Off Limits

Season 1
 (30)
2012TV-PG
Explorer and history buff, Don Wildman, is on a quest into the forbidden, hidden and unseen spaces across America. With a take-no-prisoners approach, he'll unearth truths of our past and find the secret connections to our future.
Starring
Julie McCullyChris BrayDon Wildman
Genres
Adventure
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Los Angeles
    May 16, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Don penetrates a former Nazi military compound that was kept secret, clandestine oil rigs are uncovered in seemingly normal neighborhoods and a renegade kayak trip down the LA River reveals a rarely seen side of Los Angeles.
  2. 2. Seattle
    May 23, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don uncovers the emerald city 520 feet above Seattle from the outer rim of the Space Needle. Later, Mosquito Fleet steamboats prove difficult to find in the icy waters surrounding the city.
  3. 3. San Francisco
    June 6, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don checks into the abandoned Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, once occupied by Scientology creator and patient L. Ron Hubbard. Later, an old WWII POW camp uncovers a heavy surveillance operation.
  4. 4. Arizona
    June 13, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don reveals how early pioneers transformed the desert into bustling cities. He gets access to a secret missile silo that could have started World War 3. He explores a lost gold mine and a dam that helped grow the city.
  5. 5. Tennessee
    June 20, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don gets tossed overboard on a Class 4 rafting trip on his way to a secret moon-shining town. Collapsing coal mines and prehistoric caves challenge him as he navigates through the treacherous spots of Tennessee.
  6. 6. Buffalo
    June 27, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don gets access to a 100 year-old powerhouse, run by Nikola Tesla's ingenious invention, discovers a tunnel system from the early 1800s and explores the behemoth structures that line the Buffalo River-the concrete grain elevators.
  7. 7. Secrets of New York Islands
    October 4, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Don gets access to an isolated stronghold that once saved New York city, uncovers the fantasy island arsenal of the biggest arms dealer on earth, and scrambles around a forgotten relic once used to keep the depraved out of site.
  8. 8. Dirty Secrets of Boston
    October 11, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don explores a side of Boston to uncover how this city has solved big problems with bold ideas - from the first subway in the US and a sewage, to a waste treatment plant that helped clean up the infamous mess in it's harbor.
  9. 9. Transforming the Big Apple
    October 18, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    New York City's crowded urban concrete jungle is nearly unrecognizable from the swampy wilderness it once was. Don explores the hidden corners of New York where lost traces of the city can still be found.
  10. 10. Hawaii
    October 25, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Don investigates Hawaii's bloody rituals, secret bunkers and dark underground worlds. He'll explore a hi-tech tunnel bored into a volcano and the rusting remains and twisting waterways that powered its first cash crop: sugar.
  11. 11. St. Louis
    November 3, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don enters St Louis' secret world to see how its wild ambition turned it into an industrial powerhouse. Like a colossal jungle gym, Don scales a 150 year-old bridge, explores a labyrinth of beer caves, and delves into its past.
  12. 12. Pittsburgh
    November 18, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don climbs the towering remains of Pittsburgh's steel industry, scales its bridges, dives into its murky rivers, and explores its tunnels to reveal how this dirty industry town turned into a hit-tech 21st century metropolis.
  13. 13. Twin Cities
    November 19, 2011
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Don explores the Twin Cities' hidden underworld, gangster hangouts and massive industries. Don reveals the secret past of these sibling cities: from monster mills to subterranean breweries and mega-engineering projects.
  14. 14. Escaping Alcatraz
    April 17, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don pours a million dollars in gold in the Rockies, retraces the escape from Alcatraz, makes whiskey barrels in Kentucky and more.
  15. 15. Wrestling Gators
    April 24, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don wrestles alligators in Florida, pilots a blimp in Ohio, explores seismic engineering in San Francisco, zip-lines underground in Louisville, follows the New York Times in New York and scales a space-age roof in Colorado.
  16. 16. Fighting Fires
    May 1, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don fights fire in Florida, gets a behind-the-scenes look at the New Year's Eve ball in Times Square, explores a military fortress inside a mountain, makes snow in California, disarms an IED and saves a bridge in Kentucky.
  17. 17. Climbing Coaster/Disaster City
    May 8, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don makes bourbon in Kentucky, explores a subway project deep beneath Manhattan, climbs coasters in Ohio, saves a victim from a collapsed building and tames an inferno in Texas.
  18. 18. Mars Rover and Making Coins
    May 15, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Don rolls over moonscapes in the Mars Rover, burns acres of sugar cane in Florida, scales up the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, glimpses into the US Mint in Colorado, and drinks water that went from toilet to tap.
  19. 19. Bobsled and Airport Baggage
    May 22, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don dives beneath the glitz of Las Vegas, scales a 500-foot erector-set for NASA shuttles, races down an icy track in Utah, explores the guts of a dam being rebuilt from the ground up, and gets underneath Denver airport.
  20. 20. Digging Sea Salt
    June 5, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don tears apart old cars and cleans out the pipes at an aquarium in California, digs for sea salt in Utah, visits NASA testing grounds in Ohio, rides atop a tramcar in Palm Springs, and demolishes a bridge in New Hampshire.
  21. 21. Entertaining With Fire and Ice
    June 11, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don blasts through the streets of Ohio, climbs up to the roof of Cowboys Stadium in Texas, rips apart old cars, hides out in a bomb shelter, and goes behind the scenes of fire, water and ice spectaculars in Las Vegas.
  22. 22. Launching Rockets
    June 18, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don grooms an Olympic ski jump in Utah, fires off a few rounds in MA, gets front row for a rocket launch in CA, demolishes a pier and goes high-voltage in Boston.
  23. 23. Conquering a Rodeo
    July 14, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don shoots the rapids and mucks out pig stalls in North Carolina, learns the secrets of bull riding in Texas, explores a tunnel boring machine in Miami, and stakes out early casino security in Las Vegas.
  24. 24. Blasting Granite and More
    July 21, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Don dives deep into a river while bobbing for logs in South Carolina, trains with a pit crew in North Carolina and steps into the cockpit of a 767 in Louisville, Kentucky.
  25. 25. Scaling Water Slides
    July 28, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Don burns rubber and collects grease in North Carolina, scales a water slide in Texas, dives under Denver Union Station, places stones at the reflecting pool construction in our nation's capital and sorts packages in Louisville.
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2012
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Anne WitkowskiReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
a nice variety of topics
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I prefer this show to Cities of the Underworld, which Don Wildman also appeared in. This has more variety, doing multiple locations per city or area. That makes it a sort of sampler, where you may discover something you did not know would interest you, and a good selection for a multiple viewer household. Ruins are shown with their history in detail, with names and dates, so this is more than just an "oh, wow" tour and things currently in use are also put in their historical context. Shows include the long-distance water supply to Los Angeles, the floating bridges of Seattle, grain storage in Buffalo, and the Pillsbury flour mill in Minneapolis. Don Wildman does his presenting in a calm, low-key sort of way, so you can watch several shows straight through without getting worn out. This Travel Channel series is not a hi-tech equipment display series, and does not have the odd background sound effects which are a characteristic affliction of History Channel programs.
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Robert TibbettsReviewed in the United States on November 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Entertaining and You Get to Learn Stuff !
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Good TV entertaining and informative. This guy Don Wildman has the best job out there and his enthusiasm shines through as he explains interesting places that could be in your own town that you've never heard of. An interesting thought occurred to me as I watched this insofar as actors go. They memorize their lines and move as directed then the stunt person steps in. Not with this guy! Seriously stepping out onto the edge of the Space Needle even secured with a safety harness is something I don’t think I could do and I’ve been up there.

