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Questions I Have About "Naked and Afraid"

Updated on May 23, 2017
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.

Discovery Channel's hit Show

"Naked and Afraid" is an American reality series that airs on the Discovery Channel. The seventh season premiered Sunday, March 05, 2017. Each episode chronicles the lives of two survivalists (1 female; 1 male) who meet for the first time and are given the task of surviving a stay in the wilderness naked for 21 days. After they meet in the assigned locale, the partners must find and/or produce water, food, shelter, and clothing within the environment.

Partners strip down and meet each other. They are provided with rough cross-body satchels containing a personal diary/camera—for use when the camera crew is not there at night—and a map. They all wear identical necklaces with a center bead which is a microphone that has a wire that connects to a wireless audio transmitter hidden in the satchel. Some personal jewelry is allowed. Each survivalist is allowed to bring one helpful item, such as a hatchet or a fire starter. There is a camera crew who are not allowed to intervene except for medical emergencies when it is "absolutely necessary."

Hunting for food is  a dangerous job on  "Naked and Afraid."
Hunting for food is a dangerous job on "Naked and Afraid." | Source

Now Please Understand

that I have loved the blessing of television since I watched my first show in 1961. Frankly, I am not an authorized, card-carrying "TV addict," but with enough boredom I know that I might succumb if not given positive things to challenge myself.

"Naked and Afraid" is one of my favorite shows. No use pumping you up on something that I do not care about. When I watch one of these episodes of "Naked and Afraid" my mind is going 200 M.P.H. and always finding new ways for couples to tackle their environment so they can stay 21 days in whatever place that Discovery Channel has chosen for them.

This show is never boring. I can attest to this. But as a realist I have to concede that (even) while watching one of these exciting adventure shows, I find myself with Questions I Have About Naked and Afraid.

This challenger, Amber, turned  out to be one of the best on "Naked and Afraid," and if she is reading this caption, I will gladly be your teammate on this show.
This challenger, Amber, turned out to be one of the best on "Naked and Afraid," and if she is reading this caption, I will gladly be your teammate on this show. | Source
 Marines are taught how to  survive tough areas, not cry like girls and go home.
Marines are taught how to survive tough areas, not cry like girls and go home. | Source

I Know That This Segment is not Meant to be Funny

but I recall one episode on "Naked and Afraid" where this couple, a very pretty and talkative girl teamed with, as he said, "a real Marine, and didn't like to be bossed," and continued to bicker and complain about each suggestion that his female teammate offered him.

In fact, there were two intense scenes where this so-called Marine, took to being very childish and pouting simply because his teammate proved him to be wrong about a few of his foolish ideas.

But what was funny (to me) was how he called in one of the "Naked and Afraid" producers and began to whine and regale the producer about, as the Marine said, "this is driving me nuts. I cannot do this," and with that, I burst out laughing.

I wonder now if the guy fibbed about his application to be on "Naked and Afraid" for I know a few Marines who are NOT allowed to quit their training no matter how rough.

One thing that all of the challengers on "Naked and Afraid" have to face is not vicious snakes, but sheer boredom.
One thing that all of the challengers on "Naked and Afraid" have to face is not vicious snakes, but sheer boredom. | Source
These two teammates sit and save their energy while talking about the best way if for them to trap game or maybe fish to get food while on this challenge.
These two teammates sit and save their energy while talking about the best way if for them to trap game or maybe fish to get food while on this challenge. | Source
  • Are Couples Ever: given the chance to negotiate with producers about (other) things that are considered "gimme's" by way of machete, a bag with a strap held over one shoulder and a fire starter--in this case, mosquito spray, a thermos bottle filled with water, a pair of sandals to name a few. I truly believe that if the producers of "Naked and Afraid" were to give in and allow these challengers to let them have my suggestions, this show would be bigger than M*A*S*H.
  • When Challengers: on "Naked and Afraid" argue about certain weak areas of their abilities or maybe the desolate location where the two have to survive, are the couples ever allowed (by producers) to "clean their clock," or do a pro wrestling move like the "Figure Four Leg-lock," as performed by 16-time World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair? Bigger than M*A*S*H? If this were part of this show, "Naked and Afraid" would be bigger than television itself. Maybe bigger than the Emmys.
  • Are The Producers: of "Naked and Afraid" ever caught sneaking by bologna sandwiches, hotdogs and an ice-cold Coca Cola without the camera crew seeing them? I mean, a man and a woman can survive just so long on Boa's, bugs, and mysterious-looking lizards. Right, ladies?
  • Why Don't: the male challengers ever take the initiative of just lunging out of the thick bush area (where this couple is trying to make it 21 days without tapping out) and tackle a Water Buffalo? Hey, the couples are allowed machetes and they can bring down those beefy animals to put over a roaring fire. Okay. why don't the female challengers ever think to design a fool-proof trap to catch a delicious-tasting bird that is perched directly over them in their camp? These couples are not dumb. They can be overcomers if given the chance.
  • And Why Didn't: the one male challenger on a recent "Naked and Afraid" an ex-Marine with muscular body and survival skills let some pretty-but-really-whiny girl get on his nerves so bad that he tapped out and said, "I am going nuts," referring to the girl's invasion of his space. Now I have to wonder about the heavy and severe training put through the Marine Corps. and I used my common logic to arrive at the conclusion of maybe this Marine was not all that tough and gung ho. A girl beat you, dude. Every member of the hallowed Halls of Montezuma just shook their proud heads and looked sad while your naked butt was being led off by the bewildered producers.
  • Various National Origins: of the male and female participants on this hit show on the Discovery Channel must have had some snake-charming background because a few of the males on this show said that they came from India. Oh, I got it. These Indian males were too intimidated to look at a King Cobra swaying back and forth while a snake charmer in some village was playing a neat tune on his flute. That's it. I would give the Discovery Channel a hundred bucks if an Indian guy were to charm, kill and eat, one of the venomous snakes slithering through the grass where these couples have to survive the 21 days to win the "Naked and Afraid" challenge. Of course his female counterpart would partake of this guy's survival skills.

