My friends and I have been debating this one for a few months now. Bear and Les both have wilderness survival programs on television. Bear’s show is called Man vs. Wild. Les’s show is called Survivorman.
Both of them stay out in remote wilderness for several days to film their shows. Both of them seem to have a lot of knowledge about surviving on the land. Both of them eat a lot of bugs.
It’s pretty funny to debate this and see how into it people get. People really take up strong sides for either Les or Bear.
Many of the Les fans point out that he films his own shows and is really out there surviving for real while Bear has a film crew and might cut a few corners here and there.
I think one of the main differences between them (and thereby, between the shows) is the attitude carried through these survival situations. Bear seems to be genuinely excited to be out there climbing around on rocks and jumping into streams and chasing down snakes – like a kid playing around on playground earth. Les seems a little more glum to me, like he’d rather not be out there at all. Maybe this stems from different levels of support they receive.
But in the end, it’s just a tv show and I guess I’d rather watch something uplifting that makes me want to get out on playground earth...