17 of The Best Survivalist Shows on Netflix

Let’s face it, it’s getting colder each and every day. What does that mean? It’s Netflix time!!!

We know, football is on now too, so we can’t forget that. But when there’s no football games on TV, you’ve got some free time and need to fill it. Why not fill it with 17 of the best survivalist shows on Netflix?

Sure, some of the shows on Netflix may be a little over the top. But, there are some skills that you can get from watching these shows.

Some are pure fiction (The Walking Dead), but they still can show you some of the mindset of prepping and surviving.

Unfortunately, most of these shows are only available on DVD so assume that is the case unless otherwise noted. Also, I was going to link directly to the Netflix pages, but then I realized that if you don’t have Netflix the links just take you to a page asking you to sign up. So instead I linked to the Wikipedia entries. Now on to the list.

1. Alaska: The Last Frontier – This show is all about the Kilchers, a family that lives off the grid without any of the modern conveniences. This show centers on the Kilcher family and their community outside Homer, Alaska. Begun by patriarch Yule Kilcher who immigrated from Europe during WWII, and currently led by his sons, Otto and Atz Kilcher (singer Jewel’s father) the family have lived on their land for four generations. The show also features the homesteaders who live nearby and interact with the Kilchers.

2. Combat Zone – This documentary is about the U.S. Military and the various missions they’ve gone through. Here’s a sample of what you’ll get: Vietnam, 1969 – Viet Cong use the North Saigon River to cross into Cambodia and stock up on arms and supplies. With strategy, planning and stealth, thirty US Navymen on six small boats, outmanned and outgunned, fight and win a hard, fast battle.

3. Doomsday Preppers –Doomsday Preppers is one of those shows that you’ll love to hate. The reason is that TV seems to always make preppers seem like crazy people. Remember, the media is in charge of how they portray everything so keep that in mind. It is entertaining and gives you a look into some people’s prepping plans. Some of you may get ideas that could save your family.

4. Falling Skies – In the wake of an alien attack that has crippled most of the world, shock has turned to resolve as the survivors gather to fight back. Leading the charge is Boston history professor Tom Mason, whose wife was killed in the attack, and one of his three sons is among a group of captive teens.

Desperate to rescue his son, Tom joins forces with the 2nd Massachusetts, a makeshift regiment assigned to protect the survivors.

As second in command to Weaver, Tom uses his knowledge of military history to gain intelligence about the aliens and form a plan of attack. But the plan keeps changing and more questions surface as the survivors discover what they’re really up against: a highly intelligent, heavily armed alien force whose purpose on Earth is the biggest mystery of all.

5. I Shouldn’t Be Alive –The award-winning docudrama series tells the extraordinary stories of ordinary people who found themselves in epic survival situations. First-person accounts from the survivors combine with re-enactments to bring back to life the emotional and physical journey they faced in their fight to stay alive.

6. Jeremiah – In the year 2021, more than a decade after a deadly virus wiped out everyone over the age of puberty, grief-stricken loner Jeremiah goes in search of Valhalla Sector, a haven his father told him would be the key to his continued survival. Together with his partner, the tough and cynical Kurdy Malloy, and a mysterious character named Mister Smith, they encounter Thunder Mountain along the way, a highly organized clan attempting to rebuild society, if only they can stop Valhalla Sector’s attempts at replicating the virus and gaining control of the world.

7. Jericho – A nuclear mushroom cloud appears on the horizon — and for the residents of Jericho, a small Kansas town, it could mean they’re the only Americans left alive. Fear of the unknown propels Jericho into mayhem, causing the town to come apart at the seams. Secrets are revealed, personal agendas take over and even the most sensible people become paranoid. But even in a time of crisis, some folks will find an inner strength they never knew existed, causing them to emerge as the most unlikeliest of heroes. As the citizens slowly rebuild Jericho, however, they also find themselves in a bitter turf war with the residents of another town, New Bern.

8. Life After People –On the heels of the History channel special that explored what Earth might be like if the human race were suddenly to disappear comes a series that provides, in even-more detail, a picture of a post-human future, revealing the fate of structures like the Sears Tower and the Sistine Chapel and creatures that might inherit the places we once lived. Supporting the visuals and special effects are interviews with specialists from the fields of engineering, botany, biology, geology and archaeology.

9. Lock N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey –Actor and Vietnam veteran R. Lee Ermey guides viewers through the evolution of the deadliest battlefield weapons, with 3-D graphics detailing the improvements, changes in technology and the thought process behind each weapon. Also, experts discuss the engineering and history involved, and high-speed photography shows how these firearms work and what really happens at the point of impact.

10. Man vs. Wild –A seasoned adventurer and survivalist deliberately “strands” himself in remote locales and makes his way back to civilization to provide in-depth advice for travelers who may find themselves lost on what was expected to be a routine hike or other trip.

11. Man, Woman, Wild –Teamwork in a survival situation is of utmost importance. But what happens if the team consists of a mismatched husband and wife, trying to survive in harsh outdoor conditions while rarely seeing eye to eye?

That’s the scenario in “Man, Woman, Wild,” which features former Special Forces survival expert Mykel Hawke and his wife, Ruth, a journalist, who are plunked in a remote location for four days and nights. From building a shelter to hunting for food to finding a way out, Mykel and Ruth must find common ground as he teaches her the skills to survive in the wildest places on Earth.

12. Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment – I really enjoyed this show. It was a challenge and raw. Maybe not the best production but was real. The obstacles they came across where what you would expect and it sucked you in to see how they would get through to the next camp.

Each camp posed a different challenge and we found each other trying to guess what the next camp would be like. Watching this show made me thankful to have food and I caught myself snacking a lot watching it lol.

If you haven’t seen this show I would suggest renting it!If you think Survivor Man or Survior are good, this blows them out of the water… enjoy

13. Survivorman –Outdoorsman and survival expert Les Stroud permits himself to be stranded for a week in a remote location with no equipment or supplies apart from his one-man camera rig, documenting his experience and providing insight into how to manage whatever hurdles the wilderness might throw at him.

14. Survivors –Survivors is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC. It depicts the lives of a group of people who survived a virulent unknown strain of influenza which has wiped out most of the humanspecies.

15. The Colony –Ten volunteers try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

16. The Walking Dead –Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, this gritty drama portrays life in the weeks and months following a zombie apocalypse. Led by police officer Rick Grimes, his family and a group of other survivors find themselves constantly on the move in search of a safe and secure home. But the pressure each day to stay alive sends many in the group to the deepest depths of human cruelty, and Rick discovers that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be more deadly than the zombies walking among them.

17. Top Shot –Sharpshooters compete in challenges inspired by real events in history with $100,000 at stake.

There it is!

Which of your favorite shows would you have included? Let us know in the comments below.

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