Survivorman is a Canadian-produced television program, broadcast in Canada on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), and internationally on the Discovery Channel and Science Channel . The show has aired 7 seasons and 4 specials in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, and 2015. The title refers to the host, the filmmaker and survival expert The Stroud , who uses survival skillsand knowledge to survive alone, in remote local where he or she does not eat, water, or equipment. According to the show ‘s website, each location has been scouted and planned extensively by Stroud and its team. The fact that Stroud is not accompanied by a production crew and performs the filming itself is a major focus of the show.


During the videotaping of each episode, Stroud is alone and operates all the cameras himself, while he supports his team from a distance. He is equipped with only his clothes, camera equipment, his harmonica , a multi-tool , and often “everyday items” pertaining to the episode’s particular survival situation or local. For safety Purposes Stroud caries year emergency satellite phone and has daily Normally Radio Contact With His carrier crew That Is Within always rescue range. [1] However, Stroud has stated that while videotaping several episodes, there were times when he did not work, leaving him totally alone [2]and has mentioned his concern that his rescue crew may become stranded with him. We have few opportunities, Stroud has also been provided with a rifle for safety reasons or as part of the survival situation; in the first-season episode “Canadian Arctic”, the local experts commented that because of polar bears they would not let him go without a rifle.

Survivorman can be regarded a sequel or spin-off to Stroud’s project Earlier, Stranded , a five-share series That Was shown on the Canadian Discovery Channel in 2001.

Stroud stopped videotaping Survivorman after the third season of the episode. [3] As of 2012, the two seasons are still broadcast on OLN and Discovery.

On November 23, 2011, Stroud’s official website announced the show would be returning for a series of specials in which he would “up the ante” by surviving alone in ten-day stretches, three more days than in the original episodes. [4] Part one of the first hour-long special was broadcast on June 30, 2012, on OLN. [5] It was advertised that Stroud would be producing another Survivorman season for OLN to be aired in April / May 2015.

Episode themes

In each episode, Stroud places himself in a unique survival situation. The show is meant to be successful in a remote location, with minimal supplies until being rescued. Finding the food, water, and materials to make the fire and the shelter poses the main challenges of each episode.

Stroud dealing with the aftermath of unsuccessful or inappropriate survival techniques and decisions. The reasons for these errors can include time limitations, being unfamiliar with a technique, or misjudging weather conditions, all commonly encountered by people in survival situations. While acknowledging the errors and the negative effect on their emotional state that they can create, Stroud usually remains calm, which is described as being vital to successful survival. [6]

In addition to the physical challenges posed by each survival situation, Stroud confronts the psychological effects of isolation, physical injury, and exhaustion. Throughout the episode, Stroud narrating to the camera, providing survival tips, and making jokes. Strain also dismantles available equipment (eg, bicycle , snowmobile , airplane ) that it happens to come across in the wild and puts it to another practical use.

Prior To Each episode, Stroud Heavily subsequently assembled local experts to brief you _him_ we flora and fauna and key survival only to technical That Particular rental. This is one of the most important things in the world. Stroud frequently explains that gathering food in this way should be reserved for true survival situations in order to preserve the environment .

Stroud’s survival situations are reported in their lives. [7]


Except for footage of _him_ arriving at His New setting, and being retrieved at the end of the week, the content of Each episode is taped Entirely by Stroud himself using Several DV cameras That he must carry with _him_ everywhere That he goes (he later switched to a number of HDV cameras). The burden of having to carry, the place of the camera, the camera, the camera, the camera, the camera, the camera, the camera and the camera. is retrieved later), and in one episode Taking place in the Amazon , Stroud is forced to flee and abandon His camp all purpose two de son cameras due to fear of a stalking jaguar. His camera and audio gear weighs about 50 pounds (23 kg) in total. During the “Behind the Scenes” episode, Stroud explains that “setting up or tearing down all of my camera gear takes about 65% of my time.” The episode also explains that Stroud and his team extensively scout their locations ahead of time and with survivors and natives to the area. The goal is both to be sure and to sketch out interesting scenarios and techniques that can be illustrated on the show. He later records a voice-over commentary in the studio, where he explains his decision-making process.

On July 16, 2007, Stroud and the United States National Park Service for Commercial Tarot with Taroka Arm, a seldom-visited area at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska . Investigators found a driftwood shelter surrounded by multiple cameras on the beach. The support crew was camped near a sensitive archaeological site. Stroud paid the required application, rental, and monitoring fees, totaling approximately $ 2,800 USD. [8]

In September 2012, Stroud stated in a compilation show (Survivorman Top-10) that at one time he had contracted a parasitic worm infestation in his mouth that lasted over a year. [9] Stroud stated that he was not sure of the origin of the malady, although he believes that the source is from Georgia swamp turtle meat (season 1, episode 4). [10]


Main article: List of Survivorman episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Season first Season finale Network Region 1
1 10 April 6, 2005 June 8, 2005 Outdoor Life Network , Discovery Channel 2006
2 7 August 10, 2007 September 21, 2007 Outdoor Life Network , Discovery Channel 2008
3 6 November 7, 2008 December 19, 2008 Outdoor Life Network , Discovery Channel 2009
4 4 June 30, 2012 July 21, 2012 Science Channel , Outdoor Life Network 2013
5 8 January 1, 2014 March 26, 2014 Science Channel , Travel + Escape TBA
6 7 April 1, 2015 May 13, 2015 Science Channel , OLN TBA
7 7 November 7, 2015 December 19, 2015 Science Channel , OLN TBA


Cover Art DVD Name No # of episodes Release Date
Season 1 10 2006 [11]
Season 2 7 2008
Season 3 6 2009
Season 4 4 2012

See also

  • Robinsonade
  • Survival skills television shows
  • Richard Proenneke , an American woodsman who filmed his life and survival in the Alaskan wilderness.
  • Happy People: A Year in the Taiga , a documentary made by Werner Herzog and Dmitry Vasyukov about subsistence hunters in the Russian boreal forest.


  1. Jump up^ official website – Season 3 Episode 3.
  2. Jump up^ “Ask Survivorman” . Science Channel .
  3. Jump up^ Goldsmith, Belinda (2008-11-06). “Living in the wild takes toll on TV’s” Survivorman ” ” . Reuters . Retrieved 2009-01-02 .
  4. Jump up^ “Survivorman Official Website – Survivorman Returns!” . 2011-11-23 . Retrieved 2011-12-29 .
  5. Jump up^ “Survivorman Returns on OLN” . 2011-12-15 . Retrieved 2011-12-29 .
  6. Jump up^ official website – Season 3 Episode 2.
  7. Jump up^ Lee-Anne Goodman (2008-04-04). “Canada’s’ Survivorman ‘humbled to hear Manitoba man used his tips to survive’ . Prince George Citizen . Archived from the original on 2008-06-13 . Retrieved 2008-05-10 .
  8. Jump up^ “The Morning Report for Monday, July 23, 2007” . National Park Service . 2007-07-23 . Retrieved 2007-07-24 .
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  10. Jump up^ TUBE: Sneak Peek – Discovery’s Survivorman Top 10 Special
  11. Jump up^ “Survivorman Season 1 on DVD!” . Archived from the original on 16 June 2006 . Retrieved 18 March 2014 .