The BEST Episodes of Man vs. Wild

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2021

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.

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#1 - Everglades

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 15, 2007

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 8.68
98 votes

#2 - Turkey

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 9, 2009

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

star 8.38
85 votes
Directors: Andrew Barron
Pacific Island

#3 - Pacific Island

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 6, 2010

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 8.29
90 votes
Dominican Republic

#4 - Dominican Republic

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 2, 2009

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

star 8.29
84 votes
Directors: Carl Hindmarch
Malaysian Archipelago

#5 - Malaysian Archipelago

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Mar 17, 2011

Bear Grylls is dropped in an archipelago of islands off the coast of Borneo. Fighting dense jungle and scaling towering escarpments, Bear struggles to find freshwater. In his search for food, he tries to spear fish at depths of 20ft and traps a wild boar.

star 8.22
85 votes
Directors: Hugh Ballantyne
Fan vs. Wild

#6 - Fan vs. Wild

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 5, 2009

Grylls takes two fans into the Canadian wilderness for their ultimate survival challenge. They face their fears head on, trek down dangerous glaciers and across a frigid glacial river, build a rustic shelter, and try to swallow typical Grylls fare.

star 8.20
143 votes
Directors: Hugh Ballentyne
Global Survival Guide

#7 - Global Survival Guide

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 24, 2011

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 8.00
20 votes
North Africa

#8 - North Africa

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 17, 2010

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 7.98
105 votes
Directors: Nick Fletcher
Men vs. Wild with Jake Gyllenhaal

#9 - Men vs. Wild with Jake Gyllenhaal

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 11, 2011

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 7.91
306 votes

#10 - Iceland

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 22, 2007

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 7.84
32 votes
Land of the Maori

#11 - Land of the Maori

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 19, 2011

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 7.83
215 votes
Hawaii - Desert Island

#12 - Hawaii - Desert Island

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 29, 2006

Bear Grylls is cast adrift in the Pacific Ocean, encountering coral reefs, rip currents, relentless surf and sharks.

star 7.80
49 votes

#13 - Mexico

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 29, 2007

In Mexico, Bear must find his way out of Copper Canyon, and his only supplies are a water bottle, a flint and a knife. Included: how to build a compass; catching and eating scorpions; basics of fire-making; fishing without a line.

star 7.79
39 votes
Behind the Wild

#14 - Behind the Wild

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 22, 2010

star 7.78
50 votes
Kimberly, Australia

#15 - Kimberly, Australia

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 6, 2007

In Kimberly, Australia, Bear faces extreme heat, poisonous snakes and the ever present danger of dehydration. Survival tips include how to forage for food, build a shelter and extreme measures to avoid dehydrating.

star 7.72
92 votes
Iceland: Fire and Ice

#16 - Iceland: Fire and Ice

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 25, 2011

Bear returns to Iceland to demonstrate the challenge of surviving its many pitfalls. His trek begins on an ice cap covering an active volcano, where food sources are scarce and travels down towards a civilization with swollen rivers between him and safety.

star 7.69
72 votes
Urban Survivor

#17 - Urban Survivor

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 3, 2010

Grylls is in a post-disaster urban city scenario and he must survive. His thirst to live and survival techniques modified for a city environment keep him alive in a concrete wasteland in Gdynia, Poland.

star 7.63
140 votes
Directors: Nick White
The Rockies

#18 - The Rockies

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 10, 2006

Host Bear Grylls parachutes alone into a remote area of the Rocky Mountains equipped with only the clothes on his back.

star 7.60
155 votes
Directors: Mike Warner
Ring of Fire: Jungle Swamp (1)

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

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 16, 2008

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 7.58
53 votes
Siberia (1)

#20 - Siberia (1)

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired May 30, 2008

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 7.58
52 votes
Directors: Tony Lee
Ring of Fire: Castaway (2)

#21 - Ring of Fire: Castaway (2)

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired May 23, 2008

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 7.57
51 votes
Republic of Georgia

#22 - Republic of Georgia

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 1, 2009

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 7.55
142 votes
Arctic Circle

#23 - Arctic Circle

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 12, 2009

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

star 7.55
187 votes
Directors: Andrew Barron
Baja Desert

#24 - Baja Desert

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 6, 2008

Grylls must cross blistering desert and barren salt plains in Mexico's Baja peninsula. While collecting honey Grylls is stung by a bee and his face becomes severely swollen, nearly blinding him.

star 7.51
182 votes
Directors: David O'Neil
Alaskan Mountain Range

#25 - Alaskan Mountain Range

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 22, 2006

In the Chugach Mountains of Alaska, Bear has only a bottle of water, a knife and a flint as he travels down mountain slopes, over glaciers and through bear-infested forests, navigating a small boat through treacherous ice floes.

star 7.51
39 votes