Survivorman

Survivorman
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Created byLes Stroud
StarringLes Stroud
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes16
Production
Running timeOne Hour Episodes (44 Minutes)
Broadcast
Original channelCanada: OLN
USA: The Discovery Channel, The Science Channel
Original runNovember 24??, 2004 – Present
External links
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Survivorman is a reality television program broadcast in Canada on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), and in the United States on The Discovery Channel and The Science Channel. Host Les Stroud must survive for seven days in various remote locales with little or no food, water, or equipment. He is dropped off with his clothes, a pair of cases for his camera equipment, his "trusty" harmonica, and a multi-tool. Usually, he also has random bits of everyday items that a stranded person in the given area might be likely to possess. He also carries a satellite phone for use in an emergency.[1]

Survivorman is similar to Stranded, a five part mini series that was shown on the Canadian version of the Discovery Channel, which also starred Stroud.

Survival situations

In each episode Stroud places himself in a unique survival situation. The show is meant to demonstrate how one might survive alone in a remote location with minimal supplies until being rescued. Finding food, water, and materials to make fire and shelter pose the main challenges of each episode.

Part of the tension of Survivorman is in watching Stroud deal with the aftermath of unsuccessful or inappropriate survival techniques and decisions. The reasons for these errors can include time limitations, being unfamiliar with a technique, or misjudging weather conditions, all frequently encountered by people in survival situations. Stroud allows these predicaments to occur for the benefit of the TV audience, rather than simply sitting and waiting to be rescued. While acknowledging the errors and the negative effect on his emotional state that they can create, Stroud remains calm throughout, providing a model of behaviour vital to successful survival.

In addition to the physical challenges posed by each survival situation, Stroud confronts the psychological effects of isolation, physical injury, and exhaustion. Stroud is never without his harmonica, even in the episode where he honed his harmonica to eight sharp points on the hard rocks in an unsuccessful attempt to create a salmon catching device. Stroud's harmonica playing creates an atmosphere in strong contrast to the often dismal nature of the survival experience, and has a noticeable positive effect on the host. Stroud also narrates to the camera, commenting on his physical and psychological state, providing survival tips, or making jokes (such as his parody of an iconic scene in The Blair Witch Project), effectively employing the future television audience as a companion. Stroud also often dismantles available equipment (e.g. bike, snowmobile, airplane) and puts it to another practical use.

Les Stroud's knowledge of the unique flora and fauna of each location is perhaps his most basic yet powerful skill. In every episode he shows the audience how to find viable sources of nourishment, avoid dangerous or unhealthy ones, and utilize them appropriately and efficiently. Stroud frequently explains that gathering food in this manner should be reserved for true survival situations in order to preserve the environment.

Filming

Except for footage of him arriving at his new setting, the content of each episode is taped entirely by Stroud himself using several DV video cameras that he must carry with him everywhere that he goes. (He has lately switched to a number of HDV cameras) The burden of having to carry, place, and retrieve the camera equipment for each shot adds to the challenge and difficulty of each survival situation. His camera and audio gear typically weigh about 50 pounds (22.7 kg) in total. Stroud also is not permitted to use any of this for the purpose of survival, stating in one episode "Camera gear is camera gear nothing else". During the "Behind the Scenes" episode, Stroud explains that "setting up or tearing down all of my camera gear takes about 65% of my time," making survival more challenging. The episode also explains that Stroud and his team extensively scout their locations ahead of time and consult with survivalists and natives to the area. The goal is both to ensure Stroud's safety and to sketch out interesting scenarios and techniques that can be illustrated on the show. He later records a voice-over commentary in the studio, where he explains his decision-making process and details of how he accomplished various tasks.

On July 16, 2007, Stroud and a support crew of four in the safety camp were cited by the National Park Service for commercial filming without a permit at Taroka Arm, a seldom-visited area at Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska. Investigators found a driftwood shelter surrounded by multiple cameras on the beach. The support crew was camped nearby near a sensitive archaeological site. Stroud paid the required application, location and monitoring fees, totaling approximately $2,800.[2]

Episodes

Season 1

# Title Original airdate
01"Canadian Boreal Forest"
After a canoeing accident, Les becomes lost in a Northern Ontario forest 
02"Arizona Desert"
A broken down dirt bike provides the scenario for surviving in the Sonoran Desert 
03"Costa Rica"
Marooned on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, Les must survive on a tropical beach and in dense jungle 
04"Georgia Swamp"
Lost in the swamplands of Georgia's Altamaha River Basin 
05"Canadian Arctic"
A broken down snowmobile in the Canadian arctic 
06"Mountain"
Helihiking gone wrong leads to a week on in the Canadian Rockies 
07"Canyonlands"
A broken bicycle in the Utah canyons 
08"Plane Crash"
Plane crash survivor in Temagami, Ontario in the winter 
09"Lost at Sea"
On a raft in the middle of the ocean near Belize for several days, then washing ashore on an uninhabited island 
10"Behind the Scenes"
Clips and outtakes from the previous nine survival episodes 

Season 2

# Title Original airdate
11"Kalahari"August 10, 2007
Les' 4x4 runs out of gas, leaving him to survive extreme heat in the Kalahari Desert. He builds a urine still to obtain clean, safe water from his own urine. 
12"Amazon"August 17, 2007
A week in the Amazon rainforest 
13"Labrador"August 24, 2007
Stroud is paired with a team of sled dogs (who have their own food not meant for Les), then eventually loses the dogs(intentionally) and is left on his own. 
14"African Plains"August 31, 2007
Les lands his hot air balloon in the Northern part of South Africa. 
15"Alaska"September 7, 2007
Stuck in an Alaskan bay, Les utilizes a kayak to fish and travel to the various local shores to scavenge. Les is also on the alert for black bears and larger grizzly bears
16"South Pacific"September 14, 2007
Les is shipwrecked in the Cook Islands, and makes the ultimate sacrifice (his harmonica). 
17"Behind the Scenes"September 21, 2007
A behind the scenes look of each episode of season 2. Les goes in-depth with his preparation for each locale. Also featured are local people who taught Les certain techniques beforehand. 

DVD

Cover Art DVD Name Ep # Region 1
Season 1102006

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