There are very few shows that I’ll stop and watch when channel surfing (then why am I channel surfing? Good question). One such show is Survivorman, a one-man documentary about surviving in extreme environments:
Airing on The Science Channel in the U.S., and The Outdoor Life Network in Canada, each episode finds Survivorman Les Stroud abandoned in a remote location. He carries little more than the clothes on his back â€“ and his cameras. Les not only needs to survive for a week without supplies, but he has to film everything himself, lugging over fifty pounds of camera gear the entire time. The Costa Rican rainforest, Arctic ice-flows, Georgian swamp and the high Sonora desert include a few locales where Les has overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.
It’s like Survivor without the bitchiness and goofy games. It’s compelling television, as he tries to build shelters and fires, collect water and find food all by himself. After the first day, there’s no camera crew–just the host and the elements. It’s pretty educational, and certainly will be valuable watching should I ever, you know, get lost in the jungle.