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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.
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.
The gold rush in Alaska isn't confined to the state's precious ground. It's taking place on the sea ... or more accurately, on the bottom of the frigid Bering Sea. This series, from the creators of the Emmy-winning "Deadliest Catch," follows four gold dredges and their eccentric and driven crews who risk their lives to find as much gold as possible before winter sets in and it's too dangerous to dive. The custom-built rigs, some barely seaworthy, include an 80-foot barge run by the most successful gold dredger in Nome, Alaska, and a modified skiff that seats only two people.
Paul Teutul and his son Paul Jr. create some of the world's most original custom motorcycles -- Paul Sr. operates Orange County Choppers, and Junior leads his staff at Paul Jr. Designs. Both shops are located a stone's throw from each other in Orange County, N.Y., but sometimes it seems as if father and son are worlds apart. They were business partners at OCC until a family feud that included a lawsuit led to their separation, both personally and professionally. This reality series follows the hot-headed Teutuls as they strive to remain on speaking terms while their shops compete to outdo each other in the designing and building of custom bikes.
Idyllic in nature, the concept of living a scaled-down, simpler, off-the-grid life has gained popularity in recent years, but the initial results for many budding homesteaders have been disappointing. The learning curve is steep, especially in the most dangerous and isolated locations across the country. Many families are not equipped with the skills, experience or knowledge of how to grow food, find water, harness power or deal with the threat of predators. In "Homestead Rescue," craftsman and survival expert Marty Raney -- joined by daughter Misty, a farmer, and son Matt, a hunter and fisherman -- attempt to teach these families the essential skills on how to survive -- and thrive -- in the wilderness. Because sustaining a homestead through hunting, fishing, gardening, building upkeep, security, and problem solving is a full-time job. At the conclusion of each episode, the rookie survivalists decide to either tough out their first year or pack up and return to civilization.
Buying diesel trucks headed for the scrap heap and giving them new leases on life has turned into big business for the Diesel Brothers. Led by Heavy D and Diesel Dave, the crew works hard and plays harder as they trick out the trucks for use in elaborate pranks and stunts, all of which becomes a marketing tool on social media. Millions of hits later the company is known as the destination for diesel lovers who are looking for custom builds, crazy stunts, pranks and hilarious antics.
Fueled by the chance discovery of Phil Harris' old Hawaiian charts, Josh Harris is on a mission to find out about his father's secret dream and pick up where he left off by using the maps to follow in his dad's footsteps fishing in Hawaii.
The deep-sea remains a dangerous and unexplored frontier -- a place that swallows evidence and where the unknown is normal; Jeremy Wade searches for answers behind the world's most iconic and baffling underwater mysteries known to science.
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.
A fearless guy apprentices himself to people who perform dangerous or disgusting jobs, ranging from rattlesnake catcher and zoo cleaner to road-kill collector.
Rick Murphy covers the state of Florida in search of the prize saltwater fish.
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.
Scott Martin and a challenger go head-to-head in a unique fishing tournament format.
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.
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.
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.
Adventurous builders battle the elements to build unique homes in remote areas.
Following six teams across Australia as they search for the country's most iconic gemstone.
Pilots pursue aircrafts across the country for repossession.
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.