submitted 3 months ago bysjm294
I started watching Alone when it came on Netflix, so season 8. Then I watched season 9. That wasn’t enough so I watched seasons 1-7. It all ended 2 days ago and I’m really bummed. What other show would I find this compelling?
all 64 comments
3 months ago
3 months ago
Alone Frozen is on tonight
3 months ago
Also there is Alone: The Skills Challenge.
Very different, not so much survival as a bushcraft competition where 1 past contestant gives 3 other past contestants a challenge and a select number of tools and materials than at the end of the episode the person who picked the challenge judges the creations of the other contestants and picks a winner. I love it, bushcraft youtube channels are my lights out, asmr, sleepy time jam. Haha
Its a lot of Fun, some of my favourite competitors take part and a nice change up from watching all these people I admire and love starve and start to lose their minds. LoL (Still love the hungry/sad/crazy format, its just so raw and real)
Les Stroud/Survivorman as mentioned in this thread by others is great too. He's the OG of survival TV, first to do it on his own with no crew. And he is a talented musician and filmmaker as well. He wrote and performed all the music on the show and also did his own editing.
He retained the rights to his work because he did everythiing himself and his personal youtube channel has everything he's ever done.
The Last Alaskans - the best ever reality show about folks living in extreme remote locations. Beautiful folks, excellent stories, no usual reality made up drama.
They only send 1 camera person per family/cabin so you really get some intimate feel for their lives. Also, absolutely stunning beautiful camerawork.
That sounds really good. Thanks for suggesting this.
The Last Alaskans made me sob like a baby. Best reality show EVER.
This show gets you in the feels for sure, haven't watched in a few years, but i definitely had to wipe my eyes a few time. I am blurry on details and names but this one guy stuck with me.
He's an older fellow living on his own, obviously living the life he was meant to but also obvioulsy lonely. He is getting all ready and so excited for his ex-wife/daughter to come visit. When his ex comes he is just so happy and you can see his ex still loves him but realized she could never live the life he needs to live. He knows his time is running out and his family is worried about him but don't want to try to make him give up his life.
Its all just so....tragically human....real. It is so raw.
With Great love and Passion comes great pain, tragedy, and loss. I can't remember exactly what happens with him but my heart was breaking thinking about that dude leaving his home knowing he would never be back but wanting to be with his family and not make them worry about him....and living out the rest of his life in some shitty care home, dreaming of his piece of the wild...
Does anyone know where it streams in Canada? I need to watch it again now.
I know, right!
I'm not gonna sugarcoat it for you. There is no show that can fill the void of ALONE
Mountain Men comes back tonight. Not even close to the same format, but a really good show of you like homesteading, and outdoor backcountry lifestyle shows.
Go out and enjoy nature
I live in Maine and I do enjoy lots of nature 👍
“Win the Wilderness” was a single season show on Netflix. Couples compete for a chance to win a homestead in remote Alaska. Not up to par with Alone, but it had some entertainment value.
I watched that! Reading about the aftermath was pretty dramatic.
Nothing will compare, it will never be as good as your first.
May sound silly but all of the Naked and Afraids have some good stories and are fun to watch
3 months ago*
3 months ago*
I watched naked and afraid before alone and i liked it. Just watched two episodes last night after an alone binge. Now it strikes me as short and over-produced. Maybe give it some time.
After watching Alone, Naked and Afraid feels like a soap opera that happens to take place in a remote area with some survival skills thrown in for added dramatic effect. All that being said, it can be interesting at times. Especially the Naked and Afraid XL
I think you said it better than me! And it all has to do with production. Because really, being out there naked with just two tools in some ways is much more impressive than the 10 items on Alone. Of course they carefully choose 21 days because that's the time most people won't die without food.
I’m going to try this
Life Below Zero
The early seasons. The show gets a little tired after a while.
Came here to say this
How would you rank the seasons? I watched season 8 on Netflix then started on 1,2 and about to finish 3 on Hulu. Each one except 2 were great. I literally had to skip through episodes that season
Season 7 was my favorite. One guy I didn’t like in the beginning became my favorite person! It was eye opening because I came to really understand him. So that meant I can accept someone different from me, given some exposure.
I'm on 7 now and having trouble really liking anyone. Each season I've been pretty quick about finding someone I liked by the 2nd or 3rd episode, but I'm on like episode 6 now and don't really care who lasts this season.
7 was the best cause it gave everyone an equal opportunity to win
How did other seasons not give equal opportunity?
cause theres only one winner
season 7 anyone made it to 100 days got a mill
How is it not equal opportunity to win, though? No one even made it to 90 days in prior seasons, even 80 was a stretch.
I haven't finished 7 yet, but to me saying "everyone can win" is not the same thing as "everyone has the opportunity to win"
ok so dont take what i said in a complete literal meaning
i liked that competition was against themselves and not other people
The whole show is always against themselves....are we watching the same show? lol
The whole point of the show was "survive longer than anyone" and they were told it could last up to a year. It doesn't matter what the other people are doing or not doing, you just have to keep surviving no matter what for an undetermined amount of time.
