Extreme Machines

Extreme Machines

1997 - 2009, Other, Science, Technology
The series features some of the world's biggest and meanest machines and examines their complex mechanics.

Episode Guide

  • Extreme Machines - Ultimate Underwater Machines: Submarines (Episode 104)
    Episode 104:

    Ultimate Underwater Machines: Submarines

    The role today's nuclear subs play in the national defense plan of the United States.

  • Extreme Machines - Underwater Machines: Into the Abyss (Episode 103)
    Episode 103:

    Underwater Machines: Into the Abyss

  • Extreme Machines - Record Breaking Steam Trains (Episode 102)
    Episode 102:

    Record Breaking Steam Trains

  • Extreme Machines - Million Dollar Motors (Episode 101)
    Episode 101:

    Million Dollar Motors

    Exploring the sex, style, passion and horsepower in the world of the million-dollar car; an elite club of the most exclusive and expensive cars ever made.

  • Extreme Machines - Land Power (Episode 100)
    Episode 100:

    Land Power

    Discover land based weaponry, including the M1A2, the Landing Craft Air Cushion and the Fire Ant.

  • Extreme Machines - Sea Power (Episode 99)
    Episode 99:

    Sea Power

    The Trident class nuclear submarine USS Nebraska typifies the sea based systems in America's weapons arsenal.

  • Extreme Machines - Harley, the Dream Machines (Episode 98)
    Episode 98:

    Harley, the Dream Machines

  • Extreme Machines - Reversions: Tanks (Episode 97)
    Episode 97:

    Reversions: Tanks

    Modern tanks; inside a tank.

  • Extreme Machines - Landspeed Record II (Episode 96)
    Episode 96:

    Landspeed Record II

    Rompiendo los records de velocidad.

  • Extreme Machines - Military Force (Episode 95)
    Episode 95:

    Military Force

  • Extreme Machines - Hog Heaven (Episode 94)
    Episode 94:

    Hog Heaven

    Harley's Open Road Tour visits 10 cities in 12 months.

  • Extreme Machines - 21st Century Flight (Episode 93)
    Episode 93:

    21st Century Flight

    Triple-deck superjumbo jets; supersonic planes; giant flying wings.

  • Extreme Machines - Ultimate Underwater Machines: Into the Abyss (Episode 92)
    Episode 92:

    Ultimate Underwater Machines: Into the Abyss

    Machines allow explorers to travel deep in the ocean.

  • Extreme Machines - Submarines (Episode 91)
    Episode 91:


    Nuclear submarines can stay submerged for months.

  • Extreme Machines - Underwater Machines (Episode 90)
    Episode 90:

    Underwater Machines

  • Extreme Machines - Armored Cars (Episode 88)
    Episode 88:

    Armored Cars

    Armored cars evolve since their inception at the start of the 20th century.

  • Extreme Machines - Tunnels (Episode 87)
    Episode 87:


  • Extreme Machines - Military Planes (Episode 86)
    Episode 86:

    Military Planes

    Virtually undetectable supersonic jet fighters rule the skies.

  • Extreme Machines - Oil Rig (Episode 85)
    Episode 85:

    Oil Rig

    A 50,000-ton, semi-submersible oil rig is prepared to go to sea in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

  • Extreme Machines - Cars (Episode 84)
    Episode 84:


    Transportation of the future: personal transports, flying cars, space helicopters and laser-sailed interstellar ships.

  • Extreme Machines - Air Power (Episode 82)
    Episode 82:

    Air Power

    Profiling the US Air Force's B2, the Harrier Jump Jet, the Apache chopper and the Comanche.

  • Extreme Machines - Submarines (Episode 81)
    Episode 81:


  • Extreme Machines - Into the Abyss (Episode 80)
    Episode 80:

    Into the Abyss

  • Extreme Machines - Incredible Motorcycle Jumpers (Episode 79)
    Episode 79:

    Incredible Motorcycle Jumpers

    People who risk their lives to jump higher and further, including one who attempts to jump over 14 semi-trucks.

  • Extreme Machines - Fear of Flying: Mayday (Episode 78)
    Episode 78:

    Fear of Flying: Mayday

    Meeting pilots whose acts of heroism saved airline passengers from almost certain death, including one who made a safe landing after a mid-air collision.

  • Extreme Machines - Fear of Flying: Crash Landing (Episode 77)
    Episode 77:

    Fear of Flying: Crash Landing

    The risks of air travel, and stories from people who have survived explosions, hijackers and fire while in the air.

