The BEST Episodes of Dual Survival

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2020

Network: Discovery

Surviving in the wild is not an exact science. Beyond the basics of finding water, food, shelter and eventually help, opinions vary. Two experts tell how they think it's done in this series, as initial episodes feature trained survivalists Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin demonstrating the skills and creative thinking that can help one cope in tough surroundings. Equipped with minimal gear, the pair are left in remote locations -- an uninhabited island off Nova Scotia, a New Zealand mountaintop, deep in the Everglades, the jungle of Thailand, and the desert of Baja California, to name a few -- where they battle the elements and sometimes each other. Season 3 introduces U.S. Special Ops veteran Joseph Teti to replace Canterbury, and in the middle of Season 4, primitive survivalist Matt Graham of Discovery's "Dude, You're Screwed" replaces Lundin.

Mayan Mayhem

#1 - Mayan Mayhem

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 4, 2014

Trapped in a labyrinth of underground tunnels, Joe and Matt face down darkness and risk drowning only to emerge on surface and find an inhospitable jungle. Their opposing approaches to survival pit them against one another before bringing them to rescue.

star 8.63
78 votes
Up the River

#2 - Up the River

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 24, 2011

In Kentucky, Dave and Cody take on a scenario of two kayakers who are dumped into the cold river just a few hours before sundown. To make things worse, they become separated from each other by two miles of rushing river. Then, Dave traps an irate skunk.

star 8.61
71 votes
No Man Is an Island

#3 - No Man Is an Island

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired May 28, 2014

Teti and Matt Graham in their first episode together in Panama

star 8.60
82 votes
Out of the Ashes Part Two

#4 - Out of the Ashes Part Two

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 4, 2015

Trapped on high ocean cliffs, Joe and Matt struggle to cross a volcanic island covered with jungle and water-filled canyons. Every setback fuels a rift between the guys and only a successful hunt can help them get out alive.

star 8.42
79 votes
Into The Canyons

#5 - Into The Canyons

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 21, 2015

Joe and Matt face down the high desert canyons of Matt's home of 20 years: southern Utah. Without knives or any modern supplies, they attempt to survive and seek rescue in this harsh terrain that's more favorable to rattlesnakes and mountain lions.

star 8.38
91 votes
Hippo Island

#6 - Hippo Island

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 17, 2011

In Botswana's Okavango Delta, Cody and Dave -- equipped only with a dying GPS and waterlogged binoculars -- seek to escape the dangerously territorial and deadly hippos that rule the marshland.

star 8.23
107 votes
Journey's End to a New Beginning

#7 - Journey's End to a New Beginning

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired May 21, 2014

After 15 episodes, the partnership of Cody Lundin and Joe Teti is coming to an end. This special episode of Dual Survival goes behind the scenes with the show’s crew to get the scoop on who is leaving and who’s moving on with a new partner.

star 8.20
103 votes

#8 - Swamplandia

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 18, 2015

Stranded in a black water swamp in southern Georgia, Joe and Matt are deep in alligator territory where peat bogs, mysterious floating islands, and poisonous snakes stand in the way of getting out and finding rescue.

star 8.15
112 votes
Panic in the Jungle

#9 - Panic in the Jungle

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 9, 2010

Dave and Cody take on a lost hiker scenario in the sweltering jungles of Laos

star 8.15
134 votes
Out of Africa

#10 - Out of Africa

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 24, 2011

Cody and Dave take on a survival scenario in South Africa's backcountry where dehydration kills in hours and hungry super-predators kill even faster. Armed with nothing but a machete, they show how to escape the bush without getting eaten alive

star 8.13
111 votes
On the Edge

#11 - On the Edge

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 11, 2014

Lost on a perilous ridgeline, at 15,000 feet above sea level, Joe and Matt are forced to descend slippery cliffs through extreme weather conditions, where altitude sickness and hypothermia threaten, and life-preserving fire alludes them.

