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Intrigued by legendary mysteries and driven by curiosity, Josh Gates is on a mission for answers. "Exhibition Unknown" chronicles his global adventures as he investigates iconic unsolved events, lost cities, buried treasures and other puzzling stories. Armed with a degree in archaeology, a quick wit and a thirst for action, Gates investigates recent developments before embarking on a detailed exploration. Whether he's trekking through Fiji in search of Amelia Earhart's remains or diving the deep seas of Panama to locate Captain Morgan's pirate ship, Gates' roughshod expeditions lead him one step closer to the truth.
In this offbeat game show, players picked up in the Cash Cab have to answer trivia questions with mounting cash values before they reach their destination in order to win. If a player answers incorrectly three times, he is kicked out of the cab without any money. Help options include a Mobile Shout-Out (phone call) and Street Shout-Out (asking a stranger on the street). Once the player reaches his destination, he can leave the cab with his winnings, if any, or risk them on a more difficult question. A correct final answer doubles his winnings; an incorrect answer means he leaves the cab with no money at all. Comic Ben Bailey takes the cab's wheel as host.
Before complaining about the market price of Alaska king crab, check out this gripping documentary series, revealing the mortal perils and intense discomfort that fishing crews face on the Bering Sea to catch the delicacy. Those perils include 40-foot waves, 700-pound crab pots that can easily crush a careless crewman, and freezing temperatures around the clock.
Discovery Channel takes the ubiquitous survival show theme to the next level by stripping it to its bare essentials. In "Naked and Afraid," complete strangers -- usually a man and a woman -- meet in a very unique way: They're stranded in a dangerous, desolate location, without food or water, and they're completely naked. Each episode follows the adventurers as they attempt to survive on their own with nothing but a personal item and the knowledge that the only prize is their pride and sense of accomplishment. Because there is no other choice, competitors quickly get to know one another -- and their surroundings -- and hope that their instincts, survival skills and intestinal fortitude serve them well.
This spinoff of "Street Outlaws" is set on the mean streets of Memphis, Tenn., where fast-talking, bet-taking JJ Da Boss and his family and friends have ruled the underground racing scene for decades. Pride and honor define Team Memphis, despite JJ being well-versed in the art of hustle. They are "trying to beat ya, not cheat ya" and all challengers are welcome to take on a family that rarely fails.
Rick Murphy covers the state of Florida in search of the prize saltwater fish.
Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufman deal in rusty gold. The proprietors of Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas buy, restore and resell forgotten, derelict American cars, everything from 1931 Model A cars to '73 Trans Ams. As "Fast N' Loud" shows, Rawlings is the mastermind, a deal-maker with an eye for relics worth their efforts, and to find them the guys search barns, fields and auctions across the U.S. Kaufman manages most restorations. He's a fabricator and self-taught mechanic, whose techniques and design skills first endeared him to Rawlings and kick-started the partnership. At the end of Season 12, that partnership ended when Kaufman exited Gas Monkey, leaving Rawlings as the series' sole star.
Popular Animal Planet personality Jeremy Wade, the nine-season star of the network's top-rated series "River Monsters," returns to waterways across the globe to investigate reports of the unimaginable and unexplained. He takes viewers on journeys beneath the water to remote areas, to islands lost in time and out into the open ocean to investigate reports that include entire fish species suddenly disappearing; unexplained sightings of mythical beasts; once thriving rivers now empty; and genetic oddities that may have produced the biggest monsters yet.
So exactly how hard is it to find a needle in a haystack, anyway? And can water dripping on your forehead really drive you nuts? Those are the kinds of questions, myths and urban legends that are put to the test in this humorous series that seeks to find out which myths are true and which are not.
