So I've seen a couple of episodes of both shows and I can't really decide which is better. For those of you who haven't seen either I'll do a quick breakdown.
•Guy goes into the wilderness for 7 days without food or water.
•No camera crew, he films himself.
•Pretty much eats anything, but seems to shy away from the bugs and other gross things.
Man v. Wild (MVW)-
•Guy gets dropped off in the wilderness and has to make it back to civilization.
•He has a camera crew that follows him.
•Eats anything and everything the more disgusting the better.
I think it's kind of lame to have a camera crew with you, I mean how dangerous can that really be? It does make for better TV though, SM can get really slow at times. There is something to be said for watching someone eat disgusting things. SM seems to be lacking in this area, most of his time is spent looking for food which leaves little time for eating disgusting things.
Final Verdict- Man v. Wild, simply because the show is more interesting to watch and I refuse to believe that either of these guys are really "surviving." I don't care if you have a camera crew that follows you or a camera crew five miles away. The bottom line is that if something happens you can easily get help which just seems like cheating.
-It is probably critical to note that both of these guys are white. I'm pretty sure that matters.