star 8.11
105 votes
Out of the Ashes Part One

#12 - Out of the Ashes Part One

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 25, 2015

On the slopes of a tropical volcano, Matt and Joe face roadblocks in their quest to navigate towards the coast including thick rainforest, steep-walled gorges and towering waterfalls that stop them dead in their tracks.

star 8.09
106 votes
Deadly Dunes

#13 - Deadly Dunes

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired May 7, 2014

Marooned in a sea of sand dunes, Joe and Cody traverse the unforgiving desert and trek deep into the mountains of Oman. Threatened by dehydration and heatstroke, their journey shows how nomads have survived for millennia in this hyper-arid land.

star 8.08
113 votes
Grin and Bear It

#14 - Grin and Bear It

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 28, 2015

Joe and Matt travel through the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania, contending with freezing rain, steep ravines and bears.

star 8.07
112 votes
Downed and Out Part Two

#15 - Downed and Out Part Two

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 11, 2015

Marooned on a barren island under the tropical sun, Matt and Joe risk a long swim through shark-infested waters and fight for life-sustaining basics at every turn.

star 8.05
109 votes
Misty Mountain Drop

#16 - Misty Mountain Drop

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 12, 2013

On the season finale, Cody and Joe take on the mountains of Northern California. The damp and treacherous woodland environment proves to be the ultimate test for Cody and Joe, with drastic temperature changes and a lack of dry materials for fire-building.

star 8.00
99 votes
Downed and Out Part One

#17 - Downed and Out Part One

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 4, 2015

Matt and Joe start at the site of a plane crash on an uninhabited tropical island.

star 7.99
113 votes
End of the Road

#18 - End of the Road

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 18, 2014

While stranded in Vietnam, Joe and Matt face the hottest month of the year in South East Asia.

star 7.98
106 votes
Road to Nowhere

#19 - Road to Nowhere

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 1, 2011

The hosts portray two lost travelers who run out of gas on an abandoned logging road in Northern Maine. To survive, they loot a broken-down truck for supplies and find a can of dog food.

star 7.94
102 votes
Coastal Catastrophe

#20 - Coastal Catastrophe

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 18, 2015

Marooned on a rocky coast in the Pacific Northwest, Matt and Joe struggle to get away from powerful waves and come head to head over the question of whether to hunker down or travel deeper into one of the darkest, wettest forest in the United States.

star 7.93
115 votes
Nambian Nightmare

#21 - Nambian Nightmare

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 22, 2015

Stranded in the vast scrubland of Namibia, Joe and Matt are in a race to get out alive from one of the driest countries on earth. They run into trouble with a troop of baboons, proving that Mother Nature isn't the only force in the wilderness.

star 7.88
58 votes
Winter Vortex Part One

#22 - Winter Vortex Part One

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 1, 2015

In the snowiest part of Wyoming, Matt and Joe demonstrate how to repurpose a broken down snowmobile, make shelter from snow, and survive sub-freezing temperatures in whiteout conditions that cause them to miss a chance at rescue

star 7.83
128 votes
Out of the Clouds

#23 - Out of the Clouds

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 27, 2011

Dave and Cody take on the role of biologists lost in the wet cloud forests of Panama 7,000 feet above sea level with only a poncho, specimen jar and a broken lighter to aid in their quest for civilization.

star 7.83
103 votes
Escape and Evade

#24 - Escape and Evade

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 14, 2015

Joe and Matt take on an escape and evasion scenario on the border between Texas and Mexico. Here they confront the dangers of the wilderness without their knives, including being restrained with zip-ties, traveling solo and evading pursuit.

star 7.78
60 votes
Stuck in the Muck

#25 - Stuck in the Muck

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired May 6, 2011

Dave and Cody head into the Everglades to take on the role of airboaters stuck in a sawgrass prairie marsh under the blazing Florida sun. They must seek shelter in a nearby swamp where water moccasin, python and alligators lay in wait.

star 7.78
142 votes