6.5
494 votes
Naked and Afraid

Naked and Afraid

Discovery 2013

Discovery Channel takes the ubiquitous survival show theme to the next level by stripping it to its bare essentials. Two complete strangers -- a man and a woman -- meet in a very unique way: They're stranded in a dangerous, desolate location, without food and water, and they're completely naked. Each episode follows the two as they attempt to survive on their own for 21 days, with nothing but one personal item each and the knowledge that the only prize is their pride and sense of accomplishment. Because there is no other choice, the couple quickly get to know each other -- and their surroundings -- and hope that their instincts, survival skills and intestinal fortitude will serve them well.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Naked and Afraid

Naked and Afraid - S2E1

#1 - Man vs Amazon

8.06

Season 2 - Episode 1

Two survivalists journey to the most hostile environment on the planet to take on the Amazon without modern conveniences or clothing. Battling piranhas, jaguars and mosquitoes, can they survive the unsurvivable?

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 321 votes.

Naked and Afraid - S10E21

#2 - Feel The Burn

8.00

Season 10 - Episode 21

Dropped into Guyana's scorching savannah, two Naked and Afraid superfans fight the oppressive heat and constant insect attacks. Scorching temperatures lead to severe dehydration and force a desperate fan to risk illness by drinking unsanitary fluids.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 18 votes.

Naked and Afraid - S11E15

#3 - In Too Deep

7.92

Season 11 - Episode 15

On the edge of the Bermuda Triangle, an Army veteran dive master and a Cajun boat captain take on relentless thunderstorms and battle dehydration as they try navigate more than 20 miles of open ocean in the ultimate test of sink or swim.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 64 votes.

Naked and Afraid - S10E11

#4 - Stalked On All Sides

7.88

Season 10 - Episode 11

Pinned down by Africa’s most dangerous threats elephants, hippos and lions, survivalists “Mama Kel” and Eric work together to avoid becoming prey and endure relentless storms, but a debilitating injury puts them both at risk.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 109 votes.

Naked and Afraid - S10E15

#5 - Don't Let the Jungle Bugs Bite

7.82

Season 10 - Episode 15

Avoiding the dangers of a rushing river, two survivalists brave a vast cave system in the Colombian rainforest; trying to survive 21 days, the jungle tests them with threats including venomous fer-de-lance snakes, piranhas and biting insects.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 104 votes.

Naked and Afraid - S10E7

#6 - Stomping Grounds

7.77

Season 10 - Episode 7

In South Africa’s Limpopo Basin, elite survivalists Matt Wright and Gary Golding must protect novice survivalists and super-fans attorney Molly Jansen and dog sledder Blair Braverman first as separate teams for 10 days then merging on Day 11 while dealing with spitting cobras, territorial elephants and a violent last-minute storm. Being unused to the unyielding heat, Blair was forced to tap out on Day 14.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 90 votes.

Naked and Afraid - S11E8

#7 - Alone: Survive or Ky Tryin

7.71

Season 11 - Episode 8

The Amazon rainforest pushed All-star survivalist Ky to the edge with swarms of mosquitos, blood-thirsty piranhas, and aggressive pumas. Hunger and desperation lead to a risky night hunt in caiman-filled waters.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 63 votes.

Naked and Afraid - S10E1

#8 - Naked Gets Weird

7.71

Season 10 - Episode 1

Surviving 21 days Naked in the wilderness leads to weird and awkward moments. From bizarre pre-challenge prep and mortifying naked intros, to night-time cuddling gone wrong and learning wildlife bathroom routines the hard way, Naked and Afraid gets weird.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 188 votes.

Naked and Afraid - S1E8

#9 - Double Jeopardy

7.71

Season 1 - Episode 8

Two pairs of strangers, dropped on opposite ends of the remote Panamanian rainforest, eventually meet and must work together to conquer the Everest of extreme survival challenges.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 167 votes.

Naked and Afraid - S10E6

#10 - Baked Alaskan

7.70

Season 10 - Episode 6

A deadly spider bite puts Gwen, an Alaskan homesteader at risk of tapping but she works with her partner to get her revenge, in the 130-degree heat of the Mexican jungle.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 125 votes.

#11 - Primal Fear
7.69
Season 3 - Episode 1

Mountain man Luke and homeschooling mom and triathlete Lindsey are dropped into the dry and thorny landscape of Africa’s Namibia. A lack of food, fire and the difficulty of navigating the thorny landscape threaten to keep the intrepid team from completing their 21-day survival challenge.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 242 votes.

#12 - Curse of the Swamp: Part 2
7.69
Season 7 - Episode 9

Jeremy and Melanie continue their challenge in the haunted swamps of Louisiana, enduring threats from predators as they search for food.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 249 votes.

#13 - Himalayan Hell
7.68
Season 3 - Episode 7

Two more survivalists try to survive 21 days without food, clean water, and their clothes in the Himalayan foothills of northern India. In the face of severe dehydration, one survivalists' debilitating illness threatens to derail both their chances of success.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 221 votes.

