World's Most Amazing Videos

World's Most Amazing Videos
Genre Reality
Created by Bruce Nash
Narrated by Stacy Keach
Erik Thompson
Composer(s) Shawn K. Clement
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 73
Executive producer(s) Andrew Jebb
Bruce Nash
Robyn Nash
Debra Weeks
Running time 42 minutes
(without commercials)
Production company(s) Nash Entertainment
NBC Studios
Distributor Alfred Haber Distribution
MTV Networks International
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network

US: NBC / Spike / CMT / Chiller (TV channel)
UK: Bravo

Picture format 4:3 480i (NTSC)
Original release March 3, 1999 (1999-03-03) – March 30, 2008 (2008-03-30)

World's Most Amazing Videos was a reality television series that showcases accidents, disasters, police chases and other extraordinary events that are caught on video camera. These videos normally shown anybody involved in these aforementioned incidents survive nonetheless. Although it is similar in content to the other series Real TV and Maximum Exposure, it takes a more serious tone. Originally, the show appeared on NBC as a timeslot filler program. A new series of episodes of the show were created in 2006 first-run for Spike, after a six-year hiatus from the NBC stint.[1]

Until 2007, all episodes of the show were narrated by Stacy Keach. From that point on, the season was narrated by Erik Thompson. The show was broadcast in the UK on Bravo and Channel One, in which David Wartnaby served as the narrator of the first season followed by Lee Boardman in the second season of broadcast in the particular country, and was expected to return in 2012. In Australia, it is shown on the pay-TV channel FOX8. The series was given its own local name titled Global Shockers for the Philippines market and it was hosted by Johnny Delgado.


An episode usually begins with what will be shown later on. After these sequences, the opening statement is said: "These are the incredible true-life stories of people who face their most desperate hour and lived to tell about it. Everything you are about to see is real real people, real danger, real excitement. Get ready to experience the thrill of a lifetime. You are about to witness... The World's Most Amazing Videos!"

At the beginning of each video shown, the narrator commonly says the place, sometimes followed by the time and date; for example, "San Diego, California, 1995" during Shawn Nelson's M60 Patton tank rampage. The commentary of these events are normally like the action of the persons involved. These videos usually have their stock sound effects added in post-production. There are interviews of persons involved in the event, accounting what's happened. At the end of the video, it shows the summary of how the person or anything survive during this event.

At the end of the episode, the closing statement is said: "These are the astonishing true stories of real people who faced the ultimate danger and lived to tell about it. Join us next time for more on the World's Most Amazing Videos."

UK TV no longer shows the programme after a number of complaints about videos featured. For a while, it still aired but highly edited, including the moment of impact in the video would be paused and un-paused to see the aftermath. It was cancelled when the UK broadcasters realised this defeated the purpose of the show.

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