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Stan Lee's Superhumans

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  • 2020-03-05T22:00:00-05:00s at 2020-03-05T22:00:00-05:00 on History
  • 2010-08-06T02:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 22 hours, 1 min (31 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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32 episodes

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1x01 Electro Man

  • Series Premiere

    2010-08-06T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Daniel Browning Smith, a man with Superhuman flexibility, travels to India to investigate a local legend that a man has developed immunity to electric current and can let it pass through his body, unharmed. Can anyone really be immune to electrocution? Daniel next meets Scott Flansburg, dubbed the "Human Calculator." Scott can complex arithmetic (even square and cube roots) all in his head, faster than anyone on earth. Does his brain work in an entirely new way? Totally blind from birth, Juan Ruiz apparently visualizes the world using the same form of sonar used by bats and dolphins called echolocation. Juan demonstrates his incredible ability to Daniel by navigating around a complex course using only the echoes of his tongue clicks to guide him. Dennis Rogers is only 5ft 6", but is pound for pound the strongest man in the world. He demonstrates his sheer strength bending hammers and horseshoes at will.

1x02 Killer Punch

  • 2010-08-13T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Daniel is in Vegas to meet Bob Munden the planet's fastest gunslinger, rumored to be faster than the blink of an eye, and with accuracy second to none. Using electromyography, and the fastest camera technology in the world, we investigate whether his speed goes beyond what science says is humanly possible. Timo Kaukonen is a World Sauna Champion and pushes his body to the limits. He has lasted for 16 minutes in temperatures hot enough to boil water. Daniel investigates to find out if he has a genetic difference that sets him apart. Warrior monk Shi Yan Ming shocked the world by moving to New York in 1992, marking the first time that a Shaolin monk has ever defected from China. By harnessing the power of Qi, or vital energy, he's taken Bruce Lee's infamous "one-inch punch" to a new level. "Professor Splash," (aka Darren Taylor) is a world champion high-diver...with a difference. Daniel tries to find out how a man can survive a 35 foot belly flop into just one foot of water.

1x03 Hammer Head

  • 2010-08-20T02:00:00Z — 41 mins

Daniel meets Dean Karnazes. He's run 50 marathons in 50 days, and then ran 1300 miles back to the start. But how can Dean's body not suffer the exhaustion and fatigue faced by everyone else on earth? John Ferraro is rumored to have a skull that can withstand sledgehammers, bowling balls and even jackhammers. Daniel investigates to find out if he has a genetic difference that makes his skull superhumanly strong. Chris claims to have incredible powers like that of the Marvel comic-book character "Destiny"; he believes that his dreams are a window into the future. But will Chris' remarkable claims of premonitions stand up to the scrutiny of our host? Kenny Muhammad, aka "The Human Orchestra", is the most extraordinary human mimic on the planet. This wizard of sound possesses an astounding ability that enables him to simultaneously generate an entire orchestra of sounds from his mouth.

1x04 Human Speed Bump

  • 2010-08-27T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Daniel's incredible journey continues, as he investigates Tim Cridland, who claims to be able to switch off pain. He demonstrates his ability to go beyond normal pain thresholds by impaling himself with skewers, with little or no bleeding. Derek Paravicini is a blind autistic man with an incredible "superhuman" gift. Derek can remember and accurate re-play any song he ever hears. Does his ability offer the world an insight into the power of the human brain? Jyothi Rai is known as India's Spiderman--scaling walls at an unbelievable speed. Able to run up a six-story structure in just seconds, Jyothi has perfected his climbing technique by taking inspiration from monkeys. Last year in Milan, nine trucks weighing a total of over 30,000 lbs ran over Tom Owen in quick succession. How can his body survive such force? Daniel tests Tom's abs to find out if he has the hardest muscles on earth.

1x05 Human Wolf

  • 2010-09-03T02:00:00Z — 42 mins

Daniel meets Patrick Musimu, who's able to dive to 656 feet on a single breath; Miroslaw Magola claims to harnesses the power of psychokinesis; Shaun Ellis has become a wolf, by living, sleeping, bathing and feeding with a deadly pack of wolves.

