Naked and Afraid

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Survivalist challenge reveals teamwork ... and nude bottoms.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The importance of communication, persistence, and team work are central themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Survivalists participate in the experience for personal fulfillment rather than for money or prizes. Contestants have to be brave, committed, and have physical and mental strength in order to complete the process. Occasionally male participants express sexist attitudes about female survivalists (usually uttered out of frustration).

Violence

Occasional images of bloody, poisonous snake bites, and gaping bloody wounds that show rotting flesh. Participants sometimes yell, snap, or lose their temper as a result of being hungry or exhausted. Animals and reptiles are shown being killed, skinned, and eaten.

Sex

Survivalists are naked throughout the entire experience; bare bottoms are visible, but other private parts are blurred. No sexual activity. The lack of clothing leads to fears of exposure to the elements and/or predators, rather than awkwardness and embarrassment. Occasional references to "balls."

Language

Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.

Consumerism

Labels like The North Face are sometimes visible, but not very often.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the reality series Naked And Afraid features men and a women who do not know each other sharing a 21-day survivalist challenge without food, water, shelter, or clothes. Despite frequent images of bare bottoms (other private body parts are blurred), it is not sexual, and focuses on the challenges they face when trying to survive in extreme environments at a very primitive level. Animal bites and occasionally gruesome wounds are visible, and sometimes participants get sick or injured. Mild arguments and bleeped curse words are often uttered, often as a result of severe exhaustion and hunger. It's a bit intense for younger kids, but teens should be able to see past the nudity and understand the messages about communication, teamwork, and perseverance.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybootsieginger July 27, 2013

Fascinating series

Find the series fascinating. So much is made of the nudism but that aspect only adds to the vulnerability of the participants. How uppity can one be naked? M... Continue reading
Adult Written byCommon sense dad November 1, 2014

Anyone who lets their kids watch this is sick in the head.

First, this is totally unrealistic. Even the most primitive humans dress for the climate. Next, it is totally exploitive. I don’t care what culture you come fro... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymgyogurt October 5, 2014

I love this show

I love survival shows as is and this has like a new twist on it. Though there is some booty showing who cares. Its a butt it isn't something new.
Kid, 8 years old June 22, 2015

Great, but gross, violent, and extremely bloody show has lots of nudity, racy references, language.

This show is about women and men who must go to parts of the world and survive 21 days in the nature, nude and only have a knife, or rope, and no water or food.... Continue reading

What's the story?

The reality documentary series NAKED AND AFRAID features men and women who are complete strangers attempting to survive 21 days together in some of the world's most extreme natural environments without food, water, or clothes. Each episode features an experienced male and female survivalist who have been voluntarily dropped off in a remote area of the world, followed only by a small camera crew who are not to interact with them unless a medical need arises. After the duo meets and picks up a primitive map, hand-held camera, and the one object they've each chosen to bring with them on the journey, they must proceed to work together to find a place near a water source to camp and hunt and gather food. They must also find ways to keep themselves protected from the elements, as well as the wide variety of dangerous living organisms -- including lethally venomous snakes and angry howler monkeys. After 21 days of living together in the wild, they must make the difficult journey to the pick-up point. Once their experience is over, viewers are given information about whether or not their primitive survival ratings (PSRs), which were assigned to them before their adventure began, have improved as a result of their experience.

Is it any good?

From trying to stay warm in perpetually wet weather to not eating a single thing for five days due to lack of food, the survivalists push themselves as far as they ever thought they could during their primitive 21-day adventure. Significantly adding to the challenge is finding ways to communicate effectively, work together, and reconcile their personality differences in order to remain physically, mentally, and emotionally capable of making it to the end. But while this creates some tense moments, most of the show's focus is on the drama created by their natural surroundings.

Naked and Afraid sometimes feels like an odd laboratory experiment as we watch these folks develop a kind of forced relationship while losing large amounts of weight, getting sick, and reacting out of desperation thanks to becoming more hungry, hot, cold, and exhausted with each passing day. The fact that they are naked throughout the experience only underscores how vulnerable they really are in their surroundings. It's more voyeuristic than educational, but it still offers some important lessons about the kinds of things that can help you survive the wild.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about survivalists. What drives people to live in the wild or trek across remote regions of the world? Where do they get their training in order to do this? What do you think motivates the participants of this show?

  • Are shows like this one meant to be educational or entertaining? What can people learn from them? How realistic is it to think that people without survivalist training could survive in harsh outdoor living conditions with minimal resources?

  • Why do you think the producers chose to make the participants naked?

  • Who are some of the most famous wilderness explorers and survivalists portrayed in TV and films over the years? What special skills do they have?

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