The BEST Episodes of Man vs. Wild

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2019

Network: Discovery

MAN VS. WILD brings seasoned adventurer Bear Grylls face to face with the grueling task of navigating remote locations, sharing invaluable survival strategies along the way.


#1 - Ecuador

Season 1 - Episode 14

Bear Grylls offers survival tips in the Ecuadorian jungle. Included: building a bamboo bridge; making a bow and arrow; determining which plants are poisonous.

star 8.41
29 votes
Ring of Fire: Castaway (2)

#2 - Ring of Fire: Castaway (2)

Season 2 - Episode 11

Dropped by helicopter, Grylls has to survive on a remote island located in Indonesia. He hunts for stingrays and land crabs while drinking whatever fresh clean rain water he may get. In the end he builds a small raft out of drift wood of bamboo and heads to the sea.

star 8.38
21 votes
Ring of Fire: Jungle Swamp (1)

#3 - Ring of Fire: Jungle Swamp (1)

Season 2 - Episode 10

Grylls battles the fierce swamps in Sumatra, Indonesia. As he struggles to keep dry and avoid trench foot, he runs into several types of wildlife, including lizards and the deadly mangrove snake.

star 8.35
23 votes
Siberia (1)

#4 - Siberia (1)

Season 2 - Episode 12

With temperatures dipping to -50°C, Grylls has to keep warm before hypothermia sets in. He uses snares to catch his food, and a fire to keep warm. He puts up a scenario for the great dangers to walk over a frozen lake, and how to survive without drowning and/or before hypothermia sets in.

star 8.33
21 votes
Directors: Tony Lee
Siberia: Land of Ice (2)

#5 - Siberia: Land of Ice (2)

Season 2 - Episode 13

Grylls is in Siberia, learning survival techniques from the Tuvans and, eating raw yak liver as well as drinking its blood for food.

star 8.29
14 votes
Directors: Tony Lee
Extreme Desert

#6 - Extreme Desert

Season 5 - Episode 6

In the Mojave Desert Grylls puts himself in the path of a man-made sandstorm, takes on the full force of a man-made flash flood and HALO jump from 30,000 feet. His body is pushed to the limit as the temperature soars from minus 40 to 110 degrees.

star 8.25
24 votes
Global Survival Guide

#7 - Global Survival Guide

Season 6 - Episode 6

Bear Grylls travels the world to give you the best tips and techniques so you can survive wherever you're stranded. From skin diving without a mask in the tropics, to finding water in the desert, this is the best of Bear's never before seen footage.

star 8.22
18 votes

#8 - Zambia

Season 2 - Episode 8

Grylls drops into the mighty Zambezi river.

star 8.19
21 votes
Directors: Chris Richards
Arctic Circle

#9 - Arctic Circle

Season 4 - Episode 1

Grylls goes to the Arctic Circle, where he encounters a frozen waterfall, wild reindeer and some of the coldest conditions on the planet.

star 8.18
44 votes
Directors: Andrew Barron
Cape Wrath, Scotland

#10 - Cape Wrath, Scotland

Season 6 - Episode 2

In Scotland off the rugged coast of Cape Wrath, Bear is dropped into open ocean. After getting ashore, he realises he's on an island and must swim to the mainland. Bear fashions a wetsuit from a seal's hide to withstand the frigid crossing. Well into the trek, he is forced to turn back as an incoming estuary tide nearly cuts him off. After he makes it to dry land, Bear has a close call with the steep treacherous Scottish rock terrain

star 8.18
34 votes

#11 - Turkey

Season 3 - Episode 10

Grylls heads to Turkey where he deals with dangerous animals and he also takes to the water

star 8.15
27 votes
Directors: Andrew Barron

#12 - Guatemala

Season 4 - Episode 11

Grylls rappels onto a live volcano in Guatemala, navigates a waterfall in an underground cave, creates a nest to safely sleep in but gets an unwelcome bed buddy, and encounters ancient Mayan ruins.

star 8.14
29 votes
Directors: Alexis Girardet
Pacific Island

#13 - Pacific Island

Season 4 - Episode 8

Grylls is on a deserted Panamanian island; he creates fresh water and chooses to use tribal fishing techniques before battling the sea on a makeshift raft. Later in the episode he gives himself an enema in order to stay hydrated on the open seas.

star 8.13
30 votes

#14 - Everglades

Season 1 - Episode 10

Bear drops into the Florida Everglades where he slogs through the swamps, offering survival tips while dodging alligators and rattlesnakes, and dining on frogs and turtles.

star 8.08
38 votes
North Africa

#15 - North Africa

Season 4 - Episode 14

Grylls crosses the Sahara desert to the North Africa coast, where he catches an octopus, fashions a shelter out of acacia trees and dines on moths and locusts.

star 8.05
19 votes
Directors: Nick Fletcher
The Inside Story

#16 - The Inside Story

Season 4 - Episode 7

The Man vs. Wild crew who follow Grylls on his travels across the globe, tell how it feels to follow in his footsteps and reveal just how they make Man vs. Wild.

star 8.05
21 votes
New Zealand South Island

#17 - New Zealand South Island

Season 7 - Episode 2

This week Bear braves the remote wilderness of New Zealand's South Island, crossing the country's tallest mountains and attempting to start a fire with wood that is soaking wet.

star 8.02
52 votes
Land of the Maori

#18 - Land of the Maori

Season 7 - Episode 5

Over 100 people drown each year in New Zealand, and Bear must cross a raging river on a tree trunk to head toward civilization. On his journey to safety he runs out of water, is forced to climb up active volcanic ranges and scale down a waterfall.

star 8.00
47 votes
Men vs. Wild with Jake Gyllenhaal

#19 - Men vs. Wild with Jake Gyllenhaal

Season 7 - Episode 1

In this episode, Bear is joined by movie star Jake Gyllenhaal as he attempts to find his way out of the Icelandic wilderness, doing (and eating) whatever they have to to survive.

star 7.99
80 votes

#20 - Alaska

Season 4 - Episode 5

Grylls returns to the wilderness of Alaska to survive the dangerous terrain of the Last Frontier.

star 7.97
35 votes
Directors: Nick White
Dominican Republic

#21 - Dominican Republic

Season 3 - Episode 9

Grylls has some tips on how to survive the hurricane season and he also eats a tarantula to survive

star 7.96
25 votes
Directors: Carl Hindmarch

#22 - Vietnam

Season 4 - Episode 3

Grylls demonstrates what it was like for soldiers who had to survive in the jungles of Vietnam, during the Vietnam War.

star 7.95
45 votes
Directors: Sid Bennett
Republic of Georgia

#23 - Republic of Georgia

Season 5 - Episode 4

Grylls lands in the snow-capped Caucasus Mountains of the Georgian Republic by driving a snowmobile out the back of a hovering helicopter. He ziplines across a river, camps among wolves and trudges through swampy wetlands.

star 7.93
29 votes

#24 - Iceland

Season 1 - Episode 11

Bear braces for the cold of Iceland, offering survival tips that include how to build a snow cave, live through a blizzard and avoid frostbite, and forage for food.

star 7.93
28 votes

#25 - Alabama

Season 4 - Episode 2

Grylls wrestles a pig, squeezes through some tight spots, and survives a forest fire in the swamps of Alabama. It is revealed that Grylls broke his shoulder while in Antarctica two months previously.

star 7.93
41 votes
Directors: Nick White