1x06 Human Crash Test Dummy

  • 2010-09-17T02:00:00Z — 44 mins

Isao Machii is a modern day samurai with unbelievable sword skills; Dr. Norman Gary can control an entire swarm of bees; Steve Santini performs incredible escapes requiring dexterity and body control; Rusty Haight, has had over a 1,000 car crashes.

1x07 Rubber Band Man

  • 2010-09-24T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Tim Friede has made himself a human guinea pig, allowing some of the world's deadliest snakes to bite him; Dan Meyers is the best sword swallower in the world; Garry Stretch Turner claims to have the World's stretchiest skin.

1x08 Jaw Breaker

  • 2010-10-01T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

A man claims to be able to knock another to the ground without touching him; Salim Haini eats anything; Daniel pits himself against Ron White, U.S. Memory Champion; Greg Poe claims to be able to withstand forces of up to 12G's.

2x01 Unbreakable

  • Season Premiere

    2011-10-28T02:00:00Z — 44 mins

The second-season opener profiles people unharmed by things that injure most people. Included: Shaolin monk Hu Qiong, who places a spinning drill against his head; and a man with incredible control of his abdominal muscles.

2x02 Shark Master

  • 2011-11-04T02:00:00Z — 42 mins

Mike Rutzen, who swims with sharks without the use of cage; a man who breaks baseball bats with a single kick; and a man who sprints on all fours.

2x03 Yo Yo Ninja

  • 2013-03-22T02:00:00Z — 41 mins

In his quest to find people with real superpowers, Daniel Browning Smith meets some extraordinary individuals including the man with the strongest neck on the earth.

2x04 Super Special

  • 2013-03-01T03:00:00Z — 42 mins

First Daniel is in Canada to meet Pat Poviliatis, the man who claims his hands are tough enough to withstand the jaws of a steel-toothed cougar trap.

2x05 Human Shield

  • 2013-03-08T03:00:00Z — 42 mins

Rene Richter says he has the strongest teeth on earth, capable of bending coins. But we discover his strength lies in his jaw, which Rene says allows him to lift over 1000lbs.

2x06 Steel Face

  • 2013-03-15T02:00:00Z — 42 mins

Daniel Browning Smith is in Vegas to meet Brian Jackson who blows up a hot water bottle until it explodes. Daniel takes Brian to a lung specialist to measure the power output and pressure of his lungs. He also meets a man who can pull a car with his eyelids, a man who can easily catch objects shot out of a pitching cannon, and Hiroki, a master nunchaku wielder who can hit a baseball from a pitching cannon with his nunchaku, twirl razor-sharp sickle nunchaku while blindfolded, and hit objects with more force than the average nunchaku wielder.

2x07 Spider Power

  • 2013-03-29T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Randy Lewis claims to have found a way to copy spider-silk. Tori Allen who climbs like Spiderman.

2x08 Beast Masters

  • 2013-07-22T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Dean Sheldon claims to be immune to America's deadliest scorpion venom. Daniel asks him to prove it by collecting 22 wild scorpions form the Arizona desert, and putting them in his mouth, all at once! Kanzawa Sensei claims to be able to put any animal into a trance using mind control. Daniel brings him to a California to prove his powers on an alpaca ranch, before facing the ultimate challenge. George Aldrich is Nasa's supersniffer, employed to scent test every object that goes into space, as he says "you can't open a window on the space shuttle!" But how does his power compare to a sniffer dog? Daniel, and LAPD sniffer-dog trainer Lamb Lambert, set George a challenge. Martin Strehl claims he has swum the entire length of the Amazon, 3000 miles, a feat no other human has achieved. Could Martin's body somehow be immune to fatigue?

2x09 Rocket Blader

  • 2013-07-29T02:00:00Z — 42 mins

Stan sends Daniel to meet 38-year-old German speed fanatic Dirk Auer, who claims that with his incredible turbo powered rocket backpack and skates, he can reach amazing speeds. Guy Bavli claims he can move objects around a room using the power of his mind. We take him to a hardware store where he bends nails and cutlery off the shelves–and even appears to move objects without touching them. Daniel meets Nigel on a running track made of broken glass. A pain expert examines Nigel's physiology… if he feels pain in the rest of his body, could his feet hold the key to switching off pain? Steve Woodmore claims to be able to talk at a "superhuman" speed of 637 Words per Minute! That's 10.25 Words per second, four times faster than the average person.

