The BEST Episodes of Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2021

The famed survivalist takes A-list celebrities on journeys into the wildest locations around the world, forcing the stars to push their bodies and minds to the limit to successfully complete the adventure of a lifetime.

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Gina Carano In The Dolomites

#1 - Gina Carano In The Dolomites

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired May 10, 2021

Bear Grylls invites MMA fighter turned actress, Gina Carano, on a journey across the Dolomite mountains of Italy. Gina is tested from the start, but it’s the biggest rappel in the show’s history that takes her to the edge of completely shutting down.

star 8.03
31 votes
Cara Delevingne in Sardinia Mountains

#2 - Cara Delevingne in Sardinia Mountains

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 19, 2019

The famed survivalist takes A-list celebrities on journeys into the wildest locations around the world, forcing the stars to push their bodies and minds to the limit to successfully complete the adventure of a lifetime.

star 7.89
47 votes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt

#3 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired May 7, 2018

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt tackles Kenya’s unyielding terrain with Bear Grylls. Dropped into the elements from a helicopter, Joseph and Bear navigate a perilous rappel, milk a camel for needed hydration, and ascend a massive rock dome that tests Joseph’s fear of heights like nothing before. As the duo battles a crocodile for the remains of a water buffalo that is their only hope for dinner, Joseph details his rise to fame and his efforts to honor the memory of his beloved brother.

star 7.89
62 votes
Kate Hudson

#4 - Kate Hudson

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 13, 2015

Bear takes Oscar nominee Kate Hudson on an adventure she will not soon forget. Their 48 hour journey finds them in the midst of the Dolamites, one of the most treacherous mountain ranges in Italy. As they hike toward the Austrian border on snow-covered exposed rock cliffs, they make some historical discoveries and work together to survive the elements. Kate also gives Bear a peek into her unique upbringing.

star 7.87
172 votes
Channing Tatum

#5 - Channing Tatum

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 11, 2014

Bear Grylls and actor Channing Tatum spend two days together traveling through some of the toughest terrain in California’s Yosemite National Park, and when Tatum comes up against obstacles, he is determined that if Grylls can do it, he can too.

star 7.87
215 votes
Tom Arnold

#6 - Tom Arnold

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 18, 2014

Tom Arnold and Bear explore the coastal mountains of Oregon, where they encounter river crossings and ocean-side cliffs.

star 7.86
144 votes
Rainn Wilson in Utah's La Sal Mountains

#7 - Rainn Wilson in Utah's La Sal Mountains

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 19, 2021

Bear Grylls inspires Rainn Wilson to work for it by having him search for hidden caches in the aspen forest and alpine terrain of the La Sal mountains in a time-tested method of mountaineering training. Bear pushes Rainn to the limits of his endurance with dangerous rappels and dizzying climbs, but it's not until they fish for food that things take a revealing turn in what is definitely the most naked RUNNING WILD in the history of the show!

star 7.86
21 votes
Zac Efron

#8 - Zac Efron

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 28, 2014

Survivalist Bear Grylls takes actor Zac Efron into the wilderness around the Northeast Appalachian mountain range where the two embark on a non-stop survival journey that will push Efron’s mental and physical limits and fill him with inspiration.

star 7.85
249 votes
Danny Trejo in the Moab Desert

#9 - Danny Trejo in the Moab Desert

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired May 3, 2021

Bear Grylls takes LA icon and living legend Danny Trejo out into the staggering peaks and steep canyons of Arches National Park in Utah. Under scorching temperatures, Bear and Danny climb massive boulders and traverse sheer cliffs in order to reach their extraction. Even Danny's days in prison can't prepare the show's oldest competitor as he squares off against the intense heat and treacherous obstacles of Mother Nature herself.

star 7.85
26 votes
Terry Crews in the Icelandic Highlands

#10 - Terry Crews in the Icelandic Highlands

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 5, 2021

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews joins Bear Grylls on an epic journey across Iceland's treacherous terrain. Their adventure begins with a heli-ski ride into the mountains, where they must descend a volcanic scree slope without setting off a deadly rock avalanche. Survival is the name of the game for this NFL linebacker turned actor—from trying to cross freezing, violent floodwaters without drowning to finding warm shelter to avoid hypothermia—but nothing can prepare Terry for being tossed out of a plane at 12,000 feet!