  • Extreme Machines - Underwater Machines: Submarines (Episode 76)
    Episode 76:

    Underwater Machines: Submarines

    The world of nuclear submarines, including the U.S. Navy's mini-sub Avalon, the Royal Navy's training tank, and the Kursk, which exploded and sank in August 2000.

  • Extreme Machines - Military Force: Sea Power (Episode 75)
    Episode 75:

    Military Force: Sea Power

    Nuclear submarines, including the USS Nebraska, typify the U.S. sea-based weapons arsenal.

  • Extreme Machines - Military Force: Land Power (Episode 74)
    Episode 74:

    Military Force: Land Power

    Profiles of land-based weaponry, including the M1A2 tank, hovercrafts and new devices under development.

  • Extreme Machines - Military Force: Air Power (Episode 73)
    Episode 73:

    Military Force: Air Power

    Profiles of U.S. Air Force aircraft, including the B-2, the F-117, the F-22, the Jump Jet Harrier and the Apache attack helicopter.

  • Extreme Machines - Jump Jets (Episode 72)
    Episode 72:

    Jump Jets

    The Harrier can fly at high speeds and take off and land vertically.

  • Extreme Machines - Bridges (Episode 71)
    Episode 71:


    Bridges: largest, longest, those that have fallen down, people who climb them.

  • Extreme Machines - O'Hare Airport (Episode 70)
    Episode 70:

    O'Hare Airport

    Airport technology supports the care, safety, feeding and transportation of passengers.

  • Extreme Machines - Metal Monsters (Episode 68)
    Episode 68:

    Metal Monsters

    Traveling on some of the world's most spectacular rail journeys and meeting the people who run the trains.

  • Extreme Machines - Dangerous Seas (Episode 67)
    Episode 67:

    Dangerous Seas

  • Extreme Machines - Greatest Ships (Episode 66)
    Episode 66:

    Greatest Ships

  • Extreme Machines - Greatest Ships: Dangerous Seas (Episode 65)
    Episode 65:

    Greatest Ships: Dangerous Seas

  • Extreme Machines - Daring Aviators (Episode 64)
    Episode 64:

    Daring Aviators

    Flying alongside rescue helicopter pilots in Alaska and rocketing across the African bush in fighter planes from the past.

  • Extreme Machines - Greatest Ships: Power & Glory (Episode 63)
    Episode 63:

    Greatest Ships: Power & Glory

    Largest cruise liner; supertanker; Titanic survivor; destroyer.

  • Extreme Machines - Airships (Episode 62)
    Episode 62:


    Safer designs of dirigibles may launch a new mode of traveling in the 21st century.

  • Extreme Machines - Reach for the Sky (Episode 61)
    Episode 61:

    Reach for the Sky

    When disasters strike the world's tallest buildings.

  • Extreme Machines - Fear of Heights (Episode 60)
    Episode 60:

    Fear of Heights

    People who work or live in the world's tallest buildings.

  • Extreme Machines - Ballooning (Episode 59)
    Episode 59:


    Exploring the world of ballooning, from the sports flyer to the challenge of circumventing the globe.

  • Extreme Machines - Extreme Machines (Episode 58)
    Episode 58:

    Extreme Machines

    Super yachts; V8 powered swamp buggies; a mechanical elephant.

  • Extreme Machines - Jump Jet (Episode 57)
    Episode 57:

    Jump Jet

    A look at how the Harrier Jump Jet was invented and the pilots of these remarkable machines.

  • Extreme Machines - Bikes (Episode 56)
    Episode 56:


    A fast and exciting look into the dangerous and adrenaline-pumping world of bikes.

  • Extreme Machines - Disasters at Sea (Episode 55)
    Episode 55:

    Disasters at Sea

    Advances in maritime firefighting; the Scandinavian Star ferry blaze that killed 159 people; Texas training facility.

  • Extreme Machines - Extreme Air (Episode 53)
    Episode 53:

    Extreme Air

    Extreme sky sports.

  • Extreme Machines - Extreme Rides (Episode 52)
    Episode 52:

    Extreme Rides

    Thrill-seekers venture on the most extreme roller coasters, drive race cars and take control of a high-performance powerboat.

  • Extreme Machines - Speed Freaks (Episode 51)
    Episode 51:

    Speed Freaks

    Fastest boats, planes, trains, two-wheel and four-wheel land vehicles; speed oddities.

  • Extreme Machines - Vertical Flight (Episode 50)
    Episode 50:

    Vertical Flight

    The Harrier flies at high speeds and takes off and lands vertically.

