- 101 Seasons
Survivorman is a show created by Les Stroud, a Canadian filmmaker and expert at outdoor survival. The show is based on Stroud surviving alone in some wilderness situation for seven days. Mr. Stroud is not accompanied by a production crew during his seven day event. After he is transported to the site of the survival situation he does all of the camera work and taping for that episode. Locations have ranged from the high arctic latitudes to rain forest to African deserts to tropical islands. Episodes have portrayed survival situations in all season. These have ranged from arctic spring and fall to summer in the desert. The varying challenges of these differing environments and radically different season are part of the draw of the show. Minimal amounts of survival equipment are used in each episode and these are typically items that an individual might find themselves in possession of in a similar situation. This incidental gear might be a book of matches or a stranded vehicle. The survival experience for each episode is based on a scenario that would actually occur. This could be simply getting lost in the woods, vehicle breakdown. During the filming he carries all of his camera equipment and often sets up fixed cameras in order to capture his movements through his environment. Knowing the amount of none survival gear he is carrying can make the experience of watching more intense. Each episode requires him to take care of the basics of survival. He must find or create shelter from the elements. He must locate drinkable water, find enough food to make it through the seven days and create fire for warmth or defense against predators. All of this is done while carrying a large weight of camera equipment. The final part of each scenario is that Mr. Stroud is actively trying to get out of the situation on his own before his safety crew comes after him at the end of the seven days.