You vs. Wild

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Interactive survival show lets viewers decide star's fate.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

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

Positive Messages

You and Bear Grylls are often risking your lives for good causes, like rescuing a rescue dog or delivering medicine to a remote village. The show is also about developing an appreciation and respect for nature, even when it's dangerous.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bear Grylls involves you in every step of his decision making process and walks you through the positive or negative results of each decision. He's a great teacher, in addition to being an obviously skilled adventurer.


A crocodile can be hit with a slingshot.


Grylls mentions that you "have to cover your butt with mud."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that You vs. Wild is an interactive survival adventure show in which viewers travel on missions with Bear Grylls and make decisions that affect the outcome. Missions range from spending the night in an inhospitable environment to rescuing a doctor who has been lost in the jungle, and they are immersive experiences both in terms of how they're shot and the decisions viewers are allowed to make. Grylls will ask for viewers input on things like whether to ski or paraglide, or whether to eat termites or grubs. Grylls walks viewers through the outcomes of each decision, teaching survival skills and critical thinking along the way.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTinytoes April 6, 2021


He learned a lot, stayed engaged, was keen to find all the options, it lead to learning and investigation beyond the show which is what you want as a parent. E... Continue reading
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byLlama79 October 15, 2019


It is good because it is very interacto and cool
Kid, 10 years old October 29, 2020


Awesome show with almost no violence and it teaches kids about nature.
Teen, 13 years old Written byRayMay3000 July 25, 2020

Awesome and Interactive!

One of my favorite shows! It is interactive which keeps you engaged the whole time. It also is very educational about nature and survival. I 100% recommended fo... Continue reading

What's the story?

Bear Grylls, who rose to fame on the survival show Man vs. Wild, undertakes a series of missions in remote and dangerous parts of the world in YOU VS. WILD. The twist here is that the viewer gets to make critical decisions along the way that determine whether or not Grylls is successful. What should he bring along with him? What path should he take? Where should he sleep? What should he eat? It's up to you.

Is it any good?

Netflix's investment in interactive programming pays off in a big way with Bear Grylls' survival adventure, which is immersive and gratifying while feeling like there are actually big things at stake for your decisions. There are plenty of ways to enjoy You vs. Wild -- as a pure survival show; a test of your critical thinking skills; a race to the finish line -- and with each decision, Grylls talks you through the outcomes, succeed or fail, so that you're constantly learning about survival skills and critical thinking. This series is an incredible fusion of form and content that also happens to be a lot of fun. It's nothing less than a breakthrough. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes You vs. Wild dangerous. Why are survival skills important for each of the places Grylls visits? What does it take to survive in these places?

  • How do you make decisions in the wild? What is your thought process? Are you actually concerned for Grylls' survival, or do you just want to see him eat weird things?

  • What were the consequences of some of your decisions? How did it feel when you made a good decision? A bad decision?

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