Survive This

Survive This is a Canadian reality television show in which one of the four young people with their survival skills is taking over their skills and perseverance. [2] The series aired onYTV in Canada and Cartoon Network in the United States. [3] [4] [5] The show is hosted by Les Stroud , Who narrates Each episode, Provides teens with the survival challenges, and assesses Their performance. [2] [3] [6] The show premiered on April 7, 2009, in Canada and on June 17, 2009, in the United States. [2][6] [7] [8] [9] Cartoon Network ceased to air Survive This after August 19, 2009, and screened the final three episodes only on the network’s Web site.

The series’ second season debuted on April 19, 2010. [10]


The series began in 2009 with a single season of 13 episodes. [6] [9] [11] [12] A second season of 13 episodes began airing in April 2010. [13] [14] Each season begins with a fictional accident of some sort (a school bus crash floatplane crash in season two) as a narrative hook and to introduce the participants to their first survival challenges.

The Stroud, star and host of the Survivorman television program , introduces each episode and provides narrative commentary for the events depicted during the episode. Stroud also appears on camera at the beginning of each episode to meet the participants, discuss their health and emotional status, and present them with the day’s survival challenge. [11] [12] [15] [16] [17] Stroud then departures. Stroud sometimes appears at halfway points in each episode to check on their status. quote needed ]Each challenge concludes with Stroud visiting the participants again, re-assessing their physical and emotional state, and recommending anyone else to leave the show and go home. [6] [11] [15] [16]

The Stroud would be named one of the final participants, Colin as the “Ultimate Survivor”.


Series production

Series creator The Stroud says that he is initially pitched Survive This, as a children’s series similar to Survivorman and that several networks turned down. [6] [9] The success of Survivorman enabled Stroud to pitch his original idea again, and this time was released in 2007 by 9 Story Entertainment , a Canadian entertainment company. [9] [18] Survive This is produced by 9 Story Entertainment, and two 9 Story executives (Vince Commisso and Steven Jarosz) serve as executive producers for the series. [19] Stroud and his Survivormanproduction partner, David Brady, are also executive producers. [19] Craig Baines is the producer. [19]

The series was originally titled Survivorman: Kids Edition . [18] The original concept was to create two teams of teens (ages 13 to 17) and pit them against one another, testing their survivalist skills. [18] This concept soon changed, however. In April 2008, 9 Story announced that the show (now called Survivorman Kids ) would feature a single team of six 14- to 16-year-olds surviving in the wilderness for three weeks. [20] The number of participants expanded to eight by the time filming began in summer 2008. [21] In this final form, unlike other reality television shows, Survive Thisintentionally did not have a cash prize or other reward at the end of the season. Instead, the producers decided that they would leave the series with the knowledge that they are surviving a number of physically and mentally daunting challenges. [2] [6] [11] [12] [15] [22] Striking out to allow participants to vote for their “immunity”, arguing that this would change the focus of the series towards “backstabbing” social networking “and away from survival skills and the wilderness experience. [6] [16] [22] [23]

Cast members were recruited in a variety of ways: Online, via forms at summer camps, and by several other means. [16] After each person’s application was screened by the producers, participants had to go to the interview. [16]Stroud was not involved in the actual selection process, but did provide some guidelines for the production company before the process began. [6]

All I suggest that you get a good, wide selection of kids. Let’s get a wide selection of personalities and temperaments and certainly skill level. Do not give me a whole bunch of boy scouts who are going to knock it out and do not give me a whole bunch of Give me a wide variety, let’s have regular, normal kids and do not profile beyond that. [6]

Once selected for the show, a camera crew filmed each teenager at home. [16] The eight teenagers have been taught to survive in the wilderness. [6] [7] [12] [16] They were also constantly filmed during this time, to acclimate them to the ever-present cameras and filmmakers. [16]

Season One production

Eight teenagers, all between the ages of 14 and 17, [2] [11] [15] [24] were taken into a forest in Ontario , Canada , and left to “survive” a school bus crash and spend two nights in the woods with limited food and other supplies. [2] [7] [9] [11] [12] [16] [24]

The series was filmed on the forest of Huntsville, Ontario , Canada . [12] Filming occurred in the summer of 2008. [12] Sandy Island on Georgian Bay in Lake Huron . [25] Jeff Beitz, owner of the Georgian Bay Marina, acted as a scout for the show, transported the participants to and from the island, and appeared on screen in Episode 11, “Island Castaways.” [25] Many of the challenges presented to the participants were based on situations. Stroud himself faced on Survivorman . [22]

