The name is almost too trashy, so straightforward that it risks repelling viewers. Don't let it dissuade you, though it is accurate: A nude man and woman, strangers to each other, must survive in an unforgiving environment for 21 days, armed only with a firestarter and one pre-selected tool each. The brilliance of Naked and Afraid is that it somehow manages to achieve, in most episodes, an arc from misogyny to feminism. It starts with the Primitive Survival Rating, or PSR, which is given to each naked, scared person ahead of their journey. The criteria for this rating is opaque and based on nothing resembling fact, but it's on a scale of 10, and in earlier seasons was broken down into three categories, including "mental," with adjectives like "ingenious" factoring into PSRs that might be, say, 6.3. The men usually receive higher initial PSRs, but they're almost always the the first to crack physically and mentally, while the women are forced to find food, keep the fire going, and provide emotional support... which they do, saving the team from bowing out early. Naked and Afraid has moved away from this model a bit in more recent seasons, which in the big picture is for the best, but it's still one of the most consistently entertaining shows you can binge episode after episode for hours on end.
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