1000 Ways To Die

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"Death is everywhere. Most people try to avoid it; others can't get out of its way. Every day we fight a new war against germs, toxins, injury, illness, and catastrophe. There are a lot of ways to wind up dead; the fact that we survive at all is a miracle. Because every day we live, we face... a thousand ways to die."

1000 Ways to Die is an anthology television series that premiered on Spike on May 14, 2008, and ended on July 15, 2012. The program recreates unusual deaths and urban legends and includes interviews with experts who describe the science behind each death. Up until the end of season one, the final story of each episode showed actual footage of dangerous situations that almost ended in death, along with interviews with those who were involved in the situations. A portion of these deaths have been nominated for or have received a Darwin Award. Ron Perlman served as the narrator on every episode since the third episode (with Thom Beers narrating the first two episodes); beginning with the episode "Tweets from the Dead" Joe Irwin was featured as the replacement narrator.

Why It Rocks

  1. Many of the deaths are hilarious, especially the ones where an unlikable person gets killed.
  2. Surprisingly, it is also really educational, as you learn what things you shouldn't do if you want to survive (eg. preventing yourself from getting scratched by rusted metal, not taking baths with rubbing alcohol, etc.).
  3. Amazing re-enactments.
  4. Ron Perlman is an awesome narrator.
  5. It teaches that life can be ended in the most unexpected ways.
  6. It also featured on Youtube videos about videogames parodying the show by doing different type of deaths such as Grand Theft Auto V, Watch Dogs or Red Dead Redemption.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some of the deaths are incredibly horrifying (depending on your point of view). 
  2. There is an episode where a guy sets his farts on fire and burns another person to death, which is awful, unrealistic and gross.