Back to the beautiful state of Alaska for another reality-documentary series, this one set in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a protected area home to thousands of native animals... and a handful of people. In 1980, the U.S. government banned human occupation in the refuge, and only residents in seven permitted cabins are allowed to remain. The series depicts the daily rituals of four families living in isolation and contending with bitter weather, frustrating setbacks, and aggressive wildlife in an unspoiled and unforgiving wilderness. The nonconformists include Heimo Korth, the "godfather of the final frontier," and wife Edna; Bob Harte, who has spent 40 years living by his own rules; and young couple Bob and Ashley Selden, who admit that they've survived by trial and error, learning day by day the harsh reality of frontier living.
Sam Calagione has made beer his life's passion. Fortunately for him, it's also how he makes his living. Calagione and his company, Dogfish Head Brewery, are profiled as he and his partners in suds travel the world looking for ingredients and techniques to produce original brews. A visit to New Zealand, for instance, sparks an idea to come up with a tomato-based beer. The series also depicts the laid-back life at the Dogfish Head headquarters, where meetings are held for beer tastings, a bocce ball league takes place in the parking lot, and rap videos are filmed in the brewery.
Adam Savage from "Mythbusters" puts his creative skills to the test by taking on bigger, badder creations in "Savage Builds." Each episode focuses on one project, as experts, friends, colleagues and people he admires join Adam to help him complete a project. It doesn't matter whether or not the project is a success or a failure, but it does focus on all of the collaboration that went into making it possible.
In rural Canning, Nova Scotia, sits a modest auto body shop whose proprietor has built a legendary reputation. He's known in town as a custom car artist "who can build a Bugatti out of a chicken coop," a neighbor says. Now, Chad Hiltz, aka "Bad Chad," is ready to expand his horizons, helped in no small part by this series that airs across North America. It shows how Hiltz incorporates literally anything into his car builds -- parts from boats, airplanes, even old lockers -- and uses basic tools and lots of ingenuity. Isolated and cash poor, Chad's creations spring from a mind that never stops. If he can imagine it, he will find a way to build it. The series also features, among others, Chad's shop manager and fiancee, Jolene, and son Colton.
Discovery Channel chronicles the first 50 years of space travel -- from the first Mercury flights through the Gemini program to the Apollo moon landings, the Space Shuttle, and the construction of the International Space Station -- with this dazzling six-hour documentary. The series incorporates interviews with eyewitnesses (astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong among them) and original NASA mission footage that has been transferred to high-definition clarity. Actor Gary Sinise, who portrayed astronaut Ken Mattingly in "Apollo 13," narrates.
Saltwater fishing action.
Featuring veterans suffering from PTSD and how fishing has helped them cope with their struggles.
In "Guardians of the Glades," Discovery Channel spotlights Dusty "The Wildman" Crum's mission to save the Florida Everglades from an invasive breeding population of giant constrictors known as Burmese pythons. The reality series follows the snake hunter and his team as they take part in Florida's python bounty program and engage in harrowing wrestling matches in the treacherous swamps. The series highlights this team's heroic attempt to regain control over the Glades and to protect its fragile and dwindling animal populations.
Fast and strong homemade robots face off in battles until one is declared the champion.
Street racing in the U.S. is the subject of this docu-reality series, which purportedly provides an inside look into the action both on the road and behind the scenes. In Oklahoma City, for example, racers boast having the fastest street cars in the country, and the racing, they say, comes first -- before family, before friends and before work. From a 1969 Chevy Nova to a race-ready farm truck, the vehicles -- and their drivers -- come in all shapes and sizes and have one thing in common: the need for speed.
Adventurer Ed Stafford has walked the length of the Amazon River -- he is the first person to accomplish that -- so perhaps being stranded on a desert island near Fiji without clothes, food, water and tools and attempting to survive for 60 days isn't that daunting. The only possessions he does have are cameras, and so viewers are provided a fly-on-the-wall perspective of Ed's attempts to find food, make fire, process water to drink, and build a shelter -- among many other tasks that will help him stay alive.
A production crew follows climbers and their teams of guides and Sherpas during yearly attempts to reach the summit of Mount Everest.