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Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Running Wild with Bear Grylls

Photo Credit:  NBC
  • Premiered: 
    July 28, 2014
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Bear Grylls 
  • Subject Matter: Adventure
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS is a one-hour reality series that follows British survivalist Bear Grylls, as he takes celebrities into the most remote and wild locations of the world for a 48-hour journey of a lifetime. From skydiving into the Catskill Mountains, to repelling down the cliffs of Utah and battling torrential wind and rain in Scotland, Grylls and each celebrity push both their minds and bodies to the limit to successfully complete their journey. Each 60-minute episode features a different celebrity, including: Zac Efron in the Northeast Appalachian mountain range wilderness; Ben Stiller in the rugged mountains of the Isle of Skye in Northern Scotland; Channing Tatum in Yosemite National Park; and more celebs, like Deion Sanders, Tom Arnold and Tamron Hall.

RUNNING WILD returned for its second season on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on NBC. In the season opener, Bear takes Oscar nominee Kate Hudson on an adventure she will not soon forget. Their 48 hour journey finds them in the midst of the Dolomites, one of the most treacherous mountain ranges in Italy. As they hike toward the Austrian border on snow-covered exposed rock cliffs, they make some historical discoveries and work together to survive the elements. Kate also gives Bear a peek into her unique upbringing. Later in the season, Bear goes on adventures with these stars of film, TV and sports: Kate Winslet, Drew Brees, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed Helms, Michelle Rodriguez, James Marsden and Michael B. Jordan.

Season 3 of RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS premiered on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on NBC. This summer Courteney Cox, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Jonas, Lindsey Vonn, Shaquille O'Neal, and Marshawn Lynch take on the great outdoors. This season the series takes viewers from the remote African Savannah and mountain passes of the Sierra Nevada, to the wilds of Ireland and rocky shores of Corsica.

The eight-episode fourth season of RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS premiered on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on NBC. In the season opener, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt tackles Kenya's unyielding terrain with Bear Grylls. Dropped into the elements from a helicopter, Joseph and Bear navigate a perilous rappel, milk a camel for needed hydration, and ascend a massive rock dome that tests Joseph's fear of heights like nothing before. As the duo battles a crocodile for the remains of a water buffalo that is their only hope for dinner, Joseph details his rise to fame and his efforts to honor the memory of his beloved brother. Subsequent episodes features these celebrities: legendary tennis champion Roger Federer, GAME OF THRONES star Lena Headey, two-time Emmy Award winner and ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK star Uzo Aduba, Golden Globe winner and THE AMERICANS star Keri Russell, Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS co-star Scott Eastwood, and WORLD OF DANCE judge Derek Hough.

RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS returned for a 10-episode fifth season on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT on National Geographic Channel. The new season, which includes a new celebrity lineup of adventurers, transports viewers across remote locations in the US and around the world, including the jagged cliffs of Sardinia; a massive glacier in Iceland; the deep jungles and remote islands of Panama; and the deserts and canyons of Utah. These celebrities will push beyond their limits to see if they can endure the harsh wilderness in their high-octane, action-based, fear-tackling journeys. The intrepid cast members face their deepest fears and tackle everything from wild animals to rock repelling as they journey through some of the world's most unforgiving wildernesses. Season 5 celebrities include (in alphabetical order by first name): Alex Honnold, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Bobby Bones, Cara Delevingne, Channing Tatum, Dave Bautista, Joel McHale, Rob Riggle, and Zachary Quinto.

