The BEST Episodes of Survivorman

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 20, 2020

Network: Discovery

No food, no shelter, no fresh water, no tools ... no camera crew. One man - alone in the wilderness for seven days with only his wits and stamina to sustain him.

Tiburón Island Coast – Part 2

#1 - Tiburón Island Coast – Part 2

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 21, 2012

After five days of surviving on Tiburon's shore, Les Stroud treks inland in search of food, water and shelter. In the mountainous desert landscape, Les must avoid packs of wild coyotes, scorpions and rattlesnakes. Alone and carrying heavy camera equipment, he is at risk of exposure and dehydration. Making fire to distill drinking water, he survives on clams and edible plants in this 10-day survival ordeal.

star 9.02
63 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Tiburón Island Coast – Part 1

#2 - Tiburón Island Coast – Part 1

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 14, 2012

Les Stroud is shipwrecked on the desert island of Tiburon. Part of the Sonoran desert, Tiburon is searing hot in the day and freezing cold at night. The coastline is a barren stretch with no source of fresh water. Les must distill seawater and scavenge for clams and oysters amongst the rocks and mud to survive. With the threat of stingrays in the shallow waters and coyotes hunting the shoreline, Les battles hunger, fatigue and loneliness in this 10-day survival ordeal.

star 8.99
72 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud

#3 - Alaska

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 7, 2007

This time Survivorman decides to demonstrate survival by sea kayak in an ocean bay called Taroka Arm (literally "black bear") for good reason. At this time of year, the salmon are active and are one of the black bear's favorite foods. Black bear and grizzlies that live in this area are among the largest in the world and gorge themselves on the silver salmon during this period.

star 8.79
63 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Sierra Nevada

#4 - Sierra Nevada

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 7, 2008

Les tries to survive in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. This time he has more than just his trusty harmonica and his multi tool, He also has some basic backpacking gear as well like a tent, a sleeping bag, and a flashlight. When he doesn’t show up at camp his team is forced to organise a Search and Rescue team to find him. Will they find him in time?

star 8.68
123 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Papua New Guinea

#5 - Papua New Guinea

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 19, 2008

Les Stroud must survive in the jungles of Papua New Guinea.

star 8.64
88 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Lost at Sea

#6 - Lost at Sea

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 1, 2005

Living "off the land" takes on a new meaning as Les Stroud casts off for a week at sea. With no food and only a bare minimum of equipment, Stroud will be set adrift in an inflatable life raft off the coast of Belize. Battling hunger, thirst and the Caribbean heat, he must also keep his cameras dry to film the ordeal. To top it off - the life raft has a few bad leaks and needs constant bailing. It also leaks air and requires frequent re-inflation with a hand pump - Survivorman is in for a busy few days!

star 8.52
183 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Australian Outback

#7 - Australian Outback

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 12, 2008

Les Stroud is stranded in the outback when his ultralight airplane runs out of fuel.

star 8.51
149 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud

#8 - Canyonlands

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 18, 2005

The spectacular red landscapes of Utah's canyonlands are as beautiful as they are inhospitable. Like outlaws of old who were known to eat their own horses out of desperation in this forlorn place, Stroud will cannibalize the mountain-bike he has ridden into the middle of nowhere. As well as these scavenged bike parts to aid him, he also has a multi-tool, a magnesium flint-stick and an old energy-bar - that he has a use for other than eating.

star 8.49
151 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Costa Rica

#9 - Costa Rica

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 20, 2005

Marooned on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, Les must survive on a tropical beach and in dense jungle.

star 8.48
97 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Tierra del Fuego

#10 - Tierra del Fuego

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 15, 2014

Les Stroud travels to the Mitre Peninsula, a remote peninsula located on the easternmost tip of Isla Grande in the province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

star 8.40
94 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Survivorman's Top Ten

#11 - Survivorman's Top Ten

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 16, 2012

Les reviews his experiences surviving in the wild for Survivorman and Survivorman Ten Days. While counting down ten wilderness survival issues he has faced, he shows segments of both shows relevant to each item. The issues in his countdown are: 10. Starvation/Dehydration 9. Darkness 8. Weather & Terrain 7. Shelter 6. Bigfoot 5. MacGyverisms 4. Fire 3. Cheating Death 2. Search & Rescue 1. Lost.

star 8.31
79 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
African Plains