  • Extreme Machines - Adrenaline Junkies (Episode 49)
    Episode 49:

    Adrenaline Junkies

    Extreme athletes Patrick de Gayardon and Barbara Brighetti parachute and sky surf at speeds more than 120 mph; kayaker Shaun Baker.

  • Extreme Machines - Super Trains (Episode 48)
    Episode 48:

    Super Trains

    From China and India to the high-speed engines in Europe and America, a look at rail travel's glory days and modern train technology.

  • Extreme Machines - Raiders of the Deep (Episode 47)
    Episode 47:

    Raiders of the Deep

    Technology that allows scientists and engineers to explore the deep ocean, including new species and ancient wrecks.

  • Extreme Machines - Mega Machines (Episode 46)
    Episode 46:

    Mega Machines

    The men and women who work in construction and how harsh weather, extreme terrain and massive equipment contribute to work-related deaths.

  • Extreme Machines - Aviators (Episode 45)
    Episode 45:


    Dare-devils attempt long-distance flights.

  • Extreme Machines - Car Crash (Episode 44)
    Episode 44:

    Car Crash

    How car design has improved to help save lives, from anti-lock brakes and impact-absorbing crumple zones to airbags and shatterproof windshields.

  • Extreme Machines - Rocketeers (Episode 43)
    Episode 43:


    The world's biggest amateur rocket launch includes an attempt to fly the largest amateur rocket ever built.

  • Extreme Machines - Pedal Power (Episode 42)
    Episode 42:

    Pedal Power

    The challenges of the Tour de France; extreme BMX stunt rider Matt Hoffman; supercyclist Chris Boardman.

  • Extreme Machines - Ice Master (Episode 41)
    Episode 41:

    Ice Master

    Machines designed to work in frozen conditions.

  • Extreme Machines - Ultimate Space Machines (Episode 40)
    Episode 40:

    Ultimate Space Machines

    The International Space Station tests the limits of technology.

  • Extreme Machines - Ice Masters (Episode 39)
    Episode 39:

    Ice Masters

    Bob sleds; ice yachts; snowmobiles; cars and bicycles used on ice.

  • Extreme Machines - Landspeed Record 3 (Episode 38)
    Episode 38:

    Landspeed Record 3

    People risk their lives to break the land speed record.

  • Extreme Machines - Landspeed Record (Episode 37)
    Episode 37:

    Landspeed Record

    The history of those who attempted to break the land speed record and how the technology has evolved.

  • Extreme Machines - Speed Freaks (Episode 36)
    Episode 36:

    Speed Freaks

    Engineers develop faster, but also more dangerous, transportation.

  • Extreme Machines - Incredible Robots (Episode 35)
    Episode 35:

    Incredible Robots

    What robots will be able to accomplish in 100 years, from running houses and driving cars to performing operations and fighting wars.

  • Extreme Machines - Ultimate Speed Machines (Episode 34)
    Episode 34:

    Ultimate Speed Machines

    Human extreme machines such as track champion Michael Johnson and skater Hiroyasu Shimuzi.

  • Extreme Machines - Monster Trains (Episode 33)
    Episode 33:

    Monster Trains

    Engineers describe the evolution of the locomotive.

  • Extreme Machines - Nuclear Submarines (Episode 32)
    Episode 32:

    Nuclear Submarines

    The world of nuclear submarines, including the U.S. Navy's mini-sub Avalon, the Royal Navy's training tank, and the Kursk, which exploded and sank in August 2000.

  • Extreme Machines - Emergency Vehicles (Episode 31)
    Episode 31:

    Emergency Vehicles

    Emergency vehicles used to fight natural disasters and the crews who work with them.

  • Extreme Machines - Ultimate Balloons (Episode 30)
    Episode 30:

    Ultimate Balloons

    Hot-air balloonists ride the jet stream and fly around the globe.

  • Extreme Machines - Supercars (Episode 29)
    Episode 29:


    At 200 mph, supercars accelerate, corner and brake faster than ordinary cars.

  • Extreme Machines - Speed Freaks II (Episode 28)
    Episode 28:

    Speed Freaks II

    Behind the scenes with the Indy Car Tasman Team, including comments on the car, the season and the future of Indy racing.

  • Extreme Machines - Flight of the Future (Episode 27)
    Episode 27:

    Flight of the Future

    Unconventional designs and new technologies are changing the face of aircraft.

  • Extreme Machines - Fastest Man on Earth (Episode 26)
    Episode 26:

    Fastest Man on Earth

    Craig Breedlove and Richard Noble prepare to challenge the land-speed record.