Season 6 of RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS premiered on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT on National Geographic Channel, immediately following an all-day marathon (9am-9pm) of encore episodes. Continuing to push superstars' comfort levels, this season Grylls travels the globe from the deserts of Utah to the Dolomites of Italy and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California for more epic, life-changing adventures. This season's celebrities include: Anthony Mackie, Bobby Bones, Terry Crews, Gina Carano, Keegan-Michael Key, Danica Patrick, Danny Trejo, and Rainn Wilson.
The seventh season of RUNNING WILD premiered on Monday, July 25, 2022 at 9pm ET/PT on National Geographic Channel. Now titled RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS: THE CHALLENGE, the new season features celebrity guests who are not only pushed physically and mentally -- like plunging into a frozen lake in the Canadian Rockies or foraging for food in the deserts of the Great Basin -- but Bear will be testing each on their survival skills. This time, they will be tested beyond other guests: after Bear teaches each of them a key set of skills, they will then have to master them on their own and deploy those skills at a high-intensity moment to earn their extraction from the wilderness. Season 7 episodes include:

"Natalie Portman in Southern Utah" (Premieres July 25, 2022 at 9pm ET/PT on National Geographic): Bear takes Academy Award(R) winner Natalie Portman into the slot canyons of Southern Utah. Their adventure begins when Bear leaps from his helicopter onto Natalie's 4x4. They trek into the Escalante desert, where Bear teaches Natalie piton placements, rope system transfers and fire starting while descending various canyons. Natalie uses her new skills as they ascend a mountain and attempt to light a signal fire for extraction.

"Simu Liu in The Canadian Rockies" (Premieres August 1, 2022 at 9pm ET/PT on National Geographic): Bear takes Marvel superhero Simu Liu to the Canadian Rockies. As the adventure begins, they must trigger an avalanche to clear a path to a ravine and find an old cabin or risk hypothermia as temperatures drop below -20. The next day, Bear sets the ultimate arctic challenge: Simu must strip down to plunge into a frozen lake and then navigate to a dogsled team to whisk them back to civilization.

"Ashton Kutcher in the Coastal Jungles of Costa Rica" (Premieres August 8, 2022 at 9pm ET/PT on National Geographic): Ashton Kutcher joins Bear to challenge the coastal jungles of Costa Rica. Their adventure begins with a helicopter jump into the Pacific Ocean. Once they swim ashore, they must canoe up a river to fish for their dinner, then descend a 300-foot cliff into the jungle. The next day, Bear sets up a commando crawl rope challenge. Ashton must use all the strength he can muster to cross a massive ravine.

"Florence Pugh in the Volcanic Rainforests of Costa Rica" (Premieres August 15, 2022 at 9pm ET/PT on National Geographic): Rappelling from a helicopter, Bear takes Florence Pugh to the volcanic rainforests of Costa Rica. Bear shows Florence how to traverse rapids, test river depth with a rope and rock, and avoid poisonous snakes and deep cliff edges. Crossing an alligator-infested swamp, they catch eel for dinner. On day two, Florence must test the depth of a waterfall pool before choosing to leap from a high cliff into a set of rapids below. Finally, they jump out of an airplane at 10,000 feet to their extraction.

"Anthony Anderson in The Sierra Nevada Mountains" (Premieres August 22, 2022 at 9pm ET/PT on National Geographic): Anthony Anderson joins Bear in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tossing their backpacks from the helicopter, Bear challenges Anthony to survive with just a rope and compass. On the ground, Bear teaches Anthony navigation and knot-tying skills. On day two, Bear leaves Anthony to use his new skills to secure his climb up a sheer rock face. Anthony will dig deep to make it to their extraction point.

"Rob Riggle in the Great Basin Desert" (Premieres August 22, 2022 at 10pm ET/PT on National Geographic): Bear puts Rob Riggle through survival tests in the Great Basin to prepare for Rob's latest movie role. They begin by rappelling from a helicopter to travel west, where Riggle learns the ropes and then faces an even bigger ropes challenge. Once on the canyon floor, Bear teaches Rob river crossing skills, foraging for food and building a rudimentary shelter. The next day, Rob must evade being spotted by Bear or face his fear of skydiving.

Other Titles

  • Season 7 title: Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Electus
  • Produced by Bear Grylls Ventures