2x10 Robo Men

  • 2013-08-05T02:00:00Z — 42 mins

Matthius Schlitte was born with Proteus syndrome, giving him one arm MUCH bigger than the other. He has used this genetic difference as a gift, and through training, turned himself into a top arm wrestler, capable of beating men twice his size. But can he take on a super-charged robot, literally built to arm wrestle? Jean Yves Blondeau has designed a 32 wheel roller-suit that turns him into a human rollerskate with incredible speed and agility. Daniel wants to push the Rollerman to the max, pitting him against a 100mph go-kart. Jack Dagger claims to be the deadliest knife thrower on earth. He says he can hit any target, no matter how small or how fast it is moving. Will Daniel survive a William Tell-esque apple on the head stunt? It's rumored Wolfgang Manicke and his posse have the power to destroy buildings with their bare hands. Daniel takes Wolfgang to a scientist to analyze his strength.

2x11 Bird-man

  • 2013-08-19T02:00:00Z — 42 mins

The ultimate superpower is flight, and Yokke Sommer is rumored to have achieved it–coming as close to a bird as any human has ever achieved. Daniel meets him on a 1000ft cliff in Norway, the site of many tragic deaths, where Yokke wants to prove his power by flying at over 120 mph just 3ft from the cliff face. Ram Barkai claims to be immune to cold–regularly swimming in temperatures cold enough to kill. He proves his unique ability in the Nordic fjord-lands, before Daniel sets him the challenge of swimming a kilometre in water just 1 degree above freezing. Man has evolved to walk upright, and has gone on to be able to run faster and faster. But Roland Wagner has become the fastest backwards runner on earth and says his technique is actually better for the body. Hands of fire? Master Zhou claims he can produce heat in his hands hot enough to boil water. Daniel puts him to the test to try and find an explanation.

2x12 Supersight

  • 2013-08-26T02:00:00Z — 43 mins

Daniel travels to Sardinia to meet free diver Stig Severinson who wants to take breath holding beyond all known human capabilities. He says he wants to hold his breath for over 20 minutes! Daniel takes him to a leading maritime research facility in Norway to see him attempt to become the "Dolphin Man." Russian Alex Levit is a living legend–rumored to have learnt to see using his mind, even though he was born totally blind. He claims he uses other extra-senses to see, and can even play pool. Daniel wants him to prove its no trick. Mikhail Vasilyev thinks he is a magnet–but how can he stick huge non metallic objects to his skin? Daniel and a doctor investigate Mikhail's body before he proves he has the stickiest skin on earth by attempting to lift an object weighing twice his own body-weight, by attaching it to his skin using his superhuman power! Prepare to be appalled and amazed by Brad Byers ability to inset deadly objects into his nose. But how can he survive?

2x13 Finger of Steel

  • 2013-09-02T02:00:00Z — 42 mins

Daniel meets Ho in Kuala Lumpur, where he demonstrates his incredible ability, smashing through the rock hard exterior of a coconut with his index finger. Dan Voss measures the force of his "finger of steel." And a load hammer replicates this force on a coconut. Next, Daniel meets Moses Langan in a busy Detroit shopping mall, where he has drawn a crowd with his spectacular ability. He appears to be able to turn his legs 180 degrees, and walk forwards! Orlando Duque demonstrates a breath-taking ability–diving from the same height as a twelve-story building and hitting the water at 55MPH without injury. Daniel and an Orthopaedic Surgeon Dirk Dolbere, investigate the forces Orlando can withstand. Joe Eigo says his jump defies gravity and insists he never uses trick photography, crash mats or safety wires. Could his body be engineered differently?

3x01 Throat of Steel

  • Season Premiere

    2014-07-14T02:00:00Z — 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

  • 2014-07-21T02:00:00Z — 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

  • 2014-07-31T02:00:00Z — 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

  • 2014-08-07T02:00:00Z — 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

  • 2014-08-14T02:00:00Z — 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

  • 2014-08-21T02:00:00Z — 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

  • 2014-08-28T02:00:00Z — 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

  • 2014-09-04T02:00:00Z — 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

  • 2014-09-11T02:00:00Z — 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

  • 2014-09-18T02:00:00Z — 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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