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The Best Survival TV Shows on Hulu

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 Hulu.

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1. The Last Ship

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80/100
Year: 2014-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Their mission is simple: Find a cure. Stop the virus. Save the world. When a global pandemic wipes out eighty percent of the planet's population, the crew of a lone naval destroyer must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction.

Where to Watch: 56 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 5 episodes (9%) are available to stream on a popular TV everywhere service (TNT). 56 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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2. The Strain

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Year: 2014-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 5
Drama, Fantasy

What it's about: A high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

Where to Watch: 46 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 46 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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3. The Last Man on Earth

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Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The year is 2022, and after an unlikely event, only one man is left on earth: Phil Miller, who used to be just an average guy who loved his family and hated his job at the bank. Now, in his RV, Phil searches the country for other survivors.

Where to Watch: 66 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 13 episodes (19%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (FOX). 67 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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4. Stargate Universe

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Year: 2009-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction

What it's about: The adventures of a present-day, multinational exploration team traveling on the Ancient spaceship Destiny many billions of light years distant from the Milky Way Galaxy. They evacuated there and are now trying to figure out a way to return to Earth, while simultaneously trying to explore and to survive in their unknown area of the universe.

Where to Watch: 40 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hulu). 40 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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5. Survivor

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Year: 2000-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 40
Reality, Action & Adventure

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: 599 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu, CBS All Access & 1 other). 482 episodes (79%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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6. The Promised Neverland

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Year: 2019-2020Rated: 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 & Funimation).

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7. Sword Art Online

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Year: 2012-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 5
Action & Adventure, Anime

What it's about: In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive unless they reach the 100th floor of the game's tower and defeat the final boss. However, if they die in the game, they die in real life. Their struggle for survival starts now...

Where to Watch: 89 episodes (75%) are available to watch free online (Crunchyroll). 87 episodes (73%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll & 2 others). 25 episodes (21%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (iTunes).

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8. Alone

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70/100
Year: 2015-2020Rated: 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: 27 episodes (39%) are available to watch free online (History). 44 episodes (63%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Netflix & Hulu). 44 episodes (63%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (History). 70 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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9. Highschool of the Dead

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Year: 2010-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Action & Adventure, Anime

What it's about: When the world is struck by a deadly pandemic that turns humans into zombies, Takashi Komuro and several of his classmates at Fujimi High School try to survive the apocalypse.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (92%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 12 episodes (92%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Google Play & YouTube).

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10. Naked and Afraid

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Year: 2013-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 12
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: What happens when you put two complete strangers - sans clothes - in some of the most extreme environments on Earth? Each male-female duo is left with no food, no water, no clothes, and only one survival item each as they attempt to survive on their own.

Where to Watch: 94 episodes (50%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & fuboTV). 122 episodes (65%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Discovery). 169 episodes (89%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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11. Survivorman

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Year: 2004-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 9
Action & Adventure, Reality

What it's about: Survivorman is a Canadian-produced television program, broadcast in Canada on the Outdoor Life Network, and internationally on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. The show aired three seasons and 4 specials – 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2012. The title refers to the host of the show, Canadian filmmaker and survival expert Les Stroud, who used survival skills and knowledge to survive for up to ten days alone videotaping his adventures in remote locales where he brought with him little or no food, water, or equipment. According to the show's website, each location was scouted and pre-planned extensively by Stroud and his team who consulted with survival specialists and natives of each area. The fact that Stroud spent his time alone without a production crew is a major focus of the show.

Where to Watch: 39 episodes (54%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & fuboTV). 44 episodes (61%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Science). 54 episodes (75%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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12. Man vs. Wild

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Year: 2006-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 8
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Bear strands himself in popular wilderness destinations where tourists often find themselves lost or in danger.

Where to Watch: 67 episodes (81%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video, Hulu & fuboTV). 23 episodes (28%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (BBC America). 75 episodes (90%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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13. Life Below Zero

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Year: 2013-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 14
Reality, Documentary

What it's about: Viewers go deep into an Alaskan winter to meet six tough and resilient residents as they try to stay one step ahead of storms and man-eating beasts to make it through to spring. The closest neighbor to Sue Aikens is more than 300 miles away. Eric Salitan subsists solely on what he hunts and forages. Chip and Agnes Hailstone catch fish for currency in bartering for supplies, and Andy and Kate Bassich use their pack of sled dogs for transportation.

