The Most Extreme

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The Most Extreme
Genre Nature documentary
Developed by Shelby Wilson
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 77
Production
Running time 46 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Animal Planet
First shown in United States
Original run July 1, 2002 – June 12, 2007
External links
Website

The Most Extreme is a documentary television series on the American cable television network, Animal Planet. It first aired on July 7, 2002. Each episode focuses on a specific animal feature, such as strength, speed, behavior, anatomy, or diet, and examines and ranks ten animals that portray extreme or unusual examples of that quality. The rankings serve only to give a broad depiction; a scientifically rigorous procedure is not employed to quantify them.

Along with each animal on the countdown, each episode presents a computer-animated segment which compares the animal's ability with something equivalent in humans, followed by an interview segment with people who share some common trait. For example, in "Super Sharks", the animal ranked #1 was the Hammerhead shark, for its extreme senses of vision and smell, along with its ability to sense voltages as small as a half-billionth of a volt. This was then compared with a team of human hackers, including StankDawg, who were war-driving around a neighborhood and looking for faint wireless signals. Old, often public domain, cartoons, movie clips and trailers are often included.

The series is made in New Zealand by a small production team at NHNZ. The termite has had the most #1 ratings but has only been in 15% of the top 10's.

The series airs in Australia on Channel Seven (first run) and on subscription channel Animal Planet (replays).

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Parasitic worms, like this tapeworm, are among the most horrific animals of the world, according to episode 9.
# Original airdate Title Overview Animal that was Number-one
1 7 July 2002 Speed The fastest animals on land, air and water. Tiger Beetle
2 14 July 2002 Births Extreme reproduction in number of young, size and other factors. Tapeworm (Cestoda)
3 21 July 2002 Cheats The ways animals trick one another. Cuckoo
4 28 July 2002 Survivors The animals who best survive extreme conditions. Water bear
5 4 August 2002 Jumpers The fastest, highest and best jumpers. Flea
6 11 August 2002 Gluttons The greediest eaters in the world. Caterpillar
7 18 August 2002 Builders The animal kingdom's most innovative construction engineers. Termite
8 25 August 2002 Fighters Warriors of the animal kingdom. Ant
9 8 September 2002 Horrors The animals that most inspire terror in human beings. Parasitic worm
10 27 October 2002 Strength Proportionally, the strongest animals in the world. Rhinoceros Beetle
11 3 November 2002 Biters The deadliest, most prolific and most extreme biters. Cookie-cutter shark
12 10 November 2002 Smarts Intelligence in the animal kingdom. Kea, African Grey Parrot
13 17 November 2002 Lovers Most extreme courtship rituals. Redback spider

Season 2[edit]

According to episode 17, the Mimic Octopus is one of nature's best disguisers. To discourage its predators, it mimics the species that prey on them.[1]
# Original airdate Title Overview Animal that was Number-one
14 11 May 2003 Moms Moms with the heaviest, hardest or most unusual jobs on the planet. Sea louse
15 15 June 2003 Dads Dads in the wild can go to extremes to take care of their young. Seahorse
16 22 June 2003 Venom Animals with the most lethal venom. Box Jellyfish
17 29 June 2003 Disguise These animals are experts at pretending to be what they're not. Mimic Octopus
18 13 July 2003 Swarms Hordes in the animal kingdom including millions and even billions of individuals. Argentine ant
19 7 September 2003 Body Parts Animals with relativelty large body parts. Giraffe
20 14 September 2003 Predators The most efficient predators come in many sizes. Shrew
21 21 September 2003 Stinkers The worst smelling animals, including one with stench that kills. Skunk
22 28 September 2003 Super Senses The world's best at keeping up with their environments. Shark
23 23 November 2003 Eaters Animals with the most unusual menus. Vulture
24 30 November 2003 Daredevils Top stunstmen of the natural kingdom. Barnacle Goose
25 7 December 2003 Defenders The best and most unusual self-protectors. Africanized Bee
26 21 December 2003 Oddities Strange animals and their human equivalents. Anglerfish

Season 3[edit]

