The BEST episodes of Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Every episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Running Wild with Bear Grylls!

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.

Last Updated: 12/11/2023Network: National GeographicStatus: Ended
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt
star
7.90
61 votes

#1 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/7/2018

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.

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Gina Carano In The Dolomites
star
7.88
42 votes

#2 - Gina Carano In The Dolomites

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/10/2021

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.

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Tamron Hall
star
7.85
108 votes

#3 - Tamron Hall

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/1/2014

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.

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Tom Arnold
star
7.85
131 votes

#4 - Tom Arnold

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/18/2014

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

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Kate Hudson
star
7.85
150 votes

#5 - Kate Hudson

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/13/2015

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.

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Channing Tatum
star
7.84
180 votes

#6 - Channing Tatum

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/11/2014

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.

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Zac Efron
star
7.83
218 votes

#7 - Zac Efron

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/28/2014

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.

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Cara Delevingne in Sardinia Mountains
star
7.79
52 votes

#8 - Cara Delevingne in Sardinia Mountains

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/19/2019

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.

Directors: Ben Simms
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Don Cheadle
star
7.78
49 votes

#9 - Don Cheadle

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/18/2018

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.

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Bobby Bones and Caitlin Parker in the Sierra Nevada
star
7.77
22 votes

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

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/17/2021

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.

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Roger Federer
star
7.76
38 votes

#11 - Roger Federer

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 7/8/2018

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.

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Michelle Rodriguez
star
7.75
134 votes

#12 - Michelle Rodriguez

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/10/2015

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.

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Rob Riggle in Iceland
star
7.72
47 votes

#13 - Rob Riggle in Iceland

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/26/2019

Bear and his guest, ex ’The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ correspondent and former U.S. marine who served in Afghanistan, comedian Rob Riggle, take on Iceland’s biggest glacier in midwinter. They also try pemmican and a reindeer head.

Directors: Ben Simms
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson
star
7.72
126 votes

#14 - Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/20/2015

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.

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Kate Winslet
star
7.72
134 votes

#15 - Kate Winslet

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/27/2015

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.

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Uzo Aduba
star
7.71
38 votes

#16 - Uzo Aduba

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/15/2018

Dropped amidst snow-capped mountains, Uzo and Bear move quickly as a storm sets in, sending hail, lightning and flash floods their way. Along the way they come face-to-face with a poisonous viper, get creative to secure a dinner of field mice, and use a crossbow to zip-line across a 250 ft drop. Despite the elements, Uzo shines as she recounts her long road to fame, her family’s emigration from Nigeria, and her pride in representing the American dream.

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Keri Russell
star
7.70
61 votes

#17 - Keri Russell

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/14/2018

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.

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Derek Hough
star
7.70
40 votes

#18 - Derek Hough

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/25/2018

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.

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Terry Crews in the Icelandic Highlands
star
7.69
39 votes

#19 - Terry Crews in the Icelandic Highlands

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/5/2021

"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!

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Deion Sanders
star
7.68
130 votes

#20 - Deion Sanders

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/8/2014

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.

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Ben Stiller
star
7.66
170 votes

#21 - Ben Stiller

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/4/2014

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.

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Mel B
star
7.66
175 votes

#22 - Mel B

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/7/2016

Adrift on the open sea in a small rowboat, Mel B is rescued by Bear in a way you'll have to see to believe. Once ashore, the two must navigate two hundred foot cliffs, impenetrable terrain, and a final descent that sends Mel into full breakdown mode. Things don't get any easier when Bear is stung by a jellyfish, forcing Mel to employ some unusual first aid skills. Along the way, Mel details her humble upbringing, an exclusive take on the Spice Girls' triumph, and reveals the grit and determination that allowed her to conquer the world.

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Armie Hammer in Sardinia
star
7.66
35 votes

#23 - Armie Hammer in Sardinia

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/3/2019

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!

Directors: Ben Simms
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Rainn Wilson in Utah's La Sal Mountains
star
7.65
26 votes

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

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/19/2021

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!

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Dave Bautista in Glen Canyon, Arizona
star
7.64
36 votes

#25 - Dave Bautista in Glen Canyon, Arizona

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/10/2019

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!

Directors: Ben Simms
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