The Most Extreme

The Most Extreme

  • 2002
  • 5 Seasons
  • 8.3  (290)

On July 7th 2002 The Most Extreme was first aired on American Cable TV. The show was made by Natural History, New Zealand. Narrated by Adam Harrington, it featured ten different animals depicting a certain characteristic on each new show. These characteristics included such things as weirdest, smallest, loudest, most horrific and fastest to name only a few. The animals that displayed the most extreme of these characteristics were featured on the show in a countdown type style from least to greatest. The animals involved were only given a casual depiction for entertainment purposes, not backed by actual scientific evidence. Some example episodes included 'the most horrific' animal, 'the best lovers', and an 'oddities' episode that compared the animals with their human equivalents. Not only were the most extreme animals of each characteristic depicted, they were compared to how the animal's ability would transcribe itself in a human using digital images of the ability. Comparisons in this way were safer in that they could not be done side by side with the animal itself. The episode was sometimes followed by a person said to of had the same abilities as the animal such as hearing, jumping, running etc. The Most Extreme appeals to a wide variety of audiences giving a more 'human' view into the abilities and characteristics of an animal. In other words, it puts information into a format easily identified with as a human being. Its interest expands to those who have a great interest in science. To appeal to the humorous side The Most Extreme often used 'B' class movies to scientifically explain certain characteristics in easier to understand layman's terms. The Most Extreme ended its series on February 1, 2008 but if you are looking to find out some odd, entertaining information on animals, The Most Extreme will not disappoint in this form. Animals are as unique as humans and The Most Extreme offers an up close look at their amazing abilities.

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Seasons
Odd Couples
25. Odd Couples
February 1, 2008
A look inside the animal world at unusual relationships formed including a goby fish, which serves as a security for shrimp. Also, more examples featuring animals and humans.
Outrageous Flirts
24. Outrageous Flirts
January 25, 2008
A look at the mating habits and courtship rituals of animals, including burying beetles, elephants and scorpions.
Tough Babies
23. Tough Babies
January 18, 2008
An observation is made of the instinctive behavior for baby animals, including giraffes, Weddell seals, scorpions and ducks.
Gourmets
21. Gourmets
August 6, 2007
The Top 10 'gourmets' of the animal kingdom, the creatures that prepare the best food or most complex meals for themselves, are examined.
Transformers
20. Transformers
July 26, 2007
Counting down the Top 10 animals that can dramatically change their appearance.
Dirty Jobs
19. Dirty Jobs
July 17, 2007
A Top 10 list of the most extreme dirty jobs in the animal kingdom.
Animal Myths
18. Animal Myths
July 12, 2007
The Top 10 myths about animals are explored, including the blindness of bats and tears of crocodiles.
Slime Balls
17. Slime Balls
July 11, 2007
The Top 10 slimiest animals are counted down.
Workaholics
16. Workaholics
July 10, 2007
The Top 10 hardest working creatures in the animal kingdom are counted down.
City Slickers
15. City Slickers
July 9, 2007
The Top 10 urban animals include bats, vultures, monkeys, crocodiles and hawks.
Appendages
14. Appendages
July 4, 2007
Animals with unusual appendages include chameleons, snails and moles.
Dieters
13. Dieters
June 28, 2007
Extremes in animal dietary needs include a creature that must eat every two hours or starve to death, and another that can go 18 years between meals.
Divers
12. Divers
June 27, 2007
Air-breathing animals that can spend extended periods of time under water are examined. Included: elephants; dugongs; water spiders.
Living Dead
11. Living Dead
June 26, 2007
A Top 10 list of animals that feign death.
Hissy Fits
10. Hissy Fits
June 25, 2007
A Top 10 list of angry animals throwing tantrums includes shrews, honey badgers, rhinos, Tasmanian devils, llamas and elephants.
Psychics
9. Psychics
June 19, 2007
The Top 10 psychics of the animal kingdom.
Gadgets
8. Gadgets
June 12, 2007
The Top 10 animal gadgeteers include sea otters, capuchin monkeys, orangutans, digger wasps, elephants and chimpanzees.
Body Snatchers
7. Body Snatchers
June 5, 2007
The Top 10 body snatchers of the animal kingdom are examined. Included: a penguin chick taken by another mother; a songbird deceived into raising a cuckoo chick; a lung parasite in a moose.
Crazy Collectors
6. Crazy Collectors
May 29, 2007
The Top 10 hoarders of the animal kingdom, and their strange collections, including stockpiles of snail shells, spiders and moose droppings.
Freaky Fliers
5. Freaky Fliers
May 22, 2007
The Top 10 wingless flying animals are examined, including creatures that glide with their feet, ribs and stomachs.
Medics
4. Medics
May 15, 2007
The Top 10 animals that medicate themselves are examined. Included: parrots that eat clay to neutralize plant toxins; wallaby milk that is full of antibiotics.
Leaders
3. Leaders
May 8, 2007
A countdown of the Top 10 animal leaders includes the one with the most followers.
Nightlights
2. Nightlights
May 1, 2007
Animals that generate their own light are examined.
Inventors
1. Inventors
April 24, 2007
The fifth season begins with a Top 10 list of inventive animals that includes squid and beetles.
Description

On July 7th 2002 The Most Extreme was first aired on American Cable TV. The show was made by Natural History, New Zealand. Narrated by Adam Harrington, it featured ten different animals depicting a certain characteristic on each new show. These characteristics included such things as weirdest, smallest, loudest, most horrific and fastest to name only a few. The animals that displayed the most extreme of these characteristics were featured on the show in a countdown type style from least to greatest. The animals involved were only given a casual depiction for entertainment purposes, not backed by actual scientific evidence.

Some example episodes included 'the most horrific' animal, 'the best lovers', and an 'oddities' episode that compared the animals with their human equivalents.

Not only were the most extreme animals of each characteristic depicted, they were compared to how the animal's ability would transcribe itself in a human using digital images of the ability. Comparisons in this way were safer in that they could not be done side by side with the animal itself. The episode was sometimes followed by a person said to of had the same abilities as the animal such as hearing, jumping, running etc.

The Most Extreme appeals to a wide variety of audiences giving a more 'human' view into the abilities and characteristics of an animal. In other words, it puts information into a format easily identified with as a human being. Its interest expands to those who have a great interest in science. To appeal to the humorous side The Most Extreme often used 'B' class movies to scientifically explain certain characteristics in easier to understand layman's terms.

The Most Extreme ended its series on February 1, 2008 but if you are looking to find out some odd, entertaining information on animals, The Most Extreme will not disappoint in this form. Animals are as unique as humans and The Most Extreme offers an up close look at their amazing abilities.

  • Premiere Date
    July 7, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (290)