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The Best Survival TV Shows on Free Services

Finding a good Survival TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Survival TV shows of all time streaming on Free Services.

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1. The 100

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7.7/10
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87/100
Year: 2014-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: 100 years in the future, when the Earth has been abandoned due to radioactivity, the last surviving humans live on an ark orbiting the planet — but the ark won't last forever. So the repressive regime picks 100 expendable juvenile delinquents to send down to Earth to see if the planet is still habitable.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (6%) are available to watch free online (The CW). 84 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 85 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. Gilligan's Island

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7.3/10
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78/100
Year: 1964-2019Rated: TV-GSeasons: 3
Comedy, Family

What it's about: Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz and originally produced by United Artists Television. The situation comedy series featured Bob Denver; Alan Hale, Jr.; Jim Backus; Natalie Schafer; Tina Louise; Russell Johnson; and Dawn Wells. It aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to September 4, 1967. Originally sponsored by Philip Morris & Company and Procter & Gamble, the show followed the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive the island on which they had been shipwrecked. Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways' conflicts and their failed attempts to escape their plight.Gilligan's Island ran for a total of 98 episodes. The first season, consisting of 36 episodes, was filmed in black-and-white. These episodes were later colorized for syndication. The show's second and third seasons and the three television movie sequels were filmed in color.The show enjoyed solid ratings during its original run, then grew in popularity during decades of syndication, especially in the 1970s and 1980s when many markets ran the show in the late afternoon after school. Today, the title character of Gilligan is widely recognized as an American cultural icon.

Where to Watch: 98 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (IMDb TV). 98 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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3. Survivor

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7.1/10
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74/100
Year: 2000-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 39
Action & Adventure, Reality

What it's about: A reality show contest where sixteen or more castaways split between two or more “Tribes” are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meager supplies for roughly 39 days. Frequent physical challenges are used to pit the tribes against each other for rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for “Immunity”, forcing the other tribe to attend “Tribal Council”, where they must vote off one of their players.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (2%) are available to watch free online (CBS). 586 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & CBS All Access). 473 episodes (80%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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4. Dr. Stone

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Year: 2019-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Animation, Anime

What it's about: One fateful day, all of humanity was petrified by a blinding flash of light. After several millennia, high schooler Taiju awakens and finds himself lost in a world of statues. However, he's not alone! His science-loving friend Senku's been up and running for a few months and he's got a grand plan in mind, to kickstart civilization with the power of science!

Where to Watch: 18 episodes (95%) are available to watch free online (Adult Swim & Crunchyroll). 10 episodes (53%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Adult Swim). 12 episodes (63%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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5. Sword Art Online

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72/100
Year: 2012-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Action & Adventure, Anime

What it's about: The players of a virtual reality MMORPG, Sword Art Online, are trapped and fighting for their very lives. After it is announced that the only way to leave the game is by beating it, Kirito—a very powerful swordsman—and his friends take on a quest to free all the minds trapped in Aincrad.

Where to Watch: 73 episodes (69%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 78 episodes (74%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Hulu & Crunchyroll). 24 episodes (23%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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6. The Promised Neverland

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Year: 2019-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Anime

What it's about: The one adored as the mother is not the real parent. The people living here together are not actual siblings. The Gracefield House is where orphaned children live. An irreplaceable home where 38 siblings and Mom live happy lives, even with no blood relations. However, their everyday life suddenly came to an abrupt end one day...

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).

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7. Alone

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67/100
Year: 2015-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Documentary, Reality

What it's about: Hardcore survivalists are put by themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness, without camera crews, teams, or producers – on a single mission to stay alive for as long as possible.

Where to Watch: 31 episodes (45%) are available to watch free online (History). 56 episodes (81%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hulu). 45 episodes (65%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (History). 69 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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8. Jericho

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63/100
Year: 2006-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Jericho is an American action/drama series that centers on the residents of the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States.

Where to Watch: 3 episodes (10%) are available to watch free online (CBS). 29 episodes (97%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & CBS All Access). 29 episodes (97%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. Running Wild with Bear Grylls

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Year: 2014-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
Action & Adventure, Reality

What it's about: The famed survivalist takes A-list celebrities on journeys into the wildest locations around the world, forcing the stars to push their bodies and minds to the limit to successfully complete the adventure of a lifetime.

