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World's Toughest Fixes is a documentary-based reality series that challenges its host to repair and renovate some of the toughest and dangerous fixes across the globe. The host, Sean Riley, was accepted for the position after answering a Craigslist ad requesting someone with numerous certifications, including first aid, welding and scuba. Along with his skills in electrical and heavy duty rigging, Riley works with other specialized engineers to make dramatic repairs.

Each 60 minute episode of World's Toughest Fixes focuses on one job Riley and his team need to accomplish, with the host providing narration on the steps they're taking to complete the task. During the four seasons the show aired, Riley's repairs ranged from everyday tough fixes to those in out-of-way locations. Low-end examples include Riley's assistance in the repairs of high voltage lines and a Rhode Island wind turbine. He also worked with representatives of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) to repair and operate their subways and commuter railways.

World's Toughest Fixes also focuses on repairs and remodels in some famous locations. In the second season Riley helped fixed problems with the Alaskan Oil Pipeline, the Hadron Collider, and the Columbia River Dam. In the third season the show examined how repairs were performed on major bridges like San Francisco's Golden Gate and the UK's London Bridge. In the last season Riley took on his most extreme challenges with repairs to a TV tower in San Antonio, A sky bridge in downtown Salt Lake City, and a deep space antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex.

World's Toughest Fixes premiered on the American cable network National Geographic Channel in September of 2008. Its last original installment aired in 2011. As of this writing, no further episodes have been ordered.

National Geographic
1 Season, 28 Episodes
September 28, 2008
Documentary & Biography
Cast: Sean Riley
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World's Toughest Fixes Full Episode Guide

  • Riley teams up with Nasa in the Mojave Desert to repair the DS-114 Mars Antenna.

  • This park has an injured roller coaster -- and Riley is along for the ride as the engineers attempt to nurse it back to health.

  • Three days, one 300,000-pound bridge, two buildings, and mere inches to spare - there is no room for error on this next-to-impossible fix, as Riley helps lift a bridge between two buildings. Working in downtown Salt Lake City - with a commuter train running through the worksite, power lines all around, and five stories of parking garages below - two massive cranes will work in tandem, and all work has to be done in the dead of night.

  • Sean Riley and engineer Steve make a precarious roller coaster repair 900 feet over Las Vegas.

  • How do you move an object weighing 2 million pounds? Very carefully! Riley helps move a bridge into place with inches to spare.

  • A team of tugboats guides a mega cruise ship into drydock.

  • When a train tunnel under the Schuylkill River starts taking on water, the transit authority has to act fast.

  • Riley travels to Portsmouth, R.I., where residents are setting up a 115-ton wind turbine that will provide years of clean energy. The constant blowing wind will fuel the rubine, but how do you raise giant blades in the midst of these unpredictable winds?

  • An 856-foot-long luxury ship is taking on water, Riley and his team need to work around the clock, because in just two weeks more than 2,000 paid guests arrive for the vacation of a lifetime! Reputations and a boatload of money are on the line.

  • Riley is going to new heights fix a thrill ride on the tallest building in Vegas. Then he'll dangle 500 feet over the Hoover Dam to retrieve trash. Upriver from Niagara Falls, he'll hang over an unstable, overgrown cliff to eliminate loose rocks.

  • Riley travels to Las Vegas to solve a real showstopper of a problem - one of the world's largest, most technologically advanced stages is broken. Still in Sin City, Riley repairs the world's largest video screen and cannons in the Bellagio fountain.

  • Riley crosses the pond to scale three iconic bridges in the U.K. The famed Tower Bridge in London is being restored. In Scotland, he'll construct scaffolding at the top of the Forth Bridge, a vertigo-inducing 367 feet over the water!

  • Riley's headed to the Wild West to rebuild one of the first ski lifts in the country. Building just outside of rugged Yellowstone presents additional challenges and even requires a special helicopter to crane the materials into place.

  • Sean faces one of his most spectacular fixes to date as he repairs a giant magnet at the Large Hadron Collider with success paving the way for scientific breakthrough, while failure means a potential catastrophe.

  • Riley heads to Portland, Ore, where a fault in the John Day Dam is stopping cargo traffic in its tracks.

  • Riley joins a crew lifting a 50 ton boiler 160 feet up a tower and suspending it above 24,000 mirrors to create solar power.

  • Riley joins a team of industrial divers on the Caribbean island of Curacao to salvage and repair the 50-ton...

  • Sean and a team of rocket scientists and engineers head to the French Guiana jungle to launch a 2-ton satellite which will provide phone and internet service to millions of people.

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