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Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Running Wild with Bear Grylls is a survival skills reality television series starring Bear Grylls. In each episode, Grylls brings a different celebrity along on his adventures.[1] The crew consists of host Bear Grylls, a story producer, two camera cinematographers, two field recordists, and a mountain guide.[2] Celebrities such as Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, and Ben Stiller made appearances on the first season of the show. In season 2, Kate Winslet, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Hudson, Michelle Rodriguez, James Marsden, and then sitting President Obama appeared.[3] The series' fourth season premiered on May 7, 2018.[4] Bear announced on October 27, 2018 that they will begin filming for a fifth season.[5]

Running Wild with Bear Grylls
Running Wild with Bear Grylls logo.png
Created byDelbert Shoopman
StarringBear Grylls
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes33 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Elizabeth Schulze
  • Robert Buchta
  • Vanessa Ranko
  • Blake Smith
  • Tony Patterson
Editor(s)
  • Marc Elmer
  • Sean Hubbert
  • Karl Kimbrough
  • Page Marsella
  • James Horak
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJuly 28, 2014 (2014-07-28) – present
External links
Website

Contents

DescriptionEdit

The show is based on the same survivalist concept as the rest of Grylls shows, such as Man vs Wild, but with a celebrity joining him for the journey. The journeys include skydiving into the Catskill Mountains and climbing the cliffs in Utah.[6]

Season one began July 28, 2014 and ended September 8, 2014, receiving generally good reviews that improved week by week.[7] For three weeks it was the highest rated unscripted new show of the summer.[citation needed] A second season was announced on March 26, 2015 and began airing in July 2015.[8]

On August 31, 2015, NBC and the White House announced that President Barack Obama will appear as a guest, hike through Exit Glacier and discuss conservation as well as the impact of climate change on the Alaska wilderness.[9][10]

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)September 8, 2014 (2014-09-08)
29July 13, 2015 (2015-07-13)December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)
310August 1, 2016 (2016-08-01)September 16, 2017 (2017-09-16)
48May 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)July 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)

Season 1 (2014)Edit

No. Overall No. in Season Title Location Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Zac Efron"Catskill MountainsJuly 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)4.43[12]
Zac Efron joined Bear Grylls on a journey into the Northeast Appalachian wilderness. This journey began as the two of them parachute into the woods, with Grylls executing a front flip. Grylls and Efron proceeded by climbing down a slippery hill with a rope, with Grylls assisting Efron throughout. Efron also discovered a rabbit carcass, which he and Grylls cut open to smell. The two of them collected worms before heading to a cave – their shelter for the night. They then cooked a meal for themselves – worms and eggs, while holding a conversation about their backgrounds and the trip. On the next day, Efron and Grylls ventured out into a canyon, again with the help of a rope, and rappelled down a steep cliff. The two dove into a body of water and swam to the shore, ending the episode.[11]
22"Ben Stiller"Isle of SkyeAugust 4, 2014 (2014-08-04)3.97[14]

Ben Stiller joined Bear Grylls on his journey into the Isle of Skye of Northern Scotland. The two of them began by climbing down a slippery terrain, using ropes and surrounding rocks. Grylls made sure to move at Stiller’s pace, while asking questions about Stiller’s background and career. They then gathered food at a seashore and sheltered themselves inside a cave, where they found clean water to drink. The next day, Stiller struggled to wake up energized, but he still managed to follow Grylls to the edge of a cliff. Similarly to Efron’s trip, the two of them dove into the water and swam to the plane.

