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

  1. Can u tackle something like filmmaking and not even the big budget hollywood stuff but even glamor adult filmmaking!? Also a fighting discipline like krav maga or muay thai basics and quickest way to be good at that?


  2. Hi Tim!

    I would love to see you apply your principles to:

    1) Acting
    2) Hostage Rescue / Fast target shooting
    3) Rap
    4) Texas Hold’em
    5) Rock/Mountain Climbing


  3. I love how you keep your followers informed about what’s going on with you. You really are an inspiration in this field. You don’t only teach people. You also inspire them and include them in your life. That, for me, is inspiring.


  4. How do you access Episode TWO of Tim Ferriss Experiment in Europe? (Doesn’t work: Amazon, iTunes, Youtube, Google Instant, Upwave).

    Don’t leave the rest of the world out!

    // I apologize if this seems like spam, but I assume many others are in the same situation as me, and you’d be doing a lot of your fans a favor to enable this.


  5. Hey Tim – Congrats! The first show was awesome. I had a challenge for you:

    Be the head coach of an NFL football game. They always show the coaches pacing around, but we have no idea what’s going on with their actual job during the game. Your challenge would be measured by if the team won.


  6. The show on language learning didnt show on hln instead they showed two consecutive episodes of cook ur ass off and it wasnt replayed does anyone know what happened ? Did i miss something?


    • I think Tim said on FB that the episode could be gotten on Itunes? Not sure if that means it has to be purchased or what is going on? Was looking forward to that episode the most.


  7. Hi Tim,
    Shows are fantastic and I bought in advance the whole season pass on iTunes, but no news and episod since.
    Doesn’t matter the money, would like just to know if new episods are coming?