A camera crew stayed behind to film the participants as they went on their survival challenges. [11] [22] However, the camera crew was instructed to interact with the participants. [22] Several participants were given hand-held video cameras and permitted to film their actions. [2] [22] A paramedic also was always on-site to provide emergency health care. [22] Participants were banned from Stroud (who were both on-site). [16]Stroud says that the participants should be able to do the same, but they were forbidden to do so-to-talk to the cinematographers to try themselves in a good light. [16] [22] Several of the participants were upset at their videotaped comments appeared on television. [22] [23] Some of the comments in this paper are also made in the future. [16] For his part, Stroud purposefully adopted a serious demeanor that involved never smiling in front of the participants. [6] He later told TV Guide Canadathat providing, encouragement, or other assistance was difficult for him. [6]

The participants were given in the way of supplies. They had no camp stoves or sleeping bags, and at times they were squeezed liquid from moss. [22]

A one-hour Season One finale featured a search and rescue (SAR) operation to locate and extract the remaining participants. [22] [26] The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Georgian Bay Volunteer Search and Rescue (GBVSAR) participated in the filming of the final episode, which involved GBVSAR search team and OPP’s K9 , marine, and air units. [26] Filming of the finale took a single day. [26]

The final scenes were shot at the end of the summer of 2008. [12] Some footage and a trailer for the show were shown at MIPCOM , a market and trade event held in Cannes , France . [21] The first two completed episodes screened to buyers and markets at the MIPTV Media Market in March 2009. [27] Corus Entertainment ‘s YTV picked up the show for broadcast in Canada in April 2008. [20] [23] Time Warner ‘s Cartoon Network Agreed to air the show in the US in March 2009. [28]The first season ended with a one-hour finale. [22] 9 Story Entertainment sold to Boomerang Channel Latin America , YLE in Finland , and Teleview International in the Middle East in April 2009. [29]

Producer 9 Story Entertainment. May 2009, looking for this video and images from the show on board games , books, video games , role-playing games , and clothing. [1]

Season Two production

Second Season Casting on June 5, 2009, and closed on July 10, 2009. [30] Applicants were invited to a television production studio in Toronto, Ontario , Canada, where they put the producers and screen test to determine how they came across on television. [31] Participants were selected for the show, in part, based on their strong personalities. [13] [32] The final eight participants were told in early September 2009 that they were selected for the show. [31] The eight teens who appear in the second season are required to sign a prior agreement to the beginning of filming. [13]All participants were required to take part in a three-day survival program with David Arama, a wilderness survival expert and close friend of Les Stroud’s. [33] Training how to build a shelter, fire-starting, edible plants, and using a compass. [33]

Principal cinematography for the second season occurred in September 2009 (which meant some of the contestants missed the opening of the show). [13] Most of the second season Was filmed around the Georgian Bay area of Lake Huron and Algonquin Provincial Park . [34] None of the teens knew the location of the series, but they were aware that they were not close to any cities or towns. [13] The teens were always watched by an adult and were given warm clothes at night. [34]Initially, many of the contestants did not take the show or host Stroud seriously. According to Patricia Robins, “We were calling him” The Stroodle “…. [But] Towards the end of a father’s face. He’s really protective, we found that out later on. ” [13]

As in the first series, the teenaged contestants are introduced into the wilderness via an accident-in the second season, it is a floatplane crash. [13] Two contestants were separated from the rest of the group and forced to spend a night alone. [13] As in the previous season, the search for food is a major element of the show. In the first season, teenager Adam Deganis killed a pheasant (in the episode “Food”) and a porcupine (in the episode “Deep Woods, Part I”). In the third episode of the second season, the participants decapitate and kill a snake for food. [34] The show’s format remains the same, with a different challenge in each episode and Stroud asking the teens if they can survive at the end of each installment.[14] An article about one of the contending states that only one of the “survives” teens until the final episode, [13] however this is incorrect. The actual number is determined by who drops out, and is mentioned on the official website’s ‘Synopsis page’ .