star 7.84
32 votes
Tamron Hall

#11 - Tamron Hall

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 1, 2014

Tamron Hall explores her personal tragedies and triumphs in the remote Utah desert on a two-day excursion with Bear Grylls. Along the way she makes an unlikely friend and struggles to cope when that friend becomes dinner.

star 7.83
121 votes
Don Cheadle

#12 - Don Cheadle

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 18, 2018

Dropped from a helicopter into unyielding terrain, Don and Bear get creative with a deer antler to cross a raging river, rappel a massive cliff, and attempt a commando-worthy climb to the top of a towering railroad bridge. But the discovery of a rotting porcupine carcass, which Bear eyes for dinner, will raise Don's pulse like nothing else. Along the way, Don details his family-oriented home life, the ups and downs of a legendary career, and the secretive workings of a Marvel movie set.

star 7.82
50 votes
Michelle Rodriguez

#13 - Michelle Rodriguez

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 10, 2015

Bear takes Michelle Rodriguez to one of the harshest desert in all of North America–the Red Deserts of Nevada–for a rigorous and scenic adventure. The two make a breathtaking free fall skydive from 10,000 but unexpected high winds push Michelle off course. They navigate down a massive peak and work together to survive as they repel and free climb up and out of the dangerous slot canyons to reach the desert floor. With water in scarce supply, they must come up with clever ways to stay hydrated in the punishing environment. Rodriguez has lived a daring life but learns that Mother Nature shows no mercy and sometimes slow and steady is a better strategy than Fast & Furious.

star 7.79
149 votes
Roger Federer

#14 - Roger Federer

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 8, 2018

Roger Federer joins Bear on a grand slam journey through the Swiss Alps. After meeting up amidst stunning snow-capped peaks, Bear and Roger descend a frozen waterfall and use tennis rackets as snowshoes to cross a frozen lake. After a quick snack of fish eyeballs, the pair get creative with a tennis ball to ascend a steep cliff that is their only way home. Along the way, Roger discusses the hard work it takes to achieve victory, his amusing experiences raising two sets of twins, and takes on the challenge when Bear invites him to a hilarious match of ping pong.

star 7.79
38 votes
Deion Sanders

#15 - Deion Sanders

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 8, 2014

Bear Grylls takes NFL hall-of-famer Deion Sanders to the mesas and canyons of Utah for his first ever camping trip. Even though Sanders is a fish out of water, he takes a huge leap of faith and accepts Bear’s challenges.

star 7.78
145 votes
Bobby Bones and Caitlin Parker in the Sierra Nevada

#16 - Bobby Bones and Caitlin Parker in the Sierra Nevada

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired May 17, 2021

In a RUNNING WILD first, Bear takes radio and television personality Bobby Bones back out into the wild, this time with his new fiancé, Caitlin Parker. What better way to set out on the adventure of marriage than a wilderness boot camp with Bear Grylls! Bear tests Bobby and Caitlin's ability to rely upon each other out in the rugged wilderness of the eastern Sierra Nevada, where they track deadly mountain lions, descend off towering sandstone cliffs, hunt for food under ice-covered cascading waterfalls and find out first-hand what the wild can teach us about the resilience of love.

star 7.75
16 votes
Armie Hammer in Sardinia

#17 - Armie Hammer in Sardinia

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 3, 2019

Golden Globe-nominated actor Armie Hammer pairs with Bear Grylls to scuba dive in search of an underwater sea cave reportedly used by smugglers somewhere off the coast of Sardinia. Along the way, Armie battles his paralyzing fear of heights and samples some local delicacies — and things take an unexpected turn when he gets hijacked in the middle of the expedition!

star 7.74
35 votes
Ben Stiller

#18 - Ben Stiller

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 4, 2014

Bear Grylls and Ben Stiller meet on the mountains of the Isle of Skye in Northern Scotland and embark on a survival adventure, and as they explore their surroundings, Bear sees how Ben copes with the unpredictability of nature.

