Man vs. Bear

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  • 2019
  • 1 Season

Man vs. Bear is a new reality show on the Discovery Channel that premiered in December 2019. The show features three humans who compete in various challenges against three Grizzly bears - Bart, Honey Bump and Tank i.e. each one weighs over 1000 pounds! The humans and bears compete in three different types of games: strength, speed and strategy. The games are designed to test the physical and mental abilities of both the humans and bears.

The host of the show is Casey Anderson, who is an expert in bear behavior and has worked with bears for over 25 years. The show also has a team of judges who determine which species wins each game. The judges are Brandon Tierney, a sports analyst, Dr. Lynn Rogers, a bear biologist, and Adam Sztykiel, a screenwriter and producer.

Some of the challenges in the strength category include tug-of-war, log-rolling, and tire flipping. The speed challenges include sprinting on a track, crawling through an obstacle course, and traversing monkey bars. The strategy challenges include puzzles, navigating a maze, and a game of "capture the flag." Each challenge is designed to showcase the natural strengths of both human and bear competitors.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show is seeing how the bears react to the challenges. The bears are not trained to do any particular actions, so their responses and behaviors are entirely natural. Many times, the bears seem unfazed by the games, while other times they seem to actively engage with the humans. One particularly tense moment in the show’s first season featured Bart, the largest and strongest grizzly bear, grappling with a human on a tug-of-war rope.

The humans on the show are also entertaining to watch. They are all remarkable athletes who bring unique abilities to the competition. For example, one of the competitors, Adam, is a former Special Forces soldier with exceptional strength and tactical skills. The other competitors are also accomplished athletes with backgrounds in wrestling, parkour, and obstacle course racing.

The show also provides an educational experience for viewers. During the episodes, the hosts and judges provide information about bear behavior and anatomy. This information is valuable for understanding some of the challenges bears face, particularly in Western states where conflicts with humans are common. The show also emphasizes the importance of bear conservation and the need for humans to coexist with bears.

While the show is a novel concept, it has faced criticism from animal welfare groups who argue that the show exploits the animals and puts them in danger. Some have called for the show to be canceled, stating that it is animal exploitation and violence. Others argue that the show is harmless and that the bears are well-cared for and not mistreated.

Nonetheless, the show has been a ratings hit for the Discovery Channel. It has proven to be a hit with audiences, particularly those who enjoy watching animals in action. The show has also generated discussion about how humans interact with wildlife, and it has raised important questions about animal welfare.

In conclusion, Man vs. Bear is an exciting new show that combines athleticism, education, and entertainment. The show provides a unique opportunity for viewers to see bears in action and to appreciate their incredible strength and agility. While the show has faced criticism from some quarters, it has sparked important conversations about the role of humans in the natural world. Overall, the show is well worth watching, particularly for those who are interested in science, nature, and wildlife.

Man vs. Bear is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on December 4, 2019.

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Superhuman Showdown
8. Superhuman Showdown
February 1, 2020
In the season finale, the three top champions return to Bear Mountain to compete in a supersized competition with Bart, Honey Bump, and Tank. With a few devious twists courtesy of Brandon and Casey, only one human will have what it takes to win.
Nothin' But Mammals...
7. Nothin' But Mammals...
January 25, 2020
A triathlete, a former football player, and an elite bow hunter compete face to face with three of America's most powerful land predators. As the humans attempt to claim the final spot in next week's finale, one sets a stunning new course record.
Bart's First Defeat
6. Bart's First Defeat
January 18, 2020
A fire captain who witnessed his best friend attacked by a grizzly returns to face his greatest fear; a champion bull rider discovers his threshold for pain against an apex predator; a Polynesian fire dancer stuns Bart with his first ever defeat.
Born to Run
5. Born to Run
January 11, 2020
Bart the Bear faces the mightiest human yet in national arm-wrestling champion Bruce.
Flying Scotsman
4. Flying Scotsman
January 1, 2020
America's favorite Grizzlies welcome a Highland Games strongman, an Alaska Trooper, and a Southwest aircraft handler to Bear Mountain to compete for fame or humiliation, and Bart makes sure the humans aren't the only mammals who end up in the water.
Human Kannonball
3. Human Kannonball
December 18, 2019
With odds stacked against them, a bodyguard, a firefighter and an ultra-fit football coach take on three massive grizzlies in a gauntlet of challenges.
Basic Instinct
2. Basic Instinct
December 11, 2019
An Army veteran, an ultra-marathoner, and a world record weightlifter face the biggest battles of their lives as they take on Bart, Honey Bump, and Tank in challenges of strength, speed, and strategy, but it's the underdog who shocks Bear Mountain.
Boomer vs Millennial
1. Boomer vs Millennial
December 4, 2019
When a Boomer, Millennial, and Gen Xer find themselves face to face with three grizzly bears in a never-before-attempted competition of speed, strength, and strategy, one human finds out the hard way what it means to have skin in the game.
Bart, Honey Bump and Tank
101. Bart, Honey Bump and Tank
December 1, 2019
Bart, Honey Bump and Tank are the grizzly athletes competing. Each challenge featured is designed around the bear's natural instincts and actions while also testing their human competitors' strength, speed and stamina.
Where to Watch Man vs. Bear
Man vs. Bear is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Man vs. Bear on demand at Philo, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and Discovery.
  • Premiere Date
    December 4, 2019