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Last Update: May 17, 2023
There are a ton of streaming platforms available today that offer countless viewing options but Netflix is still one of the big dogs in the arena. They offer shows from other channels and of course, they have their own Netflix originals.
But this article isn’t about just any shows; we are taking a look at what Netflix has to offer in terms of prepping or survival-related shows. Whether you are looking for some inspiration about your preps, or just need a good laugh these shows range from reality-based programs, surviving in the wilderness, to apocalyptic takeovers by aliens, robots, or zombies.
Please keep in mind that these are shows and their number one priority is entertainment. Any ideas or methods gleaned from them should be thoroughly researched before implementation. Now that’s out of the way, on with the shows!
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Survival and Prepping Shows
Below is the list we found of some shows that are related to survival and prepping that you can find on Netflix as of April 2023. Surprisingly, Netflix still offers DVDs but we are going to be focusing on streaming options only. The following shows are listed in no particular order and we’re sure that you will be able to find at least one program here to enjoy!
In this reality-based survival show from the History Channel, ten contestants are dropped off in a remote, wilderness location with minimal gear and are tasked with surviving as long as possible ALONE.
Each contestant must use what they have and their wits to build shelter, find water, and food, and avoid any predators or dangers in their environment. If it all becomes too much, each contestant is supplied with a satellite phone that they can use in medical emergencies or to tap out.
However, if they dig deep, and have what it takes to be the last person standing, they will walk away with a cash prize ranging between $500,000-$1,000,000 and the title of surviving ALONE.
ALONE is definitely one of the better, modern survival shows out there and there are quite a few things that you can learn from it. One of the more interesting things you will get to see is how being alone for extended periods affects the human body, mind, and spirit.
Currently, Netflix only has season 8 with 12 episodes of ALONE.
Debuting in 2016, Designated Survivor is a political drama and thriller show that centers around a low-level federal employee who rises quickly to the ranks of President of the United States when everyone in the line of succession before him is killed in a massive explosion.
Preppers have long been concerned with the idea of some sort of collapse of the system and this show does a good job of showcasing some of the possible issues that can arise in the aftermath of an attack on that system.
Currently, Netflix has all 3 seasons of Designated Survivor.
Designated Survivor Trailer 2:39
Earthstorm came out in 2022, and while there are only four episodes it does a great job of portraying the number one threat that all of us should be preparing for, the wrath of Mother Nature.
This is a science and nature docuseries that recounts the terrifying experiences of storm chasers, survivors, and first responders that have lived through extreme weather or natural disasters.
Each episode is dedicated to a specific event and by the end of the show you will have heard first-hand accounts of what it’s like to be around tornados, volcanoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes.
Currently, Netflix has 4 episodes of Earthstorm.
Keep Breathing is a 2022 Netflix series that follows a lawyer from New York who is the lone survivor of a small plane crash in the wilderness of Canada.
This show does focus on survival aspects such as dealing with the elements, finding water, finding food, and starting a fire. But the show also dives into a lot of flashbacks of the main character and her personal demons.
Currently, Netflix has 1 season with 6 episodes of Keep Breathing.
Debuting in 2012, MeatEater is not a survival or prepping show. It is a docuseries that follows hunter, author, cook, and conservationist Steven Rinella through his hunting and fishing adventures.
Being able to hunt and fish for your food is a huge part of survival and prepping methodology and MeatEater is probably one of the best shows out there on this topic.
Because this is not a survival show, Steven uses modern gear to hunt or fish but one of the best aspects of MeatEater is that he shows you how to clean what he gets, and how to make some delicious food.
I would highly recommend this show to anyone wanting to learn more wild game recipes and a more in-depth, personal look at the hunter/fisherman experience.
Currently, Netflix has 5 seasons of MeatEater.
Outlast is a reality-based survival show that takes sixteen contestants and drops them off in a rugged and remote Alaskan location. The members split off into teams and must learn to work together if they are to survive the harsh conditions and win a big cash prize.
There are plenty of things to learn from this show, both what to do and what not to do. Of course, given the clash of so many different personalities, you can expect quite a bit of drama to ensue.
If you watched ALONE and liked it then you will probably be a fan of this show. I liked ALONE but didn’t get too much into Outlast because I didn’t have the patience for the drama between the contestants.
Currently, Netflix has season 1 and all 8 episodes as it debuted in March of 2023.
Snowflake Mountain debuted in 2022 as a Netflix series and below is Netflix’s short description of this competition reality show.
“Hopelessly entitled or simply in need of tough love? Ten spoiled young adults experience nature without a parental safety net in this reality series.”
