Running Wild with Bear Grylls

The WORST episodes of Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Every episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst 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: 8/3/2022Network: National Geographic
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Courteney Cox
star
7.10
180 votes

#1 - Courteney Cox

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/22/2016

Dropped along the windswept coastline of Ireland, television icon Courteney Cox and Bear must navigate jagged peaks and descend sheer cliffs, only to be battered by ocean swells. As they contend with the elements, the two struggle to stay warm and must subsist on a meager diet of maggots sourced from a rotting sheep. Courteney's limits will be tested, but her spirit shines while sharing insights on life, loss, and the joy of motherhood.

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Keegan-Michael Key in the Icelandic Lava Field
star
7.23
22 votes

#2 - Keegan-Michael Key in the Icelandic Lava Field

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/26/2021

As if right out of a science fiction movie, Bear Grylls swoops in on a jetpack to pick up funnyman Keegan-Michael Key, kicking off their adrenaline-pumping adventure in the lava fields of Iceland. The "Key & Peele" star must put all jokes aside to face some of his greatest fears and conquer the lunar landscape. From a perilous rappel off a sheer 200-foot cliff to an endurance-testing jumar climb, Keegan-Michael is pushed beyond mental and physical limits in a truly life-changing experience.

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Lindsey Vonn
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7.28
163 votes

#3 - Lindsey Vonn

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/5/2016

After roaring across crystal-clear waters in a speedboat, Bear and Lindsey must strip down and swim to shore before inching their way along the rugged coastline. After rappelling down a sheer rock wall, the two get inventive and use a spear-gun to traverse a hundred-foot deep chasm. With the sun setting, they collect a dinner of sea urchins and Bear challenges Lindsey to a swimming competition with hilarious results. Along the way Lindsey shares her journey of love, Olympic glory, and displays the focus and determination that has made her one of the most successful female athletes of all time.

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Scott Eastwood
star
7.30
46 votes

#4 - Scott Eastwood

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/2/2018

Dropped into a vast labyrinth of limestone rock formations, the duo must rappel from a towering arch, cross a raging river, and descend into a dark cave to survive their journey. As they dodge a colony of bats and face-off against a snake that Bear eyes for dinner, Scott details growing up with his famous father, his love of the outdoors, and his drive to carve his own path in Hollywood.

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Marshawn Lynch
star
7.36
182 votes

#5 - Marshawn Lynch

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/12/2016

Plucked from a medieval tower along the Corsica coastline, Bear and Super Bowl Champion Marshawn Lynch are dropped deep in a rugged mountain range where they navigate cliffs, dark chasms, and come face-to-face with the secretive French Foreign Legion. Spying a wild hog, the pair pursues the beast, but securing it for dinner will require Marshawn to dig deeper than he ever did on the gridiron. Along the way, Marshawn details his upbringing in Oakland, his “beast” mentality on the field, and his unexpected retirement.

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Zachary Quinto in the Panama Jungle
star
7.41
39 votes

#6 - Zachary Quinto in the Panama Jungle

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/21/2020

Bear Grylls and actor Zachary Quinto race the clock to traverse a dense Panamanian jungle before an impending storm makes landfall. Their adventure begins with a helicopter ride, but once dropped off deep in the brush, they must rely on a primitive navigation technique to help them reach their extraction point, and it won't be easy! From massive cliffs and steep ravines to an underground river cave and an old crashed plane, there are obstacles at every turn!

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Nick Jonas
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7.42
180 votes

#7 - Nick Jonas

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/1/2016

Music sensation Nick Jonas joins Bear for an icy journey across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With a blizzard bearing down, Nick and Bear must rappel down a sheer cliff before navigating an avalanche-prone mountain face. Building camp under harsh conditions, the two feast on a frozen bird, and eventually make a heart-stopping swim across a freezing lake. Along the way, Nick discusses his career, his family, and reveals how his struggle with diabetes gave him the drive to reach the pinnacle of the music world.

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Brie Larson in Pearl Islands
star
7.42
62 votes

#8 - Brie Larson in Pearl Islands

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/5/2019

Actress Brie Larson accompanies Bear Grylls on a jungle adventure across a remote island in the Gulf of Panama.

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Michael B. Jordan
star
7.42
121 votes

#9 - Michael B. Jordan

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/31/2015

Actor Michael B. Jordan joins Bear Grylls for a 48 hour adventure in Wales. Jordan and Grylls begin their journey with a daring drop into the rough ocean waters off the coast and the tenacious team makes their way up the windswept coastline, through the jagged cliffs of Cwmorthin, and to the top of the mountains for their exit. Forced to battle the elements, the two must contend with copious amounts of rain and wind and get creative about finding warmth for the evening and food for dinner.

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Alex Honnold in the Swiss Alps
star
7.43
37 votes

#10 - Alex Honnold in the Swiss Alps

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/7/2020

Free Solo rock-climber Alex Honnold joins Bear Grylls for a breathtaking adventure through the Swiss Alps! Alex is no stranger to dizzying heights, but he’s not used to falling from them, so Bear kicks off the journey with a skydive into the jagged mountains. From there, it’s a six-mile trek through craggy valleys and sheer cliffs where Bear teaches Alex how to survive in the wild, but the tables turn when Alex takes Bear on a hair-raising climb!

