The Wheel

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  • TV-PG
  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 6.7  (104)

The Wheel is a survival game show that aired on Discovery Channel in 2017. The show revolves around six contestants who are tasked with surviving in six vastly different ecosystems across South America, where they face difficult terrain, lack of food, limited water supply, extreme weather conditions, and wild predators. What makes this show particularly unique is that each contestant is placed on a different wheel - a giant hamster wheel-like structure - that rotates throughout the series, determining which terrain they will face next.

The show's six contestants are Adam Kimble, a marathon runner from Illinois; Luke Soderling, a wilderness guide from Minnesota; Shon Joyner, an Army veteran from Texas; Kat Dellinger, a homesteader from Idaho; Josh James, a primitive survivalist from Texas; and Lindsay Phenix, a homemaker from Tennessee. Each episode features one of the contestants in his/her assigned terrain, such as the Amazon jungle, the snow-capped Andes Mountains, the bone-dry Atacama Desert, the mangrove swamps, the rugged mountain plateau, and the coastal plains.

The contestants are given limited supplies - an emergency kit, a knife, a canteen, and a camera - and must rely on their wit, skills, and instincts to find food, water, and shelter. They must also overcome physical and mental challenges that simulate real-life survival situations. For instance, they might have to rappel down a waterfall, cross a raging river, hunt for wild game, build a shelter from scratch, start a fire using only natural materials, fend off a predator, or navigate through dense vegetation without a compass.

Throughout the series, viewers get to see each contestant's backstory, motivations, and struggles. Adam, for example, reveals that he is running the race in honor of his mother who passed away from breast cancer. Luke, on the other hand, talks about his rough childhood and how he learned to fend for himself in the wild. Shon shares how his military training has prepared him for survival situations but also how his PTSD has affected him. Kat recounts how her homesteading lifestyle has given her a unique set of skills and perspectives. Josh reveals that he has been homeless and had to rely on his survival skills to survive. Lindsay talks about how her motherly instincts have helped her cope with the challenges of the race.

The hosts of the show, however, play a minor role. Adam Savage, the former host of MythBusters, serves as the narrator and provides some commentary on the contestants' actions and strategies. The main focus, though, is on the contestants themselves and their struggles to survive.

The Wheel is a visually stunning show, with breathtaking shots of South American landscapes, wildlife, and weather. The cinematography captures the beauty and brutality of nature, as well as the grit and determination of the contestants. The editing is also well-done, balancing suspense, drama, and character development. Each episode ends with a cliffhanger, as the contestants' fate is left uncertain until the next episode.

Overall, The Wheel is a compelling and entertaining show that appeals to fans of survival, adventure, and reality TV. It offers a fresh take on the genre by adding a rotating element that keeps the contestants and the viewers on edge. The show also provides some insight into human nature, as it shows how people react when faced with extreme situations and how they adapt to survive. Despite some criticisms that it is overly staged or contrived, The Wheel is still worth watching for its stunning visuals, engaging cast, and thrilling challenges.

The Wheel is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on January 13, 2017.

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End Game
8. End Game
March 3, 2017
As Day 60 approaches, the final Wheel turn sends Luke to the Island where relentless rain has crushed two participants. Bruised and starving, Adam heads to the brutal cold of the Mountains.
Do Or Die
7. Do Or Die
February 24, 2017
It's do-or-die when Lindsay finishes her rations. Adam has a breakthrough, but the wheel turns to Phase Five. Luke hopes to catch the first Tundra fish, while Adam's fishing net comes unraveled in the Bush Plains.
No Rest for the Weary
6. No Rest for the Weary
February 17, 2017
Shon's fate is decided. The Wheel sends the participants to Phase Four. Lindsay's hopes are dashed by the the barren tundra. Adam forages in the wetlands, but is wrecked by caimans. Luke faces the ultimate mountain challenge.
Pray For Help
5. Pray For Help
February 10, 2017
The third eco-zone will not relent. Lindsay shrinks to an unhealthy weight. Luke catches fish, but struggles to stave off the isolation. Shon's body shuts down.
Hunger Games
4. Hunger Games
February 3, 2017
Extreme hunger, aggressive hunting. Shon makes a spear launcher while Luke returns to hunting alligator. Adam and Josh struggle to find water and make fire. Another tap out.
Soaked and Starving
3. Soaked and Starving
January 27, 2017
The second location takes a mental toll. Lindsay makes a fateful decision. Caimans hunt Luke in the wetlands. Shon's struggle for food pushed him to the brink. On the island, Adam fails to make fire and suffers the consequences.
Survive the Turn
2. Survive the Turn
January 20, 2017
Ripped from their first location, participants must start over in another extreme ecozone; Luke battles caimans for supremacy of the wetlands; Lindsay searches for water in 105-degree heat.
1. Abandoned
January 13, 2017
With minimal supplies, a wrestler, a plumber, a fitness model, a former Marine, a nurse, and an ultra-marathoner face a gauntlet.
Where to Watch The Wheel
The Wheel is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Wheel on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Discovery, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 13, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (104)