The Best Episodes of Man vs. Wild


#1 - Ecuador 8.37

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.

Extreme Desert

#2 - Extreme Desert 8.33

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.

Directors: Stephen Shearman
Malaysian Archipelago

#3 - Malaysian Archipelago 8.29

Season 6 - Episode 5

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.

Directors: Hugh Ballantyne
Land of the Maori

#4 - Land of the Maori 8.25

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.

Ring of Fire: Jungle Swamp (1)

#5 - Ring of Fire: Jungle Swamp (1) 8.23

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.

Directors: Stephen Shearman
Siberia (1)

#6 - Siberia (1) 8.19

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.

Directors: Tony Lee
New Zealand South Island

#7 - New Zealand South Island 8.16

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.

Cape Wrath, Scotland

#8 - Cape Wrath, Scotland 8.15

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

Directors: Stephen Shearman

#9 - Zambia 8.14

Season 2 - Episode 8

Grylls drops into the mighty Zambezi river.

Directors: Chris Richards
Pacific Island

#10 - Pacific Island 8.14

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.

Directors: Stephen Shearman
Republic of Georgia

#11 - Republic of Georgia 8.12

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.

Directors: Stephen Shearman
Siberia: Land of Ice (2)

#12 - Siberia: Land of Ice (2) 8.11

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.

Directors: Tony Lee
Shooting Survival

#13 - Shooting Survival 8.10

Season 4 - Episode 13

Behind the scenes with Grylls's crew.

Ring of Fire: Castaway (2)

#14 - Ring of Fire: Castaway (2) 8.08

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.

Directors: Stephen Shearman
North Africa

#15 - North Africa 8.07

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.

Directors: Nick Fletcher

#16 - Everglades 8.04

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.

Men vs. Wild with Jake Gyllenhaal

#17 - Men vs. Wild with Jake Gyllenhaal 8.04

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.

Norway: Edge of Survival

#18 - Norway: Edge of Survival 8.01

Season 6 - Episode 3

Bear and his team are in Norway. Armed with the latest technology they'll be creating the harshest conditions possible while sensors monitor how Bear copes trying to survive in one of the world's most beautiful but wettest countries.

Directors: Ben Duncan
Fan vs. Wild

#19 - Fan vs. Wild 8.01

Season 5 - Episode 5

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.

Directors: Hugh Ballentyne
Dominican Republic

#20 - Dominican Republic 8.00

Season 3 - Episode 9

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

Directors: Carl Hindmarch
Urban Survivor

#21 - Urban Survivor 7.95

Season 4 - Episode 12

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.

Directors: Nick White
Arctic Circle

#22 - Arctic Circle 7.94

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.

Directors: Andrew Barron

#23 - Scotland 7.93

Season 1 - Episode 15

Bear offers survival tips in Scotland's Cairngorms National Park. Included: using moss to purify water; skinning a deer; cooking a rabbit.

The Inside Story

#24 - The Inside Story 7.92

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.


#25 - Alabama 7.90

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.

Directors: Nick White