Announcing: "The Tim Ferriss Experiment" on Primetime TV (And How to Join Me)


After ages of planning, I’m VERY excited to share big news with you all.

Starting this December 1st, I will have my own primetime TV show, airing Sundays at 8pm on HLN, formerly known as CNN Headline News. I’m both host and co-executive producer, and I’m currently filming my ass off. It’s all part of a big Turner Broadcasting initiative called Upwave.

Here are the basics:

Name of show: The Tim Ferriss Experiment (TFX)
The premise: Showing viewers how to become superhuman through better tools and tricks, not better genetics.
Easily thought of as: “Anthony Bourdain meets Jason Bourne” or “Jackass meets A Beautiful Mind
Production company: Zero Point Zero (ZPZ), the team behind Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and Parts Unknown.
Spirit animal: Ocelot.


In his #1 bestsellers, “The 4-­Hour Workweek,” “The 4­-Hour Body” and “The 4-­Hour Chef,” Tim Ferriss proposes radically counter-­intuitive solutions that take readers from zero to hero in minimal time.

Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” as he tests the extremes for the rest of us. He believes that nearly any skill can be “hacked” and learned in 1/100th the time most people expect… but can he do it in a matter of days?

The Tim Ferriss Experiment (TFX) will push Ferriss to the breaking point as he attempts just that.

In each episode, Tim will find the world’s most unorthodox teachers and – together — demystify some of the world’s coolest and most dangerous skills. Sometimes he’ll succeed, and other times, he’ll fail spectacularly while risking life and limb.

Tim believes that there is the potential for greatness in every “normal” person, and as he overcomes his own fears each week, he’ll help viewers do the same.

[TIM NOTE: Sorry I can’t share exact episodes yet, but just imagine Jason Bourne + my biggest fears + my personal bucket list, all wrapped into one. What would *you* like to see me tackle? Please let me know in the comments, as we still have a few open slots!]

How You Can Join Me

Would you like to join me for a week? Here is one opportunity, which expires tonight (Sorry!) at midnight: Swim with Tim. There will be more fun opportunities if you miss this one.

Next: would you like to interview me about TFX for your TV show, magazine, radio program, podcast, blog, e-mail newsletter, or other? It would mean the world to me, and I have plenty of insider stories and takeaways. If interested in discussing options, please fill out this short form here.

More details coming soon!

Thank you all so much for your support. It’s what keeps me going.

Posted on: October 13, 2013.

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200 comments on “Announcing: "The Tim Ferriss Experiment" on Primetime TV (And How to Join Me)

  1. This is awesome!
    Through you, I created a 4-hour workweek and have been life-hacking ever since.

    If you need a guinea pig for anything, I’m in … will travel wherever. :)

    Keep it up!!


    • This is really amazing. I am in South Africa and wondering if we will be able to watch it or will it be available online somewhere?

      I have been reading 4hww and 4hb and know that this will change the lives of many.


  2. Can we watch this online at all?
    I gave up my TV three years ago so I could be more productive, but your show would be an exception.


  3. Congrats Tim! I know you’ve been wanting to do this for awhile, you deserve it! Now if only I hadn’t gotten rid of my TV and Cable since reading the 4-Hour Work Week 3 years ago to open up more time….


  4. While I’d love to be apart of anything you’re doing Tim. I’ll wait for the other opportunities. Swimming is great, it just doesn’t draw me in. Now when something else regarding muscle gain or other physical ability pops up. I’ll definitely apply.


  5. This would be quite a departure from what I imagine you’re planning and your other work, but if you did some intense work with your dreams, a la Jung, and then made a visual representation of it I think it would be incredible.

    And it takes a lot more courage, rawness, honesty, etc. than skydiving etc.

    Definitely more beautiful mind than jackass though..

    Have fun and be blessed!



  6. We’ve cut the cord and sworn off cable – is there any way to watch HLN online without a TV provider?

    I would watch regularly if we could get it via our iPad or Playstation. Or even Netflix!