Monster Week is a jam-packed, monster-fest week, showcasing the legendary creatures from wildly popular shows like River Monsters, Finding Bigfoot and Call of the Wildman. Boasting all-new episodes of these fan-favorite titles, River Monsters, giving behind-the-scene access into the monster hunters and their hunts, digs deeper into our fascination with these creatures. River Monsters delves into two new mysteries: one involves the hunt and capture of a 20-foot Man-Eating Super Croc, and the other focuses on the possible existence of mermaids. Mermaids: the Body Found is the crescendo of the epic week with a two-hour CGI investigation into the probability of mermaids swimming throughout our waters. It explores a scientific theory that supports the existence of mermaids, and the film imagines how they really appear, how they evolved and the role they play beneath the water’s surface. With action and intrigue, Monster Week takes viewers on an adventure that promises to astound and delight the imagination.
Monday, May 21
River Monsters Unhooked: Pack of Teeth
Premieres Monday, May 21, at 8 PM (ET/PT)
Unhooked: They're your favorite River Monsters episodes supersized! In Southern Africa, there are rumors of a terrifying river monster lurking in the eerie waters of the Okavango Delta. Witnesses say the fish have shark-like teeth and hunt on schools of fish in frenzied packs – and maybe even on humans. It sounds mysteriously like the work of giant piranhas, but there’s nothing like that here. Or is there? Jeremy Wade sets out to uncover the truth.
River Monsters: American Killers
Premieres Monday, May 21, from 9-11 PM (ET/PT)
Wade treks across the U.S. in search of deadly river monsters living in the nation’s waterways. Wade ventures to the popular Indian River Lagoon in Florida, where unsuspecting water enthusiasts are faced with what could become a modern day “Jaws.” From Florida, Wade heads to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, where underwater hunters have reached man-eating proportions.
Tuesday, May 22
Call of the Wildman: Best-of Special
Premieres Tuesday, May 22, at 8 PM (ET/PT)
This monstrous, one-hour, best-of special goes behind closed doors to uncover hidden stories and first-hand accounts of the turtle team’s time in the woods. From ring-tailed bandits wreaking havoc on Penn’s Store to a cow-eating monster in the Louisiana bayou, witness the most terrifying rescues and tricks of the trade.
River Monsters Unhooked: Invisible Executioner
Premieres Tuesday, May 22, at 9 PM (ET/PT)
Unhooked: They're your favorite River Monsters episodes supersized! It’s common knowledge that crocodiles and hippos are deadly predators in Zambian waterways, but it seems there’s another monstrous beast stalking the treacherous Zambezi River. The locals call this river monster “The Mazunda,” but Jeremy Wade is unfamiliar with any fish by that name. Can he uncover the legend of the sinister creature that’s said to be able to swallow a child?
River Monsters: Killer Weapons
Premieres Tuesday, May 22, at 10 PM (ET/PT)
An elite handful of fish are capable of living and thriving in both fresh and saltwater. Among these specialists are aggressive man-eaters, venomous giants and a wickedly armed beast that hails from a bygone age. In this special edition of River Monsters, biologist and extreme angler Jeremy Wade relives his thrilling encounters with some of these fearsome intruders that swim in from beyond the surf. Jeremy reveals how our understanding of these predators has shifted dramatically in recent years and answers pertinent questions about what draws these ocean-dwelling hunters into freshwater in the first place and how they are capable of crossing what is normally an impenetrable barrier.
Wednesday, May 23
Man-Eating Super Croc
World Premiere Wednesday, May 23, at 8 PM (ET/PT)
In the Philippines, a man-eating crocodile, taking the lives of a young girl and fisherman, terrorizes a village, in this town, villagers depend on water to eat and travel, and the recent attacks have left them terrified and stuck on land. Now, a team of brave hunters sets off to save the village and capture the mammoth beast. But, capturing this Super Croc requires taking down a creature larger than any before, and not all of the men who take on the croc make it back alive.
River Monsters Unhooked: Asian Slayer
Premieres Wednesday, May 23, at 9 PM (ET/PT)
Unhooked: They're your favorite River Monsters episodes supersized! When Jeremy Wade travels to India’s Himalayas to investigate grisly river attacks, he is surprised to learn that the suspected culprit is a sacred animal. Does he heed the locals’ warnings that he’ll be cursed for life if he touches the creature, or does he pursue his need to solve the mystery?
River Monsters: Lethal Legends
Premieres Wednesday, May 23, at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Around the world, deep lakes and dangerous rivers spawn legendary monsters, and not all of them are fictitious. In this special edition of River Monsters, Jeremy Wade distinguishes fact from fiction and relives his creepiest encounters with the demons that haunt and sometimes hunt us.
Thursday, May 24
Swamp Wars: Monsters in the Backyard
Premieres Thursday, May 24, at 8PM (ET/PT)
Monsters have become so prolific in the Everglades that lawmakers have banned imports of several large constrictors, but it may be too late because it didn’t stop a 13-foot killer python from taking a dip in a neighborhood pool on Christmas morning, no less. Ernie also tracks a belligerent boa hiding in the vines, peering out of the camouflage for its next tasty meal. A black market snake deal goes bad – leaving one man bitten by the deadly black mamba on the side of the road in the middle of the night. And, an anaconda takes on an entire police force, sinking its teeth into one man’s arm as the force fights to save him before the snake wraps.
