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Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

  • Premiered: 
    June 9, 2019
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  • Network: Travel
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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Plot Synopsis

Hosted and executive produced by actor Bruce Campbell, this 10-episode, hour-long series is inspired by Robert Ripley's obsession with the awesome and his keen eye for what keeps viewers mesmerized. Seventy years after Ripley hosted the first eponymous series, this reboot of RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! focuses on awe-inspiring talents, unusual objects, strange phenomena and mind-boggling feats. One hundred years ago, Ripley went on a quest to the farthest reaches of the globe in search of the extraordinary and unusual. Now, hosted from Ripley's Warehouse in Orlando, Florida, Campbell introduces the next generation of viewers to astonishing and one-of-a-kind stories. "Shooting this iconic series in the Ripley's warehouse was actually unbelievable," said Campbell. "I was blown away by the treasures that unveil a fascinating time capsule into the past and present. Fans are not going to be disappointed when they see the scope of wonderful and weird stories we reveal every week."

In the premiere episode, "Natural Born Thrillers," Campbell shines the spotlight on six individuals who possess uncanny ability, outrageous talent and fearlessness. Ohio native Rick Smith tosses playing cards at 92 miles per hour making them as dangerous as daggers, while Dai Andrews, "master of pain," terrifies crowds by swallowing curved swords that can kill with the smallest wrong move. Tyler Scheuer thrills stadium crowds with a bizarre gift for balancing any object -- of any size -- on his chin. In Toronto, Twisty Troy, the "human pretzel," was born with extraordinary flexibility and can run upside down, while a California couple risks their lives to walk down a thin net "aisle" strung 800 feet above a canyon -- and into their marriage ceremony.

"Invisible Worlds" (Premieres Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT): We rely on our vision for up to 80% of the information we take in, and yet there are invisible worlds around us, hidden in plain sight. Campbell takes viewers on a wild trip into the unseen to meet Vic Invades, a New York photographer and urban explorer, who climbs skyscrapers to walk in the clouds -- and capture a bird's eye view of the city. In Louisiana, a family of stuntmen create an illusion using explosives that requires split-second timing to avert death. In California, the rock band "OK Go" films their latest music video in only 4.3 seconds, but has it slowed down 20,000 percent to make the video last over three minutes, revealing moments invisible to the naked eye. In Colorado, Michael Grab can feel vibrations within rocks, allowing him to balance the rocks in impossible towers and sculptures with "gravity glue."

"Showstoppers" (Premieres Sunday, June 23 at 9pm ET/PT): Campbell celebrates showstoppers -- the folks who produce unbelievable spectacles through their daring skill and years of practice. The Lords of Lightning, three British lads channeling electricity through Tesla coils, fling millions of volts of electricity at each other as they duel. Domino master Lily Hevish creates a thank you to her million-plus social media followers with her most difficult challenge ever -- 39,000 dominoes that must all fall perfectly to succeed. In California, Michael Gump is many things -- father, prop manager and a man of many faces -- employing his prop-making background to create over a thousand unique and fascinating facial disguises. In Illinois, viewers meet April Choi, a woman who uses her engineering background in fluid dynamics to master the art of whipping. In the episode she'll attempt her most daring feat yet -- wrapping herself in her own whip -- while it's set on fire.

"Forces of Nature" (Premieres Sunday, June 30 at 9pm ET/PT): Campbell introduces viewers to people beyond nature -- individuals who live lives that seem unreal or accomplish feats so crazy they seem like fiction. In Boston, viewers meet John "Hammerhead" Ferraro, whose head doubles as a hammer. Ferraro can break wood planks and hammer nails...all with his forehead. In Texas, Luis Slayton connects with honeybees on an emotional level. He's able to tend to his hives without even wearing a suit. In the episode, he takes his obsession even further as he completely covers his face with bees. In Mexico, Chuy the "Wolfman" and his family are some of only a handful of people on the planet who live with hypertrichosis -- a condition that causes hair to grow everywhere, covering even their face. Back in America, Houston's Ayanna Williams holds the world-record for being the woman with the longest nails on earth. With nails over 25 inches long, Williams shows viewers her unique and challenging daily life.

