The Tim Ferriss Experiment Cometh! All 13 Episodes At Once, House of Cards-Style

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Let’s get this party started!

For months now, I’ve wanted show you all of my TV episodes.

Over the last year, the team at ZPZ (the production company behind Anthony Bourdain) and Turner Broadcasting have helped me capture incredible footage and characters all over the country. I’m thrilled with every episode.

Alas, for reasons I won’t bore you with, the TV broadcasting puzzle piece is taking ages to sort out. I’ve been fighting hard behind the scenes, and it’s been a sumnabitch process for an impatient Long Island boy (me).

The waiting has driven me absolutely insane. I’ve felt a lot like this:

But…no más waiting already!

Enough. While the entertainment folks are sussing out cable details, I’d like to give you everything — and I mean EVERYTHING — digitally.

Turner’s all for it. This world is a changin’, and distribution is changing with it.

ON MAY 27, ALL 13 EPISODES WILL BE RELEASED ON ITUNES SIMULTANEOUSLY.

In each episode, I team up with world-class teachers to “hack” a different skill….then I get thrown through a gauntlet of tests. Sometimes I do well, othertimes I face-plant and decimate myself. You get to see all the struggles, nervous breakdowns, and little breakthroughs. It ain’t always pretty, but it’s real.

Here are some of the topics I jump into:

  • Music and drumming
  • Rally car racing
  • Language learning
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu (and chess) — ouch.
  • Parkour — super, double ouch.
  • High-stakes poker (with real money)
  • Tactical gun fighting
  • Dating and the pick-up game
  • Building a business in one week (I co-teach a student)
  • Golf
  • Long-distance swimming (I co-teach a student)
  • Surfing
  • And the mysterious finale episode…

And another thing…

One of the things that bugs me most about TV is that five days of shooting gets cut down to 30 minutes. In reality, it’s around 21:30 after subtracting commercials. Whaaaa?! “Isn’t that a waste?” you ask. Yes, it’s a maddening amount of great footage that ends up on the cutting room floor.

I want to give you more.

So…

If you’ve bought — or buy — an iTunes season pass (click “View in iTunes” here to purchase), more good news: you’ll get a ton of bonus footage. Current estimates are 10+ minutes of extras per episode, and I’m fighting to release much more footage into the wild, hopefully hours and hours.

If you can’t use iTunes or can’t afford to pay, here’s the solution: Each week after the May 27th launch, one episode will be released on YouTube for free viewing. It won’t contain bonus footage, and you’ll have to wait 3+ months to see the whole season, but you’ll be able to see them all.

If you’d like a sneak peek, the first episode can be watched here for free.

Much more coming soon, and thank you for your patience! It’s been a long road for everyone. Phew.

Posted on: March 24, 2014.

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145 comments on “The Tim Ferriss Experiment Cometh! All 13 Episodes At Once, House of Cards-Style

  1. Mixed feelings…

    I’ve enjoyed watching the first episode as it is well directed and quite entertaining, but aside from the inspiring nature of the story, I failed to see how this would provide any practical insights to anyone. The so called “deconstruction of the learning process” was too specific and would only apply to drummer wannabes.
    Will wait for the Youtube versions of the next episodes

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  2. I loved the concept but felt like you were too constrained by the format. Rather than see Tim become somewhat passable (mediocre?) at a skill in 3-5 days I’d watch several episodes even half a season about one skill that he truly became world class in like he did with tango. Rather than race against a novice buddy after five days of rally training do 3-4 episodes then enter the X-games after 8 weeks of training. With the language learning, study for 6 weeks then discuss with the education minister what ramifications rapid skill acquisition has for the education system, in his native language. The show in only three episodes has become sort of repetitive. The stakes are not high enough and the transformation is not dramatic enough.
    Now I have nothing but respect for the amount Tim has been able to learn in the given amount of time, but as a TV show I think it would be better to show a little more of what Time actually does when learning skills rather than assume we are all ADD and change skills every week.
    I think that much like he challenged the format in his books he needs to challenge the format with his video offerings. Forget broadcast, do digital downloads. Respect the viewer enough to offer real detail. Producers think that we are all dumb and need resolution every 35 minutes. Just look at Game of Thrones to see how wrong they were about that. I think a lot of us would like to ride along as Tim tries to challenge the pros at one or two skills over the course of a season.

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    • I received a notice last night that I was being refunded the remaining balance on my TFX season pass since…I forget the wording they used, but it was something like “not enough episodes” or episodes not being produced.

      Didn’t realize they pulled the episodes from the store completely. Oh well, guess I’ll just wait for the freebies to come on YouTube :/

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    • Hi Tim,
      Loved 3 first episodes and can’t wait for 10 others.
      But I’m sad, just received iTunes partial refund!!
      I don’t want refund, but super excited to see complete versions of episodes with Bonus footage of 21:30
      Missing those would be great great waste.
      I’m in France but opened an iTunes US account just for that.
      Hope you’ll find a solution.
      Thanks
      Alexandre

      P.S. Absolutely love your Podcasts BTW, just continue them please. I don’t know if they’ll have quantitative success, but they’re at VERY high level.
      Best podcasts I’ve ever heard.
      Episode with Joshua Waitzkin is a must listen to.

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  3. Now that Upwave is no more, will we be able see the rest of the episodes? Also I’m in the UK, so will these episodes be available internationally? I’m really looking forward to the Golf episode.

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  4. Yeah I received notification from itunes too that I’ve received partial reimbursement for the episodes that have not come out – it’s a shame because I had bought all of the episodes on amazon prime and I only bought them all again on itunes because I wanted to get the remaining episodes and the bonus content, so I ended up with paying for the episodes twice – especially now that we do not get to see the remaining episodes or bonus content. What happened? :\

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  5. It’s May 28th and I’m getting an error message that the show is not available on iTunes. I also got an email about a refund about a week ago. I’m using my US iTunes account for this. Is there a problem?

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  6. sorry about Upwave went defunct. but im sure if you sell the episodes here on your blog, a lotta people, including myself, would buy em’!

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    • just kind of sucks as at least for me – I had already bought all of the available episodes on Amazon Instant Video – but I rebought everything again on itunes because of the special deal mentioned in this blog post, d’oh :(

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    • Just sucks for me because I had already bought all of the available episodes on Amazon Instant Video, but I rebought them all again on Itunes because of this special deal mentioned in this blog post, d’oh :(

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  7. Tim wrote about this in a post on May 8th: “Only days ago, Turner Broadcasting let me know that the May 27th digital launch of The Tim Ferriss Experiment has been canceled. Some (not all) of the higher-ups want to try selling it to traditional outlets. (Sidenote: If you bought an iTunes season pass, definitely request a refund)”

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  8. Hi Tim, just checked on iTunes and nothing there. Really looking forward to the surfing deconstruction. It been getting the best of me for years. Any updates? Best Wishes

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  9. When I the rest of the episodes coming to the google play store? I bought the season before watching the first episode, but I’ve been stuck at the third episode for awhile now.

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  10. Hellllooooo??? Tim – you just killed 52 minutes of my valuable time searching for the TFX. How about killing this topic until it’s ready … or at least apologize to everyone.

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