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Running Wild with Bear Grylls
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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?
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