The second season of Survive This consists of 13 episodes, with a one-hour finale. [13] [14] The second season debuted on the TV channel YTV cable on Monday, April 19, 2010. [10]


Season One

In the first season, eight teenagers were given a week’s survival training before being taken into the wilderness. The Season One cast included:

  • Adam -Adam Deganis is a 15-year-old native of Mississauga, Ontario , who attends Loyola Catholic Secondary School . [9] [12] [25] Labeled as “the sportsman” on the series, his survival experiences of hunting, fishing, and spending summers at home. [9] [12] A fan of Survivorman , he is interested in the stroud. [9] Deganis is an arachnophobe . [15]
  • Becca -Becca Mehaffey is a 16-year-old from Markham, Ontario , who has almost no experience. [9] [22] [23] Her friends and family laughed at her when she applied to the show. [9] She was called “the princess” on the show, and practices dance in her spare time. [15] [22]
  • Becky-Becky Tran is a 17-year-old from Newmarket, Ontario , who was labeled “the environmentalist” on the series, but whom the other participants called “BT.” [9] [15] [24] Tran, who is admittedly “addicted” to her hair iron , was frightened of dirt, germs, and insects. [24]
  • Catarina -Catarina is a 17-year-old who has been described as “the tough girl” on the series. [15]
  • Holden -Holden Adams is a 16-year-old who was called “the city boy” on the show. [15] [22] After the show ended, the hungry, the hungry, and the physical exhaustion of the food. [22] Adams died in February 2015. [35]
  • Jen -Jennifer Daub is a 16-year-old resident of Blind River, Ontario . [22] [25] [36] She is waiting at WC Eaket Secondary School . [16] She Was Labeled “the hunter” on the series Because She Had spent time tracking and hunting deer with her father, and Was an rifleman expert, [15] [16] [22] all-terrain vehicle driver, and camping. [16] [36] One of her older brothers learned about the show and encouraged her to apply. [16] She applied online by sending a photo of herself. [16]She was often frustrated by having to help other participants who had little outdoors experience. [16] [36]
  • Kareem-Kareem Ali is a 17-year-old native of Toronto, Ontario , Canada. [25] Given the label of “the motivator” by the producers, it was seen as more competitive than the others. [15] He attends Bloor Collegiate Institute .
  • Zac-Zac Siegel is a 14-year-old resident of Thornhill, Ontario , who attends Westmount Collegiate Institute . [11] [25] He was already enrolled at. [11] He had extensive wilderness survival skills, with a photographic memory, and a high-level intelligence. [11] He was extremely frustrated on the show because of the other participants had so little wilderness survival skill. “In many cases I had to teach people to start or to build a proper shelter,” he said. [11]Labeled as “the camp counselor” by the producers, the other participants saw him as an overachiever. [15]

Season Two

In the first season, eight teenagers were given a week’s survival training before being taken into the wilderness. The Season Two cast included:

  • Colin -Colin is a 15-year-old from Hamilton, Ontario . He believes that a balance between social life and school is important. He was labeled “The Whiz Kid”.
  • Ian-Ian McBain is a 14-year-old from Ajax, Ontario . Interested in animals and the outdoors and seeking a career as a biologist , McBain Was inspired to audition for the second season after-seeing the first season episode Swamp : “The episode from the first season That really motivated me to try to get on the show Was the swamp episode. “Most people would think ‘Oh gross. swamp, there’s leeches and stuff. ‘ That was the turning point for me, I was like, so much fun, so many different experiences. He was dubbed “The Book Worm” [33] McBain, who admits to being an unadventurous “wimp”, says that he has learned to trust other people and believe in himself during the show.For him, the toughest part of the series is getting through the night and worrying about wild animal attacks. [33]
  • Jade -Jade is a 13-year-old girl from Ancaster, Ontario . She was raised on a farm and was labeled “The Country Girl”.
  • Justin -Justin Cutajar is a 16-year-old from Mississauga, Ontario labeled “the Rock Star”. He had auditioned for the first season but did not make the cut. [37] He auditioned for the second season because he still wanted to see how far he could push himself. [37] He says being on the show was “a life-altering experience.” [37] The hardest part, for him, was the lack of food; he lost 12 pounds (5.4 kg) while filming the series. [37] Back at home after the show, he says he never leaves his bed and leaves him alone. [37]he quotes patience, emotional strength, the will to live, and physical strength. [37]
  • Manaal -Manaal Ismacil is a 16-year-old from St. Catharines, Ontario . Her mother is a Somalian who is a refugee from Somalia labeled “The Diplomat”. [31] Manaal Was Born in Kenya , aims her family emigrated to the United States When She Was seven years old and to Canada four years later. [31] She attends Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School , loves to read and study, and has never been camping . [31] She had not seen the first season, but applied after being urged to do so by her younger sister (who had). [31]She is interested in International relations , and wants a career as a human rights lawyer . [31] She is a volunteer in many groups, including her school, the St. Catharines mayor’s council, and Save the Children Canada . [31]
  • Michael -Michael Lattouf is a 17-year-old from Brampton, Ontario , who attends Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School and wants to be an actor, [32] earning him the label “The Entertainer”. He had no survival skills prior to appearing on the show. [32] He says that he felt overwhelmed at first. The producers and Strouds “just threw us right in, and it was non-stop,” and he felt the lack of the most challenging aspect of the show. [32] He also felt that having eight teenagers on the show made for a lot of emotion. [32]Lattouf says the show was very challenging, and he learned a great deal from it. “People live like this every day-homeless people, or people in poor countries-and it makes me understand their struggles more.” [32]
  • Nicole -Nicole Ponce is a 14-year-old girl who is highly involved in school athletics, giving her the “Athlete” label. She resides in Etobicoke, Ontario and is a freshman at Michael Power / St. Joseph High School. At a young age, she was often caught in her life. She plays competitively and with a positive attitude in a number of sports including soccer, basketball and volleyball. She hopes to become a pediatrician and aspires to help children in need. With her charming personality and newly found confidence, she is ready to take on every challenge.
  • Patricia -Patricia (Trish) Robins is a 16-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ontario . She is waiting at Stamford Collegiate Secondary School . [13] She is interested in the first season. [13] She believed that only actors were admitted to the show, and felt that this would be a boost to her acting career. [13] After seeing the first season, she has a chance to compete in the future. [13] Labeled as “The Rebel” on the show, she says she is more of a diva . [13]

