Building on the success of its reality survival hit “Naked and Afraid,” Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid XL” dispatches 12 hardened survivalists on a grueling 40-day challenge in the blistering badlands of equatorial Colombia. There, the dozen get divided into groups of three and stripped of clothing, food and water, and left with only their wits and strength to meet the challenges of this hostile environment. Eventually, four of these tough-as-nails survivalists give up, leaving the remainder to complete an arduous trek across a beautiful and brutal landscape toward eventual rescue by the Colombian Navy. As Discovery Channel wrote in its submission, “the structure, premise, and most of all, the truth and authenticity of the series captivated viewers.” Consider us also stripped bare of clothes-based assumptions as we revel in this study in unabashed nakedness.

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