Men Women Wild

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality show about couples surviving the wild, each other.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Survival skills, relationship issues.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Couples support each other, annoy each other.

Violence

Dangerous wildlife, extreme weather, arguments, animal carcasses, vomiting.

Sex

The occasional light kiss.

Language

"Crap," "hell," "ass"; curses bleeped.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Men Women Wild is part of the Naked and Afraid reality franchise and features lots of dangerous wildlife, extreme weather conditions, and the expected suffering that comes from trying to survive it. Couples bicker endlessly, and conversations about their relationships are frequent. There's some strong language ("crap," "hell," "ass") and bleeped cursing, too.

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What's the story?

MEN WOMEN WILD is a reality show in which romantically involved people are dropped into the middle of some of the world's most remote locations in hopes that they survive the elements and each other. This Naked and Afraid spin-off features three couples with survivalist skills in extreme natural environments located in countries such as Mexico, Morocco, and Norway. With video cameras, the clothes on their back, and only the gear they can fit in one backpack, they must spend three weeks dealing with harsh weather conditions, dangerous predators, and other obstacles to find food, set up shelter, avoid exposure, and navigate their way back to civilization. Throughout it all, each twosome must find ways to work with each other to make it to the end.

Is it any good?

This sort-of-informative series offers typical survivalist reality fare with the bonus of documenting how committed partners choose to navigate the wild. Like its sister show Naked and Afraid, it's also laced with arguments about the division of labor, sexist attitudes, and other problems that surface while people are coping with things such as snakes, storms, and starvation. However, because of the cast's preexisting relationships, it shifts much of the focus of the show from surviving the elements to negotiating their interpersonal problems.

Viewers who enjoy man/woman-vs.-nature-themed shows will certainly find enough survival tips, dire moments, and human suffering to make it worth watching. But some of the ongoing relationship drama between these pairs gets annoying, and the more intimate conversations between them are hard to take seriously when they're introduced at a time when there's a real need to work together to secure basic needs for survival. The overall result is a show that seems like it's just trying too hard to put a new spin on an old formula for the sake of the franchise's survival.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons people agree to participate in survivalist challenges. Is it the chance to prove something to themselves? Or something else? Does being featured on TV make a difference in their decision to go on these adventures?

  • How much danger do you think the cast members of these types of shows are really in? Does the camera crew that travels with them help them through the process?

TV details

For kids who love extreme reality

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