'Life' Debuts This Sunday


How about a little strawberry poison dart frog?

If you're privileged enough to live in the U.K., then you were all into "Life" back in November. Yeah, you Brits have already glutted yourself on groundbreaking documentary footage, wept at the sight of pelicans gobbling down gannets and gasped as the time-lapse starfish clip caused you to spill cold cider on yourselves.

Now it's time for U.S. audiences to pour themselves into yet another series from the makers of "Planet Earth" and "Blue Planet." You remember those, right? If you're like me, then you rented them all on DVD and blew an entire weekend basking in some of the most beautiful footage ever shot. These shows are the reason God made HDTVs and Blu-ray, people.

The first episode, "Challenges of Life" debuts this Sunday, March 21 at 8 p.m. eastern/pacific time. It serves as a kind of sampler platter for the 10 episodes to follow, highlighting some of the amazing species covered in the series. You'll watch bottlenose dolphins herd fish. You'll see flying fish, Venus flytraps, poison dart frogs, Pacific giant octopi, cheetahs, killer whales and so much more, all with some pretty cool tricks up their sleeve that sometimes enable them to see another day.

We're huge fans of the series here at HowStuffWorks.com, especially since Allison and I have been working on exclusive content for the Discovery Channel's "Life" Web site. I've had the privilege to interview many of the producers and cameramen involved in the series, and it has only increased my appreciation for all the hard work that went into filming such an epic documentary. You can find the behind-the-scenes articles right here, but I'll be sure to share some additional tidbits from the interviews in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, get excited because you're in for a serious treat. This is the best TV you'll see all year. Did I mention it's narrated by Oprah? Visit the official "Life" website for more information.