Nobody likes the idea of being stuck in a jungle, desert or an island. But the sheer joy of surviving adverse situations and hostile conditions and returning to the comfort of our homes is something we all can identify with. Survival movies and TV Shows do that to us. They take us through painful ordeals in the struggle for survival in a difficult situation of the protagonist. But even during times of despair and helplessness, our will to survive keeps us going. When streaming platforms define our movie watching patterns to a great deal, the best place to search for your survival series of the moment is Netflix. The leading streaming platform has an amazing compilation of such shows. So, here’s the list of really good survival shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
7. MeatEater (2012)
Created by: Steven Rinella, Joe Rogan and Bryan Callen.
Netflix’s hunting series ‘MeatEater’ has managed to pick up a significant number of fan following ever since it was premiered as an experimental piece in 2012. ‘MeatEater’ takes us through the wilderness of outdoors, and as the title rightly implies, to the nuances of hunting anything from birds and animals for meat. The host, Steven Rinella travels the length and breadth of North American wilderness, hunting and cooking up a variety of living things on earth and sky.
‘MeatEater‘ isn’t just a hunting TV Show with some thrills, but a deep exploration of human nature, by pitting it against the wilderness. At the core of the series lies the most basic thing of human existence: survival. And Rinella’s adventures remind us of the everyday reality out there and the importance of our resources as a survivor.
6. The 100 (2014 – Present)
Created by: Jason Rothenberg
Cast: Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley and Marie Avgeropoulos.
Based on the writings of Kass Morgan, ‘The 100’ is set in dystopian earth 100 years ahead in the future. The Mother Earth has been left behind by her children due to the presence of high radioactive poisoning in the soil, water and air. The remaining human survivors lead a hazardous life on an ark orbiting the earth. But their existence is in question as the ark is only a temporary shelter. The fascist system reigning over the survivors decide to sent 100 juvenile outlaws down to earth as baits to check the possibilities of survival.
When the ‘Expendables’ reach the surface of earth, they confront dangers of a rugged world and fall for the mesmerizing beauty of the planet. Soon, they come across hints of human life survived on the planet after the deadly war. ‘The 100‘ takes us to the meaning of being human and the responsible children of Mother Earth at the same time. The key of ‘Expendables’ to settle and form a tentative commune is one word — survival.
5. Kakegurui (2017 – Present)
Created by: Homura Kawamoto and Toru Naomura
The adventure manga ‘Kakegurui‘ unfolds in the backdrop of Hyakkaou Private Academy, an elite institution for learning the art of gambling. Enrollment in the academy is a privilege granted only to kids of the wealthiest families. The academy has a valuation system that judges the students not by their academic prowess or athletic skills, but by their expertise at high-stakes gambling.
A student council reigns over the campus life with strict rules and an iron fist. The winning students live like kings, while the losers are sent for a horrible ordeal. When the transfer student Yumeko Jabami, a gambling prodigy, comes to the school, she turns the order maintained by the council upside down. Moreover, Yumeko Jabami starts showing the other students the real game of high-stakes gambling.
4. Z Nation (2014 – 2018)
Created by: Craig Engler, Karl Schaefer
Cast: Russell Hodgkinson, Nat Zang and Keith Allan.
‘Z Nation’ starts after three years of a zombie virus infection that wiped off the country. A group of survivors must cross the country with a precious key that leads to the cure of the zombie epidemic. But they had to deal squarely with the grumpy zombie-human hybrid, Murphy. The only viral laboratory remaining in the country is situated on the other side of New York, California.
While the CDC lab is anxiously waiting for a blood sample of the only zombie-human survivor, Murphy, the team continues their journey. They deal with bizarre enemies, including both old and new zombies and an increasingly arrogant and lethal Murphy. While Murphy innovates all kinds of headache, the team confront new threats and dangers every season. ‘Z Nation’ has been running for four years and has completed 5 seasons so far.
3. Highway Thru Hell (2011 – Present)
Cast: Jamie Davis, Dave Pettitt and Al Quiring.
‘Highway Thru Hell‘ follows the operations of Jamie Davis Motor Truck Company, a heavy vehicle rescue and recovery towing firm. The show is more than just a TV program about jobs that might kill you. ‘Highway Thru Hell’ presents the men behind cover who pull the big rig drivers out of danger when death lurches in ditches beneath the icy roads.
The show closely follows the day-to-day operations of the heavy vehicle towing and recovery team, as they risk the brutal road conditions. The slippery lanes of British Columbia’s Coquihalla Highway keep the movement constantly without traffic blockades. By the time we finish watching the 102 episodes of 5 seasons of ‘Highway Thru Hell,’ survival will have a new meaning and dimension in our perception. Those men who stay awake and risk their lives in dangerous work conditions in a workplace as notorious as the Coquihalla Highway, with rapid weather changes, will make us rethink about the complaints about our daily desk jobs.
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2. Dating Around (2019 – Present)
Created by: Chris Culvenor
Cast: Gurki Basra, Kate Burr and Jonathan A. Hanna.
In our age of alienation and detachment, Netflix makes a daring movie by introducing a dating reality show, which in turn becomes a survival note. ‘Dating Around‘ has an exciting premise of six real-life single persons venturing on five blind dates. There is no shortage of flirtations and intimate vibes. But the question of survival lies in their potential to find a perfect match with whom they can try a second date!
‘Dating Around’ breaks the cliched outlook put forward by the N number of dating reality programs by emphasizing on one thing — to establish a connection with another person. Connecting with other people becomes vital in the ordeal of survival in our era of social media and virtual reality. Began airing on the 14th of February, 2019, ‘Dating Around’ televises the magic of making an intimate connection with someone and survive our virtual existence as an island surrounded by thousands of similar lonely isles.
1. Life Below Zero (2013 – Present)
Cast: James Franzo, Agnes Hailstone and Sue Aikens.
‘Life Below Zero‘ is a breathtaking survival saga set in the merciless snow terrains of Alaska. The show follows seven people living in the middle of the least populated states in the U.S. Their existence has been zeroed in on the battle for the most basic necessities to stay alive. One wrong move or a faulty decision could claim their life. While some of them choose to fight the battle for survival alone, others have their families for company.
We feel the piercing arrows of cold in nights as our subjects survive on resources they collected during the long and lonely winter. And in the spring, they struggle hard around the clock to collect enough food and other supplies for the upcoming winter. At the end of the ordeal, only the strongest member will be able to endure the extreme loneliness and hostile nature. Immense courage, mental strength and persistence are required to survive these brutal conditions.
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