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Chasing MummiesTV-14Closed Captioning

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When it comes to digging up ancient treasures, legendary Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass leaves other archaeologists in the dust. History's cameras follow closely as he and his cadre of young archaeologists unearths new finds from incredible mummies to, perhaps, Cleopatra's tomb. It's a whirlwind tour, with the man who holds the keys to Egypt’s greatest antiquities and who rules his world like a modern day pharaoh. Unfiltered, entertaining , exciting and dangerous, Chasing Mummies lets viewers share the thrills and hardships facing the teams and camera crews as they toil to reveal what lies beneath the sand.

Customer Reviews

sad misstep for History Channel

Hawass is entertaining. Any archaeology special that includes him would be fun to watch. But this show is overly scripted, overtly staged and fails to be interesting, enjoyable or informative. I really wanted to like this show. I was excited to watch the episode I had missed. But now I am glad I missed it and wish I could have the time I spent watching this back. History and entertainment are both sidestepped here for a show that seems to be made for interesting 30-second previews and nothing more. Because after 30 seconds at any point in the show, you will want to turn it off.

If you are the type that can't turn your head away from car crashes or a film student desiring a lesson in what not to do, by all means, watch this show. Otherwise, skip it.


One has to wonder just who decided to give the go ahead to this absolute mess of a series. I am also trying to figure out what audience they are trying to attract.

As someone who is seriously interested in Ancient Egypt, this show is an insult. It is entirely scripted, the archeology "fellows" are actors (if you can call them that; I've seen better acting in high school plays) and Dr. Hawass comes across as seriously needing anger management classes.

I have always had the highest respect for Dr. Hawass, as his knowledge of and love for Ancient Egypt has been apparent in any show (even this one) that he has appeared in. I also realize that many find him difficult and heavy-handed. So be it. But what could have possessed him to agree to be in this mess? Seriously, the only good parts are the all too short segments where he is actually explaining about an artifact and its significance, or else reading hieroglyphics and providing invaluable information. But these periods of sanity are far too few. If only they had spliced these lucid moments together, cutting out the silly drama and even worse acting, the History Channel might have had a worthwhile show here. But instead, they chose to create a reality show (this is NOT a documentary) that is indistinguishable from the pablum that is out there. Using archaeology as the basis for this farce is unforgivable.

I have so many unanswered questions: 1) why not have made it a straight documentary hosted by Dr. Hawass and using the many talented archeologists working in this field? Or if they wanted to go with interns, there are many REAL students from our top universities who would give their eyeteeth to work alongside Zahi. Instead they chose to use pretend scientists and terrible actors to boot, and give them a script that is meant to pander to the lowest common denominator. I could have lived my entire life without seeing the incident of Zoe "going to the bathroom" in her jeans inside the ancient chamber. Shame on the writers and shame on the History Channel.

This series should have been produced as a comedy. My 9 year old niece knows more about Ancient Egypt than these fake "fellows". This is putting Egyptian archeology into the realm of the absurd. The only reason I would purchase it is to add this show to my comedy collection. Too bad it's not Thanksgiving--this series would be the ultimate turkey.


Being an avid fan of Zahi Hawass and an amateur Egyptologist I was truly surprised at how this show makes him look in a very bad light. He has these outbursts of anger which he then takes out on these "green' fellows (Western college students) which to me all seem rather ignorant of the field they supposedly applied for. Come on - you don't tell Zahi Hawass to his face that the pyramids were built by aliens! The students come across as actors and I really wish they would revamp this series to include knowledgeable experts in the field rather than faking the entire show. The photography is good I give it that but they need to change the format ASAP if they want to keep this TV show afloat.

Chasing Mummies
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  • SD Version
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Released: Jul 14, 2010
  • CCin English

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