And my most curious question is . . .

  • Has There Ever: been any of the couples whom have been on "Naked and Afraid" got rather "friendly" when darkness falls? I mean really, producers of this hit show. The couples already admit (on camera) to snuggling to combine their body heat to stay warm in their shelter and you are telling me that one of the pretty female challengers, one named Amber (on this hub) and the male never did even talk about how great her hair, eyes, and figure looked? Are you not human? Get real, "Naked and Afraid," for I tell you that now after watching several episodes of this show . . .I would love to see all of the edited parts that producers throw away from "Naked and Afraid." Talk about a guaranteed Emmy.

Good night, Fort Bragg, N.C.

These two "Naked and Afraid" challengers are about to strategize how they can endure their test for 21 days.
These two "Naked and Afraid" challengers are about to strategize how they can endure their test for 21 days. | Source

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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Nell Rose,

      Long time, no hub friend. Where have you been? Are you okay? I am so glad to hear from you and your comment rings with the one from John about insects crawling into private places and well, other things like poisonous snakes that can slither into a camp site without being detected.

      I should have titled this hub: Have the Producers of Naked and Afraid Really Checked Everything Out Before The Show Starts?

      Hmmmm.

      There is still time.

      Write me soon, Mary.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Tricia,

      You make a sound argument on the CON side of Naked and Afraid or Naked and Stupid.

      More stupid than naked, don't you say?

      But read the questions that I found were a bit hard to swallow such as the one that every man in America had on his mind: Reckon that the man and woman who found themselves attracted ever tried to b e "friendly" in those homemade jungle huts?

      I mean you have to know that these and other thoughts had to slide through our minds. But the most strange was the one with an ex-Marine and highly-trained in survival letting a flirty southern gal get on his nerves and him whining to the producer that he was going nuts.

      Really?

      I cannot wait to see what foolishness is put on film in a year or so.

      Write soon.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Jodah,

      I see your point about the nudity being blurred. But have you also noticed that in every nation, region, and jungle, we never see a man and woman sitting near a fire worried about how to negotiate across a barbed wire fence. Maybe I should have mentioned this to Discovery and how Austin, Texas would be a great place for N and A, huh?

      Write me soon.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      17 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Melissa,

      Hi. And so sorry for being late in responding, but yes, Naked and Afraid is still going strong. Discovery is now developing an XL version where more than two challengers can play the game of survival.

      It's almost like Big Brother without clothes.

      Make sense?

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 

      17 months ago from Tennessee, United States

      I've only seen bits and pieces of the show...is it still on? It looks interesting, but I've never been much of a television watcher. (She says as she sits in her comfy chair watching the Preds play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs).

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      Tricia Deed 

      17 months ago

      Everybody has their choice of favorite shows. This show is off my list. I am too much of a realist. I question how much of this show is faked. No one in their right mind would go naked into some of these environments which these candidates are placed into.

      I think of the too many insect bites, mildew, mold, fungus, and other critters which can attack and do harm to the human body. What happens 5, 10, 15, or 20 years later that anyone of these microbes may cause medical issues?

      Hot summer temperatures, humidity, and other environmental concerns such as drinking water before or eating certain insects or critters which again may cause problems later in life.

      Why would any married person with children take part in this type of activity? Twenty-one days may not be a long time, but one has deliberately exposed their self to both hidden and open dangers.

      I enjoy adventures which are more educational lined with common sense and solutions if anyone should find themselves stranded in a survivor situation.

      This show needs to be renamed "Naked and Stupid". This should strike up some conversations.

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      Nell Rose 

      18 months ago from England

      I noticed Johns comment about censoring, and we don't have that over here so yes it would all hang out to dry! lol! but to be honest I would be scared of being unclothed because of the insects etc! lol! but I get your point about working out how to do the stuff that they need to do, interesting.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      These types of shows are interesting, Kenneth, mainly to see how two strangers can interspace when thrown together in a survival type situation with very little including clothes. Most instead of "Naked" however should be called "Censored" because anything remotely naughty is either covered or blocked out (unless you watch the Swedish or Danish versions which are much more accepting of nudity.)

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