If you’re up for adventure with a guy that would pretty much do anything you will enjoy his shows and on the plus side learn something!

Would I recommend this? That would be a Yes!
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Vera LanzaReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Going home again
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My husband was born on Governors Island while his father was stationed in the Army. We were never able to find any information or video of Governors Island until we saw it on Off Limits. We were able to have a personal tour of the Island when we went to New York on vacation. It was a wonderful day we will never forget and now can enjoy it even more being able to watch it on Off Limits. It brings back some great memories.
Old Timer TooReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exploring site that are off limits to the general public.
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This fascinating series explores places that are normally no open to the public and provide a fascinating history on what has helped build this country and the cities and states involved. The second season is partially available, but isn't oriented toward specific locations like this first season. Still, both add a lot of information to our knowledge of how things work now and how they worked in the past.
mW- history nerd inc.Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
great show!
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bought this on the basis i've seen his other show, "Mysteries at the Museum". now if you love that and love to explore cities without the dirty work, this is the show for you. Don Wildman is a great host and you get to see his personality which doesn't really come out on the other show. it's great seeing areas you may have never thought existed and actually see him break into places that shouldn't have ppl roaming around in them.
M. AllenReviewed in the United States on May 1, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
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Excellent show and from an Australian view i got a real sense of what life might have been like a century ago in the U.S.,one of my
favorites was the Navy vessels awaiting salvage near San Francisco.i hope season 2 will be available soon.great stuff!
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Raymond GribbinReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
History 101
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Disc arrived in three days. not bad. Some really great ones on this disc. I missed the episode from season one on St.Louis. What happened there. All around a very good viewer experience.
LightvalveReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Off Limits is a very entertaining show.
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This is a good show. It's fun for viewers of all ages. My young kids enjoy it very much. There are many interesting places that Don Wildman visits. Most of us will never have the opportunity to visit these sites ourselves. It's a fun vicarious experience to watch the Off Limits show.
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