A Raving Review from a Raving Fan
It’s like dealing with a child.
One of the most addictive and deliciously entertaining shows on television is Dangerous Grounds on the Travel Channel. I remember when my husband and I saw the first preview for Dangerous Grounds. We didn’t have to say anything. We knew we wouldn’t miss a single episode.
And we didn’t.
Heck, we didn’t miss a single adventure-packed, caffeinated second.
After each episode, I’d wonder how in the world Todd Carmichael (host, star) had escaped the other channels’ radars. Their loss is The Travel Channel’s gain. The man is television gold. He could host anything and make it fun and interesting. I can take it one further – years ago, if my Accounting professor had been like Todd, I’d have actually gone to more than one class.*
We watch a lot of television. We’re huge sports fans, so (depending on the season) college basketball, NFL, baseball, golf, and college football can be heard from at least one room in the house… along with our chorus of claps, boos, hisses, cheers, and/or ump/ref taunting. We also love to watch shows on The Travel Channel, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Food Network, and The Cooking Channel. There are tons of informative, entertaining, and great shows on and quite a few fall under the category of “can’t miss.”
However, television kind of needed a shot in the arm before Dangerous Grounds came along. Viewers needed something that was fresh, innovative, and unexpected. Something that would keep them hooked on every minute and make them count the days till the next episode. Dangerous Grounds? It was that shot.
You remember what “Can’t Miss” TV looked like right? The documentaries, dramas, or comedies that “defined” the day they were on. The ones you sat glued to front to back – not even wanting to look away during the commercials because a trailer for the next episode might just show up! If you’ve forgotten what Can’t Miss tv looks like, Dangerous Grounds is your reminder.
Dangerous Grounds is as addictive and life-sustaining as its subject matter!
The Travel Channel hit one out of the park with this one. Dangerous Grounds helped elevate their channel to the being named in the same conversation as the History Channel and that is no small feat. Because of Dangerous Grounds, I started tuning into the Travel Channel even more regularly and discovered that they have A LOT of great shows.
If you missed Season 1 (I’m dying for it to come out on DVD, I’d be on it faster than I’m on my first cup of coffee in the morning.), I’ll try to forgive you. Just promise me you’ll go to Travel Channel.com and catch up with episodes and scenes. See Dangerous Grounds Episodes Online.
About Dangerous Grounds from The Travel Channel:
Todd Carmichael travels the globe, hunting for the highest-grade coffee in the world. Why? Because nearly a billion people drink coffee each morning, making it the number 2 commodity in the world, second only to oil. Todd focuses on the very best coffee out there — beans so rare, they are sought after by the world’s top chefs and restaurants. Todd has to go to some of the most exotic, fascinating and dangerous places on earth to find it: from the cities, villages and mountains of Haiti, Bolivia, Madagascar, Borneo, Cuba and Vietnam. Buying the coffee beans direct from the farmers means Todd must encounter treacherous terrain, danger and sometimes, even opposition from entrenched middlemen. There’s an amazing story behind every cup.
One of the funnest things about Dangerous Grounds is the interaction between Todd Carmichael and his cameraman, “Hollywood.” Great stuff. They find their ways into and out of danger on a regular basis – all in the name of the perfect cup of coffee. I don’t know what more I can say other than it’s a helluva ride and one I wouldn’t miss a second of. And, no, I don’t leave the room even for commercials. I make sure our snacks and drinks are all within reach because this gal isn’t going to budge for 60 minutes.
Whether you, too, are already a die-hard fan or you’re a brand new one – you’ll want to see the Dangerous Grounds section on Travel Channel’s website. You’ll find Q&As with Todd Carmichael, Coffee Facts, great Pictures, some of Todd’s recipes, and a lot more.
I’ll let you know the minute I find out the premiere date for season 2. I foresee an all out, day long party in our household – coffee, chocolate cake, more coffee, more chocolate cake… Yes, as a matter of fact, that is how we party.
* Disclaimer: I actually only made 1/2 the class. When the professor said, “You have a 15 minute break,” I interpreted it as, “Here’s your getaway!”