Naked And Afraid

No, that title doesn’t refer to me in the shower if the electricity goes out.

It is the title of a new, highly addictive show on Discovery Channel.

It is also the show with the most blurring of nudity in history. To make it viewable by general audiences.

I didn’t plan on watching this show but I was bored and flipping through channels and there it was. That catchy title drew me in.

So we stayed up late and watched all of the episodes. We were true “armchair critics” for Naked And Afraid.

When you are watching something like this unfold on television, you can easily see what they do wrong and what you think they should have done better. But if I was in that situation myself I don’t think I could make it 21 days living naked and out in the wild.

For one thing, I have blood sugar problems so I can’t go more than a few hours without eating. And I am scared of snakes so all those warm tropical places they hang out naked are just teeming with snakes so…nope.

The show plays down the sleeping arrangements for the contestants but hey, they are hanging out alone-ish (camera crews around during the day) and they are naked. And especially on the Africa episode it got cold at night and I saw no sign of any blankets they might have woven from nearby rushes and grasses.

So you know they kept warm somehow on those cold dark nights.

I think the girls are the toughest ones on Naked And Afraid. The guys turn out to be no where near as good as the girls at making a go of things. Especially the one in Panama where the girl weaves a lobster trap, goes out and sets it, and catches their food for dinner. The guy cut the firewood at least.

And on the Panama episode they took days and days to get a fire started. I thought these contestants were actual survivalists in real life so they should have been able to start a fire with no problem.

On the Africa episode they made a strategic error by not making some sort of footwear right off the bat. The guy ended up with an awful infected thorn injury in his foot that required medical intervention. In better news, they got their fire started right away and the woman caught fish using her lady bits. (Not really kidding.)

Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel

Twitter responses to this show have ranged from the hilarious to the extremely disparaging. But do check it out for yourself before you dismiss it. In a summer of nothing to watch on tv, you just might like it.


  1. In the Africa episode I was wondering why they didn’t sterilize the knife over the fire and cut the thorn out before it got infected. They could have closed the wound by cauterizing it with the hot knife. Boiled water to flush it out before hand of course. Then it would not have been as bad in the long run.

    The show is truly mesmerizing!

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