Oddities (TV series)

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Oddities
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Genre Documentary/reality television
Starring Mike Zohn, Evan Michelson, Ryan Matthew
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 46
Production
Location(s) New York City
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Leftfield Pictures[1][2]
Distributor Discovery Communications, Inc.
Broadcast
Original channel Discovery Channel, Science Channel
Original airing November 4, 2010
External links
Oddities

Oddities is a half-hour documentary/reality television program which follows the operation of an East Village, Manhattan shop which trades in antiques and other rarities. The show premiered on November 4, 2010, and airs on the Discovery Channel and its sister network, the Science Channel.[3][4]

Oddities focuses on the day-to-day operation of Obscura Antiques & Oddities, and stars co-owners Mike Zohn and Evan Michelson and buyer Ryan Matthew, with appearances by other employees and customers.[5] The store's employees search flea markets, personal collections, auctions, and antique shows for unique and unusual artifacts. Odd items bought and sold by the shop or featured on the show have included a mummified cat, a Rhesus monkey skull, art made from nail clippings, and a straitjacket.[4][6][7]

Celebrities appearing on the show have included Jonathan Davis of the band Korn, Whitey Sterling, singer for the New York band Stiffs, Inc., musician Genesis P-Orridge, actress/comedian Amy Sedaris, actor Matthew Gray Gubler, artist Ann Hirsch, actress Chloë Sevigny, musician Natalia Paruz ('Saw Lady'), video game designer and commercial space flight enthusiast Richard Garriott, director Lloyd Kaufman, nerdcore rapper Schaffer The Darklord, musician Voltaire, artist Cynthia von Buhler, actor/comedian Paul Dinello, burlesque dancer Dita von Teese and "High Pitch Eric" of The Howard Stern Show.[8][9] Legendary New York playwright Edgar Oliver has appeared on the program multliple times and appears in the show's title sequence admiring a straitjacket.

Episodes[edit]

From left to right: Mike Zohn, Evan Michelson and Ryan Matthew Cohn at the 2011 New York Comic Con.

Season 1: 2010-2011[edit]

# # Title Original US airdate
1 1 Mummy Cat November 4, 2010
2 2 The Model Mortician November 11, 2010
3 3 Spider Prank November 18, 2010
4 4 Skull Envy December 9, 2010
5 5 Mummified Hand December 16, 2010
6 6 Four-Legged Chicken December 23, 2010
7 7 Pickled Pig December 30, 2010
8 8 Teeth On A Stick January 6, 2011
9 9 The Chair January 13, 2011
10 10 The Bulb Cruncher April 9, 2011

Season 2: 2011[edit]

# # Title Original US airdate
11 1 Shrunken Head April 9, 2011
12 2 Raising The Dead April 16, 2011
13 3 Three Little Piggies April 23, 2011
14 4 Rock Star Embalmer April 30, 2011
15 5 Romancing The Bone May 7, 2011
16 6 Edison's Monstrous Creation May 14, 2011
17 7 The Horaffe May 21, 2011
18 8 Piece of Mind May 28, 2011
19 9 Hedgehog Homolog June 4, 2011
20 10 Love Stones June 11, 2011

Season 3: 2011-2012[edit]

# # Title Original US airdate
21 1 Edgar's Creation and Robot Relations November 24, 2011
22 2 Shot Through the Heart November 24, 2011
23 3 Ghost Rider December 17, 2011
24 4 Holiday Bizarre December 24, 2011
25 5 Best of Oddities December 24, 2011
26 6 The Smoking Lung January 21, 2012
27 7 Fingernails and Just for Males January 21, 2012
28 8 Insane & The Membrane February 4, 2012
29 9 Mummy's Private Collection February 4, 2012
30 10 Seeing Scars February 11, 2012
31 11 The Arsenic Avenger February 18, 2012
32 12 Sorceress of Love February 18, 2012
33 13 The Power of a Grey Skull February 25, 2012
34 14 Black Magic Woman February 25, 2012
35 15 Holly-Odd March 3, 2012
36 16 Heads or Fails March 3, 2012
37 17 A Gurney for Grandpa March 10, 2012
38 18 Meat Mastodon March 10, 2012
39 19 Head Gear & Death Mask June 3, 2012
40 20 Keeping Austin Odd June 10, 2012
41 21 Mounting Tensions June 17, 2012

Season 4: 2012-2013[edit]

# # Title Original US airdate
42  ? Holiday Bizarre #2 December 22, 2012
43 1 Return to Holly-Odd February 9, 2013
44 2 Mutant Mascot February 16, 2013
45 3 Dummy Drama & Internal Trauma February 23, 2013
46 4 Skull Camera Obscura March 2, 2013
47 5 Taking Life by the Ears, Nose & Throat March 9, 2013
48 6 Heads, Kegels, Knees & Toes April 13, 2013
49 7 Blood Suckers & Brain Eaters April 20, 2013
50 8 March of Pangolin April 27, 2013
51 9 A Bug's Afterlife May 11, 2013
52 10 Slim Goodbody's Anatomical Adventure May 18, 2013
53 11 The Mummy Phallus Returns June 8, 2013
54 12 Skull in the City & a Two-Headed Kitty June 10, 2013
55 13 Vampires of Phila'hell'phia June 15, 2013
56 14 Bat Man & Ryan June 15, 2013
58 15 Obscura Is Loved to Death July 13, 2013
59 16 No Guts, No Gory October 29, 2013
60 17 Brain Bits & Baby Gifts October 29, 2013
61 18 Lights, Camera, Duck Impaction! October 29, 2013
62 19 Evan's Odd Anniversary October 29, 2013

Spinoffs[edit]

A spinoff of Oddities, Oddities: San Francisco, debuted June 23, 2012 on the Science channel. This series focuses on another antiques store, Loved to Death, which is located in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district.[10][11][12]

Another spinoff, Odd Folks Home, features notable regulars from Oddities and debuted 22 November 2012.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schoof, Dustin (December 16, 2010). "Bethlehem artist Rachel Betty Case to appear tonight on Discovery Channel's 'Oddities'". The Express-Times Daily Newspaper. Retrieved 1-3-11. 
  2. ^ "Leftfield Pictures". Retrieved 1-3-11. 
  3. ^ Muessig, Ben (November 2, 201). "From Skulls to Straitjackets, This Is Your One-Stop Shop". AOL News. Retrieved 1-3-11. 
  4. ^ a b Starr, Michael (October 25, 2010). "Starr Report". New York Post. Retrieved 1-3-11. 
  5. ^ "Meet the Team: Obscura Antiques & Oddities". Oddities. Discovery Communications. 2011. Retrieved 1-3-11. 
  6. ^ Weiswasser, G. (November 3, 2010). "The Odd World of 'Oddities' on Discovery Channel". DiscoveryBlog. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 1-3-11. 
  7. ^ Salazar, Lauren. "Obscura Antiques and Oddities". New York Magazine (New York Media). Retrieved 1-3-11. 
  8. ^ "Whitey Sterling on new Discovery Channel "Oddities" Episode". Leopard Studio. November 1, 2010. Retrieved 1-3-11. 
  9. ^ Richardson, Katie (December 28, 2010). "Amy and Paul Dinello on Oddities". amysedarisrocks.com. Retrieved 1-3-11. 
  10. ^ Loved to Death website
  11. ^ Press release: "Science Takes Weird West This Summer With the World Premiere of Series 'Oddities: San Francisco'", June 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Science Channel: "Oddities: San Francisco"

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