Critical reception

Season One critical reception

At least one psychologist warned that this risk is being exploited and might damage the mental health of the participants. “You’re putting kids into real emotional situations for other people’s enjoyment,” said Jennifer Kolari, a child and family therapist and author . “It’s okay to have some competition, it’s okay to try out for things,” she says. These are okay lessons for kids.But doing it on national television, to be watched and judged, that’s where I feel it’s a little bit exploitive, and I think we need to consider the mental health of the kids that are on that show. ” [23]Other aims of the expert health declared the show safe, concluding that the participants are highly avoided. [23]

Several reviewers have strongly criticized Survive This . For example, the New Bedford Standard-Times was dismissive of the show’s lack of originality, noting: “… a gruff, gritty, macho mountain man takes a group of high-school kids and dumps them in the deep woods where they must Gee, where have we seen before? ” [38] Variety was equally critical of the show’s lack of originality, observing that the show “play [ed] like junior editions of somebody else’s reality franchise.” [17] The publication was also critical of the show, pigeonholed and labeled each of the teenagers, eliminating the diversity of the racially and ethnically diverse cast.The Los Angeles Times is as comic, but it was more than just Cartoon Network live-action programs. [3]

Some critics have also blasted Cartoon Network for showing live-action programs rather than cartoons. [38]

However, the Sudbury Star called the show “compelling”. [15]

Season One ratings

Television ratings information is difficult to come by. However, at least one newspaper said it was not “catching on with viewers” on Cartoon Network, and that the show had never been among the network’s top 10 series. [39]

Season Two critical reception

In March 2010, Toronto resident Richard Code, a fan of Stroud’s show Survivorman , Was found dead from hypothermia near His campsite at the north end of Horn Lake (near McMurrich / Monteith, Ontario ). [40] [41 [41] [40] [40] [40] [41] He was taken before in admiration of the adventures he had seen on Survivorman . [40] Learning of Code’s death, Stroud said, “It’s a terrible tragedy and I feel absolutely terrible for the families involved” – but did not know the situation. [41]

At least one reviewer has criticized Survive This for not mentioning Code’s death or warning kids not to imitate what they see on the show. The Globe and Mail reviewer Catherine Dawson March wrote, “You’d think, just seven weeks after Code’s headline-making death, that Survive This would make a passing nod to the tragedy. … Some kind of ‘do not try this on your own ‘advice. [34] Dawson praised the show as “captivating” with “batches of emotional drama”, but concluded: “It’s great stuff, but YTV should acknowledge Code’s death with a warning of their own.” [34] YTV replied, “, there will be a disclaimer before each episode. ” [34]

See also

  • List of Survive This Episodes (Season One)
  • List of Survive This episodes (Season Two)


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