Do you remember the time when Netflix had dropped ‘Bandersnatch‘ and everyone was talking about this really cool new choose-your-own-adventure show? Well, guess what, Netflix was just getting started and now it has something even better — ‘You vs. Wild’. The show allows you to make decisions for Bear Grylls and help him survive the harsh conditions of the nature he exposes himself to. You get to decide if he walks or crawls, climbs a mountain or finds another way around it and also if he should drink his pee or not.
However, in order to understand how you must help Bear Grylls survive in the wild, you must first be familiar with the wild yourself. Now I’m not asking you to pack your bags and live off the land for a week, but what you can do is get yourself familiar with Bear’s previous adventures and understand what he would do in various different scenarios. And even if you’re evil enough to get him killed out there in the wild, which I’m sure is not a scenario, you still need to know where you’re supposed to land him to get him in trouble. So let’s take a look at some shows that may not allow you to choose your own adventure but will surely prepare you to simulate Grylls’s adventure and make the whole survival experience even better for you. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘You vs. Wild’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘You vs. Wild’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
11. Man vs. Wild (2006)
Even though it is pretty obvious that Bear Grylls is followed around with a camera crew at all times, that does not mean that the man lacks the skills to survive in the most horrible environments on the planet and that does not mean that the show is entirely fake. Bear Grylls is a former SAS soldier and the training of a SAS soldier is far more than what he does on the camera. Grylls surely has a charm for the camera and undoubtedly knows how to survive the world out there. Anyone who doubts that should just take a moment and think about the times he ate all those disgusting things out in the woods. Why would he even bother to put himself through all of that if it was just scripted? If you want to get familiar with Gryll’s ways and strategies, then this would be the perfect place to begin.
10. Running Wild with Bear Grylls (2014)
What’s better than watching Bear Grylls survive the wild? A-list celebrities being pushed out of their comfort zones as they try to survive the harshest climates and the most brutal conditions with Grylls. I would surely want Bear around if was ever stuck in the middle of a forest or had to rappel down a river with some crazy rapids and that’s probably the reason why most of these celebrities agree to join him on his adventures. It’s fascinating to watch them in real-life situations where they even shed some real tears. The survival genre was actually starting to get a little boring before this came out.