June 18, 2012
Many reality shows offer mindless entertainment, but some shows provide drama and education at the same time. The BBC series Shipwrecked originated in 2000 and is a captivating look at life on a secluded island. The chosen castaways must rely on one another during their stay on the island. The show started out as a documentary style look at 14 people surviving in primitive conditions and morphed into a competition. Each format has lessons because neither series could rely solely on the underhanded maneuvers many reality shows feature.
The first few seasons displayed ways to hunt and find sustenance on the islands. The teams would often catch fish by hand in the sea. They found chickens and pigs on the land but always killed them humanely. The members would forage for fruit on the island and travel to reefs for more fish. Viewers can learn from the ingenuity the members had when catching their food.
The stakes were different when the show became a competition. Teams had to focus on creating the best living conditions, so others would be enticed to join their tribe. This taught viewers how to build shelters, avoid the elements and use the island for all its resources.