Once upon a time, it was rare for Denver to be featured in movies and TV shows -- even ones supposedly set here, since many were actually filmed elsewhere. But the rise of reality TV has changed all that. The Internet Movie Database spotlights lotsa episodes of programs using Denver locations, Denver people and Denver themes. As proof, we've gathered ten memorable examples, featuring IMDB text and accompanying videos -- some spotlighting the shows in general, others offering excerpts or the original clips in their entirety. Check out all ten below.
Richard Hammond's Crash Course (2012 TV Series) Episode: Landfill (2012)
In Denver, Richard must learn to use three huge machines to handle mountains of trash on a public landfill. A mega-bulldozer gathers and spreads it, a compactor crushes it and the last one reshapes the residue. In between, another minivan is squashed, a falcon control the seagulls and bio-gas is 'sampled'. He does well on each machine individually, but the combined exam proves impossible, as professionals admit they needed years of experience.
Supernanny (2005 TV Series) Episode: Jeans Family (2005)
Jo helps the Jeans Family of Denver, Colorado. David and Barbara Jeans have 3 daughters: 4-year-old Andra and 3-year-old twins Jessie & Leah. Andra dominates the house with her tantrums, outbursts, and demands. She's also physically aggressive with her little sisters. Jessie is picking up on Andra's bad behavior while Leah constantly cries. Due to David's job as a salesman, Barbara is left alone with the girls and is at her wit's end with them. When David's home, he doesn't carry any authority while disciplining the girls. Can Jo help this family?
Continue to see more of our picks highlighting memorable Denver reality-TV moments. Gangland (2007 TV Series) Episode: Mile High Killers (2010)
Denver, Colorado, the 303 -- gateway to the Rockies and the playgrounds of the wealthy, is home to something sinister -- hardcore gangsters. And one gang, the notorious North Side Mafia, or NSM, rules the city's northwest side. This Hispanic gang is one of Denver's largest. NSM is home grown, fearless and always ready to throw down with their enemies.
Mystery Diners (2011 TV Series) Episode: Customer Concerns (2014)
The owner of "730 South" in Denver, worries that his regular customers are guilty of acting entitled and asks Charles and the team to get to the bottom of the problem, which their investigation reveals is being caused by a certain employee.
Continue to see more of our picks highlighting memorable Denver reality-TV moments. Dog and Beth: On the Hunt (2013 TV Series) Episode: Dog's New Tricks (2013)
Propelled by a conversation with a State Senator, the Chapmans discover there is trouble for a bail bonds company in Denver, CO. Dog, Beth and Leland jump at the chance to assist Mike Vester of Bail City Bail Bonds and his team of bounty hunters. The company has multiple fugitives on the run, but time is running out to capture two, big money jumps. Vester knows he better catch them or pay a hefty price. The Chapmans are on a mission to show the Bail City crew how to reel in these big fish.
Unwrapped (2001 TV Series) Episode: On the Map (2009)
We are looking at foods On The Map. See why Rice-A-Roni is more than San Francisco's treat check out a Philly Cheese steak that costs $100 and sample a Taste of Chicago. Discover how one Denver Mint is coined after the real thing and chomp on chocolate topographical maps.
Continue to see more of our picks highlighting memorable Denver reality-TV moments. Wild West Tech (2003 TV Series) Episode: Western Towns (2004)
Towns in the west became possible when a law enabled 100 settlers to create a new township or town. The first one under the law was Oregon City, Oregon in 1859. The towns were laid out by surveyors to create streets and equal sized lots. Materials including nails and wood were imported from the east to build them although you could buy prefab homes late in the century from companies such as Sears. Water came from multiple sources including rivers and windmill pumping systems with some bigger towns such as Denver and San Francisco having centralized water systems. The basic sanitary device was the outhouse to minimize disease and pollution. The invention in 1867 of refrigerated rail cars and the use of ice houses allowed the transport and storage of many foods in a safe manner. Saloons provided a needed distraction with telegraphs used to bring in sporting news from the east. Until sheriffs were elected vigilante committees often provided the only form of justice. Fire was a major danger but fire engines from the east eased the impact. The car and telephone soon ended the isolation of the west ending the frontier.
Drugs, Inc. (2010 TV Series) Episode: Rocky Mountain High (2013)
Denver -- the mile high city - has just legalized recreational use of Marijuana. The city's gang-banger dealers have battled falling profits since medical Marijuana became law, and forced them to push new products. This latest move is last straw.
Continue to see more of our picks highlighting memorable Denver reality-TV moments. Queer Eye (2003 TV Series) Episode: When Eric met Tracie: Eric F & Tracie W (2007)
Eric grew tired of trying to meet women in the Denver bar scene and turned to online dating. He met Tracie, a city girl on match.com and after six months of emails and phone calls the two are finally going to unite in person and Eric needs the Fab Five's help.
Kitchen Nightmares (2007 TV Series) Episode: Pantaleone's (2014)
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