Naked and Afraid: Season 1 (2013)

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Naked and Afraid

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Even if its absurd premise eventually leads to somewhat unpleasant developments, Naked and Afraid is still compelling and weirdly entertaining.

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Critic Ratings: 10

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User Ratings: 11

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 30, 2013

Rain, illness and snakes are battled in the opener of this series, in which two strangers attempt to survive without food, water or clothes in harsh environments around the world.

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Air date: Jul 21, 2013

Illness and deadly wildlife threaten two survivalists in Sabah, Borneo.

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Air date: Jul 28, 2013

Storms, snakes and alligators threaten two survivalists in a Louisiana swamp.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2013

The cast recall memorable moments from the series in the Season 1 finale.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2013

Extreme survival challenges are faced by two pairs of strangers in the Panama rain forest.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2013

Extreme survival challenges are faced by two pairs of strangers in the Panama rain forest.

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Air date: Apr 19, 2015

An Army mom and a U.S. marine battle alligators, snakes and mosquitoes in the Florida Everglades.

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Tv Season Info

Two strangers attempt to survive without food, water or clothes in harsh environments around the world.

Critic Reviews for Naked and Afraid Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

The real genius of this show, of course, is its title. Even if you know nothing about it, care nothing about reality TV and really should be getting to bed, how can you possibly resist at least checking it out?

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Discovery is promoting "Naked and Afraid" as "the Everest of survival challenges," but it looks more like Central Park - the danger seems doubtful even by the debased standards of reality television.

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The experience looks very difficult, but also a little boring, which explains the need for the in-your-face title: "Filthy and Exhausted" just doesn't have the same ring.

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It's interesting, weird, enjoyable and not like anything you've ever seen on TV before. Did I mention they don't have clothing?

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What ensues is pretty typical of the genre, but it's still kind of a risible kick, if only for how seriously the show takes itself.

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Despite its gimmicky draw, "Naked and Afraid" is an almost scientifically-minded approach to the limits of those stranded in the wild.

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As show titles go, "Naked and Afraid" is inspired. Better still, the new Discovery series is even more entertaining than its title.

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If misery loves company, this could be the biggest hit of the night.

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It's more voyeuristic than educational, but it still offers some important lessons about the kinds of things that can help you survive the wild.

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That 21 days are compressed into a single episode makes for a quick, compelling hour, focusing on only the most dramatic and interesting moments.

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Audience Reviews for Naked and Afraid: Season 1

  • Aug 07, 2020
    I've only watched two episodes so far. I found this series after watching all 7 seasons of Alone, another survivalist type reality show. I found Naked and Afraid to be not nearly as good. The fact there's no prize makes me wonder why the hell are these people doing this? And what's the penalty if they tap out early? Public shame maybe? And the presence of the camera crew gives it a strangely staged vibe. The show likes to focus on the personal drama between the contestants. I prefer the raw survivalist theme of Alone.
  • Jun 30, 2020
    The show is entertaining, but I have a few issues. Some situations seem really unsafe. Some contestants are very full of themselves and rude towards their partners. I wouldn't want to be surviving with them and who would? Lastly, I have issues with some of the filming locations. Especially the Okavango Delta in Africa's Kalahari Desert. Several shows have been filmed there. This fragile ecosystem is now up for exploitation by the government of Botswana, now that they have brutally and forcefully removed the native hunter gatherer people from the Okavango. Sound familiar? This happens everwhere doesn't it. Make way for diamond mining and destroy the oldest hunter gatherer people on the planet. Diamonds and survival shows....These Kalahari Bushmen of the Okavango Delta are determined by genetic studies to be the most ancient modern human lineage of all Earth's peoples. The First People of all the people. The Kalahari Bushmen and related peoples are a heritage treasure to every nation. If I understand what I read correctly, we all came from their lineage. Or did I misunderstand? If true, then they are of vast cultural importance to all the world's peoples. Their culture, language and land rights should be preserved to the extent possible for all posterity. Their land and water rights should be returned. The remaining Kalahari languages should be studied and preserved. Their way of living should be learned about by all the school children. These people once lived from the south of Africa to the north, the whole continent. Now, in small pockets. Once a few million, now thousands. How many have died from disease or malnutrition in the past decade, cut off from their resources? How many have been exploited? How many received any healthcare? Who actually got training so they could support themselves other than hunting and gathering or being exploited..Did the filming in the Okavango actually help the Bushmen, also called San or Koi people, in any way? One more thing....With a life expectancy prior to relocation of about 27 years (estimate, my math might be off but it's not good--half dead by fifteen and the other by about forty) due to untreated diseases like malaria, has that changed since relocation? There's just almost nothing available about them since 2011.

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