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1000 Ways to Die



Campy unscripted series is morbid and exploitative.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series focuses on the unorthodox ways that people have died -- without expressing much sensitivity or compassion. Different cultural approaches to death and various ancient death rituals are discussed briefly.

Positive role models

Since the people featured in each story change (and the main ones are already dead), there aren't any consistent negative or positive role models, per se. Experts are interviewed, but they're just there to present scientific information objectively.


Endless violent reenactments of people's final moments, including images of airplanes crashing into mountains and people freezing to death, suddenly being electrocuted, etc. Some reenactments include close ups of the dead "bodies" (with their eyes open) and fake bloody wounds. There are also gruesome real-life images of injuries like black frostbitten toes. One home video captures a young woman falling to her death from 12,000 feet while someone screams in the background. References to sexual assault.


Some strong sexual innuendo, including references to masturbation and a play on the term "wet dreams." One story refers to a pregnant teenager, while another features the death of a "peeping Tom." On a few occasions, women in skimpy underwear are visible.


Language includes words like "hell" and "damn." One story is titled "Butt F***ed."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional references to alcohol and drugs if/when they pertain to the strange way a person died.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this reality series about unconventional deaths includes some brief scientific explanations of the tragic events, overall the show focuses more on exploiting the victims' final moments than on teaching people how to prevent them. Expect lots of graphic reenactments and real-life images of people's final moments and gruesome injuries. There's also some strong sexual innuendo (including references to masturbation), iffy language, and references to drinking.

What's the story?

1000 WAYS TO DIE reenacts and analyzes real people's accidental and sometimes strange deaths. It uses a combination of real-life video, still photos, and interviews with friends of the deceased to flesh out the details of these deaths -- which are caused by everything from a spine being severed by a closing window to someone getting electrocuted by a light post. Forensic experts and other scientists also weigh in on how seemingly harmless acts led to these fatal moments. Finally, the show touches on some of the ways that people have been tortured and/or put to death throughout history.

Is it any good?


This morbid, campy series presents each death story in a way that's intended to be both voyeuristic and amusing. Each tale is accompanied by graphic novel-type images and tongue-in-cheek titles (for example, the story of a man who froze in a meat locker is titled "Freeze Died") to add humor, and some of the commentary offers ironic speculations about what people were thinking and/or the lessons they learned while they lay dying. And, of course, it's all accompanied by disturbing images -- both real and reenacted -- of gruesome injuries and people in the moments just before their death.

The show offers limited scientific information about how the body can fatally react to certain things. But its real focus is on exploiting the unorthodox ways that people have died over the years. Although the names of the deceased are changed to protect their privacy, the choice to make their final moments a source of entertainment reflects a disturbing lack of sensitivity. This troubling lack of compassion -- along with the show's endless parade of graphic images -- makes it a poor choice for young kids and very iffy even for teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the pros and cons of featuring accidents and/or deaths on a reality show. Is it ever OK to treat these events as a source of entertainment? Does it make a difference if the stories are presented within the context of educating viewers? Families can also talk discuss how death and dying are treated in mainstream American culture. Did you know that some cultures incorporate death as a major part of life? How does this show treat its subjects?

TV details

Premiere date:May 14, 2008
Cast:Christine Mulhern, Irena Murphy
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byDelia828 December 1, 2013


My 9 year old saw this at a sleepover and now she is crying and can't sleep ... Nice!
Adult Written bymoviemaker201 January 16, 2014


I don't care. Things like this are crap. I don't even have to watch to know it's absolute tripe.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byamy.marie April 12, 2011

Not for under 12-13 year olds, but I love it :D

I love the show. But come on be honest, it is definetly not age appropriate and it really depends on the maturity of the kid. I think 12-13 would be okay, once again depending on maturity. Im 18 so I dont have a problem but I certainly wouldn't let a kid or if i had kids watch it under the age of around 13. These days most kids no about sex and drugs at a young age, if this just showed those death then yeh it would be easier to let them watch but it doesnt, if shows other deaths and although its somewhat educational, it simply has alot to do with ppl having no common sense or being plain stupid, or the fact that they have the worst luck in the world...I do believe that they should maybe say something for the ppl who died coz well they died and most had a family and were loved and now missed, so yeh as it is slightly comedic throughout the show they should respect the dead aswell. Anyways I still love it, im sure it makes alot of ppl change their ways. E.g for me, i chucked out the rusted shavers as one woman used one, cut herself with it and got a massive infection and died. Defo learnt my lesson from her..!


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