Tonight on Discovery: Survival With A Twist On “Men Women Wild”

Men Women Wild Kellie Freeze
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Men Women Wild
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Tonight on Discovery, couples head to remote parts of the world to take on a 21-day survival challenge in Men Women Wild. If the premise sounds like Discovery’s smash series, Naked and Afraid, it is — to an extent. The six-episode series is produced by Renegade 83, the same production company behind Naked and Afraid, but once you get past the initial “2 people, 21-days,” the format takes a twist.

First, the contestants aren’t nude. I give a big “Phew” on this one, because, how many pixilated body parts can one person watch? In this survival series, they have clothes. Not a ton, but still — I’m fan of pants, and apparently, so are these folks. Over the course of the initial six episodes, we’ll be following three pairs of survivalists who will be in three wildly diverse ecosystems: the high desert mountains of Morocco, the frozen snow-covered fjords of Norway, and the thick, unforgiving jungle of southern Mexico. We finally get to see people in a more temperate climate! — Thank goodness they’ll have clothes. On Naked and Afraid, the survivalists each choose a primitive survival item, and recently, they were also given an additional item, typically a knife. In this series, they’ll have a small backpack filled with basic survival gear.

And here’s the series’ big twist — the couples are actual couples! No longer are strangers sent to survive together. In Men Women Wild, each of the three couples are in long-term relationships with each other. 21 days of kinda starvation and general miserable conditions should be a serious test of their relationships. I consider my husband and myself the world’s greatest team, but after a few days of no food, my hangry claws would come out. So I can’t wait to see how these couples fare; whether highly trained military personnel or self-taught primitive survivalists, each couple’s unique skill set, experience, and relationship will be challenged.

Meet the Survivalist Couples:

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Justin and Jenny
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Justin Cook (32) and Jenny Cook (34)
Survival Location: Norway
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Occupation: Justin is an Environmental Scientist; Jenny is a Regional City Planner
Marital Status: Justin and Jenny have been married for two years. They do not have children.

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Mitchell and Jhoanna
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Mitchell Langon (40) and Jhoanna Trias (40)
Survival Location: Morocco
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Occupation: The couple owns a survival supply company together.
Marital Status: Mitchell and Jhoanna are not married. They have been dating for two and a half years and do not have children.

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Matt and Ali
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Matt Stevens (29) and Ali Stevens (33)
Survival Location: Southern Mexico
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Occupation: Matt is an elite survival instructor with the U.S. Air Force, and Ali is a personal trainer, yoga instructor and a full-time mom.
Marital Status: Matt and Ali have been married for six years and have three children between them including a 15-year-old, a 9-year-old and a 4-year-old.

Does the title of this series sound familiar to you too? From 2010 to early 2012, Discovery was home to a similarly-named series, Man, Woman, Wild, in which former US Army Special Forces survival expert Mykel Hawke, and his television journalist wife, Ruth England, survive for a half-week at a time in wild and inhospitable locations around the world. Hawke spent the series teaching his survival neophyte wife basic survival skills. The couple also participated in a similar series for Travel Channel, Lost Survivors.

Could you survive with your significant other for three weeks? I’ll definitely be watching tonight and will post my thoughts after the show in a recap.

Men Women Wild > Discovery > Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT

22 Comments

  1. Overall enjoyed the show would watch again. Wild the Morocco chick chipping her tooth on the goat meat. Too bad her and her man ended up becoming just friends.

    Norway couple seemed to have it going on pretty well.

    And come on Max eating your gals food not cool. I thought they all did well and would watch again

  2. Clothes & some equipment are a real plus.
    The fact that they are a couple is interesting, kind of makes the show. Last time I watched they were finally getting food, & we didn’t have to watch the baby goat getting killed. Thank you discovery channel.

  3. What a piece of shit Max eating all the food after Lynn told you to ration! Not only did you leave her without any food after she fed your sorry ass the first time when she caught the fish. Now your mad at her? Dump that loser!

