A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Infrequent language: "I don't know why the hell I'm doing this."
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Products & Purchases
Participants are celebrities; their projects may be plugged or at least mentioned. Some of these projects may not be appropriate for young kids.
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.
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.
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