20 series about survival in the wild

Life has become safer, life has become more comfortable. But sitting on a comfortable sofa with popcorn, sometimes one just wants to see something about the impenetrable jungle, the deaf taiga, a desert island or a metropolis depopulated after an epidemic, where arctic foxes frolic, which have been sneaking up on humanity for so long. We offer you to get acquainted with a selection of the best series about the survival of people in the most extreme conditions.

Survival Game (2020)

The action of one of the most sensational new Russian series about survival takes place in the remote taiga, where the participants of the reality show compete for a cash prize – one million euros. The film crew mysteriously disappears. The teams are left without contact with the outside world, and in the meantime, terrible and inexplicable events take place near the camp. All the scenes in this new movie, even those that take place in Siberia, were actually filmed in Abkhazia.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:
Thriller, adventure

Actors:
Alexandra Bortich, Alexei Chadov, Igor Vernik …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.4


Savages (2020)

A group of teenage girls found themselves on a desert island. Trying to establish a life away from civilization, teenagers are divided into small groups and begin to violently conflict with each other. Each of the forced residents of the island was not there by chance – everyone has their own carefully hidden secret. The creators of the TV show combined the common story about survival with the current feminist agenda.

Original title:
The Wilds

Genre:
Drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Sophia Taylor Ali, Shannon Berry, Jenna Clause…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.3


See (2019)

One of the best series of recent years about disasters and survival in extraordinary conditions paints a frightening picture of a future where humanity has completely lost its sight. Civilization adapted to blindness and life according to new rules. The birth of sighted babies breaks the balance that has developed in the world. To make all the actions, especially in the massive battle scenes, look realistic, the actors were consulted by typhlologists – specialists in working with the blind.

Original title:
See

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Drama

Actors:
Jason Momoa, Sylvia Hooks, Hera Hilmar …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
16+


Lost in Space (2018 – 2019)

A spaceship sent to explore new worlds crashes before reaching its destination. The inhabitants of the starship are forced to land on a random planet, survive in unfamiliar circumstances, confront obvious and hidden dangers. The remake, based on the 1965 TV series of the same name, surpassed the original in ratings and positive reviews from viewers.

Original title:
Lost in Space

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective, adventure, family

Actors:
Max Jenkins, Molly Parker, Toby Stephens…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Rain (2018 – 2020)

At the top of the Danish fantasy series about survival is a gloomy story about a virus that destroyed almost the entire population of Scandinavia. Brother and sister, after a long confinement in the bunker, get out. Young people intend to find other survivors and together to revive civilization. The main feature of the series was the murderous rain, carrying a deadly virus in every drop.

Original title:
The Rain

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama

Actors:
Alba August, Lukas Tonnessen, Mikkel Boe Fölsgor …

Country:
Denmark, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Crash (2016 – 2018)

A cheap airline plane crashes on a deserted island. None of the surviving passengers are adapted to extreme conditions. They will have to struggle with the deprivation of social networks, the lack of familiar food and toxic communication with each other. Rough American comedy ironically plays on the key clichés of the series about survival on the island.

Original title:
Wrecked

Genre:
Action, thriller, comedy, detective, adventure

Actors:
Zach Cregger, Asif Ali, Brian Sacca…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Gold (2016 – 2018)

A young geology student, in order not to fly out of the university, goes to mine gold. In the jungles of Guiana, local exotics, exhausting work, and criminal showdowns for the possession of yellow metal await him. In some episodes of the action-packed French drama, an artisanal method of extracting gold is shown in detail, causing enormous harm to the environment.

Original title:
Guyane

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Matthew Spinozi, Olivier Rabourdin, Anna Suarez …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


The Last Man on Earth (2015 – 2018)

A hilarious post-apocalyptic show cannot be missing on a list of the best survival TV shows. A bank worker travels the country in a vain attempt to find other survivors of the deadly virus, but it seems that there is no one else left on the entire planet. The actor who played the main character was nominated twice for the Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor.

Original title:
The Last Man on Earth

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Hundred (2014 – 2020)

After a nuclear catastrophe, the planet was empty. Life has survived only on an orbiting space station. People are forced to stay there, saving resources and observing strict rules. To test the planet’s suitability for life, a hundred young delinquents are sent there. The surviving inhabitants of the Earth speak a special dialect developed by the famous linguist David Peterson, the creator of the Valyrian and Dothraki languages ​​for the Game of Thrones.

Original title:
The 100

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective

Actors:
Eliza Taylor, Marie Avgeropoulos, Bob Morley …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Klondike (2014)

In the midst of the Gold Rush, several adventurers travel to Canada to develop new mines. Many obstacles will arise on the way to the treasured wealth: harsh nature and desperate adventurers who are ready to do anything for the sake of yellow nuggets. An interesting foreign series, where people survive in the wild, was filmed in favorable weather, and the actors had to wear several layers of clothing and at the same time portray the consequences of the cold.

