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The Strongest Man in History

The Strongest Man in History

  • Premiered: 
    July 10, 2019
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  • Network: History
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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Plot Synopsis

THE STRONGEST MAN IN HISTORY is a one-hour reality series that follows four strongmen -- Brian Shaw, Eddie Hall, Robert Oberst, and Nick Best -- as they embark on a journey across the world to seek out history's most legendary titans of strength, celebrate their feats of fortitude, immerse themselves in their history, and attempt to break their long-standing records -- some of which have endured for hundreds of years. During the seven-episode series, these strongmen attempt insane acts of physicality including pulling a Viking war ship, strapping pianos on their back as they race down a street, rolling up frying pans with their bare hands and lifting 2,700-pounds of people.

Created in 1977, The World's Strongest Man competition has become the premier event in strength athletics. Who better to guide viewers through this journey than four-time World's Strongest Man 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 champion Brian Shaw; winner of World's Strongest Man 2017 and current world-record deadlift holder Eddie Hall; two-time finalist in the World's Strongest Man 2013 and 2018 Robert Oberst and professional strongman competitor and world champion powerlifter Nick Best? These strongmen, who have spent the last decade dominating their sport, will travel to a different destination each week tackling the renowned accounts of heroic achievement that have transcended time. Since many of the incredible feats of strength our heroes will be challenging happened before video existed, official registers were kept and weights were verified, they often take matters into their own experienced hands as they determine if these superhuman acts are really fact or fiction. Competing against past legends and each other in dangerous strength tests, they will take on historical giants including Viking warriors, Olympic gold medalist and world champion weightlifter Paul Anderson, "Apollo, the Scottish Hercules" William Bankier and "Giant of the Revolution" Peter Francisco to name a few.

On Sunday, July 7, 2019 at 10:30pm ET/PT, History Channel premiered a sneak-peek episode of the series. In this sneak-peek episode, "Stronger Than a Viking," in the bitter cold of Moorhead, Minnesota the four strongmen struggle to test their strength against Viking legends. Can they lift the gigantic 1433 pound mast of a Viking Warrior -- that broke his back and killed him?

Three days later -- on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT -- History Channel debuted the official series premiere. In this new episode, "Stronger Than a Russian," in the sleepy town of Toccoa, Georgia, the four strongmen take on the legendary feats of Paul Anderson--the Godfather of American strength. Can they perform the dreaded 2,700 pound carousel hip lift that made Paul famous on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW?
On Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT, History Channel premiered the season finale of THE STRONGEST MAN IN HISTORY. In the season ender, "Revolutionary Strongmen," the strongmen travel to Virginia to take on the unbelievable feats of strength of the American Revolution. It's the U.K. versus the U.S. once again--as they race to see who can throw a ton of tea into a harbor, and carry an actual cannon off of a battlefield.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by eOne Entertainment
  • Produced by Two Fifteen West Entertainment