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Sterling K. Brown
star
7.46
107 votes

#11 - Sterling K. Brown

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/22/2017

Sterling K. Brown, joins Bear for an icy journey across the high mountains of Colorado. After a harrowing delivery into frozen wilderness via helicopter, Sterling and Bear battle plummeting temperatures as they descend a shear rock face with near disastrous consequences, track an elusive deer before settling on a less-than-appetizing dinner option, and rappel a massive frozen waterfall with heart-stopping results. Along the way, Sterling reveals the struggles of losing his father as a young boy, his commitment to family, and recounts his landmark Emmy victory.

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Joel McHale in Arizona Slot Canyons
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7.47
45 votes

#12 - Joel McHale in Arizona Slot Canyons

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/12/2019

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

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Drew Brees
star
7.48
116 votes

#13 - Drew Brees

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/7/2015

Bear Grylls ventures deep into Panama’s Camino de Cruces jungle with Super Bowl winning quarterback Drew Brees. Together, the two climb a bat-infested cave, descend hundreds of feet into a secluded cavern, and ultimately wrestle a six-foot crocodile. Along the way, Brees shares his personal stories of triumph and tragedy and reveals the drive and focus that make him a world-class athlete.

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President Barack Obama
star
7.53
239 votes

#14 - President Barack Obama

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/17/2015

Bear takes President Barack Obama on an adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. The two men traverse a dense forest and walk across a glacial outwash at Alaska’s famed Exit Glacier, where they observe the remarkable effects of climate change first hand. From wild salmon and catkins tea made with melting glacial water to s’mores, Bear gives the President a true taste of Alaska. Their off-the-script chat reveals the President’s thoughts on his official duties, family life at the White House, parenthood, and his own faith.

James Marsden
star
7.53
131 votes

#15 - James Marsden

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/24/2015

James Marsden joins Bear on an adventure into the heart of Rattle Snake Canyon Utah, where they helicopter on to one of the highest arches in the area. Once atop the arch, they must repel down the narrow canyons and find a way to get up the towering cliffs on the other side. Along the way, they come face to face with their dinner–a Chuck Walla lizard. As they navigate the dangerous and unpredictable terrain, Marsden shares some insight about his unconventional rise to stardom, starting with his humble beginnings in Oklahoma.

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Ed Helms
star
7.54
135 votes

#16 - Ed Helms

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/3/2015

Funnyman Ed Helms pushes himself to the limit when he joins Bear Grylls high atop the Colorado Mountains. Admittedly fearful of heights, Helms comes face to face with sheer cliffs, crumbling rock, and mountain-top perches where the bottom is nowhere in sight. As Bear puts him through the paces with a cringe-worthy dinner menu, Helms manages to conquer his limitations and discover a new side of himself. He also opens up about the trials and tribulations that lead him into a career in comedy.

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Channing Tatum in Gloppedalsura, Norway
star
7.55
40 votes

#17 - Channing Tatum in Gloppedalsura, Norway

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/17/2019

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!

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Danny Trejo in the Moab Desert
star
7.57
30 votes

#18 - Danny Trejo in the Moab Desert

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/3/2021

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.

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Bobby Bones in the Norway Fjords
star
7.57
37 votes

#19 - Bobby Bones in the Norway Fjords

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/14/2020

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!

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Anthony Mackie in the Italian Dolomites
star
7.58
36 votes

#20 - Anthony Mackie in the Italian Dolomites

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/29/2021

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.

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Red Nose Day with Julia Roberts
star
7.59
133 votes

#21 - Red Nose Day with Julia Roberts

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/25/2017

Bear Grylls enlists Academy Award-winning actress Julia Roberts for a special adventure to deliver life-saving vaccines to a remote village before the vaccines expire. After a long journey to Kenya, Roberts visits with patients and medical staff at Wamba Hospital and is given life-saving cold-chain vaccines that must be kept cold on the trip ahead. She and Bear board a bush plane for the first leg of the trip, but a remote and dusty landing strip means they must jump from the moving plane before it takes off again. Forging ahead, the pair navigate through dense underbrush, cross a river full of hungry crocodiles and hippos, and stay awake through the night to monitor their precious cargo and deliver it safely to the Samburu community awaiting their arrival. The journey highlights the impact of live-saving vaccines, which Red Nose Day helps to provide to children around the world.

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Dave Bautista in Glen Canyon, Arizona
star
7.60
35 votes

#22 - 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!

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Uzo Aduba
star
7.61
38 votes

#23 - 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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Shaquille O'Neal
star
7.61
204 votes

#24 - Shaquille O'Neal

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/29/2016

After being plucked from a freight train via helicopter, Bear and NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal battle dense forest, blood-sucking leeches, and 200 ft. sheer rock faces in the remote Adirondacks in search of their extraction point. Along the way, O'Neal's infectious energy, tales of legendary NBA moments, and unwavering drive to help others reminds us why he is beloved around the world. The Wild will dole out everything it's got, but it's never met a force of nature like Shaquille O'Neal.

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Danica Patrick in the Moab Desert
star
7.61
31 votes

#25 - Danica Patrick in the Moab Desert

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/12/2021

Bear Grylls takes champion racer Danica Patrick out into the Moab desert for some high-octane, pulse-pounding action in the wild. Together they face off against venomous creatures, sheer cliffs and scorching heat as they make their way across some of the harshest terrain around. Still, nothing is more intimidating than the final challenge that leaves even Danica Patrick unnerved.

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