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    Modern Marvels

    Modern Marvels

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    The History Channel
    According to the History Channel, this show first aired in January of 1995, but it was released on VHS in 1994. It was probably on another network before the History Channel was formed in January of 1995.moreless
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    Deadliest Catch

    Deadliest Catch

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    Discovery Channel
    The Bering Sea holds the secret to Alaskan Gold, the highly lucrative and elusive…King Crab. With a new set of rules to abide by the ships and the crews will have new deadlines, more stress, and more dangerous conditions. With forty-foot waves, 700 pound crab pots, freezing temperatures and your mortality staring you in the face…this job ranks as one of the deadliest. Any time spent of the Bering Sea is dangerous, we watch crews race to meet their quota and make it home safely.moreless
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    How It's Made

    How It's Made

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    The Science Channel
    Have you ever wondered how the products you use every day are made? How It's Made leads you through the process of how everyday products, such as apple juice, skateboards, engines, contact lenses, and many more objects are manufactured.

    (Comment c'est fait is the french title)

    This show originated in Canada and is growing in popularity all over the globe.moreless
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    Dirty Jobs

    Dirty Jobs

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2012)
    Stuck in a dead-end job? Daydreaming about a new career? Combed through the classifieds lately looking for your next calling?
    If so, take a look at what Discovery Channel is offering:
    Road Kill Collector: Must be able to work long hours braving oncoming traffic while picking up all manner of smelly dead creatures. Benefits include working outdoors.
    Zoo Cage Cleaner: Performs necessary health-giving service for animals inhabiting the city zoo. Requires ability to tolerate large volumes of animal excrement while avoiding the occasional grumpy gorilla.
    This summer, Discovery Channel goes to work with the unsung American laborers who make their living doing the most unthinkable, yet vital vocations in DIRTY JOBS. This world premiere original series begins Tuesday, July 26, 2005 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
    Each week, our brave host and apprentice Mike Rowe introduces viewers to a hardworking group of men and women who overcome fear, danger and sometimes stench to accomplish their daily tasks. With his hands-on approach, Rowe assumes the duties of the jobs in question working alongside rattlesnake catchers, fish processors, bee removers and other professionals performing the vital yet outlandish occupations that simply must get done. A tremendously good sport, Rowe knows that whether it�s serving greasy slop to pigs in Iowa, or picking up five-day-old road kill and transporting it to a crematorium, it�s all part of an honest day�s work.
    At the end of each enlightening, horrifying and hilarious episode, viewers are left with an appreciation for hardworking people, and they�ll know it takes to tackle tough jobs.
    DIRTY JOBS is produced by Pilgrim Film & Television; Craig Piligian is the executive producer. For the Discovery Channel, Gena McCarthy is the executive producer.
    Discovery Channel is the United States� largest cable television network, serving 90.2 million households across the nation with the finest in informative entertainment. Discovery Networks, U.S., a unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., operates and manages Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health Channel, Discovery HD Theater, Discovery Kids Channel, Discovery Times Channel, The Science Channel, Discovery Home Channel, Military Channel, Discovery en Espa�ol and FitTV. The unit also distributes BBC AMERICA.moreless
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    NOVA

    NOVA

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    PBS
    Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Each week NOVA takes an in depth look at a particular topic or individual in the science field. NOVA's topics cover all branches of science and engineering. NOVA's unique way of presenting each topic can be interesting to both those with no prior knowledge or those whose life's work is being covered.moreless
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    Terra Nova

    Terra Nova

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    FOX (ended 2011)
    FOX Broadcasting teamed with Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, Rene Echevarria and Aaron Kaplan to bring a new series,Terra Nova. In the year 2149, the planet Earth is a disaster, and most of the plant and animal life has become extinct. Scientists can't reverse the damage, but have found a way to travel back to prehistoric times to save the human race. Among the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers in Terra Nova is the Shannon family. Jim Shannon, played by Jason O'Mara, is a loving father with secrets in his past. His wife, Elisabeth, is a trauma surgeon who has been recruited to join Terra Nova's medical team. Their three children join them on this journey: Josh is 17 and is not happy about leaving the life he knows. Maddy is 15 and is looking forward to a new life and a chance to make changes. Zoe is 5, and there is a secret involving her that could create problems for the Shannon family. Commander Nathaniel Taylor warns the new arrivals of the dangers that surround them in Terra Nova. There are not only dinosaurs, but other settlers who have left the colony to start their own. The outcast colony is led by Mira, who left because she disagreed with Taylor as a leader. The Shannons soon discover not all the danger exists outside the walls of Terra Nova. Some of the members of their group disagree on how to save mankind and some may even be trying to destroy the new world before it can get started. While FOX has announced the cancellation, Terra Nova is being shopped to other networks.moreless
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    American Pickers

