'Naked And Afraid' Gets The Awkwardness Out Of The Way Early (VIDEO)

06/24/2013 09:40 am ET

Discovery premiered its new survival show "Naked & Afraid" on Sunday night. The premise? On each episode, a man and a woman have to survive 21 days in the wilderness together: naked, and with nothing but one personal item. Oh, and there’s no prize.

It sounds awkward. So when Shane and Kim met in Costa Rica, they decided to get that out of the way.

“Shane? I’m Kim. Should we talk about the fact that we’re both naked? Just check each other out,” Kim quipped. “We might as well do it right now. Diffuse the tension. Yep, yep, yep,” Shane replied.

After that, things became less about nudity and more about survival. Shane and Melissa only ate a few times in the three weeks -- both lost serious weight, and struggled. Discovery says participants are naked so the show is about the purest forms of survival.

And Salon says what’s most interesting about the show is -- it doesn’t deliver on what you might think of with the ‘nudity’ aspect. It’s just an intense survival show, and people are naked. No hanky panky.

"Naked & Afraid" airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m. ET on Discovery.

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