#14 - Paradise Lost
7.68
Season 2 - Episode 3

Two survivalists are dropped on a deserted Fijian island. They must battle the elements, as well as each others’ annoyances, as they try to survive 21 days together. With blistering heat, minimal water and scarce food, this will be no honeymoon.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 249 votes.

#15 - The Spirits Are Angry
7.68
Season 10 - Episode 9

A haunted Colombian rain forest punishes the survivalists with threats from deadly jaguars, 300 species of snakes and relentless biting insects. But their challenge is threatened when they don’t heed the curse of the jungle.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 121 votes.

#16 - What The Duck?
7.67
Season 10 - Episode 13

In Mexico’s unforgiving, cenote-covered landscape, two fan survivalists are dropped on an island filled with venomous coral snakes, territorial jaguars, blood-sucking chiquistas and a duck named Henry that they desperately want to eat for dinner.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 90 votes.

#17 - Alone: Blazed and Confused
7.66
Season 11 - Episode 4

Desperate for a kill on the African savannah, all-star survivalist Ryan Holt risks his safety to get in position for a better shot; a fire in his shelter could take Ryan out of the challenge.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 80 votes.

#18 - The Pain Forest
7.65
Season 2 - Episode 5

Two survivalists attempt to endure 21 days in the Malaysian rainforest. With relentless rainstorms, they will have to fight the elements with only their knowledge of the wilderness. Will this firefighter and single mother team survive?

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 233 votes.

#19 - The Darkest Hour
7.64
Season 4 - Episode 14

A mountain man and a former cop face dangerous predators and inner demons when they travel to Namibia.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 98 votes.

#20 - Trouble in Paradise
7.64
Season 9 - Episode 11

Torrential downpours and brutal wind storms push two starving survivalists to their breaking points in the Honduran jungle.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Naked and Afraid from 125 votes.

Last updated: apr 18, 2021

Comments

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This show is starting to get on my nerves. They seem to be picking more attractive women and less qualified participants and it's becoming clear that this is more naked and starving than naked and afraid. Very few people on this show do anything more than wait out the 21 days.

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Naked and Afraid is a surprisingly interesting survivalist show, where a man and woman try to survive in the wild for 21 days. And yes, they are naked... and blurry. While I like the show, it has some flaws. Naked and Afraid often turns out to be Naked and Starving, since 21 days with little or no food is doable. Another problem is that participants are allowed only one survival item each, but really there are three necessary items: a knife, a firestarter, and a pot. So, most pairs go with the knife and firestarter and just hope to find a pot substitute. It adds some spice when someone varies from this, but mother nature punished duct tape boy and magnifying glass girl for their innovations. There is survival information to be learned, but not a lot. You learn that drinking from questionable water sources is punishable by death (or close to it.) You learn that starting fires is a lot harder than it looks, especially in a wet environment. You see these things over and over, when it would be more enjoyable to keep learning new things. Perhaps the most important lesson is that there is just no way in hell you are going to survive in the wild with minimal tools, considering that some of these people have trained their whole lives for this and nearly all of them starved. The spin-off show, Naked and Afraid XL, fixes a lot of the flaws.

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I'm soooo hungry...I think I will eat this mushroom....oh noooo I instantly regret that decision hahaha dummy

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A new season is about to begin!! I hope trakt updates the site with the new seasons info. Love the show.

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IMO one of the more realistic or at least convincing survival shows: A man and a woman are sent in from episode to episode changing types of wilderness with ONLY one chosen item per person and a camera team (officially they do not intervene). The two strangers have to survive and travel to an extraction point in 21 days. Often survivors in TV Shows don't really suffer or only a bit. This show however, like I said is more realistic and convincing, because you see the candidates hurt: suffering emotionally and physically. This is what I believe survival is more like. Of course they know that they will be saved in live threatening situations and get out after 21 days, but the lack of water and food etc. has to have these consequences like emotional breakdowns, lack of motivation and so on. This is what the show focuses on. It's too bad that the show is often cut like an entertainment show. When the show simply skipped a few days, I often asked myself: "Haven't they done something noteworthy in the last days?" But therefore they show more or less irrelevant interviews. In the episodes with bonus material you can sometimes see what happened in the remaining days. This should be in the main episodes is the first place. The interviews are secondary for me. Would be great if they also focused or will focus more on the survival techniques than only the suffering of the candidates. All in all: Good concept with lots of potential! Btw: often they use marvelous nature fast motion and wildlife fillers.

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Love this concept - I agree with the earlier comment about how they could improve the show. Fewer recaps (duh!) and more on what they actually do day-by-day - but I guess it’s got to be soap opera to some extent. To really up the ante, why not try the following locations for the masochistic survivalists...? • Glasgow • Vatican City • Death Valley • Vancouver Island • Haiti • Beirut • Rwanda ...? Those would really separate the wheat from the chaff

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Awesome

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This show is hard core.

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