Naked and Afraid XL is an American reality television series that airs on the Discovery Channel and premiered on July 12, 2015. A Darker and Edgier Spin-Off of the original Naked and Afraid, this show changes the original show's formula in three respects.
1. Instead of focusing on one man and one woman, NAXL focuses on six men and six women - all of whom previously appeared on Naked and Afraid.
2. The challenge is to survive for 40 days rather than 21.
3. Though the survivalists were split into starting trios and each deposited in the same rough area, it is up to them to find one another in the wild and decide whether or not to stick with their starting trio, seek out another tribe or go it alone.
The second season started on July 10, 2016.
- Boring, but Practical: Most of the successful survivalists are of the "work smarter, not harder" school, relying on small fish and insects for protein and resting during the hottest parts of the day rather than wasting energy trying to hunt big game or wandering around just to wander around.
- Darker and Edgier: Like the original show, but now everyone has to survive for twice as long and there's no guarantee they'll have a partner.
- Deconstruction: Of the usual survival show setups. This show makes no bones about how difficult primitive wilderness survival is.
- Double Standard: Most of the female survivalists are criticized for strong-willed attitudes that are praised in their male counterparts.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The survivalists are dropped off in a strange, exotic location completely naked and forced to brave the elements - this time for 40 days.
- Exposed to the Elements: Obviously.
- Fan Disservice: Even with most of the survivalists on the show being naked and in good shape, they're still in a tense, harsh survival situation. As such, the nudity element of the show is rarely titillating.
- Fanservice: Most of the images advertising the show seems to be emphasizing the one all-women team, with some pin-up style posters◊.
- Fight to Survive: The core idea of the show.
- Hilarity Ensues: During South America, the team is trying to hunt an electric eel and is constantly getting shocked by it.
- It's Not Porn, It's Survival: The show has taken a lot of criticism from both Moral Guardians and serious fans of survival reality who claim that the nudity element of the show is less about increasing the challenge for the survivalists and more about cheap exploitation. Fans of the show argue that there is nothing sexual about the nudity and that the survivalists are too busy focusing on not dying to think about getting laid.
- Manipulative Editing: While the original Naked and Afraid had a little bit of this in some episodes, it is clear they've upped the ante on forced drama in the new series, cutting certain scenes to make certain survivalists look better or worse. In fact, a Reddit conversation with Dani Beau revealed that not only was the show manipulatively edited — the entire show was manipulated and the survivalists were forced to come together into one big group at the end. Additionally, whole scenes — such as The Team of Five showing up just in time to share Team Alpha Male's first successful kill - were completely contrived.
- Naked First Impression: As in the original show, all the survivors have already been stripped of their clothes when they meet.
- Naked on Arrival: As in the original show, the survivalists have to strip down at the drop-off point.
- Naked People Trapped Outside: As in the original show, the contestants spend the entire time trapped outside in the nude.
- National Geographic Nudity: Averted, as in the original show. Despite the lack of any sexual content on the show, women's nipples and the crotches of both genders are blurred out.
- Nature Is Not Nice: Duh.
- Sequel Escalation: It's just like the original Naked and Afraid, only there's no guarantee of a partner and the survivalists have to survive in the wild for twice as long.
- Stupid Crooks: EJ Snyder, Jeff Zausch and Shane Lewis were revealed to have been stealing food from the camera crew's supplies, throwing into question the Alpha Male team's "success" at hunting while the trained survivalists in The Group of Six were struggling. This was revealed after Shane Lewis bragged of the trickery to an unnamed female follower on-line◊.
- Though unrelated to the show directly, Jeff Zausch was arrested in Los Angeles County◊ upon returning to the United States on charges of fleeing the country while under investigation for fraud. He was later convicted on one count of felony insurance fraud, in what was described by local reporters as "a bungled attempt at insurance fraud".