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Stan Lee's Superhumans

Season 3 2014

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  • 2014-07-13T22:00:00-04:00 on History
  • 60 mins
  • 7 hours, 9 mins (10 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary
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Throughout history, the forces of evolution and genetic mutation have endowed humans with astonishing new abilities and features. It's a process that continues to this day, and nowhere is it more evident than in the fascinating world of Stan Lee's "Superhumans."

Co-hosted by Stan Lee, the legendary creator of the X-Men, the series scours the globe for the real-life counterparts of Lee's characters–people with unique genetic traits that translate into remarkable powers. These include a man whose body is powerfully magnetic, another who can withstand deadly levels of cold and yet another whose brain performs complex calculations at staggering speeds.

In each episode, these "superhumans" undergo tests that may help explain their amazing gifts, while viewers discover the long history of people with extraordinary powers. Daniel Browning Smith, who's been dubbed the most flexible man in the world, hosts this thrilling journey into the farthest reaches of humankind

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10 episodes

3x01 Throat of Steel

  • Season Premiere

    2014-07-13T22:00:00-04:00 — 43 mins

John Doyle has a real-life ability to control his eyes like a chameleon that will literally make your eyes pop out in amazement. Thomas Blackthorne claims he can insert a jackhammer down his throat… and then turn it on. Stevie Star claims he can swallow shocking objects, and regurgitate them in any order he chooses. How he does it, it's hard to say, but it's impossible not to watch. Ryan Stock puts a meat hook through his skull and attempts to pull weights that will push human bone strength to the limit.

3x02 Painproof

  • 2014-07-20T22:00:00-04:00 — 43 mins

Despite creating many fictional pain-proof characters in his comics, Stan never thought real people could possess immunity to pain - until he met four individuals whose staggering tolerance challenges the known limits of the the human body.

3x03 Human Fireball

  • 2014-07-30T22:00:00-04:00 — 42 mins

This time Stan wants Daniel to investigate four people who claim to have superhuman heat tolerance, performing potentially deadly demonstrations that push themselves, and the human body, to new limits.

3x04 Powerlifting Pastor

  • 2014-08-06T22:00:00-04:00 — 43 mins

Super-strength appears in almost all comics, whether a natural-born ability or the result of some misguided scientific experiment. This time Daniel investigates four claims of genuine real-life super-strength that appear to take human power to mind boggling levels. Ales Novak claims to have the ability to scale ropes incredibly fast, using his own pulling power. Kevin Fast claims he's the strongest man in the world. He says his ability is a power granted by God, but he's going to attempt to pull a 140 ton truck, a machine designed to move mountains. Jim Dreyer is an endurance swimmer who can swim for days on end, while towing tons of weight behind him, like a human tug boat. Lasha Pataraya says he has the world's strongest ears.

3x05 Fearproof

  • 2014-08-13T22:00:00-04:00 — 43 mins

Stan sends Daniel to meet four people who claim to be fear-proof, including a man who has dedicated his life to becoming the first human to jump from an aircraft without a parachute—and survive.

3x06 Rapid Fire

  • 2014-08-20T22:00:00-04:00 — 43 mins

Stan sends Daniel to meet real life inventors who claim to have built mechanical devices that merge man and machine. Can they take humans to higher levels and make them superhuman?

3x07 Man vs. Beast

  • 2014-08-27T22:00:00-04:00 — 43 mins

Animals are imbued with incredible abilities, like echo-location and super-sight. This time, Stan sends Daniel on a mission to find four people who claim they have the ability to match nature's superpowered animals.

3x08 High Voltage

  • 2014-09-03T22:00:00-04:00 — 43 mins

Stan sends Daniel to meet a man who claims that his entire family possesses a genetic mutation that makes them completely immune to electrocution. Watch him hang from a live electrical pylon to prove it.

3x09 Disc of Death

  • 2014-09-10T22:00:00-04:00 — 43 mins

Stan is on the hunt for people with secret abilities that turn them into lethal human weapons! Brodie Smith is rumored to use an every day frisbee with killer accuracy. Daniel puts him head-to-head with a sniper to find out how accurate he really is.

3x10 Ultimate Super Team

  • 2014-09-17T22:00:00-04:00 — 43 mins

Stan sends Daniel to meet four people, each with extraordinary—but totally different—types of powers. Could they be an ultimate team of real life superhumans?

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