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Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

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  • Summary: This Discovery Channel series presents reenactments of real-life survival stories.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Reality
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. 70
    A memorable horror show.
  2. Reviewed by: Tony Perry
    Ghastly, grisly and yet pruriently gripping.
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Sure, the re-enactment technique is cheesy by its very nature, but at the heart of this show is the ancient art of storytelling. The verbal accounts of the survivors are so vibrant, their evocation of extreme experience so precise, that the viewer huddles before the TV like a child listening to ghost stories around a campfire, undistracted even by the indignity of commercial interruptions.
  4. 30
    Relies so heavily on... amateurish re-creations that it undermines its otherwise mind-blowing survival stories.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    This isn't to say what these folks experienced isn't harrowing, but these hybrids mixing dramatic and documentary techniques only enjoy a sense of authenticity if both halves work, which isn't the case at least in the maiden voyage.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. DonnaG
    Nov 25, 2005
    It is too scary sometimes. I was worried I wouldn't be able to sleep after that one. (I live in South Florida). The only thing about these stories is that you know who will and who won't be around because of the narrators. I suppose that takes the edge off, at least. Expand
  2. nono
    Nov 12, 2005
    This was a thrilling show. I absoultly love it. Everynight I say" Mom is I Shouldn't Be Alive on?" I can't believe the lucky ( if You call having a jaguar in your face, but buring insect repellent lucy} and unlucky situations these people are put in. Expand
  3. MaC.
    Oct 30, 2007
    I LOVE THIS SHOW!!! Why oh why did they cancel it??? I'm buying every season and watching over and over again!
  4. GarryP
    Nov 28, 2005
    It has been a very, very long time since I've come across a show that I wouldn't channel surf away from. This is excellent entertainment.
  5. StarkR
    Jan 9, 2006
    The first time I caught this show it was by chance and I was really surprised at how good it is. This is real 'reality tv' - and much better. Very interesting take! Expand
  6. RavikumarG
    Jun 29, 2006
    The show is the best that's on my list. I would love to see more episodes but don't think they have a lot. The Direction is also very good. Now a days I have too much respect for water. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    May 5, 2006
    This show should be called I am too stupid to be alive....but I am really lucky.

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