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    Survivorman

    Survivorman

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    OLN
    Survivorman follows outdoor enthusiast and survival expert Les Stroud as he is abandoned for a week in a remote location with little supplies (The supplies he is given to use depend on the scenario he is playing out. Sometimes he will play the sceneario of a stranded scuba diver on an island and other he will play a broken down car in the middle of the desert. However, he always carries his Leatherman Multi-Tool and his trusty harmonica.) While stranded in the middle of nowhere Les must document his experience by himself using 50 pounds of cameras and equipment that ranges from tripods, body strap stands, to film all the way to the cameras and the cases that hold them. Each new location presents a new set of obstacles for Les with such diverse climates as the dense, humid Costa Rican Rainforest all the way to the dry, arid environment of the Kalahari Desert in Africa. No matter where he goes he is always alone, always in danger, and always Survivorman. The series originally ended in 2008. But in the summer of 2012, Les Stroud returned with all-new survival challenges, on a desert island in Mexico and in the cold mountains of Norway.moreless
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    Walking with Dinosaurs

    Walking with Dinosaurs

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    BBC (ended 2004)
    This six-part series, developed by Framestore Ltd. and the BBC, follows the life of Earth's greatest life forms through their reign over the Mesozoic world, from their humble beginning in the late Triassic, to their fall in the Cretaceous. Along the way, we are also witnessed to their reptilian cousins that ruled the seas and air during this fantastic time in Earth's history. Though one must keep in mind that the stories are mere speculation, the filmmakers enlisted the aide of scientists to provide them with as many facts as possible for this series. Walking with Dinosaurs scored the highest ratings for a cable series ever when it aired on the Discovery Channel. The series won an Annie, two BAFTAs, a Broadcasting Press Guild award, three Emmys Awards for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour), Outstanding Sound Editing in Non-Fiction Program & Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (out of six nominations), the Peabody Award, three Royal Television Society awards, a TV Quick Award, a Television and Radio Industries Club Award, and a Young Artist Award. Since this series aired, it has spawned several follow-up series, including The Ballad of Big Al, Walking with Beasts, Walking with Cavemen, and at least three specials hosted by naturalist Nigel Marven.moreless
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    The Blue Planet

    The Blue Planet

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2002)
    The BBC spent five years and $10 million to produce this landmark exploration of the ocean, a world we know less about than the moon. We go further out and deeper down to show you things that have never been seen before. The Blue Planet: Seas of Life reveals the sea and its communities at their most fearsome and alluring. Until now, we've only touched the surface...moreless
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    One Step Beyond

    One Step Beyond

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    ABC (ended 1961)
    Outside the known is irreality, and one step beyond that is Surrealism. John Newland introduces reported cases of supernatural phenomena, whose poetry is revealed in magnificent and almost brutally compressed dramatizations. One Step Beyond was mainly filmed at M-G-M Studios, Hollywood, and partly at M-G-M British Studios, Borehamwood, Herts. It premiered nine months before The Twilight Zone, and was also known as Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond. All episodes are directed by Newland himself, a dab hand whose trademark is subtle, balletic camera work. This series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional stories with supernatural twists and turns, this program sought out 'real' stories of the supernatural, including ghosts, disappearances, monsters, etc., and re-creating them for each episode. No solutions to these mysteries were ever found, and viewers could only scratch their heads and wonder, "what if it's real?"moreless
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    Whale Wars

    Whale Wars

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    Animal Planet
    The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society goes to extreme lengths to make illegal whaling operations extinct. Animal Planet is there to capture all the action. Theme song is "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by The Smashing Pumpkins.moreless
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    Mighty Machines

    Mighty Machines

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    Mighty Machines is a children's TV series developed by TVOntario that centers on exploring the how's and whys of machinery with a special focus on construction vehicles and equipment. Dedicated to sharing the interesting world of how machines operate and run, Mighty Machines is unique in letting the machines themselves explain their processes, often utilizing voice-over actors instead of a generic narrator. Just how does a sawmill work or what happens on the conveyor belt of a recycling plant? From the amazing machines used at the airport to the rough and tumble of a demolition site, Mighty Machines plays into the delightful humor of young children's imaginations as they learn about the many different contraptions used in most modern cities and entertainment sources, including the racetrack, construction sites, and the fire hall. This cute show was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Children's Program in 1996.moreless
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    Baseball's Secret Formula

    Baseball's Secret Formula

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    The Science Channel
    Baseball's Secret Formula explores how scientific methods are challenging baseball wisdom.
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    Pit Bulls and Parolees

    Pit Bulls and Parolees

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    Animal Planet
    Pit Bulls and Parolees is an American television series that features the largest pit bull animal shelter in the United States, Villalobos Rescue Center, and their 200 - 250 dogs. Each episode depicts the daily operation of the shelter and their struggles to not only rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt out their dogs, but also about the interactions between the owner, her family and the employees, as many of them are parolees. The idea to hire parolees came from the owner's husband, as he is one himself he is able to identify with them and their struggles to find honest employment after serving their time in prison. The work provided not only helps rehabilitate the dogs, but also their human caretakers. The show has given average citizens a look inside the life of a parolee and the struggles they face on a daily basis while funding the shelter so that they may continue with their mission of saving one of America's most misunderstood breeds of dog.moreless
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    Planet Earth

