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Derided by critics and hailed by its creators as innovative, That’s Incredible took a look at the more unusual sides of nature, medicine and human endeavour.
Audiences were presented with the ultimate in sensationalism, where real blood was shed in a circus without a ringmaster.
Segments ranged from the uplifting (young people overcoming severe handicaps to lead normal lives) to the unexplainable (a park ranger who had been hit by lightning seven times) to the simply stupid (a stuntman jumping a motorcycle over the spinning rotors of three helicopters).
Viewers were drawn to the show like a magnet though it was never explained why the producers considered it necessary to have John Davidson, Cathy Lee Crosby and Fran Tarkenton to handle the simple job of reading a few introductory lines from the cue cards.
CATHY: Our next story on That’s Incredible . . .
JOHN: . . . concerns a man who will ride a motorcycle over six blazing cars . . .
FRAN: . . . while playing the piano . . .
CATHY: . . . with his feet