star 7.73
194 votes
Derek Hough

#19 - Derek Hough

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 25, 2018

Derek Hough joins Bear on a whirlwind adventure across the mountains of Bulgaria. Dropped amidst snow-capped peaks, Derek and Bear must ascend a jagged mountain ridge, make a steep rappel with Derek's cell phone as their only safety, and swim a freezing lake to reach their destination. But a surprise, death-defying final challenge will test Derek like nothing before. Along the way, Derek reveals his struggles with being bullied as a child, his devotion to his craft, and teaches Bear some much-needed dance moves.

star 7.71
41 votes
Julianne Hough

#20 - Julianne Hough

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 2, 2016

Actress Julianne Hough and Bear initially navigate the unforgiving African terrain on ATV and must elude a pack of elephants that block their path. Rappelling from a sheer cliff, they enter a remote canyon where they evade big cats, come face-to-face with a massive snake, and navigate treacherous waterfalls before reaching their extraction point. As they make their way through the dangerous and unpredictable landscape, Julianne shares her personal story of positivity and the unwavering determination that got her to the top.

star 7.70
162 votes
Kate Winslet

#21 - Kate Winslet

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 27, 2015

Bear Grylls takes Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet on the ride of her life as they “paramotor” to the top of the Snowdonia Mountains in Wales. They will descend through jagged, rocky cliffs and ascend up deep canyons to get to their destination on the coast. They will gather trout and earth worms and must set up camp in the very windy environment to rest before their final swim in the icy ocean waves. Along the way, Kate talks humorously about her humble upbringing and also reveals the unwavering determination that has helped her achieve movie star status.

star 7.70
148 votes
Jesse Tyler Ferguson

#22 - Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 20, 2015

High above the Italian Alps, Emmy-nominated actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson joins Bear Grylls for a 48 hour adventure of a lifetime. As the two negotiate the Croda Dei Tuoni, a snowy peak referred to as the “Mountain of Thunders,” they will make a 6,000 foot descent along steep sheer cliffs and sharp ridges, build a snow cave for shelter, and eventually rappel a frozen waterfall to their extraction point. Along the way, Ferguson shares some personal insight about his sudden rise to fame with “Modern Family,” his fight for marriage equality, and the challenges he faced growing up.

star 7.69
131 votes
Dave Bautista in Glen Canyon, Arizona

#23 - Dave Bautista in Glen Canyon, Arizona

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 10, 2019

Bear Grylls takes former WWE world champion and action star Dave Bautista on a super-sized adventure in the Arizona desert. Navigating through perilous canyon descents, brutal falls and the raging Colorado River is no easy task. With Bear as his tag-team partner, Dave is up for the challenge to see if he still has that fight inside, but Mother Nature could prove to be his toughest opponent yet in this match of a lifetime!

star 7.68
34 votes
Anthony Mackie in the Italian Dolomites

#24 - Anthony Mackie in the Italian Dolomites

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 29, 2021

Bear takes Marvel superstar Anthony Mackie to the highest peaks of the Italian Dolomite mountains for an adventure he'll never forget. Braving freezing conditions, they travel in the footsteps of World War 1 soldiers, conquer sheer cliffs and hunt snow rats. Along the way, Anthony opens up about his career, the passing of his dad and the pressures of being a father in his own right. But being a bona fide superhero doesn't prepare Anthony for their final ascent up an icy waterfall, where even the smallest slip could lead to disaster.

star 7.68
34 votes
Keri Russell

#25 - Keri Russell

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired May 14, 2018

Actress Keri Russell joins Bear on an epic journey to the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. After battling the dangerous, rolling rocks of a massive volcano, the duo descend into a mysterious canyon where they source a meager dinner of undigested seeds from a pigeon carcass, and test their luck with a grappling hook to escape the towering canyon walls. Later, after a cringe-worthy breakfast of crickets, Keri and Bear make a daring escape from a mountain peak using a paraglider. Along the way, Keri reveals her path to fame, her love of family, and the playful struggles of co-starring alongside her husband.

star 7.67
61 votes