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Expedition Unknown

Expedition Unknown

Photo Credit:  The Travel Channel
  • Premiered: 
    January 8, 2015
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  • Network: Travel
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Adventure
  • Tags: historical

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Plot Synopsis

EXPEDITION UNKNOWN is a one-hour reality series that follows explorer Josh Gates, as the travels the globe searching for the truth behind the world's iconic legends. Before embarking on each adventure, Gates investigates the latest developments in each unsolved legend, and then inserts himself in different cultures to separate fact from fiction. In each episode, Gates investigates a different story, including: Amelia Earhart (in the two-hour series premiere), as Gates treks to uncharted tribal lands in Papua New Guinea and ends his journey in Fiji, hoping to uncover the pilot's remains; The Temple of Doom, as Gates travels to the remote and land-mine-riddled jungles of Cambodia to investigate the lost city of the Khmer Empire and search for a mystical relic that gave its god king the power to incinerate his enemies more than 1,000 years ago; The World's 8th Wonder, as Gates starts in St. Petersburg, Russia, to track down the missing Amber Panels, priceless pieces of art stolen by the Nazis during WWII; and more lost cities, buried treasures and stolen art. Season 2 of EXPEDITION UNKNOWN premiered on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel. From excavating ruins in search of the real Robin Hood to sailing the high seas investigating Christopher Columbus and exploring Nepal's "sky caves" for Shangri La, Gates continues his mission to find the truth behind each iconic legend. In the Season 2 premiere, Gates travels to England, Wales and Scotland to explore one of the greatest legends of all time -- King Arthur. The King of the Britons has been celebrated and written about for more than 1,500 years, as Arthur, the wizard Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table are among some of the most filmed characters in cinematic history. Gates meets up with two cave experts and together they descend into the caverns, searching for evidence. But with hundreds of miles of underground caves, the exploration is daunting and dangerous. The new season -- which is comprised of 19 hour-long episodes, one two-hour special, and seven hour-long repack episodes -- also features these expeditions: Blackbeard's hidden gold (Cayman Islands/US); Christopher Columbus (Dominican Republic/Haiti/Portugal/Spain); Fenn's treasure (US); Genghis Khan's tomb (Mongolia); the lost city of the Kalahari (Botswana); the missing Kruger millions (South Africa); real-life vampires (Bulgaria/Romania); the real Robin Hood (UK); Shangri-La (Nepal); stolen Nazi treasure (Austria/Germany); Suleiman the Magnificent's heart (Hungary/Turkey); the Yonaguni Ruins (Japan) and more. Season 3 of EXPEDITION UNKNOWN premiered on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel. In the new season, Josh takes on such lingering questions as: Who was D.B. Cooper and what became of him? Is Captain Kidd's lost treasure still out there waiting to be found? Where is Attila the Hun's tomb? From excavating ruins and jumping out of planes to diving for treasure in the deep seas, Gates goes on 16 new expeditions -- and they are some of his biggest adventures yet. In the season opener, "Plummer's Gold," Josh heads to Montana -- Gold Rush territory -- to search for the missing fortune of notorious Old West sheriff, Henry Plummer. Traveling from Virginia City to Bannack and into the Montana hills, Josh investigates the legend behind the lost loot -- meeting with local experts and using the latest technology to explore hidden cave systems and blast open an unexplored, century-old sealed mine in hopes of striking gold. Upcoming expeditions this season include an exploration into the collapse of Greece's Minoan civilization; a search for World War II-era gold and diamond treasures in Germany and Corsica; trails that could lead to the location of the Ark of the Covenant in Israel and Africa; and an investigation into the possible re-emergence of Australia's extinct Tasmanian tiger. Season 4 of EXPEDITION UNKNOWN premiered on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT on Travel Channel. This time, Gates' insatiable curiosity and appetite for adventure leads him to destinations around the world, uncovering the truth behind more illustrious legends and fascinating lore. With access to the latest research and scientific technology, Gates tackles 12 all-new expeditions, including: the history of the mighty Vikings; the mystery of Stonehenge; the lost tombs of the Mayan Snake Kings; the search for a ship trapped in the dunes of Australia; a quest for the true identity of Nefertiti; and the hunt for 12 buried treasure boxes hidden right here in America. "This season of EXPEDITION UNKNOWN is all about icons," said Gates. "From discovering the true origins of Stonehenge to exploring beneath the enigmatic pyramids of the Mayan empire, we're making incredible discoveries at the world's most impressive landmarks. But, we're also tackling iconic items such as the lost treasure of America's most notorious pirate and the stolen ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Plus, we're hot on the trail of history's most infamous characters, from Wild West bandit Butch Cassidy to high-ranking Nazis in South America and the sunken tomb of Cleopatra. These are our biggest adventures yet, and I can't wait to take our fans with us on the journey." The season kicks off with a two-part episode focused on the mysterious and powerful Vikings. From Denmark and Iceland to the United States and Canada, Gates treads into Viking territory in an effort to unlock answers to their most enduring secrets. How did they attain and sustain their power? Why did the population in Greenland just vanish? How far did they really travel? Many believe the Vikings' lost settlement, "Vinland," established in 1000 AD, is in Canada, but could new evidence prove that it's actually here in America? It's a revelation that could rewrite history.
EXPEDITION UNKNOWN made its Discovery Channel premiere on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT. This series kicked off its Discovery debut with a two-part premiere, as Josh Gates and his team joined noted archaeologist Dr. Richard Hansen on an adventurous quest to the lost-city of El Mirador deep in the Guatemalan rainforest. Their mission: to find the hidden tombs of the mysterious Maya Snake Kings. Archaeologists have discovered that the sprawling ruins of this ancient mega-city are larger than Los Angeles and contain what might be the largest pyramid in the Americas. Josh explores overgrown temples, plaster-paved roads, and evidence of advanced engineering and art. Using advanced laser scanners and remote sensing technology, Josh and his team reveal the secrets of why this incredible civilization suddenly and completely vanished. Their search for the tombs of the elusive Snake Kings leads to a thrilling and dangerous adventure, and culminates in what may be the most significant discovery in EXPEDITION UNKNOWN history.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Ping Pong Productions