One of the members of the world's most invasive animal, according to episode 41, the Botany Bay Cockroach makes its home in Australia.
# Original airdate Title Overview Animal that was Number-one
27 3 August 2004 Gross Outs The most disgusting behavior in the wild. Fly
28 10 August 2004 Home Designers The most extreme, unusual and innovative animal architects. Termite
29 7 September 2004 Tough Babies The strongest babies in the animal kingdom, with human comparisons. Sand tiger shark
30 14 September 2004 Wild Partiers How the most extreme partiers in the wild compare to human get-togethers. Red crab
31 21 September 2004 Monster Myths The reality behind some of the most feared animals in the world. Wolf
- 25 September 2004 The Best of the Best Retroactive examination of #1s from earlier episodes, with a countdown to the most extreme among them. Cookie-cutter shark (from Biters)
32 12 October 2004 Killer Cats The deadliest felines in the world. House cat
33 19 October 2004 Battle of the Sexes Males and females of some species have very little in common with one another, and they aren't always good for each other's health. Whip-tailed lizard
34 23 November 2004 Big Mouths Proportionally, the ten largest mouths in the world. Wide-mouth frog
35 30 November 2004 Deadly Snakes The most venomous, dangerous and prolific killer snakes. King cobra
36 14 December 2004 Killers The animals with the highest human kill counts. Mosquito
37 8 February 2005 Bloodsuckers Vampires in the animal kingdom. Tick
38 15 February 2005 Super Sharks The "highest tech" sharks in the water. Hammerhead shark
39 22 February 2005 Poison The deadliest toxins. Golden dart frog
40 1 March 2005 Super Dogs The 10 dog breeds that have evolved the farthest from their wolf ancestors. Chihuahua
41 8 March 2005 Global Conquerors The most invasive animal species. Cockroach
42 15 March 2005 Outrageous Flirts The unusual ways that animals attract one another. Elephant
43 27 April 2005 Athletes The most athletic animals and their human equivalents. Arctic tern
44 4 May 2005 Odd Couples When two species unite: unexpected animal matings. Greenland shark/Ommatokoita
45 25 May 2005 Movers The animals that move the best with the least limbs for movement. Scallop
Troublemakers The animals that causes the most troubles for humans just doing what the do. Termite

Season 4[edit]

In spite of persistent myths, discussed in episode 57, lemmings are not suicidal.[2]
# Original airdate Title Overview Animal that was Number-one
46 25 October 2005 Hissy Fits The worst temper tantrums in the animal world. Elephant
47 1 November 2005 Living Dead Not actual zombies, these extreme hibernators can appear to come back from the dead. Water bear
48 8 November 2005 Divers The animals that can hold their breaths the longest or dive the relative deepest. Sperm whale
49 29 November 2005 Dieters Some animals can eat a lot without gaining weight, while others can go long times between meals. Tick
50 24 January 2006 Loudmouths The world's loudest animals. Snapping Shrimp
51 2 February 2006 Appendages The most unusual animal attachments. Deep-sea Anglerfish
52 7 March 2006 Transformers 10 transformers capable of altering themselves in extreme ways. Ribeiroia
53 14 March 2006 Fashion Disasters Animals whose appearances can put them in danger. Moose
54 21 March 2006 City Slickers Animals best adapted to life in human urban environments. Macaque
55 28 March 2006 Workaholics The hardest working species in the natural world. Honey bee
56 25 April 2006 Slime Balls The animals who have found the most or most innovative ways to use slime. Banana slug
57 2 May 2006 Animal Myths The most misunderstood animals. Lemming
58 6 June 2006 Gourmets Not all animals gobble their food. These species put time and effort into their food preparation. Honeybee
59 13 June 2006 Diggers Extreme underground dwellers. Termite
60 20 June 2006 Weird Weapons The strangest ways animals defend themselves or attack. Electric eel
61 26 September 2006 Cleaners Nature's most unusual neat-freaks. Japanese macaque
62 3 October 2006 Pirates Animals who act like pirates, taking from others or hunting for treasure. Amazon ant
63 10 October 2006 Gardeners The unusual ways that animals impact vegetable growth. Lemon ant
64 17 October 2006 Freeloaders Opportunistic species that gain benefits by associating with others. Tapeworm
65 24 October 2006 Awesome Ancestors Now-extinct animals larger than their modern descendents. Megatherium

Season 5[edit]

# Original airdate Title Overview Animal that was Number-one
66 24 April 2007 Inventors Innovative tools nature-built right into a species' body. Wood Frog
67 1 May 2007 Night Lights The brightest animals in the wild. Deep-sea Anglerfish
68 8 May 2007 Leaders Species with extreme numbers of followers. Termite
69 15 May 2007 Medics The unusual ways some animals self-treat. Axolotl
70 22 May 2007 Freaky Fliers Species with unusual ways of moving through air. Spider
71 5 June 2007 Bodysnatchers Species that take over the bodies of others. Toxoplasma
72 12 June 2007 Gadgets The animals which create/use the most tools. Chimpanzee
73 19 June 2007 Psychics Species that seem to predict the future. Ladybird beetle
74 26 June 2007 Dirty Jobs The "jobs" of animals that are the most revolting. Dung Beetle
75 Crazy Collectors Pack Rat

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roach, John (20 September 2001). "Newfound Octopus Impersonates Fish, Snakes". National Geographic News. National Geographic. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Woodford, Riley. "Lemming Suicide Myth Disney Film Faked Bogus Behavior". Alaska Fish & Wildlife News. Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Retrieved 26 September 2011.