One of my favorite shows on TV right now is Naked and Afraid on the Discovery Channel. They drop a man and a woman literally out in the middle of nowhere and have them strip down and leave them with one item of their choice and that's about it. No clothes, no nothing. There is a three man crew that follows them around recording their every move and are instructed not to intervene except in emergencies.
They've been in Madagascar, the Amazon, even Louisiana and it's about 60/40 split on those who make it and those who "tap-out". The idea takes Survivor and other "survival" shows to the ultimate level, and this is the attraction to see if they can actually figure out how to make it. They've even brought back a couple of survivalist who kicked butt in the first season for a second go around in an area where another pair tapped out in less than 4 days. I was very impressed and the scenery is very cool, I would love to photograph some of these remote areas.
The only knock is that it is a "reality" show, so there are liberties taken with the stories, I'm sure. I'm not sure on Day 17 of 21 how a female can have cleanly shaven arm pits, and in the latest episode in Madagascar the show led us to believe that the pair had no food except for a couple of snake eggs for 18 days, this after cooking one snake too long and then after killing another snake the camp went up in fire, ruining what they had caught. Maybe it's possible they hadn't had food for 18 days and could remain chipper and strong, but it seems to be a stretch. On the flip side, there was one woman who was using a walker after getting Dengue Fever.
There's no doubt though that most of it seems to be legit, and the bug bites alone would be enough to make someone cry uncle, or much worse. It's a great show though, and although the After Dark live follow up show is totally unnecessary and takes a bit away from it by trying to be funny, it's worth spending a little over an hour on Sunday nights to see what the next random pairing will get into.
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