#12 - African Plains

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 31, 2007

Les ventures into the plains of northeastern South Africa. The scenario: hot-air balloon crash. The challenge: hike back to the support crew. The supplies: a machete, a knife, a bottle of water, some rope, a small first-aid kit, and the balloon itself. The dangers: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and the black mamba snake.

star 8.27
81 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Colorado Rockies

#13 - Colorado Rockies

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 14, 2008

"Survivorman" Les Stroud takes two horses into the Colorado Rockies and discovers the challenges of surviving for three.

star 8.21
89 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud

#14 - Amazon

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 17, 2007

Les finally gets to survive the one place he's always wanted to visit: the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. The scenario: brought by the natives into the jungle by canoe. The supplies: three feet of fishing line, a can of soda, a mosquito net, one match, "fire dust," a blowgun, a machete, and a spear. The dangers: stingrays, jaguars, spiders, ants, snakes, and scorpions. Added difficulty: Les is nursing a previous hip injury.

star 8.21
98 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Arctic Tundra

#15 - Arctic Tundra

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 21, 2008

Stranded on northern Baffin Island, "Survivorman" Les Stroud learns harsh lessons in solo arctic survival in 24hour daylight.

star 8.19
119 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
South Pacific

#16 - South Pacific

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 14, 2007

Les demonstrates survival in the Cook Islands using SCUBA gear, a ship wreck and found articles.

star 8.17
140 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Temagami Forest

#17 - Temagami Forest

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 29, 2014

Les Stroud travels into the forests of Ontario's Temagami, and the oldest mountains in North America to survive for 5 days, with no food, no water, no shelter, and no crew.

star 8.17
95 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Georgia Swamp

#18 - Georgia Swamp

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 27, 2005

Les is stranded in the swamplands of Georgia's Altamaha River Basin.

star 8.14
142 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Mountain (Canadian Rockies)

#19 - Mountain (Canadian Rockies)

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 11, 2005

Les is airdropped onto a snow-covered peak in the Canadian Rockies courtesy of the Canadian Mountain Air Rescue Service. They'll come looking for him in seven days. Until then Les is entirely on his own, save for the grizzlies, cougars and wolves that also call this place home. To emulate a real-life survival scenario - in this case a heli-hiking expedition come to grief - Les has been provided with a few readily salvageable items, among them a broken camcorder and tripod. One man's trash is another man's treasure!

star 8.10
179 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Canadian Boreal Forest

#20 - Canadian Boreal Forest

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 6, 2005

Les Stroud simulates becoming stranded after a canoeing accident in a Northern Ontario forest.

star 8.09
89 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Norway Mountain – Part 1

#21 - Norway Mountain – Part 1

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 30, 2012

Les Stroud strands himself in the Norwegian mountains to survive for 10 days taking little food, no water or gear, and no safety or camera crew. Does Les stay with his marooned car or push on to find help? Hauling 65 pounds of camera gear, Les makes do with what he has, builds crude shelter, eats what he finds, and proves it takes true will to survive.

star 8.08
112 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Norway Mountain – Part 2

#22 - Norway Mountain – Part 2

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 7, 2012

Being stranded in the Norwegian mountains will prove to be the most difficult survival expedition of Les Stroud's 20-year career. With no food or water, no safety or camera crew, Les must haul 65 pounds of camera gear down the slick wet mountainside in the hope of finding shelter. Scavenging what he can from the barren landscape, exhausted and starving, Les draws on his years of experience and the will to survive in order to make it the full 10 days.

star 8.01
136 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Survivorman and Son: Mongolia

#23 - Survivorman and Son: Mongolia

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 13, 2016

Les returns to Mongolia after surviving a near-fatal car crash the year before with his son Logan, a recent cancer-survivor.

star 8.00
1 votes
Frigate Island

#24 - Frigate Island

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 8, 2014

Les must survive for 5 days on Frigate Island in the Grenadines

star 7.96
83 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud
Plane Crash

#25 - Plane Crash

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 25, 2005

In the remote winter-bound forests of Northern Ontario, a crashed plane lies in the snow beside a frozen lake. There is no one alive on board. But this plane didn't crash here - the decrepit old wreck has been airdropped from a helicopter to provide a temporary home for Survivorman. For a week Les will have to survive in this harsh snowy wilderness with only an axe, a multi-tool and a single blanket to aid him.

star 7.96
147 votes
Directors: Les Stroud
Writers: Les Stroud