The BEST Episodes of Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 7, 2020

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.

Cara Delevingne in Sardinia Mountains

#1 - 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 8.05
37 votes
Armie Hammer in Sardinia

#2 - 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 7.96
28 votes
Dave Bautista in Glen Canyon, Arizona

#3 - 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 7.93
29 votes
Tom Arnold

#4 - 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 7.93
139 votes
Kate Hudson

#5 - 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 7.92
167 votes
Channing Tatum

#6 - 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 7.91
209 votes
Tamron Hall

#7 - 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 7.90
118 votes
Joseph Gordon-Levitt

#8 - 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 7.88
60 votes
Zac Efron

#9 - 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 7.88
237 votes
Deion Sanders

#10 - 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 7.85
139 votes
Michelle Rodriguez

#11 - 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 7.84
145 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 7.81
48 votes
Roger Federer

#13 - 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
39 votes
Derek Hough

#14 - 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 7.79
38 votes
Rob Riggle in Iceland

#15 - Rob Riggle in Iceland

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.79
33 votes
Joel McHale in Arizona Slot Canyons

#16 - Joel McHale in Arizona Slot Canyons

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 12, 2019

Actor Joel McHale joins Bear Grylls for an adventure in the Arizona desert.

star 7.76
34 votes
Keri Russell

#17 - 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 7.75
57 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 7.75
186 votes
Kate Winslet

#19 - 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 7.74
145 votes
Jesse Tyler Ferguson

#20 - 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 7.74
124 votes
Bobby Bones in the Norway Fjords

#21 - Bobby Bones in the Norway Fjords

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 14, 2020

On-air radio personality Bobby Bones joins Bear Grylls for the adventure of a lifetime in a massive Norwegian Fjord! A helicopter ride into the mountains is where their journey begins, but from there, danger lurks at every turn – from giant rock domes and deadly bogs to raging rivers with currents strong enough to move cars. On top of that, the only way to reach their extraction is to rappel down a 300-foot waterfall that leaves even Bobby speechless!

star 7.72
29 votes
Channing Tatum in Gloppedalsura, Norway

#22 - Channing Tatum in Gloppedalsura, Norway

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 17, 2019

It’s been five years since Channing Tatum first appeared on Running Wild with Bear Grylls, and he’s back for more – this time in the wilds of Norway! Their journey kicks off by skydiving into brutal terrain where giant boulder fields and towering cliffs stand in the way of extraction. During their seven-mile trek, Bear tests Channing to see how far he’s come as a survivor – from foraging for food to Navy SEAL-style cold-water immersion training. Channing even learns the ancient art of trout tickling!

star 7.70
33 votes
Julianne Hough

#23 - 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 7.69
157 votes
Vanessa Hudgens

#24 - Vanessa Hudgens

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 16, 2017

After a breathtaking repel from a helicopter, Bear and Hollywood sweetheart Vanessa Hudgens evade a boulder avalanche, summit a massive dormant volcano, and come face-to-face with a rattlesnake, which makes for a cringe-worthy dinner. Along the way, Vanessa shares insights on her meteoric rise to stardom and draws strength and determination from the memory of her late father.

star 7.68
69 votes
Mel B

#25 - Mel B

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.68
197 votes