Hot is the key word in the title, and I'm not talking sexy.

That is, unless you consider big men sweating in a warehouse while they forge and bend scalding hot metals to form historic weapons in a matter of hours sexy.

My deep and unnatural love for this show started on YouTube, when I saw an interesting video in my recommendations. The thumbnail showed a gigantic sword piercing through a realistic ballistic dummy, and I pretty much had to click.

About two minutes into the video, I was so blown away, I had to figure out everything about this TV show, and I've watched about 30 episodes since. Recently, I got stuck in a rabbithole of episodes and clips and I simply can't stop watching.

In case you haven't noticed, I'm talking about Forged in Fire on the History Channel. I watch it relatively endlessly on Hulu.

I don't know how I love the show so much. I've never once cared about metal or how it's made, and personally I'm not much of a do-it-yourself manly man in the first place. However, this show is incredible.

Here's the synopsis: It's a competition show for blade-smiths where four of them compete against each other each episode for a grand prize of $10,000. The show is extreme to say the least and brutal on the competitors./ Each episode starts with a first-round, where the contestants are told what type of steel they have to harvest and forge into a fully-functional blade with specific parameters, and they only have three hours to do it.

By the end of the episode, only two contestants remain and they are sent back home for five days to fully forge an iconic weapon from history. Once they've spent five days of blood, sweat, and tears on their weapon, they bring it back to the show where it's often-times completely destroyed in a series of tests to figure out which weapon is the best.

This show is incredible, and you have to watch it. Just give it one episode, and you'll be hooked, I promise.

Forged In Fire airs on History pretty much every day during the afternoon, and streams on Hulu.

 

 

 

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