Where to Watch: 1 episodes (3%) are available to watch free online (NatGeo). 1 episodes (3%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 1 episodes (3%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (NatGeo). 34 episodes (97%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. Valor

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54/100
Year: 2017-2019Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The boundaries between military discipline and human desire are tested on a U.S. Army base that houses an elite unit of helicopter pilots trained to perform clandestine international and domestic missions. The drama unfolds in the present as well as in flashbacks to a failed mission involving one of the first female pilots in the unit, ultimately uncovering layers of personal and government/military secrets and leading to a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (38%) are available to watch free online (The CW). 13 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix). 13 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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11. The Tribe

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52/100
Year: 2001-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 5
Drama, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The Tribe is a New Zealand/British post-apocalyptic fictional TV series primarily aimed at teenagers. It is set in a near-future in which all adults have been wiped out by a deadly virus, leaving the children of the world to fend for themselves. The show's focus is on an unnamed city inhabited by tribes of children and teenagers. It was primarily filmed in and around Wellington, New Zealand.The series was created by Raymond Thompson and Harry Duffin and was developed and produced by the Cloud 9 Screen Entertainment Group in conjunction with the UK's Channel 5. It has aired on over 40 broadcast networks around the world.It debuted on Channel 5 on 24 April 1999 and quickly gained a large fan base. From 1999 to 2003, five series and 260 half-hour episodes were produced. Series 6 was scheduled to begin filming in 2003, but Nick Wilson, of Channel 5, and Raymond Thompson felt that "although the show was still performing well, the cast was getting too old and the series was beginning to stretch the core proposition." They felt the characters were not kids fending for themselves without adults any more. As a result, the show was cancelled. Channel 5 aired the final two episodes on 6 September 2003.

Where to Watch: 260 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV & Vudu). 261 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 261 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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12. Terra Formars

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49/100
Year: 2014-2019Rated: TV-MASeasons: 2
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Twenty years ago, Shokichi Komachi was part of the Bugs 2 mission to Mars that discovered Terra Formars, human-cockroach hybrids that resulted from a terraforming accident. Shokichi was one of only two survivors. Now, the AE virus that came from Mars is raging wildly on earth. Shokichi boards the spacecraft Annex 1 to go back to Mars to find a sample in order to create a vaccine. They will face an unanticipated accident, a multinational conspiracy, and even more advanced Terra Formars.

Where to Watch: 26 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 26 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 26 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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13. Amazon

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Year: 1999-2019Seasons: 6
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Amazon was a syndicated television show created by Peter Benchley. It was developed by Canadian production companies Alliance Atlantis Communications & WIC Entertainment and German company Beta Film GmbH. The 22 episodes of the series were in first-run syndication between 1999 and 2000.The drama series focused on the six survivors of a crashed airline flight in the Brazilian Amazon jungle. The group soon comes into contact with a Native American tribe, and relations are anything but friendly. The group is taken in by a mysterious tribe, who descended from 16th century British colonists who were lost in Amazon. Relations with the Chosen are tenuous at best. Most of the group escapes the Chosen only to stir up a hornets nest with a tribe of cannibals, led by an insane American woman bent on domination of all the local tribes. The first season ended in a cliff-hanger, and a second season was never produced. The series retained sufficient interest that it was released on DVD in 2011.A novelization of the 2-hour pilot was written by Rob MacGregor, and a mass-market paperback was released by Harper on 8 Aug 2000.The German title was Amazonas - Gefangene des Dschungels.

Where to Watch: 13 episodes (21%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV & Vudu). 52 episodes (84%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 52 episodes (84%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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14. Missing Nine

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40/100
Year: 2017-2019Seasons: 1
Action & Adventure, Mystery

What it's about: Story about an unexpected plane crash that causes a widespread panic in South Korea due to the disappearance of nine people, including some influential figures in the entertainment industry.Seo Joon O used to be a popular singer, but he isn't popular anymore. Now, he works as a reporter for a TV entertainment show. He and his stylist Ra Bong-Hee land on a deserted island.

Where to Watch: 16 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV).

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15. The Guard

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Year: 2008-2019Seasons: 3
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: This one hour drama follows the search and rescue (SAR) team of the Canadian Coast Guard. The crew of the MLB Cape Pacific is lead by Captain Miro DaSilva and its First Mate Laura Nelson. The crew is rounded out by Coast guard rescue swimmers Andrew Vanderlee and Carly Greig.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (17%) are available to watch free online (Tubi TV).

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16. Ultimate Survival: Everest

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Year: 2004-2019Seasons: 1
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Everest veteran Ben Webster leads a group of climbers through every aspect of a daring summit attempt. This is the ultimate reality program that explores the trials of a team climbing the world's highest mountain. And, for the first time ever, feature footage will be shot from the perspective of each climber. Four climbers, four cameras. Who will make it to the top? Who will survive?

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (Vudu). 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video). 6 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Prime Video).

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17. Survive This

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Year: 2009-2019Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Reality

What it's about: Survive This is a Canadian reality television show in which eight teenagers with limited survival skills training are taken into a forest and confronted with a number of survival challenges to test their skills and perseverance. The series aired on YTV in Canada and Cartoon Network in the United States. The show is hosted by Les Stroud, who narrates each episode, provides the teens with survival challenges, and assesses their performance. The show premiered on April 7, 2009, in Canada and on June 17, 2009, in the United States. Cartoon Network ceased to air Survive This after August 19, 2009, and screened the final three episodes only on the network's Web site.The series' second season debuted on April 19, 2010.

Where to Watch: 2 episodes (8%) are available to watch free online (FOX). 2 episodes (8%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (FOX). 22 episodes (85%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).