Million Dollar Genius
Too Hot To HandleAired on Feb 19, 2016
Million Dollar Genius is the series that tells the true stories of people, just like you, who have turned their flashes of genius into big money. This episode features a failing real estate agent who invents a cardboard sleeve for hot coffee cups, a high school dropout who builds a better whistle, and a guy who is losing his hair that comes up with the perfect head razor for men.
Barbecue BonanzaAired on Feb 26, 2016
Ethan Woods is a New York real estate agent who risks his life savings when he invents the world’s first barbeque grill cleaning robot the Grillbot. Patrick O’Neill is an amateur photographer who mortgages his house and sink’s his daughter’s college fund to create the first attachable photo lens for the iPhone. Scotty Olson was a hockey-loving teenager in Minnesota during the 1970s who wanted to be able to skate in the summer. Scotty and his brother go on to create Rollerblades.
Selfie Made ManAired on Mar 04, 2016
Wayne Fromm is an avid photographer who spends thousands creating the world’s first “selfie stick” known as the Quik Pod. David Weck is a struggling actor who creates a piece of exercise equipment known as the BOSU Ball in his father’s garage, and goes on to sell it to some of the biggest sports organizations in the world. Joel Glickman was a retired factory owner who risked his family’s entire company when he created one of the most successful construction toys called K’NEX.
Couch Potato KingAired on Mar 11, 2016
This episode features: Michael Berardi a producer, who makes infomercials for inventors selling their products. One day he finally comes up with his own invention, the Xhose, the world’s first collapsible hose. And after making his own commercial his idea becomes a winner. Randy Hetrick was an elite Navy SEAL who needed to stay in top physical condition no matter where he was deployed. After many attempts he invents one of the bestselling physical fitness devices ever–the TRX Suspension Trainer. Gary Clegg was a college freshman when a cold night in his dorm at the University of Maine leads him to invent The Slanket–a blanket with sleeves. Years later after graduating Gary realizes the potential of his blanket with a sleeve and the rest is couch potato history.
All Tied UpAired on Mar 18, 2016
This episode features three amazing stories: Ryan Grepper who invented the ultimate cooler, Dan Martinson who created the Gear Ties, and David Hon who designed a folding bicycle.
Donut DestinyAired on Mar 25, 2016
This episode features four amazing stories: Dominique Ansel who created the Cronut, Seth Tibbott who developed the Tofurkey, Rick Pescovitz who invented a pop-up shelter, and Mary Ellen Sheets who built the moving company, Two Men and Truck.
Bigger is BetterAired on Apr 01, 2016
Rico Elmore was a car salesman who could never find sunglasses wide enough to fit his head. He decided to create large sized glasses and named them Fatheadz. Roni Di Lullo had a successful career as a software engineer when she discovered something about her dog while playing catch. He was squinting in the bright sun and missing the Frisbee she was tossing. Roni created sunglasses for her dog and called them Doggles. Jan von Heland was a Swedish Civil servant when he had an idea to create something that could bounce on water. Jan created a ball that continuously bounced across the surface of water; naming it the Waboba Ball. David Palmer was a massage therapist and teacher when he decided he wanted to make massage more mainstream. Today you will find David’s massage chairs everywhere from airports and malls to street fairs and corporate events.
Grilling GeniusAired on Apr 29, 2016
Meet the man who invented one of the most popular appliances in history, The George Foreman Grill. Because most people have never heard of Michael Boehm he now carries the actual patent with him to prove he is the grill’s inventor. Patrick Buckley seized an opportunity when Apple released its first IPad. He created an old-fashioned case the was just like a book and named it the DODOcase and sold over $4 million in the first year alone. Wim Ouboter was a Swiss Banker who invented one of the most popular forms of transportation, the Micro Scooter.
The Wheel DealAired on Apr 15, 2016
Bob Plath was a veteran airline pilot who invented the first carry-on bag with wheels. His invention has forever changed the way people travel. Travis Perry was a guitar teacher when he decided to invent a simple device that would make it easy for anyone to learn how to play Guitar. He named it ChordBuddy and made millions. Mike Miller was teenage inventor when he came up with a fork and knife combo called a Knork that is changing the way people use cutlery. Leslie Scott took a childhood game of stacking blocks and made it into the hugely successful and timeless game called Jenga.
Bottoms UpAired on Apr 29, 2016
Josh Springer was a guy who loved beer but hated waiting for the pitcher or glass to fil up. He knew there had to be a faster way and invented Bottom’s Up a dispenser that fills from the bottom. Bruce Johnson always seemed to have trouble sleeping. To get a better night’s rest he created an adhesive strip called Breathe Right that helps people breathe easier and get the sleep they need. John and Bert Jacobs were brothers traveling America and selling t-shirts out of their van, when they were inspired to design a character with the slogan “Life is Good” which became a huge hit. Jeff Woolf was thrown off his bike, but his helmet saved his life. This incident inspired him to invent a folding portable bike helmet called the Morpher Folding Helmet. To date he has sold thousands of his helmets.