  • Extreme Machines - Super Sight (Episode 25)
    Episode 25:

    Super Sight

    The Hubble telescope, X-rays, infrared imaging and thermal imaging let man see beyond the normal scope.

  • Extreme Machines - Car Crazy (Episode 24)
    Episode 24:

    Car Crazy

    Transport machines of the future, from personal transporters to interstellar spaceships.

  • Extreme Machines - Carriers (Episode 23)
    Episode 23:


    A tour of the U.S. Navy's John C. Stennis aircraft carrier, and a look at British navy carriers.

  • Extreme Machines - 4-Wheel Drive (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    4-Wheel Drive

    Four-wheel-drive vehicles perform amazing feats for fun and to save lives.

  • Extreme Machines - Smart Weapons (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    Smart Weapons

    Examining weapon technology, from today's smart weapons to the battlefields of the future.

  • Extreme Machines - Motorcycle Mania (Episode 20)
    Episode 20:

    Motorcycle Mania

    Motorcycle racing; Harley-Davidson stunt; attempt to break the world speed record.

  • Extreme Machines - Mega Trucks (Episode 19)
    Episode 19:

    Mega Trucks

    All the uses of trucks, from the business of transportation to truck racing.

  • Extreme Machines - Forbidden Places: Mean Scream (Episode 18)
    Episode 18:

    Forbidden Places: Mean Scream

    Roller coasters.

  • Extreme Machines - Power Boats (Episode 17)
    Episode 17:

    Power Boats

    A variety of race teams embark on power boat racing; jet bikers.

  • Extreme Machines - Flight Power (Episode 16)
    Episode 16:

    Flight Power

    Unusual aircraft; homemade plane has a lawn-mower engine; NASA's solar-powered planes; vertical take-off and landing planes.

  • Extreme Machines - Tanks (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:


    Interior camera access shows the claustrophobic world of a tank crew; archival footage documents tanks in action.

  • Extreme Machines - Earth Breakers (Episode 14)
    Episode 14:

    Earth Breakers

    A journey to the depths of the deepest mine in the United States; the fire in the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France.

  • Extreme Machines - Image Impossible (Episode 13)
    Episode 13:

    Image Impossible

    Digital-image manipulation in films; "Cosmic City"; "Terminator 2" 3-D thrill ride.

  • Extreme Machines - Rockets (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:


    Rocket engines, from the earliest Russian rockets to America's latest hardware.

  • Extreme Machines - Spaceplanes (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:


    A detailed look at the space shuttle, including its limitations.

  • Extreme Machines - Supersonic Landspeed (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:

    Supersonic Landspeed

    Craig Breedlove and Richard Noble attempt to break the land speed record following a crash the previous year.

  • Extreme Machines - Superplanes (Episode 9)
    Episode 9:


    The SR-71 Blackbird; the European Beluga; pilots discuss 20th-century flying machines.

  • Extreme Machines - Speed Freaks (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    Speed Freaks

    Speed records: sea, land and air; rocket-powered motor bike.

  • Extreme Machines - Choppers (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:


    Modern helicopters defy gravity with agility and control; the military's Apache, Tiger, Comanche; the tilt-rotor Osprey.

  • Extreme Machines - Wheels of Steel (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    Wheels of Steel

    Technology, disasters and the future of trains.

  • Extreme Machines - Roller Coaster (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    Roller Coaster

    A history of roller coasters, from the wooden coasters of the 1920s to the loops and corkscrews of today's models.

  • Extreme Machines - Speed Freaks (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Speed Freaks

    Engineering/operational differences between two auto-racing teams.

  • Extreme Machines - Hovercrafts (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:


    Hovercrafts are used for both commercial and military purposes.

  • Extreme Machines - Race Cars (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Race Cars

    Following the Indycar Tasman team and a GTR race through a racing season; how cars are tested and modified.

  • Extreme Machines - Diving Deep (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Diving Deep

    The technology of diving, from simple scuba gear to submarines and deep submersibles.

  • Extreme Machines - Ultimate Ballooning

    Ultimate Ballooning

  • Extreme Machines - Underwater Machines II

    Underwater Machines II

    We go underwater with the machines that allow us to travel deeper, for longer, and more safely than ever before.

  • Extreme Machines - Extreme Machines

    Extreme Machines

  • Extreme Machines - World's Tallest Buildings: Reach For The Sky

    World's Tallest Buildings: Reach For The Sky

    When disasters strike the world's tallest buildings.

  • Extreme Machines - Extreme Machines

    Extreme Machines