In the UK, this episode was aired as a special in 2014, under the Bear's Wild Weekend banner.[13]
33"Channing Tatum"Yosemite National ParkAugust 11, 2014 (2014-08-11)4.54[16]
Channing Tatum accompanied Bear Grylls on a 48-hour expedition in Yosemite National Park, where they hiked, explored, climbed, and rappelled off cliffs. Tatum and Grylls began their journey in a helicopter ride, later jumping out and doing backflips into the water. After reaching land, they traveled 40 miles through a dense forest to reach their destination. While in the forest, Tatum and Grylls encountered both a scorpion and a rattlesnake, both of which they killed and ate. After finally reaching their destination point, they slept on top of a cliff. The episode concludes as the two rappel down the cliff.[15]
44"Tom Arnold"Oregon Coast RangeAugust 18, 2014 (2014-08-18)3.80[18]
In the fourth episode, Bear Grylls is joined by Tom Arnold on an adventure through the mountains of Oregon. This adventure began with a helicopter ride to an isolated forest, followed by a long hike throughout the woodland. The two reached their first cliff and rappelled down it, and they proceeded to slide down a hill of mud. Now near a river, Grylls and Arnold caught and killed a trout, and then crossed the river with the aid of a log. At the end of the first day, they constructed their own shelter, built a campfire, and cooked the caught trout. The next day, they crossed another river, and the episode was concluded by rappelling down a steep cliff into the water.[17]
55"Tamron Hall"Pink CliffsSeptember 1, 2014 (2014-09-01)3.84[20]
Tamron Hall, an anchor on The Today Show, explored the wild Utah desert with Bear. Their adventure began by rappelling from a helicopter, followed by rappelling down a cliff. While walking in the desert, Bear found a dead squirrel, proceeded to gut it, and placed it in Tamron's backpack. Later, the two set up camp, cooked the squirrel, and settled for the night. On the second day of their journey, they rappelled down a second, much larger canyon and rode off scene in a motorcycle.[19]
66"Deion Sanders"Utah desertSeptember 8, 2014 (2014-09-08)3.71[22]
Deion Sanders, a retired NFL all-star, joined Bear in the southern Utah desert in the season finale. Deion's kids prompted him to participate in the episode because they said he was becoming "soft." Their journey mainly consisted of hiking through the Utah desert, later rappelling from a tree. Sanders' fear of snakes was an obstacle through the journey, especially with an encounter with a wild snake, which Bear later cooked for their meal. After rappelling down a cliff with remarkable ease, Deion and Bear concluded the episode by climbing up a mesa.[21]

Season 2 (2015)Edit

No. Overall No. in Season Title Location Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
71"Kate Hudson"DolomitesJuly 13, 2015 (2015-07-13)3.74[23]
82"Jesse Tyler Ferguson"Italian AlpsJuly 20, 2015 (2015-07-20)3.34[24]
93"Kate Winslet"SnowdoniaJuly 27, 2015 (2015-07-27)3.63[25]
104"Ed Helms"Colorado MountainsAugust 3, 2015 (2015-08-03)3.78[26]
115"Michelle Rodriguez"Nevada DesertAugust 10, 2015 (2015-08-10)3.84[27]
126"James Marsden"Utah CanyonAugust 24, 2015 (2015-08-24)2.91[28]
137"Michael B. Jordan"Welsh HighlandsAugust 31, 2015 (2015-08-31)3.35[29]
148"Drew Brees"Panama JungleSeptember 7, 2015 (2015-09-07)2.83[30]
15Special Episode"President Barack Obama"Exit GlacierDecember 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)3.55[31]

Season 3 (2016–17)Edit

No.
Overall
No.
in Season
Title[32] Location Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
161"Nick Jonas"Sierra Nevada mountainsAugust 1, 2016 (2016-08-01)3.17[33]
172"Julianne Hough"South African SavannaAugust 2, 2016 (2016-08-02)5.15[34]
183"Courteney Cox"Irish HighlandsAugust 22, 2016 (2016-08-22)4.07[35]
194"Shaquille O'Neal"Adirondack MountainsAugust 29, 2016 (2016-08-29)4.29[36]
205"Lindsey Vonn"CorsicaSeptember 5, 2016 (2016-09-05)3.25[37]
216"Mel B"WalesSeptember 7, 2016 (2016-09-07)5.22[38]
227"Marshawn Lynch"Corsican mountainsSeptember 12, 2016 (2016-09-12)3.64[39]
238"Sterling K. Brown"Colorado mountainsMay 22, 2017 (2017-05-22)3.63[40]
249"Julia Roberts"KenyaMay 25, 2017 (2017-05-25)4.06[41]
2510"Vanessa Hudgens"Sierra Nevada desertSeptember 16, 2017 (2017-09-16)2.11[42]

Season 4 (2018)Edit

The series received a fourth season renewal and returned on May 7, 2018. The celebrities featured will be Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Roger Federer, Lena Headey, Uzo Aduba, Keri Russell, Don Cheadle, Scott Eastwood and Derek Hough, with the locations including Kenya, Switzerland, Spain, Bulgaria and the Canary Islands.

No.
Overall
No.
in Season
Title[43] Location Original air date U.S. viewers
(millions)
261"Joseph Gordon-Levitt"KenyaMay 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)3.53[44]
272"Keri Russell"Canary IslandsMay 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)3.01[45]
283"Lena Headey"Iberian PeninsulaMay 21, 2018 (2018-05-21)2.92[46]
294"Don Cheadle"White MountainsJune 18, 2018 (2018-06-18)3.15[47]
305"Derek Hough"Rila MountainsJune 25, 2018 (2018-06-25)3.16[48]
316"Scott Eastwood"Balkan PeninsulaJuly 2, 2018 (2018-07-02)3.13[49]
327"Roger Federer"Swiss AlpsJuly 8, 2018 (2018-07-08)1.88[50]
338"Uzo Aduba"Pyrenees MountainsJuly 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)2.01[51]

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