Running Wild with Bear Grylls

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
Running Wild with Bear Grylls TV Poster Image
Celebs learn survival skills in tense, exhilarating series.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Grylls is much admired for his skills in living off the land, which sends a message of respect for the environment and harmony with nature. Strength, perseverance, and smarts also are admired on this show.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The celebs who come to have adventures with Grylls are game and do their best. Grylls himself is a strong, smart, brave outdoorsman with plenty of survival and teaching skills.


Participants are often in some kind of danger: clinging to the side of a mountain, parachuting, rope-climbing over steep, high and slippery cliffs. The camera emphasizes heights and danger. Dead animals are seen and killed for food on-screen. 


Infrequent language: "I don't know why the hell I'm doing this."


Participants are celebrities; their projects may be plugged or at least mentioned. Some of these projects may not be appropriate for young kids.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in Running Wild with Bear Grylls the famed outdoorsman/survivalist leads celebrities on vigorous natural quests. There's very little iffy content, but younger or sensitive kids may be scared by stunts such as rappelling down very steep, slippery slopes, jumping out of planes and helicopters, and crossing deep gulches on a rope. Those with a fear of heights may find many of Grylls-and-company's activities to be nail-bitingly scary. There also are gross-out moments, as when Grylls and a friend find a ripe groundhog corpse in a river and slice it open. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Teen, 13 years old Written byCrookDragoon666 September 11, 2016

Great Show For Kids 11 and up

Running Wild With Bear Grylls is funny, engaging, and awesome. I started watching during season 2, and I have loved it since. It's not much for violence, u... Continue reading

What's the story?

It seems like Average Jane and Joe viewers aren't alone in envying nature superhero Bear Grylls for his survivalist skills: Celebrities, too, have watched his shows and wanted to play (fight, climb, kill, camp) along. In RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS, an hour-long series, famous people from Zac Efron to Channing Tatum to Tom Arnold do just that. Each week, a different celebrity takes a two-day adventure with Grylls, always getting from one point to another in the most adventurous way possible. You wouldn't want to try these stunts at home, but they're a lot of fun to watch on TV.

Is it any good?

You probably already know if you're the kind of person who will enjoy Running Wild with Bear Grylls, and that answer is best predicated on whether you enjoyed Grylls' other one-lone-man-against-cruel-nature shows, such sa Man vs. Wild. The chief appeal is Grylls' go-for-broke spirit. A 150-foot waterfall stands between you and the thing you want to get to? Wrap a rope around your body and lower yourself down! Can't find any food? Dig yourself up some healthy worm protein! 

Adding in a queasy, nervous celebrity gives the whole undertaking more cringe appeal. Grylls has no trouble tucking into a pot of worms, but the look on Zac Efron's face is worth it. Viewers who don't enjoy watching others in physical jeopardy (albeit well-planned and picturesque jeopardy) will be turned off by the derring-do; those with a sporty or survivalist bent themselves will probably want to watch for a bit of wish fulfillment. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether the adventures Bear Grylls and his guests go on look fun and exciting or scary and miserable. Are they supposed to look like fun? Why, or why not?

  • Shows in which people are put into difficult situations and then watched as they struggle are common on television. Why? What's interesting about these situations? Are they particularly pleasant to watch from the perspective of a comfy couch?

  • Did watching any of Bear Grylls' celebrity guests make you respect or like them more or less? Do you think this was the reaction the celebrity was hoping for when he or she agreed to appear?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love adventures

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate