Strange occurrences, odd historical facts and unusual artistic and social activities are explored.




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1985   1984   1983   1982  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


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 Himself - Host / ... (6 episodes, 1982-1985)
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Based on the travels and discoveries of oddity-hunter Ripley, this show looked at the people, places and events that made up the stranger side of human history. Subjects have included Nikola Tesla, The Bermuda Triangle, The Elephant Man, and Mad King Ludwig. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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jack the ripper | non fiction | See All (2) »


Family | Reality-TV





Release Date:

1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aunque Ud. no lo crea  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jack Palance and crew were escorted out of Tombstone, AZ by the Sheriff after refusing to sign autograph for local waitress while filming an episode there. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Tormented (1992) See more »

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Sorely missed
18 April 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It's too bad they don't have shows like this anymore. I know there's a Ripley's show on today, but that seems to focus more on the strange human stunts like contortion-ism and pulling cinder blocks with your ear lobes. The original Ripley's talked more about History and traditions of other cultures. To me it seemed much more educational.

When this show first came on (I was about 10 years old), it kind of scared me because they showed scenes from "The Elephant Man" and "The Howling", which were brand new movies back then. I was a little squeamish with the effects from those movies, but now I love them and own those movies today. Wish I could own episodes of Ripley's, because after I got over my squeamishness, I really grew to love that show.

Jack Palance made the show. He put a real flare on his presentations that only he could pull off. I liked how he would end a sequence with "Believe it........... Or Not!". He would always put that breathless type of enthusiasm behind his narratives, so that you felt he really loved the subject matter. The female co-hosts did great jobs too. I liked his daughter Holly the best.

I can still see and hear the opening credits in my mind. This was just a quality show that you don't see too much of these days. Forget "reality TV" today, we should go back to these showcase shows like Ripley's, That's Incredible and Real People.

I wish they would bring this version of Ripley's to DVD. Not just a "Best of", but the entire series. Like I said, it was more educational and family oriented and I think we need to bring that back.

Believe it...... Or Not!

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