History’s survival competitionAlone is one of the few shows on television. Do not die! is the only rule for those who are dumped into the wilderness on this show, which is open to men and women from all around the world. Winners earn half a million bucks and bragging rights over the rest of us who’ve spent the last week on the couch in front of the television. In the wake of AloneSeason 8’s launch this week on the History Channel, it’s a good time to get thrilled for even more people ignoring rationality and pushing it aside.
What should you watch while you wait for the next episode of Alone Season 8? For shows like Alone, I scoured the streamingverse’s remotest corners, looking for competitions or educational survival shows produced by skilled pros. Get your pocketknife ready, tie your squirrel trap, and stock up on moss because we’ve got seven Alone-themed shows for you.
Is there anything else you’d like a recommendation for? Many of them are available. In addition, we offer recommendations for the greatest Netflix reality competition shows and the finest apocalypse shows to binge.
Survivorman, which aired on several networks from 2004 to 2015, was the first of many survival shows that put people in perilous situations for our viewing pleasure. There is a specific survival situation for Les Stroud to deal with in each episode, ranging from the harsh Canadian snowscape to the skin-boiling outback of Australia. A major feature of this show was that it was one of only a few in which the subject was also responsible for filming themselves, which Alone takes from, stressing the true lone survival. Although he had a crew following him, he was essentially on his own. The early seasons of Survivorman, before Stroud turned it into a Bigfoot-hunting show for whatever reason, remain some of the best survival television ever made. Pluto TV (free) and Discovery+ (pay-TV) are both options for watching.
2. Out of the Wild: Venezuela
Nine people with little or no experience in survival were sent into the rocky wilderness of Venezuela in Out of the Wild’s third season as an ode to the popular reality show Survivor. A presenter was not there to welcome them to a tribal ceremony, and there were no staged challenges, eliminations, or immunity idols. The squad had to travel from one location to another, with a number of checkpoints and camps in between, starting with very little. A single slip on uneven terrain or a steep cliffside may have resulted in the death of the person on the “points.” Inexperienced participants pose a greater risk than in earlier survival programs, and more than half of the original nine competitors bail out before the ultimate destination is reached over a month after they set out. There is only one season that is currently available for streaming, although Season 2 is located in Alaska, while Season 1 features four 10-man teams.
3. Win the Wilderness
Unlike Alone, 2020’s Win the Wilderness, the latest addition to survival TV, brings couples to the Alaskan wilderness where they compete against five other couples in a series of survival tasks. In contrast to Alone, which is a more standard reality competition series, this one boasts an interesting prize for the winner: a three-story house, airstrip, guest cabin, and greenhouse in the middle of Alaska that is 100 miles away from the nearest road. A new owner will be chosen by current owners Duane and Rena Ose, who created the hermetic property on their own but can no longer maintain it because they are in their 70s. One of the things that sets Win the Wilderness apart from other reality shows is that you get to witness a variety of survival techniques in action, yet no one here is actually in danger.
4. You vs. Wild
Aside from the fact that Bear Grylls isn’t always as remote or in danger as he claims, any one of his many shows will satisfy your craving for more Alone-related content. It’s a novel spin, though, on the genre that allows viewers to create life-or-death situations for Grylls in his interactive Netflix series You vs. Wild. For example, if Grylls gets to a point where he can make a decision, you push a button on your TV remote to select one of two options. As a bonus, you’ll be able to learn a thing or two about how to handle specific situations in the process. This is for those who have never competed in a survival show before.
5. Dual Survival
Discover’s Dual Survival pits two men against the wilderness, rather than simply one. A major difference between this show and Alone is that both players are survival specialists who have various methods for avoiding death, and there is no competition… except for each other. DUAL SURVIVAL excels in teaching you multiple means of surviving anything, with multiple possibilities from the two guys’ opposing beliefs, in each episode.
6. Naked and Afraid/Naked and Afraid XL
Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid franchise, which launched in 2013 and quickly became a sensation, may not have been possible without the popularity of Alone. In each episode, two strangers are abandoned in the wilderness for 21 days with nothing but their wits, a single handy item, and their bare butts, as part of the extreme survival series. Naked and Afraid XL expanded the franchise after becoming a hit, bringing back veterans of the series in groups of 12 or more to survive together for an entire season. XL is more like Survivor, but without the crazy games, whereas Naked and Afraid is self-contained, so you can watch as much or as little as you want (unlike the contestants).
7. Mountain Men
Even if these Alone participants can survive for two to three months in the wilderness, what if they had to live in the wilderness for their entire lives? As part of the ever-growing “interesting people living in insane places” (or “insane people living in interesting places”) genre of programming, History’s Mountain Men follows various people who live in remote places like Alaska and Montana to see how they cope with their daily lives while storms and predators are bearing down. In the highlands, it’s less about the minute-by-minute struggle of surviving with a limited supply, and more about surviving for months on end. Even if you don’t like beards, you could enjoy this show’s facial hair.