"Beyond Driven" (Premieres Sunday, July 7 at 9pm ET/PT): Almost every living being on earth shares one distinct trait: we're all driven to achieve something. But it's the people we classify as Beyond Driven who push themselves to the brink, and force us to stand in awe, mouths agape, unable to turn away. Norwegian Eskil Ronningsbakken tests his limits by balancing on the edge of cliffs, buildings or anything else he can get on top of. Chris Rider was driven to transform himself into a competitive power lifter, but when a back injury made him unable to get out of bed, Rider willed himself back to health and is attempting to pull a 14,500-pound box truck with his hair! Thrill seeker Rob Alleva is going to test himself against North America's most painful sting -- from the dreaded tarantula hawk wasp. Ted Richards loves parrots so much he had his name legally changed to Parrotman and has spent years transforming himself from human to parrot, and today, we bear witness as Richards attempts to feel the joy of flight. Mike Schultz was a promising snowmobile and motocross racer until a horrifying accident took his left leg. When Schultz found out there was no prosthetic that would let him keep racing, he built his own and turned himself into the most decorated adaptive athlete in X Games history. And then there's George Frandsen, who fell in love with coprolite, otherwise known as fossilized poop. Now, he's the founder and owner of the Poozeum. Frandsen's collection is gigantic, but there's a crown jewel out there that continues to elude him, and he won't rest until he finds his special "specimen."

"Building the Impossible" (Premieres Sunday, July 14 at 9pm ET/PT): Having cool, impractical and seemingly unattainable ideas is one thing, but bringing them to life? That's when real innovation happens. Transforming the stuff of magic is for the rare few who specialize in building the impossible, creating sights to behold. Every year the folks at LEGO set out to build a groundbreaking creation using only LEGO parts. This year, they're not only building a full-size replica of a Bugatti Chiron Hypercar, they're going to make it drive. Vancouver, Canada, native Mimi Choi channeled years of disturbing visions into makeup, creating strangely surreal and oddly lifelike illusions using faces as her canvases. Giant human-controlled exoskeletons, known as "Mechs," have been a staple of sci-fi movies and video games for years. But Jonathon Tippet has always wanted a real-life Mech and after years of work, today is the day he's going to make one walk! Every year in the Catalan region of Spain, teams of castellers get together to build human towers stretching stories high into the sky, pushing the limits of what's possible. The Caballero family of Bogota, Colombia, makes bulletproof clothing that stands out by blending in high fashion that can take a high-caliber hit. And they believe in their product so much, they test it on their loved ones. Finally, Angel Giuffria has been on the cutting edge of prosthetic limbs since she was born. From the first baby in the United States to be outfitted with a myoelectric arm to having one of the most advanced bionic arms made today, Giuffria has turned her arm into a calling card, working as an actress and model who stands out from the crowd with her customized arm.

"The Curious Case Of..." (Premieres Sunday, July 21 at 9pm ET/PT): You have to see it to believe it. Joseph Herscher specializes in building comical chain-reaction machines in the style of Rube Goldberg. What started as a lark has now grown into a full-blown Internet career. Christian Stoinev grew up in the circus, and it wasn't long before he discovered that his pup, like Stoinev himself, had exceptional balance. Stoinev built a new routine around his dog and now performs amazing tricks from their repertoire. Brazilian Claudio Viera de Oliveira was born with an incredibly rare condition that caused his head to grow upside down and backwards, but his family refused to give up on him. Now, he's a successful accountant and motivational speaker. Andrew Stanton is a curious case known for his unusually high tolerance to pain and his iron-willed control of his body. He's used these assets to develop his groundbreaking stunt -- balancing on the tip of a spear and then spinning. Sigurour Hjartarson of Iceland has dedicated his life to one thing: the penis, in all its myriad shapes and sizes. The former school teacher has a collection housing 282 specimens from 93 different species. Finally, Dr. Joel Salinas was born with a rare form of synesthesia that allows him to "feel" what other people are feeling. Dr. Salinas focused his gift in medical school and found it allowed him to go deeper into the patient's experience than other doctors.

