10. Mountain Men – 7.3 (Hulu)
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There have been a number of “mountain men” living off the grid for nine seasons now. Their goal is to lead a more simple and uncomplicated life, free from the distractions of the outside world. Tom Oar, Eustace Conway, and the other men have been kind enough to open the camera lenses so that viewers around the world can follow their journey through the harsh winters and hungry animals.
These men have braved the elements from North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains to Alaska’s frigid Yaak River. The men don’t appear to be intimidated by anything, but they are aware that nothing is as simple as it seems.
9. Treehouse Masters – 7.2 (Hulu)
As of 2013, Pete Nelson and his crew have been building one-of-a-kind treehouses that range from simple to over-the-top awesome. Pete Nelson, a world-renowned treehouse designer and builder, has been referred to as a “tree whisperer.” It’s all about Nelson and his team as they walk viewers through the process and solve problems as they go.
Nelson uses science and art to bring his clients’ dreams to life for the benefit of the audience. Among the projects Nelson and his team have completed are an 800-square-foot treehouse in Texas, an Irish-themed cottage, and much more. Those who enjoy design, nature, and high-quality treehouses should tune in to this show.
8. Man vs. Wild – 8.1 (Hulu)
Since 2006, Man vs. Wild has been a popular television show that teaches viewers how to survive in the wilderness. When it comes to showing viewers what it’s like to live off the land and how to survive in hostile environments, Bear Grylls is a master. As part of the series, Bear also invites high-profile guests like Jake Gyllenhaal, Barack Obama and Kate Winslet.
Because of Bear’s reliance on his film crew to get him back to civilization and through the wild and crazy terrain, he’s been pushing the envelope ever since the first season of the show aired. While the camera appears to capture everything, there are supposedly some parts of Man vs. Wild that are kept under wraps.
7. Night On Earth – 8.2 (Netflix)
In Nature of Earth, Samira Wiley serves as the narrator and uses new technology to capture animals that are most active at night. In order to show viewers animals in their natural habitat, the producers use a cutting-edge low-light camera.
There are only seven episodes of Night on Earth available on Netflix, but that doesn’t diminish its quality as a well-executed miniseries.
6. Survivorman – 8.2 (Hulu)
Les Stroud’s life on Survivorman, where he puts himself in extreme survival situations, includes going without food, water, or shelter. The decisions he must make in each of his challenges could put everything at risk, and he has only a few supplies to rely on.
In order to survive, Les relies on the land to provide him with food, water, and other resources, which isn’t always easy. In each new episode, Les challenges himself to spend seven days in each new location. His job also includes carrying 50 pounds of camera equipment, which isn’t a small undertaking.
5. Alone – 8.4 (Hulu)
Over 5,000 people have applied to be a part of the first season of Alone, an American reality show that follows ten people as they journey through remote regions of the world, documenting their experiences as they go. Survival skills are put to the test in a remote location with only ten personal possessions available to each person.
Unbeknownst to the remaining participants, each person who “taps out” brings them one step closer to winning the $500,000. Since the seventh season, the prize money has been increased to one million dollars, which has made the hunger pains and cold thecast battle even more difficult for the cast.
4. Natural Curiosities – 8.5 (Amazon Prime Video)
Natural Curiosities is a British natural show hosted by Sir David Attenborough, a well-known English broadcaster, writer, and naturalist. Natural Curiosities sheds light on some of nature’s most evolutionary anomalies and how wild animals continue to thrive, baffle and fascinate.
2. Sunrise Earth – 8.9 – (Discovery Go)
Many factors contributed to Sunrise Earth’s rise in popularity between 2004 and 2009. The creators of this series took a novel approach, only photographing nature at sunrise in locations all over the world. Because there is no narration, viewers must rely solely on what they see onscreen.
There are no special effects in Sunrise Earth; instead, the focus is on the ambient sounds of the various locations, each of which appears to be more idyllic than the last.
3. The Last Alaskans – 8.5 (Hulu)
Documentary series The Last Alaskans follows the lives of isolated Alaskans as they struggle to survive in the untouched wilderness. The cast is isolated from the rest of the world, and even from roads, as they rely on the land for their survival.
Throughout the course of four seasons, the show has focused on a group of Alaskan trappers and their families. The film’s cinematography matches the film’s compelling subject matter, making for an engaging viewing experience.
1. Our Planet – 9.3 (Netflix)
With David Attenborough’s narration, Our Planet is an incredible series. Focused on habitat diversity around the world, the series includes Antarctica, South America’s jungles and the vast landscapes of Africa.
All aspects of the film—visuals, music, and narration—are flawless as the audience is transported into a world that is both alien and familiar at the same time. Some behind-the-scenes facts are necessary to truly appreciate the wonders of Our Planet.