    Planet Earth

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2007)
    a landmark television series... 5 years in the making... 2,000 days of shooting... 204 locations... this is your world... prepare to see it... as never before... Visit some of the world's most breathtaking, faraway locales in this 11-part documentary series from the Discovery Channel. Shot in HD, this series is narrated by actress Sigourney Weaver. You will see the world like never before, as you are transported to places all over the planet, from the Amazon rain forest and the depths of the ocean, to the highest peaks of the mountains and the great plains of Africa. With never before seen footage, prepare to be amazed and moved by Planet Earth.moreless
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    State Trooper

    State Trooper

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    NBC (ended 1959)
    Investigator Rod Blake of the Nevada State police works with the county sheriffs to catch the bad guys.
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    The Colony

    The Colony

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    Discovery Channel
    This show exhibits a controlled experiment that makes us think about how we would survive in the midst of a catastrophe. It tries to see exactly what we would need to survive and rebuild society under the worst circumstances. For 10 weeks, 10 isolated volunteers will have the task of rebuilding what is left of society after a viral outbreak, while finding ways to communicate and get electricity, water and food.moreless
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    The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries

    The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries

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    ABC (ended 1984)
    The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries is the sixth of many short-lived and lesser-known Scooby-Doo shows. But this show is basically the same as Scooby And Scrappy, except that there is a new beginning song and before that Scrappy talks about what the episode is about. In this spinoff series, Daphne assumes Fred's position as leader (Fred and Velma only appear in a few episodes in this series), a tremendous departure from the days of "Dangerprone Daphne". Shaggy, Scooby, Scrappy, and Daphne solve mysteries under the pretense of being reporters for a teen magazine. The theme song is also new, sung in the same style as Michael Jackson's hit Thriller with a row of monsters doing the "Thriller" dance in the opening sequence.

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    The Awful Truth

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    Bravo (ended 2000)
    The Awful Truth, hosted by Michael Moore, featured short documentaries making political points in a humorous way. When an HMO refused to pay for a man's life-saving kidney replacement, Moore had the man invite them to his mock-funeral. When Ken Starr began investigating all of Clinton's past, Moore hired shrieking pilgrims with pitchforks and torches to follow him, claiming he had a cheaper way to conduct a witchhunt. Noting that some states still criminalized sodomy, Moore drove a Sodomobile to all of them. And so on.moreless
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    Scientific American Frontiers

    Scientific American Frontiers

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    PBS (ended 2005)
    Welcome to the Scientific American Frontiers guide at TV.com.

    This show was a TV version of the venerable popular science magazineScientific American. Host Alan Alda interviewed those who were exploring the cutting edge of research in all areas of science.moreless
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    One Man Army

    One Man Army

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    Discovery Channel
    Four ruthless people who have experience in multiple military divisions to experts in extreme sports and law enforcement must compete in three challenges that work with strength, speed and intelligence. Only one will win the $10,000 prize and the title of One Many Army.moreless
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    One Way Out

    One Way Out

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    Discovery Channel
    A master escape artist engages in a battle with a fierce engineer as each tries to outdo the other in their areas of expertise. The engineer is tasked with designing enclosures that a Houdini-admirer would find it challenging to overcome.moreless
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    River Cottage Forever

    River Cottage Forever

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    Channel 4 (ended 2002)
    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has managed to break away from urban life and finally settle at River Cottage in Dorset. after two years at the cottage, he's asking himself the big question: should he stay forever?moreless
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    Inside the Kill Box

    Inside the Kill Box

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    Discovery Channel
    Inside the Kill Box videos on Discovery Channel.
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    The Works

    The Works

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    The History Channel
    The Works is a History Channel show hosted by Daniel H. Wilson, a Carnegie educated robotics engineer and American writer. The program reveals the unseen secrets and history of everyday life using real scientific experiments and interviews with experts. Each episode focuses on uncovering the complex systems behind commonplace things, tracing a path from where it has come to where it is today and where it can go in the future. Topics range from common garbage, beer, sneakers or tattoo removal to armored plating and robots. The Works takes the viewer from a basic understanding of a product or service to a fascinating level of behind the scenes knowledge. The viewers become privy to industry trade secrets and interesting historical facts, often presented by top representatives of each perspective field. Scientific, historical and social significance are given equal weight. The Works shows audiences a broad, vibrant and surprising picture of everyday objects and industries.moreless
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    The OCD Project

    The OCD Project

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    VH1
    The OCD Project is a reality show on VH1 that focuses on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Under the supervision of Dr. David Tolin, six OCD suffers move into a house together to face their fears and cure their disorder. The patients consists of Arine, who fears killing pedestrians and contracting HIV, Traci, who fears the the death of her son, Cody, who fears turning into someone he's not, Jerry, who fears that he is a killer, Kevin, who fears that he can kill someone with his thoughts, and Kristen, who fears contamination from everything around her. This unique group has found that OCD makes living a normal life almost impossible, and they are willing to go to extreme measures to get rid of their fears. Dr. Tolin treats the patients with exposures, where he forces them to confront fear head on. Exposures can range from allowing other people to touch your face, to not showering, to spending a day in jail, to eating food that has fallen into a toilet. Although the patients' initial anxiety rate is usually high, it goes down by the end of each exposure, proving to them that there is nothing to fear after all. Although Dr. Tolin's treatment can seem severe, he continually claims that these exposure methods have cured many obsessive-compulsive disorder suffers in the past.moreless
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