Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge

Watch Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge

  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 8.1  (564)

A fantastical twist on the reality television competition format, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge pits ten contestants against each other in building fantastical creatures inspired by science fiction, horror, and fantasy worlds. Using a combination of skills that includes sculpting, animatronics, puppetry, and special effects training, contestants go through a series of challenges that require a broad range of talents. From simple hand puppets to large scale constructions they will build a unique creature based on the specific theme for that episode, and using appropriate materials. At the end of each episode the judges see their creations on stage during a performance and rate them based on the effectiveness of the overall construction along with the originality of the design. Gigi Edgley hosts, and the judges consist of Brian Henson, Beth Hathaway, and Kirk Thatcher. Each contestant is also given a mentor who is an expert staff member of the Creature Workshop. The top prize consists of up to $100,000 and a contract for a job at the Creature Shop.

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Seasons
Tavern At The Crossroads
8. Tavern At The Crossroads
May 13, 2014
Eliminated contestants return to help the remaining designers face their toughest challenge yet.
Alien Press Conference
7. Alien Press Conference
May 6, 2014
The designers are tasked with creating their own unique alien species.
Swamp Things
6. Swamp Things
April 29, 2014
The Henson Soundstage is transformed into a mystical swamp for a screen test revealing camouflaged creatures hiding in plain sight. Face Off's Neville Page guest judges.
Life In Motion
5. Life In Motion
April 22, 2014
The creature designers draw inspiration from Lady Gaga's unicorn when they create a larger-than-life creature with realistic movement, performed on a black light soundstage.
Heads Up!
4. Heads Up!
April 15, 2014
This week the challenge is about comedy as the designers must create a mounted creature head that can magically come to life under the spell of wizard Donald Faison.
Assembly Inspired
3. Assembly Inspired
April 8, 2014
The creature designers use unconventional materials from a junkyard to construct a caged creature with only one thing on it's mind - to escape.
Return Of The Skeksis
2. Return Of The Skeksis
April 1, 2014
The creature designers reinvent Skeksis, the main villain of the Henson classic The Dark Crystal. Master featured in this episode: Julie Zobel
What Lies Beneath
1. What Lies Beneath
March 25, 2014
Brian Henson welcomes 10 talented creature designers to Jim Henson Studios for their first Creature Brief: design and build an original underwater creature for a screen test on the Henson Soundstage.
Description

A fantastical twist on the reality television competition format, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge pits ten contestants against each other in building fantastical creatures inspired by science fiction, horror, and fantasy worlds.

Using a combination of skills that includes sculpting, animatronics, puppetry, and special effects training, contestants go through a series of challenges that require a broad range of talents. From simple hand puppets to large scale constructions they will build a unique creature based on the specific theme for that episode, and using appropriate materials. At the end of each episode the judges see their creations on stage during a performance and rate them based on the effectiveness of the overall construction along with the originality of the design.

Gigi Edgley hosts, and the judges consist of Brian Henson, Beth Hathaway, and Kirk Thatcher. Each contestant is also given a mentor who is an expert staff member of the Creature Workshop.

The top prize consists of up to $100,000 and a contract for a job at the Creature Shop.Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on March 25, 2014.

Where to Watch Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge

Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge is available for streaming on the Syfy website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge on demand at Amazon, Hulu, NBC, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and Syfy.

  • Premiere Date
    March 25, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (564)