New Pilot Don’t Try This at Home Premieres Tonight — Tell Us What You Think!

We’ve been airing new pilots on Friday nights, and we want to hear what you think! Leave comments and let us know, is it a hit? 

On Don’t Try This At Home, stand-up comedian Michael Kosta explains the scientific concepts behind outrageous – and dangerous – viral videos.

Tonight, Kosta tackles skateboarders on fire, yoga ball wrestling with sumo fighters and exploding beer cans. But the most painful – and most basic – science lesson comes at the expense of a young daredevil and his failed homemade zipline.

As Kosta explains, Newton’s Law tells us that for every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. The more mass the object has, the larger the reactionary force. Unfortunately, nobody passed on Mr. Newton’s wise words to the victim of tonight’s video, who attempts to defy gravity on a homemade zipline. The result – a faceplant into the dirt.

In the words of Kosta, “Gravity, you’re a cold mistress.”

Catch Don’t Try This At Home tonight at 10:30P. And be sure to come back and tell us what you think! If you like it, we just may turn this into our next new series!

And seriously, Don’t Try this at Home… DIY Zipline:


  1. Robert
    North Carolina
    October 18, 2013, 9:47 pm

    stupid show, more science and lose the dumb videos and idiot host.

  2. Bob Burns
    October 18, 2013, 9:52 pm

    So I gave the new series a chance.
    Screen real estate is important, you have wasted so much viewing space which just makes it aggravating to watch.
    1.) Upper right corner: constant ad for a different program
    2.) Lower left corner: constant distracting info
    3.) Lower right corner: constant nat geo logo
    which leaves about 60% of my TV screen to actually watch the content. Speaking of the content it was nice to see videos that I have not seen elsewhere but where you failed was how fast they zipped by I had to keep pressing pause/rewind on my DVR just to see enough of the video to understand what happened, more screen time was actually spent showing the host talking or useless pre-video clips you created to introduce what we really want to see…. the freaking videos!
    Your trying to hard to dazzle us with video editing tricks when content is always king, it felt more like I was watching a bunch of blooper videos on some website surrounded by ads. We see enough of the web, it’s nice to watch TV and have it look/feel like TV. Bottom line it felt like you have the interns a 30 min. slot for a show and this is what they hacked together. I hope things improve I hold nat geo to a higher standard than others.

  3. Jillian
    Charlotte, NC
    October 18, 2013, 10:07 pm

    This show is like Tosh.0 times a physics class. Brilliant! Please make many more episodes

  4. WNelson
    October 18, 2013, 10:14 pm

    This is the worst of the internet video rip off shows I have seen yet, not even close to “Tosh.O” or “Ridiculousness” , it uses old videos we have seen before, bad comedy, a host that could win “most lame white guy ever” and worst of all, promoting that you actually try to blow up a can of beer at home using heat! Try to minimize your losses, cancel it now!!!

  5. Steve
    Nor cal
    October 19, 2013, 12:03 am

    Pretty good content although, quite old. Terrible copy or the host just sucks.

  6. Jeff Dodd
    October 19, 2013, 2:38 am

    I ABSOLUTELY love this show! Dont try this at home! Informative and hilarious! A definite keeper!

  7. Alan R. Monahan
    Yucaipa, CA
    October 20, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Nat Geo. Channel shouldn’t pander to this type of “Low-IQ” / ‘Reality show. Show like this belong on those channels the promote the “Reality” Concept. All these types of programs will do is to inspire the ‘bottom-feeders’ of the human gene pool to greater displays of moronic behavior.
    Please maintain the ‘High Quality’ level of broadcasts. STOP prostituting TV broadcasts. Send the person responsible for this electronic detritus back to the mail-room!

  8. Alan R. Monahan
    Yucaipa, CA
    October 20, 2013, 12:59 pm

    Are you that desperate for channel share ratings? I have DirecTV & its full schedule . After watching this program; Two opinions: 1) Get better writers – hopefully some who are adults; capable of witty observations. – 2) Replace the ‘UN-FUNNY’ “Comedian”. The actors in the commercials were better prepared. Finally, I must agree with Newton Minnow’s observation; . . TV is now a vast electronic wasteland.