"Great Obsessions" (Premieres Sunday, July 28 at 9pm ET/PT): Whether driven by a joie de vivre or overwhelming courage, some people -- and dogs -- are always striving for new highs and new records, like Michael Uy and his rescue dog, Abbie. To help socialize Abbie, Uy took her everywhere with him, including to surf days at the beach. Abbie learned to control a surfboard, eventually becoming the world record holder for longest wave surfed by a dog. Jeff Bloch is a cop who feels compelled to build the oddest creations: upside down cars, sideways cars, cars made from helicopters and more -- and then he races them. Brazilian brothers Tony and Alvaro had a singular obsession -- become as big and powerful as their favorite fictional characters, the Hulk and Conan. Through relentless workouts and a combination of injectables, they achieved their unbelievable look, turning heads wherever they go. John Collins has devoted himself to designing, folding and flying paper airplanes, becoming the world record holder for paper airplane distance. We'll discover how Collins became the king of paper airplanes and meet his thrower as they demonstrate amazing flights for us. Amsterdam-based design firm Studio Drift became fascinated with the movements of birds in the sky, and decided to do the impossible: recreate those seemingly random movements with drones, using technology that didn't yet exist. Finally, Anthony Kelly grew up in the Australian Outback where encounters with bullies led him to study martial arts. Now, 40 years later, he has black belts in 20 martial arts to go along with numerous world records -- including several for catching arrows.

"Surviving the Odds" (Premieres Sunday, August 4 at 8pm ET/PT): The persistence to overcome life's obstacles; the tenacity to survive the worst circumstances; the determination to drive through any barrier. This episode tells the stories of everyday people who turned themselves into the unbelievable. Bruce Cook was an up-and-coming competitor on the motorcycle circuit until he suffered a devastating accident. But, he trained relentlessly to get back on his bike until he was able to do the unthinkable -- perform a mid-air back flip on his motorcycle without the use of his legs. Rick Maisel is a magician and escape artist, with a twist -- or should we say spin? Maisel has taken the classic water escape made popular by Houdini and upped the danger by performing the trick inside a spinning washing machine. Then, how delicious would a food have to be for you to eat it knowing it can kill you? We explore the Japanese delicacy of fugu, as a father passes the deadly knowledge on to his son, who then prepares a dish for their loyal customers. Formerly America's tallest teenager, Broc Brown is now 20 years old and 7 feet, 8 inches tall -- and still growing! He may challenge for the title of World's Tallest Man or even surpass Ripley's legend Robert Wadlow. Steve Ludwin always loved snakes, but somewhere along the way he decided to try and become immune to all forms of snake venom -- by injecting snake venom into his bloodstream. Not only has he lived to tell the tale, he may end up being the source of a new anti-venom that could save countless lives. After almost dying as a child, Yan Ming was taken to the Shaolin temple in a last-ditch attempt to save his life. He learned the way of the warrior monks, making his body a weapon. Yan has made a new life in New York City, where he has maintained his training and kept his body like iron: able to bend a spear using his throat.

"The Defiant Ones" (Premieres Sunday, August 4 at 9pm ET/PT): There are limits to the physical world and most of us happily exist within that framework. But a rare few seem to transcend everything we thought we knew. Florian Kohler isn't your average pool shark. He holds several world records and is credited with developing trick shooting into its own art. We see him demonstrate tricks both at home and out in public, and he also breaks his record for a ball-spinning trick. Harrison Okene was working on a tugboat when it was dragged under water. After 60 hours at the bottom of the seabed, in total darkness and losing air, he is miraculously rescued. But Okene won't survive just to live in fear: he asks his rescuer to teach him how to dive, believing he can one day be someone else's miracle rescue. Daniel Kish lost his eyesight at the age of one. But he sees as well as you or me, by using echolocation. Kish now teaches others, and we'll see a blind student learn how to ride a bike using human sonar -- believe it or not! Shirley Alvarez was born with a rare and incurable disease that causes her skin and internal organs to incurably harden. But her life changed when she discovered the Goth scene, becoming an icon within the subculture. Finally, Jessica Cox was born without arms, but that's never stopped her from chasing her dreams. She practices tae kwon do and later became the first woman to fly an airplane with her feet.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Texas Crew Productions


  • Ripley's Warehouse - Orlando, Florida USA