  4. I have to say that I’m completely ashamed of the men on the show. you’re not strong man if in a crisis you’re so terrible to your women . that is not a man. any man who speaks to me it’ll be the last time you speak to me that way. I am speaking of the Mexico and Morocco men. The women are more men than you are they held their tongue they didn’t pop off or bark back until you push them to their limit. Weak men!

  5. If couples can only take what they can get in one bag, then how did Norway couple have two packs and all the extra gear.

  6. I feel the men are rude a very snappish and I would plan to end the relationship when it is over. The replacement man talks about how much he needs to eat…This is not a food network show, maybe he should have packed some beef jerky. (He has the jerk part down ). Why does no one ever pack matches or a lighter??
    Over all I am disappointed.

  7. 95% of you have the writing skills of a first-grader. Pitiful! It is unbelievable how many people these says can barely spell their own name, much less anything else, or punctuate! If the schools cannot do better at teaching, they should just close them down because we are just wasting money! It’s scary that people who cannot even handle basic skills are allowed to work jobs. But employers have to hire them, as there seems to be nothing but ignorant, immoral, lazy, hateful young idiots to choose from. Good at video games and navigating smart-phones, computers, and other gadgets, but not much else. How can people so good at figuring out the new technologies not even be able to spell simple words or punctuate??? Pathetic! Go back to grade-school, people! God help us!

  8. 95% of you have the writing skills of a first-grader. Pitiful! It is unbelievable how many people these says can barely spell their own name, much less anything else, or punctuate! If the schools cannot do better at teaching, they should just close them down because we are just wasting money! It’s scary that people who cannot even handle basic skills are allowed to work jobs. But employers have to hire them, as there seems to be nothing but ignorant, immoral, lazy, hateful young idiots to choose from. Good at video games and navigating smart-phones, computers, and other gadgets, but not much else. How can people so good at figuring out the new technologies not even be able to spell simple words or punctuate??? Pathetic! Go ack to grade-school, people! God help us!

  9. Just read Alaska bush people show is fake that they really don’t live out there all year, wow! I liked that show too! BUT THIS NEW SHOW MEN WOMEN SURVIVE horrible these people have no surviver skills one dude can’t even make fire with a fire starter this show is trash! !

  10. Do not watch this BS waste of time the men don’t have know skills the women just bitch and nag, the relationships aren’t that strong each couple damn near bout to break up, show is boring as hell I hope this show get cancelled, the little Asian lady act likes she just to good for experience and her boyfriend acts like he got skills but Anit doing shit all the couples skills suspect. I seen people on naked and afraid do a lot better with less, I give this show two thumbs down

  11. What is wrong with that Woman voice from the Vegas couple? It hurts my ears and sends goosebumps all over me listening to her talk.

  12. Looks like the guys could do this no problem. Young, fit, determined. But they have to bring the little woman, those are the rules. The women are all lightweights . So we’re back to more drama than survival. It’s interesting but not great.

  13. The women on this show are horrible. The one who quit pretty much told her man it would ruin their relationship if he didn’t quit with her. Holy smokes what a crazy chick. The girl in Morocco is gonna dump her guy cuz she thinks her :-|it don’t stink. She would die without his skills. What’s going on these guys bowing down to these bitch riddled women. I’m in shock these guys will bend over to crying and being pushed around! I love women but how much can one man take these guys just do like their told like slaves or sissies. Sorry that’s just how it looks an I never post anything but it was KILLING ME watching this. Don’t think I can tune back in.

    • The woman in the show are not terrible, they are reacting to what is happening around them. Can you imagine being the one who doesn’t know that much about survival and being dumped in the middle of it? You have to depend on the person you are with and I am assuming it’s hard not to freak out in that type of situation. I do know one of the people involved so I am not a unbiased observer, but it looks to me like the woman are doing the best they can and some are doing more than their fair share of making it.

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