An attractive but aggressive female executive dies of water intoxication while on a canyon "power hike". Tennis brat gets the shaft; a sadistic bank loan officer; a dead-eye sniper; a tourist eats a ghost chili; a deadly infomercial; a jail break gone wrong; a cave man discovers fire. Watch the trailer. Title: Ways to Die — Often recreated in a fast-paced, very tongue-in-cheek manner, the stories were based on actual events, but dramatic license was liberally used. Voice-over-narration provided background information on each death. The deaths were recreated in a variety of ways including witness testimonials, historical tidbits, scientific expert analysis, graphic computer-generated imagery animation, interviews, live-action recreation, and even actual footage, when available. Each death ended with a title which was a pun, often based on some popular word or phrase.
The program recreates unusual supposed deaths and debunked urban legends and includes interviews with experts who describe the science behind each death. Up until the end of season one, the final story of each episode showed actual footage of dangerous situations that almost ended in death, along with interviews with people involved in the situations. A portion of these deaths have been nominated for or have received a Darwin Award.
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From to Spike TV created one of the most bizarre and unique shows that have ever been on television. A lot of artistic licenses were taken in order to change the names and locations of the events. Most of the stories were based on reported real events, and experts were invited to talk about the implications of the deaths.
Up until the end of season one, the final story of each episode showed actual footage of dangerous situations that almost ended in death, along with interviews of those involved in the situations. A portion of these deaths have been nominated for or have received a Darwin Award. Ron Perlman served as the narrator on every episode since the third episode with Thom Beers narrating the first two episodes ; beginning with the episode "Tweets from the Dead", Joe Irwin was featured as the replacement narrator. Spike burned off the final four episodes, ending the series with the airing of "Death, The Final Frontier". Not only are the names changed, but also substantial amounts of the locations, dates and context. Four notable exceptions are the accurate descriptions of the deaths of Harry Houdini , Jack Daniel , Mary Mallon , and Sigurd Eysteinsson , although the latter's death was depicted as having occurred in Norway but in actuality it occurred in Scotland. A frequently recurring motif is that of unsympathetic or unintelligent individuals' choices backfiring on them, resulting in death.