11 TV shows about survival that will take your breath away

11. Robinson Crusoe


  • USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, 2008-2009.
  • Drama, adventure.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 6.9.

The film adaptation of the famous book by Daniel Defoe tells about Robinson Crusoe, who went on a trip to the New World, but crashed and spent several years on the island .

The plot of the series is non-linear: the hero is immediately shown on the island, and his past is revealed through numerous flashbacks.

10. Crash


  • USA, 2016-2018.
  • Comedy, adventure.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

Friends Danny and Owen go on a short trip, but their plane crashes over a desert island. And in a strange way, it is the mediocre heroes who turn out to be the ones who will lead the group of survivors.

Crash was originally intended to be a parody of Lost, hence the many absurd jokes. But gradually the series grew into an independent story. Fortunately, they did not drag it out, stopping at three seasons.

9. Lost on the island

Flight 29 Down

  • USA, 2005-2007.
  • Comedy, adventure.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.2.
Shot from the series “Lost on the Island”

A group of teenagers find themselves on a desert island. While the pilot and three comrades go for help, the rest learn to exist in new conditions.

Each episode of the series is dedicated to one day in the life of children, which adds realism to the narrative. Moreover, often the authors place more emphasis on the relationships of the characters, and not on the story of survival itself.

8. Siberia


  • USA, 2013.
  • Fantasy, thriller.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

16 people are taking part in a new reality show. They must spend several weeks at the site of the fall of the Tunguska meteorite. But soon the TV show turns into a real game of survival: the heroes really have to fight for their lives.

Siberia is distinguished by an unusual approach: the series is really filmed in the style of a reality show . Although everything that happens, of course, is played by actors.

7. The Last Man on Earth

The Last Man on Earth

  • USA, 2015-2018.
  • Comedy, drama.
  • Duration: 4 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.3.

A simple bank clerk, Phil Miller, believes that only he survived the global pandemic. He leaves inscriptions everywhere and travels in search of at least one living person. As a result, the survivors appear in his hometown.

There have been a lot of stories about the last survivor, so the funny series from comedian Will Forte parodies the standard plots rather than following them. Although there is also enough space for serious topics.

6. Lost in space

Lost in space

  • United States, 2018–2021.
  • Fantasy, adventure.
  • Duration: 3 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.3.
Shot from the series “Lost in Space”

After a global catastrophe on Earth, the Robinson family goes in search of a new planet suitable for life. Their starship crashes a few light years from their destination. Now the Robinsons have to fight for life on an inhospitable planet.

Lost in Space is based on the 1965 TV series of the same name. Moreover, they already tried to restart the story in the form of a full-length film in 1998. Then the attempt failed, and the filmed pilot of the new project in 2004 was not allowed to air at all. However, the modern rethinking turned out to be successful.

5. Survival game

  • Russia, 2020 – present.
  • Drama, thriller.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7.2.

Ordinary people from all over Russia are invited to take part in the reality show “Survivor” in the Siberian taiga. Soon they are joined by actors Alexei Chadov and Alexandra Bortich. But literally after the first day, the heroes find themselves in real danger, not even understanding what exactly they faced.

The series develops in a very unusual way: in each episode, the characters are thrown into a new location. They have to fight with completely different enemies and get out of both the forest and the dangerous city.

4. Dead end

Dead set

  • UK, 2008
  • Horror, drama.
  • Duration: 1 season.
  • IMDb: 7.7.

The seven participants in the Big Brother reality show spent two months in isolation. As it turned out, during this time, the zombie virus swept the whole of the UK. Together with a couple of survivors, the heroes have to get out of the dangerous area.

And another story about a reality show. According to the creator of Dead End, he just came up with the idea that Big Brother’s isolated studio might be the best hiding place during a zombie attack.

3. Jericho


  • United States, 2006–2008.
  • Fantasy, drama.
  • Duration: 2 seasons.
  • IMDb: 7.9.
Shot from the series “Jericho”

Far from the small town of Jericho, a nuclear explosion occurs, after which the inhabitants lose contact with the outside world. Now ordinary people have to somehow exist in isolation. They can’t even find out if anyone else survived, or if their city is the last one on Earth.

The series does a great job of showing the worst side of many people in the face of danger. Due to low ratings, Jericho was supposed to close after the first season, but the fans succeeded in continuing.

2. Walking dead

The Walking Dead

  • United States, 2010–2022.
  • Horror, drama.
  • Duration: 11 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.1.

After being wounded, Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes was in a coma. When he came to his senses, he learned that zombies had taken over the world. Rick teams up with a group of survivors who are trying to escape from the invasion of the walking dead. But often the more dangerous enemies are not monsters, but other people.

Over the course of 12 years, the series has changed a lot both in the presentation of the plot and in the main characters. After the final season 11 for the project, various spin-offs will be released.

1. Stay alive


  • United States, 2004–2010.
  • Fantasy, drama, thriller.
  • Duration: 6 seasons.
  • IMDb: 8.3.

After the crash of a plane flying from Sydney to Los Angeles, 48 surviving passengers are stranded on the island. Soon they begin to understand that everything that happens to them is no coincidence.

The series combines a typical island survival story with fantasy and even mysticism. And with each season, the action got more and more tangled . That’s just the ambiguous ending of “Lost” disappointed most fans.

What survival series do you like? Do you prefer realistic dramas, fantasy or just comedies?

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