Where to Watch: 134 episodes (79%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Disney+). 11 episodes (6%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (FOX & NatGeo). 141 episodes (83%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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14. Running Wild with Bear Grylls

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62/100
Year: 2014-2020Rated: 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: 11 episodes (26%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Disney+). 42 episodes (98%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Naked and Afraid XL

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Year: 2015-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 6
Reality, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A group of the best survival experts in the world take on an un-survivable situation: 40 days. 40 nights. No food, water or clothes. To survive they'll need to master the environment, pushing far beyond the breaking point. Will even one be able to finish?

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (32%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & fuboTV). 57 episodes (92%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Discovery). 57 episodes (92%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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16. Jeremiah

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Year: 2002-2020Rated: TV-MASeasons: 3
Action & Adventure, Drama

What it's about: Jeremiah is an American television series starring Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner that ran on the Showtime network from 2002 to 2004. The series takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where most of the adult population has been wiped out by a deadly virus.

Where to Watch: 35 episodes (81%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Prime Video & Hulu). 35 episodes (81%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (iTunes & Prime Video).

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17. Dual Survival

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60/100
Year: 2010-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 9
Reality, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Two people with drastically different backgrounds and survival strategies take on some of the planet's most unforgiving terrain to demonstrate how the right skills and creative thinking can keep you alive in the most dangerous situations.

Where to Watch: 81 episodes (86%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & fuboTV). 84 episodes (89%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Discovery). 87 episodes (93%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 7 services (iTunes, Google Play & 5 others).

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18. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

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Year: 2016-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Animation, Anime

What it's about: When Haruhito awakens, he's in the dark. He doesn't know where he is, why is he here, and where he came from. Around him there are several men and women who have the same circumstances. Haruhito and his companions find themselves in a "game-like world" called Grimgar and must form a party, cooperate, and learn new skills to survive the harsh environment together.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu). 12 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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19. Alaska: The Last Frontier

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Year: 2011-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 9
Documentary, Action & Adventure

What it's about: 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.

Where to Watch: 22 episodes (12%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & fuboTV). 119 episodes (67%) are available to stream on a TV everywhere service (Discovery). 160 episodes (90%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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20. Castaways

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Year: 2018-2020Seasons: 1
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What it's about: Castaways is a reality series testing the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances as each individual learns there are other castaways out there but are unaware of how many, their locations or when they will be rescued. The series follows 12 diverse individuals as they're dropped alone throughout various islets in Indonesia and challenged to survive among washed-up luggage, scattered resources and abandoned structures.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).

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21. BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.

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Year: 2020-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Animation, Anime

What it's about: Honjou Kaede is invited by her friend Shiramine Risa to play a virtual reality MMO game with her. While Kaede doesn't dislike games, what she really, truly dislikes is being in pain. She creates a character named Maple, and decides to put all her points in VIT to minimize pain. As a result, she moves slowly, can't use magic, and even a rabbit can get the best of her. But as it turns out, she acquires a skill known as "Absolute Defense" as a result of her pumping points into VIT, as well as a "Counter Skill" that works against special moves. Now, with her ability to nullify all damage, she goes on adventures.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Funimation). 6 episodes (50%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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22. Astra Lost in Space

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Year: 2019-2020Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
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What it's about: The year is 2061, when space travel is now possible and commercially viable, and the students of Caird High School embark on their Planet Camp. But soon after Group B5 arrived at their planetary camp site, a mysterious and unforeseen sentient light sphere warps its 9 members into outer space, stranding them 5012 light years away from their home planet.With the discovery of an old, unmanned spaceship nearby, the students must stay strong, manage their limited resources and remain united in the darkness of space, so that all of them can survive their long and likely perilous trek back home aboard the Astra.

Where to Watch: 12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu & Funimation). 12 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 2 services (Google Play & YouTube).

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23. Cockroaches

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Year: 2015-2020Seasons: 1
Comedy, Science-Fiction

What it's about: Tom and Suze, two nineteen-year-olds both dreaming of the future, have sex when nuclear war strikes. Unfortunately, they then survive. Awkward. Cockroaches is a post-apocalyptic comedy about one family trying to survive in a wasteland of cannibals, perverts and one insufferable-ex. Our heroes struggle with boredom, fear and the ethics of cooking with their own body fluids.

Where to Watch: 6 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).

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24. Broken Angel

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Year: 2013-2020Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Crime, Drama

What it's about: Santa Diabla is the story of Santa Martínez, a woman who seeks revenge for the murder of her husband Willy Delgado.

Where to Watch: 136 episodes (97%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (Hulu).