The Survivorman â€” Les Stroud â€” is believable.
In comparison, the Man vs Wild â€” Bear Grylls â€” is untrustworthy. Some of his “feats”, we suspect, are faked. (Aside from the fact he “survives” with a camera crew at the ready.)
Higgins of Mental Floss magazine agrees:
One of my favorite TV shows is coming back for a second season in August, after a long hiatus.
Survivorman is a one-man survival show, hosted by Canadian survival expert/musician/TV producer Les Stroud.
Each episode finds Les completely alone in the wilderness for seven days, carrying his own cameras and recording himself on a seven-day survival trek. Let me emphasize that: this guy is alone, schlepping fifty pounds of camera gear himself, while devising his own food, water, and shelter (he typically brings the most absurdly minimal survival gear with him, like a single match, a candy bar, maybe a rusty tin can).
Heâ€™s hardcore. And heâ€™s quite a nice guy, which makes you root for him as he survives the elements.
Leave a comment if you have an opinion. Check out both TV shows if you’ve not seen both.
UPDATE: Season 2 of Survivor Man Begins August 10th on the Discovery Channel. (via The Adventure Blog)