1000 Ways To Die

Spike TV (ended 2012)



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1000 Ways To Die

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Death is the ultimate unknown; something we both fear and are intrigued by. 1000 Ways to Die chronicles the last moments of people who met an untimely demise by making bad choices or through sheer bad luck. As well as being horrifying and morbidly funny, 1000 Ways to Die is also educational and recreates the scenes using state of the art CGI graphics animation.


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  • Ron Pearlman

    Ron Pearlman


    Thom Beers

    Thom Beers

    Narrator (Pilot Episodes)

    Alisdair Simpson

    Alisdair Simpson

    Narrator (UK airings)

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    • Torture Porn accidentally labeled as a Documentary

      This is torture porn. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with that... it has a stimulating effect for many people without reflecting their own behavior. However, to call this show a documentary would be a bit of an overstatement.

      Each episode begins with a fun title sequence of stick figures getting killed by a variety of different things, followed by a disclaimer that names have been changed to protect the identities of the deceased, along with the obvious "don't try this at home," because even a show titled "1000 Ways to Die" needs to warn people that doing stupid things can kill you.

      There are about 6 or 7 deaths per episode, in no particular order. Most of them take place in the . within that past few decades, but sometimes they'll throw in a "historical" death for good measure, like a weird torture device used during the Spanish Inquisition. For the record, I remember at least 5 deaths in the show that were by electrocution and 2 by falling from high up, so it's not always 1000 DIFFERENT ways to die.

      Each reenactment starts off by showing who the character- *ahem* I mean, actual person under an altered name was and what they were doing before they died. This part of the show is very important, because the producers really want you to know how stupid, obnoxiously self-centered, or just plain evil these people are, so that their death can be as gratifying as possible for your viewing pleasure. Seriously, this show should be called "1000 ways to be unlikeable enough to kill off for

      So, after the actors are done milking as much cringe-worthy character building as they can without sounding like a reality show with an honest narrator, we get to the fun, gory part. Surprise, surprise, somebody dies. Then, they bring in some expert to explain how falling off a cliff can kill you, while an informative animation shows a goofy-looking skeleton getting crushed on impact and oozing blood everywhere like the last scene in Final Destination 4.

      Every reenactment has somebody come in and explain something, because remember, this is a "documentary". Usually, it's some medical expert explaining the death itself, but sometimes, it's just someone who shares the same lifestyle or career as the person who died, from airplane pilot to drag queen. It's very diverse.

      The worst part about the show is the puns. At the end of every death, you get a final snapshot of the fake dead body with the caption, "Way to Die #(arbitrary number)," and a dumb title, like Die-Arrhea or Dead-dy Dearest.

      Personally, I don't get offend-dead (see what I did there? Expect a lot of that while watching this show) when people make jokes about death, but they're really stretching the limit of what can honestly be classified as a documentary. The show is basically cheap entertainment for the kind of people who secretly liked the Saw movie franchise and just want an excuse to watch more of that kind of thing. And to be fair, it's really not that bad of a show to watch with some drunk friends or even by yourself where nobody can see you indulging your guilty little pleasure of watching people drown or get decapitated. Just remember to take everything with a grain of salt, because the deaths may be based on real stories, but the characters are greatly fictionalized.moreless
    • This show is for sadists.

      1000 Ways to Die has a promising premise and a nice campy horror movie feel to it, but it takes such sadistic glee in its subject matter that in the end it just becomes depressing. It might not be so much of an issue if most of these deaths hadn't happened to actual people, but in light of that information it just comes across as cruel when they mock them. It also really bothers me that they try to make the victims unsympathetic so you won't feel bad when they die because almost nobody deserves the deaths this show routinely dishes out, and the effort they put into making the victims unsympathetic just serves to remind me that the real victims were probably perfectly ordinary, totally undeserving people. I can't even comprehend how numb to human suffering one would have to be to enjoy this show without a twinge of regret, and it legitimately frightens me that so many people seem to do so with no problem whatsoever.moreless
    • An Unique concept

      I love how we get to learn unusual deaths. The only feedback is that some of the shooting locations are inaccurate. Too bad we didn't hit 1000 deaths. But we just got enough for me to enjoy. Great job. 97/100 Awesome
    • Not for the faint of heart

      A show of reenactments of some truly bizarre deaths that range from grisly, ironic, to just plain unfortunate. Some morbid/dark humor is in it. Sometimes the person was some jerk, creep, or evil person who deserved it. Others were ignorant, unlucky, careless, or just plane dumb. (Quite a few of these are Darwin Award Yet the reason for the death is always explained even in gruesome detail. By all means I don't enjoy others suffering and dying, but I do know that the human body is quite fragile and life can end in a number of ways and many of these deaths were preventable. Quite a few simple things had caused death. Still I found it fascinating but graphic. Don't watch if you get sicken or distressed easily.moreless
    • The one reason for me to watch spike TV

      I heard this got cancelled because the actors went on strike or something. Too bad, this show was way cool. The announcer cracks me up sometimes.
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    Adult, Docu-Reality, not for the faint of heart, coping with death, cringeworthy