River Monsters Unhooked: Russian Killer
Premieres Thursday, May 24, at 9 PM (ET/PT)
Unhooked: They're your favorite RIVER MONSTERS episodes supersized! The eerie disappearance of three men in far eastern Russia proves to be a baffling case for Jeremy Wade. His first visit to Russia takes him on a three-day trip to the Amur River, where he seeks to uncover what happened to the fishermen and others who have met their demise on these waters. The prime suspect is a predator that weighs more than a ton and exceeds 18 feet in length, yet for some reason, not a soul helps Wade find it. Stonewalled at every turn, Wade begins to believe there is a dark secret he’s not meant to discover.
River Monsters: The Deadliest Encounters
Premieres Thursday, May 24, at 10 PM (ET/PT)
For more than 40 years, Jeremy Wade has fueled his growing obsession to uncover the truth about River Monsters. Forced to take greater risks in the search for freshwater monsters that could kill him, he not only jeopardizes his own life but the lives of others as well. Jeremy relives some of these near misses to uncover just how many lives he has lost trying to satisfy his passion.
Friday, May 25
Finding Bigfoot: Further Evidence: Moonshine and Bigfoot
Premieres Friday, May 25, at 8 PM (ET/PT)
In this special episode of Finding Bigfoot, the team recounts one of its most popular expeditions – the search for a baby bigfoot. In Upstate New York, the team investigated evidence of an alleged baby bigfoot, and now, the team revisits its expedition and the interesting tactics it used to investigate the elusive creature.
River Monsters Unhooked: Mongolian Mauler
Premieres Friday, May 25, at 9 PM (ET/PT)
Unhooked: They're your favorite River Monsters episodes supersized! In Mongolia, Jeremy Wade hopes to reel in a rare river monster that’s become legendary. Pound for pound, this man-sized monster is said to be one of the world’s strongest fighters. Could the rivers here still be home to a beast that many have heard about but few have seen? While Wade is on the hunt, he is hunted himself as armed outlaws lurk in the wilderness, surrounding the remote river.
River Monsters: Untold Stories
Premieres Friday, May 25, at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Across 30 action-packed episodes of River Monsters, adventurer and extreme angler Jeremy Wade has tracked legendary freshwater beasts into some of the world’s most remote backwaters, yet it’s the untold stories of what happens along the way that are often the best. In this special behind-the-scenes episode, Jeremy opens up and reveals some of the funniest, craziest and downright scariest monster moments that never have seen the air until now.
Saturday, May 26
River Monsters Unhooked: Phantom Assassin
Premieres Saturday, May 26, at 9 PM (ET/PT)
Unhooked: They're your favorite River Monsters episodes supersized! Jeremy Wade returns to Australia’s croc-infested Fitzroy River for one of his toughest quests yet: to catch one of the world’s rarest fish. This shark is so elusive, it only was discovered 10 years ago, and it’s so rare, only a handful of people ever have seen it. Almost nothing is known about this endangered beast; could it be a man eater? The expedition turns Wade’s knowledge of freshwater killers upside down as these animals seem to break all the rules.
River Monsters: Killer Sharks and Rays
Airs Saturday, May 26, at 10 PM (ET/PT)
Jeremy Wade’s hunt for the monsters lurking in secret underwater lairs reveals a vault of specialized weaponry. Each of his targets hides a unique and deadly ability to terrorize the innocent with horrific injuries. Every situation requires Jeremy to adapt his trademark strategy, so he can stay on top and avoid claiming the next spot on the growing list of victims. Jeremy relives the battles where only steadfast determination can overcome the armory of these brutal aggressors.
Sunday, May 27
River Monsters: The Deadliest Catfish
Premieres Sunday, May 27, at 8 PM (ET/PT)
As an extreme angler, Jeremy Wade has daily encounters with deadly and dominant fish. Often times, the creepiest and most intense encounters can be credited to one fish – the catfish. In this River Monsters special, Jeremy relives some of the most bizarre catfish tales known to mankind. From catfish that electrocute prey to ones that attack humans through their private parts, no other group of fish contains quite the diversity of horrors as catfish.
Mermaids: The Body Found
World Premiere Sunday, May 27, from 9-11 PM (ET/PT)
Mermaids: The Body Found is a story about evolutionary possibility grounded in scientific theory, which blends real-life events and phenomena with a first-hand account of a team of government scientists who testify they found the remains of a never-before-identified sea creature with ties to human origins—a mermaid. Stunning computer animation, eyewitness video and photographic evidence shows us what the mermaid looks like, and questions are raised about whether the government is involved in a massive cover-up, hiding information about the possible survival of these creatures and if they exist today.
Monday, May 28
Mermaids: The Body Found
Airs Monday, May 28, from 7-9 PM (ET/PT)
Throughout history, people from nearly every culture have spotted or spoken about this half-man, half-fish anomaly. Amped by stunning CGI and animation, Mermaids: The Body Found details the first-hand accounts of a team of government scientists who testify to have found the remains of a never-before-identified sea creature with ties to human origins. In a story about evolutionary possibility grounded in scientific theory, experts reveal the natural history of mermaids and show us what they looked like, how they lived and how they could have evolved but remained hidden…until now.
River Monsters: Lair of Giants
Two-Hour World Premiere Monday, May 28, from 9-11 PM (ET/PT)
The finale episode is a two-hour look into one of the most challenging expeditions of Jeremy Wade’s life. He travels to the isolated and untouched jungle of Guyana in South America, where early explorers wrote about a river system filled with mysterious giants. Armed only with old journals and his rod, Wade embarks on an epic journey where he tackles the Essequibo, South America’s third-largest and least-known river. He immerses himself in the culture of the Macushi Indians and must earn the trust of these native people to gather their knowledge and hear their stories. Once again, he sets out to separate fact from fiction. Are there terrifying ancient monsters still alive in these hostile waters?
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