Original title:
Klondike

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Abbie Cornish, Marton Csokas, Ian Hart…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
16+


Siberia (2013)

Participants of the reality show go to the impenetrable Siberian forests. Desperate daredevils will spend several weeks at the site of the fall of the Tunguska meteorite. Strange incidents in the anomalous zone are added to the hardships of a hike in the taiga wilds. The series is filmed in the format of a reality show. To enhance the authenticity of what is happening, the names of the characters and the actors playing them are the same.

Original title:
Siberia

Genre:
Fantasy, thriller, drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Joyce Giraud, Johnny Wektor, Esther Anderson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Survive After (2013 – 2016)

A group of unfamiliar teenagers find themselves in an underground bunker. Having made remarkable efforts, the guys get out to freedom and find out that the conclusion saved their lives. A deadly virus has wiped out all of Moscow, and part of the population has turned into bloodthirsty mutants. A professional choreographer was involved in the filming of this Russian series about the survival of a group of people, who put the actors in a specific zombie walk.

Genre:
Thriller, fantasy

Actors:
Irina Barinova, Anton Batyrev, Sergei Belov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Revolution (2012 – 2014)

The world has experienced an energy apocalypse. The disappearance of electricity threw civilization into the dark ages and destroyed the usual order. Life without technology is full of violence and conflict, but an inconspicuous family has a chance to return lost technology to society. The production won the Saturn Award for Best Television Series Made for Broadcast Television.

Original title:
Revolution

Genre:
Fantasy, Action, Drama, Adventure

Actors:
Billy Burke, Tracey Spiridakos, David Lyons…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age Limits :
16+


Ark (2011 – 2013)

Students set sail on a training ship . As a result of a worldwide catastrophe, the ship turned out to be one of the few places where people managed to escape. The team and a few random passengers will have to survive the strongest storms, poisonous fogs, meeting with sea monsters. In the wake of the success of the Spanish series about survival after the disaster, a Russian adaptation called “The Ship” was created, which was noticeably inferior to the original in popularity.

Original title:
El barco

Genre:
Fantasy, drama, detective, adventure

Actors:
Juan Jose Artero, Mario Casas, Blanca Suarez …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


The Walking Dead (2010 – 2021)

The most popular and highly rated series about the zombie epidemic. A small group of travelers in a zombie-infested world are trying to find a safe place. Every day turns into a struggle not only with the walking dead, but also with the cruelty that has gripped living people. Special courses were created for extras participants, where experienced instructors taught the actors the specifics of the movements of the living dead.

Original title:
The Walking Dead

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Norman Reedus, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Andrew Lincoln …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Robinson Crusoe (2008 – 2009)

The wilderness survival series is based on the classic novel by Daniel Defoe. After a shipwreck, a young man spends almost three decades on a desert island. He arranges life, finds a friend and makes every effort to one day return to his beloved wife. The TV show was awarded a professional sound engineer award for high-quality sound editing.

Original title:
Crusoe

Genre:
Drama, adventure

Actors:
Sam Neil, Philip Winchester, Tongai Arnold Chirisa …

Country:
USA, UK, Canada, South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.8

Age limits :
12+


Survivors (2008 – 2010)

A terrible epidemic destroyed almost all of humanity. Only a few managed to survive, and from now on they will have to equip a new life in quiet deserted cities, overcome unknown dangers, and learn to accept each other. The characters strive not only to survive, but also to preserve their humanity. The series was closed after the second season, without explaining the main plot secrets to the audience.

Original title:
Survivors

Genre:
Fantasy, drama

Actors:
Julie Graham, Max Beasley, Paterson Joseph …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Jericho (2006 – 2008)

Residents of a small village see nuclear mushrooms that have risen over neighboring cities. The population is in a panic. One can only guess about the scale of the disaster. When the initial uncertainty is cleared up, new problems arise – how to continue existing in an unpredictable post-apocalyptic world? The series lasted only two seasons until closing, but you can find out how the adventures of the characters ended from the comics .

Original title:
Jericho

Genre:
Fiction, action, drama, detective

Actors:
Skeet Ulrich, Lenny James, Ashley Scott…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Stay Alive (2004 – 2010)

The survivors of a plane crash make it to a tropical island. The chances of salvation are minimal, so comrades in misfortune will have to rally to endure all the trials. In addition to the usual hardships, the island’s prisoners are worried about the ominous roar rushing from the jungle, and strange aborigines . At one time, the series set a record for the cost of producing one episode, but the costs were more than paid off with off-scale ratings.

Original title:
Lost

Genre:
Fiction, detective, fantasy, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Taiga. Survival Course (2002)

Several passengers beg the pilot to make an important flight in bad weather. Once on board, the criminal forces the plane to land in the forest, which leads to disaster. Rescuers will not arrive soon, which means that unwitting fellow travelers will have to stay on their own in the conditions of the Siberian taiga until help arrives. The domestic series is worth watching to see the grandiose confrontation between man and the ruthless elements.

Genre:
Action, drama, melodrama, crime, adventure

Actors:
Sergey Veksler, Boris Galkin, Lyubov Rudenko …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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