stories acted wisely, or did they make any iffy choices?

  • How do the encounters described here compare to dangerous incidents in fictional movies or TV shows? Are they just as exciting? Do they seem scarier and/or more exciting because they're true?

TV details

  • Premiere date: October 9, 2009
  • Network: Animal Planet
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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