If you want to turn your brain off and have a laugh at a bunch of city “kids” trying to make it in nature I could recommend this show but it is so horribly scripted that I don’t think I even made it past the first episode.
Currently, Netflix has 1 season with 8 episodes of Snowflake Mountain.
Snowflake Mountain Trailer 2:20
Southern Survival Outdoor Gear. Tested.
If you are looking for a good time and an upbeat narrative on prepping and survival, then look no further than Southern Survival Outdoor Gear. Tested.
This reality-based show is presented by the guys of Battlebox and they take the testing of survival gear seriously and sometimes to hilarious lengths.
From matches that can’t be extinguished to portable emergency rafts, these guys will show you some of the latest survival gear available and they have no problem giving you their good ol’ boy opinion on it.
I thought this show had some interesting gear on it and the cast definitely had me laughing at some of their exploits.
Currently, Netflix has season 1 with 8 episodes of Southern Survival Outdoor Gear. Tested.
Southern Survival Outdoor Gear. Tested. Trailer 1:57
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead debuted in 2010 on AMC and it quickly became hugely popular. Set in modern times, the show follows Rick Grimes, a Sheriff’s Deputy who wakes up in the hospital to find that the world has gone to hell while he was in a coma.
He attempts to navigate the new world that is overrun by flesh-eating zombies with one goal in mind, to keep his family and group safe. Along the way, they must survive everything from zombies, thirst, hunger, disease, self-proclaimed warlords, and even members of their own group.
I was a big fan of this show because it was highly entertaining and the first six seasons were done well. If you pay attention, you might be able to pick up a few nuggets of survival tactics but there are certain things you will have to ignore and just drum up to pure fantasy entertainment.
Currently, Netflix has all 11 seasons of The Walking Dead which includes 177 episodes, which comes out to roughly 7 straight days of binge-watching!
Win The Wilderness
In this reality-based show, six couples compete to prove they have the survival skills it takes to live and thrive in the wilds of Alaska. Whichever couple proves they have what it takes will win the deed to an amazing house and property nestled in the beautiful wilderness of the Alaskan frontier.
The show is a bit scripted, as most competition reality shows are, but overall it wasn’t too bad.
Currently, Netflix has season 1 with 6 episodes of Win The Wilderness.
Win The Wilderness Trailer 1:44
72 Dangerous Animals Asia
Debuting in 2018, 72 Dangerous Animals Latin Asia is a science and nature docuseries that explores some of the most dangerous creatures in Asia
If you are going to live in or explore this massive continent, you will want to prepare yourself for creatures like rats that carry the black plague, poisonous toads, saltwater crocodiles, rhinos, black bears, coral snakes, cobras, wolverines, and komodo dragons, just to name a few.
I’m a sucker for a good science and nature docuseries and this is one that I enjoyed.
Currently, Netflix has 1 season with 12 episodes of 72 Dangerous Animals Asia.
72 Dangerous Animals Asia Trailer 1:39
72 Dangerous Animals Latin America
Debuting in 2017, 72 Dangerous Animals Latin America is a science and nature docuseries that explores some of the most dangerous creatures in Latin America.
If you are going to live in or explore this region you will definitely want to prepare yourself for creatures like the dive-bombing eagle, yellow scorpions, giant centipedes, vampire bats, and the flesh-rotting venom from the fer-de-lance pit viper, just to name a few.
I’m a sucker for a good science and nature docuseries and this is another one that I enjoyed.
Currently, Netflix has 1 season with 12 episodes of 72 Dangerous Animals Latin America.
72 Dangerous Animals Latin America Trailer 1:02
72 Dangerous Places To Live
Debuting in 2016, 72 Dangerous Places To Live is a docuseries that will take you around the world and examine some of the most extreme events and conditions people deal with in their home region.
Examples include people in the Canadian Rockies who live near deadly avalanches, the tales of those that live in Tornado Alley, the rising sea levels in Bangladesh, and the dangers of earthquakes, tsunamis, and radiation zones that come with living in Japan.
Currently, Netflix has 1 season with 6 episodes of 72 Dangerous Places To Live.
72 Dangerous Places To Live Trailer 1:36
The 100 is a fiction series set in the future where the planet is no longer inhabitable and humans have taken refuge on a large space station orbiting Earth. Dwindling resources on the space station forces those in charge to exile criminals and outcast teenagers back to the planet.
However, upon doing so they find out that Earth isn’t as inhospitable as they thought. And the show follows the teenagers learning how to survive on their own. The 100 is a bit teeny bopper and starts with a bit of The Lord Of The Flies theme but it offers a mixture of outdoor survival with plenty of sci-fi space elements.
Currently, Netflix has all 7 seasons of The 100
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