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I Shouldn't Be Alive is a program composed of the testimonies of people who have survived various situations in which death was all but certain and various staged reenactments of the story told by the survivor. Such stories are told as people on a yacht getting caught in a storm and after the yacht sinks surviving in shark infested waters, traveling into the amazon and contracting trenchfoot, getting lost, and nearly starving to death, as well as being trapped under a bolder, taking a wrong turn and ending up stuck deep in a snowy national park, stepping on landmines and subsequently being kidnapped in Mozambique, getting shipwrecked on a deserted island, and surviving a plane crash in the middle of nowhere in Africa.

The program shifts from the testimony of those that survived a situation telling what is more often than not a heart-wrenching and frightening tale of their near-death experience in a place they never intended to find themselves to the dramatic reenactments of the events that possess a quality not unlike the old American shows "Unsolved Mysteries" and "Fact or Fiction". Between the real stories and dramatizations, the viewer could quite easily find himself fully engaged in these stories as if they, themselves, were there.

The other focus on the show is the underlying story of the how these people survived the scenario they were despite all odds being stacked against them. Sometimes the survivors describe conserving water and signaling for help to be the thing they did that allowed them to survive. Sometimes, as in the case of the man trapped underneath the boulder, a friend already with them and has some prior knowledge of medicine or survival tactics is their only hope of surviving. In other situations, such as the Israeli gentlemen being lost in the Amazon jungle, they know that most travel is by boat and walk the river in order to be discovered and rescued more easily and are only found after they have already given up due to nearly succumbing to starvation and fatigue.

Wednesday 9:00 PM et/pt on Animal Planet
6 Seasons, 62 Episodes - Canceled
October 28, 2005
Documentary & Biography
8.1/10
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I Shouldn't Be Alive Full Episode Guide

  • A rare, violent storm threatens the lives of the crew of a rescue helicopter.

  • A sightseeing tour to Mayan ruins turns deadly when one traveller becomes lost in the dense, unforgving jungle. In temperatures exceeding 100 degrees and with no food or water, one man faces a desperate fight for his life.

  • Two men find themselves stranded in an Alaskan wilderness full of bears after their plane crashes.

  • A scuba diver's worst nightmare comes true when he gets carried out to sea by an unsuspecting rip current.

  • Three friends become trapped in a canyon and fight for their lives before the elements eliminate them one by one.

  • A tourist on his dream vacation in Hawaii becomes desperate when he's lost while sightseeing a volcano. Now, he is faced with a five day battle to live in this arid, dry, lunar landscape.

  • An elderly couple on an off-road adventure fight to survive when their vehicle turns on its side. Without water and with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees the couple wander for 4 days through the dangerous and rugged canyons in New Mexico.

  • A solo hiker faces a life and death situation after falling from a 20 foot cliff.

  • Two climbers on a first-date are trapped in a terrifying electrical storm on the Swiss Alps.

  • A Christmas outing turns deadly when two women become trapped on a tiny rock ledge and become desperate to survive in torrential rain and wind.

  • After a crippling fall, a hiker must fight horrendous injuries and brutal terrain to escape death.

  • On New Year's Eve, five young men skiing accidentally trigger a huge avalanche. Miles from safety, a dream adventure turns into a nightmare.

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