    American Pickers

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    The History Channel
    This show looks into the world of antique and collectible hunters who make an adventure out of traveling across America to find the rarest items.
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    Man vs. Wild

    Man vs. Wild

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2011)
    Bear Grylls travels around the globe to find the most dangerous tourist locations and environments, in order to show us how to survive in them. With his simple survival techniques and his knowledge of the wildlife, he is able to give handy tips that could effectively save lives. Whether it's traversing across volcanoes or stuck on a desert island, Bear is always one step ahead when it comes to survival of the fittest.moreless
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    Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey

    Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey

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    FOX
    Seth MacFarlane is partnering with Carl Sagan's creative team, who came up with the original Cosmos series, Ann Druyan and astrophysicist Steven Soter to develop a new series hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.moreless
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    Meerkat Manor

    Meerkat Manor

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    Animal Planet (ended 2009)
    Animal Planet's series Meerkat Manor follows the Whiskers, a family of meerkats, that struggles to survive in Africa's Kalahari Desert. The series was filmed over the course of a 10-year period for a Cambridge University study. Meerkat Manor was narrated by Bill Nighy in the United Kingdom and Mike Goldman in Australia. In the United States, Sean Astin narrated the first three seasons and Stockard Channing narrated the series for the fourth season.moreless
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    The Most Extreme

    The Most Extreme

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    Animal Planet
    Made by Natural History New Zealand, this series showcases the world's most extreme animals, in various categories such as speed or stinkiness, in a top-ten countdown format. FAQ:
    I've seen an animal on the show rank number 1 in jumping, but only able to jump a couple of feet - what's that about? Most everything on the show is body sized porportioned. Can I nominate an animal for the show? No, sorry, you can not. Can I be on this show? Most of the show is computer animated or animals recorded in their natural habitat so, no. Are humans ever ranked on the show? Yes, they are sometimes compared to all the other animalsmoreless
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    Mystery Diagnosis

    Mystery Diagnosis

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    Discovery Health
    Are you suffering from a life-threatening illness? Are your bizarre symptoms baffling your doctors? Are they misdiagnosing your ailment as a result? This program shows how some indomitable patients refused to give up and found amazing conclusions to the mysteries of their diagnoses.moreless
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    The Universe

    The Universe

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    The History Channel
    Introducing absolutely everything. The beginning of history starts here. There are 50 billion galaxies in the universe. 95% is still uncharted. This series examines the mysteries of everything, from black holes to how our sun functions. Is our planet as insignificant to the cosmos as a drop of water is to the ocean? This series will investigate the uncharted frontiers of space and explore the possible existence of life-supporting worlds beyond our own.moreless
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    Dual Survival

    Dual Survival

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    Discovery Channel
    Imagine being thrown into the wilderness, do you think you could survive? Experts think that having basic survival skills such as finding food, shelter, water and finding help are important. Dave Canterbury and Cody Lundin take on surviving through some of the hardest conditions, proving that having the right skills and thinking out of the box can save you.moreless
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    Biography

    Biography

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    A&E
    This show provides an in-depth profile of the lives of people throughout history who have captured our imagination.
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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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    Gold Rush

    Gold Rush

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    Discovery Channel
    Gold Rush features determined men responding to the current economic downturn in America to go in search of gold in the wilds of the far north. Watch as they try to strike it rich!moreless
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    Cosmos

    Cosmos

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    PBS (ended 2005)
    Carl Sagan brings us the Cosmos, everything that ever was and ever will be, in an approach that is easily accessible even for those of us that are not science wizards. This 13 part series covers everything from the history of astronomy, the challenges it faced at its creation, how the universe was created and how it all might end, to the evolution of life on Earth, and the nature of the human brain. First aired in 1980 by the Public Broadcasting Service, Cosmos has seen multiple versions over the years. When the series was released on home video in the late 1980s, a 14th episode was included, which consisted of an interview between Dr. Sagan and Ted Turner. Dr. Sagan taped new epilogues for the 10th anniversary version in 1990, in which he addressed new discoveries and alternate viewpoints. The Science Channel rebroadcast the series on its 25th anniversary in 2005 with enhanced computer graphics. The series was awarded an Emmy and a Peabody Award. It has been broadcast in 60 countries and has been seen by an estimated 500 million to 1 billion viewers worldwide.moreless
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    Pitchmen

    Pitchmen

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2011)
    From the invention, to the pitch, to the infomercial, Pitchmen follows the journey of how an invented product becomes the next hot consumer commodity.
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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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