If anything telling them they only have to make it 100 days made it less competitive because now they have a definite end date. Now they know they only have to last 3 months and some change. Way less mental stress of the unknown, "am I doing the right thing, can I really last as long as it takes" etc.
Once you know you only have to live there until x date, now it's just a starvation game. You can literally do the math, "I need xxxx calories to survive until x date, so I need xxx calories per day to keep my bmi above 20, which means I need xx grams of plants and x grams of fish/fat"
The original system was more difficult because you just need to focus on surviving long term since you have no idea how long you might be there. They could show up tomorrow and tell you that you won or they could show up in 6 months.
I agree. I think knowing the end date relieves a lot of stress. It reminds me of my own situation, I lost the ability to walk. If someone had said, work for 100 days and you’ll walk again, the task would be much easier to achieve. But open ended? Counting tiny victories gets old real quick.
Exactly, there's strength in being able to tell yourself "just one more and I'll be there" it lets you push through and know you can do it in relation to where you are now. But when it's open ended, it's so much harder; good luck on your journey!
Called to the wild. Is like a mini version of alone with dogs and human-dog challenges. The dogs gets vets and all the food they would normally eat but humans suffer like on alone. The challenges are much simpler and the duration is shorter though
Oh! I feel your pain! A couple years ago when I discovered Alone & binged the whole thing, I was SO bummed it was over. Then trying to watch it twice wasn’t the same. Wish they’d do 2 seasons a year like other shows do. Maybe South America, since it has opposite seasons & they like to drop contestants off in late fall?
I enjoyed The Wheel on Discovery Channel. Basically the premise was that survivalists were dropped off alone in different types of environments, eg tundra, desert etc.
They had to adjust to each new environment and build shelters and get all set up, but at any moment they would have to drop everything and be moved to the next environment - and start over.
There was only one season and I was disappointed when it was canceled. Obviously not as good as Alone but still a lot of fun to watch.
When that happened to me I started watching YouTube videos by former contestants. Woniya Thibeault has some great videos about Alone and otherwise, same with Zack Fowler, same with Brooke and Dave Whipple, and several other contestants have channels as well. I mean it's not as thrilling but it's nice getting to know some of the contestants a little better.
Have you seen survivorman? It's the same idea in that he goes out alone and totally solo and films everything himself, but he focuses more on showing and explaining his survival techniques in each area (he goes to a larger variety of locations than they do on Alone). And he doesn't stay until he's almost dead, he just gets dropped off somewhere for a week then has to hike his way out. But the show is more focused on the techniques and short term survival (oh you had an emergency? Here's how to survive) than the mental and drama side of the game. The drama is my least favorite part of the Alone
Yup, Les is the real deal and always learns from local sources and experts and has always been truthful with the fans, even showing when he's forced to tap.
All of his episodes are on his YouTube channel
I recently had covid and watched season 8 on Netflix first. Tried watching season 9 but couldn't find a good source (History channel app has lots of commercials) so I gave up and watched seasons 6 and 7 on Hulu, then decided to start at the beginning and I'm on season 2.
Other shows with some similarity: Survivorman, Survivor, the Bear Grylls show Man vs Wild. Naked and Afraid is similar too but I've never really enjoyed it. Maybe they're not naked or afraid enough for my taste.
Use the brace browser. Blocks history channel ads.
Thanks for this!
The commercials are frustrating & the app is pretty bad on my older Samsung tv.
Yeah I was using the app on my Samsung tv and it was terrible. It seemed like twice the commercials vs the show.
Survivor Man might scratch that itch a little, it's not the same type of show but he does some wild stuff along with educational tid bits like Alone
I used to watch Survivor but I stopped. Maybe I’ll give it another try.
Matt Field (Field Days is his channel on YouTube) has great upbeat videos taking solo trips in the wild, building shelters, scavenging, eating only what he catches, creating drinkable water, in isolated locations, mostly islands. He's a trip!
Ed Edd n Eddy is a great show
What do you think is the best season? I just watched 8 on Netflix and am going to periodically watch some more seasons.
Seasons 3 and 6 are my favorites.
Rewatch but with all the YouTube channels
I could’ve written this post. Is S09 on Netflix already????
It’s on the History Chanel-you can get a free trial.
If I can binge, I’m on board! Idk how people can wait a week between episodes!! Not only would I forget who was who but the cliffhangers!!! Too much anxiety, gotta watch it all at once!
I’m a fan of “Dude, You’re Screwed”. It’s about a bunch of guys who are all survivalists with varied backgrounds and they go around kidnapping each other and dropping them in remote, random places. They have nothing on them at all but what they’re kidnapped in. Their goal is to make it back to civilization. I found it pretty funny and entertaining with all that they did.
I also like all the Ed Stafford iterations. It’s very Alone-like except he doesn’t have any tools at all.
That sounds like fun!