I've been a fan of Spike TV since they were still called The Nashville Network (TNN) and all they showed was re-runs of 80's sitcoms and professional wrestling.
They've stepped thier game up a alot over the years in terms of Original Programming, even though I've heard the argument that instead of Spike TV it could easily be called "The Meat Head Network" or "The Testosterone Channel" because most of the programming features fighting, explosions, car wrecks and other stupid things that "Guys" like.
Still, thier new show, Deadliest Warrior is one of the coolest new shows on TV.
It combines science, history and bone shattering violence to determine what group of people are the all time best killing machines.
In each episode, scientist and weapons experts discuss the history of the combatants and test out thier weapons on targets meant to simulate human flesh and bone. The information gets fed into a computer where they simulate a battle between the fighters 1000 times and in the end the battle gets re-created by actors (which is cool yet kinda corny) and the winner is revealed.
I've watched 2 episodes, the first had an Apache Warrior going up against a Roman Gladiator and the other featured a Samurai matched up with a Viking and both were really good. It's interesting to see the weapons in action and the shit talking that occurs between the experts is funny too.
The idea of putting so many man hours into determining something so trivial as who was history's biggest bad ass (essentially), is Obviously something I can relate to but this show takes it to a higher level of geekdom which is just great, because people need thorough answers to trivial bullshit.
At least I know that I do.
Some of the other battles they have planned this season include Pirate vs. Knight (which sounds sorta wack to me), Taliban vs. IRA (That's not a typo), Yakuza vs. Mafia (That should be sick), Green Beret vs. Spetznaz, Maori vs. Shaolin Monks and William Wallace vs. Shaka Zulu (That's gonna be a good one).
Check out the entire 1st episode below and check out the show Tuesday night at 10pm on Spike TV.