The BEST Episodes of Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Network: Syfy

Ten aspiring creature creators competing to out-imagine one another in a series of challenges where they build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts, bringing high-end creature designs to life. The contestants compete for a prize worth up to $100,000 including the opportunity for the job of a lifetime - a contract working at the world-renowned Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™.

Tavern at the Crossroads

#1 - Tavern at the Crossroads

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 13, 2014

The final three receive help from contestants who were previously eliminated as they face their toughest challenge, which is to design, build and perform a full-body mystical creature, complete with props and special effects, for the chance to win a job at Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

star 8.61
36 votes
Swamp Things

#2 - Swamp Things

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 29, 2014

The designers make camouflaged creatures hiding in plain sight for a mystical swamp-theme challenge. Neville Page ("Face Off") serves as guest judge.

star 8.32
38 votes
Alien Press Conference

#3 - Alien Press Conference

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 6, 2014

Gigi brings her "Farscape" costar Rygel to the workshop to offer inspiration when the creature designers are given the task to build original alien species attending an intergalactic press conference. Director Barry Sonnenfeld is the guest judge.

star 8.18
65 votes
Life in Motion

#4 - Life in Motion

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 22, 2014

An appearance by Lady Gaga's unicorn inspires the creature designers to create a larger-than-life creation with realistic movement, performed on a blacklight soundstage.

star 7.97
39 votes
What Lies Beneath

#5 - What Lies Beneath

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 25, 2014

Ten designers compete in various challenges, having to build everything from whimsical beasts to mechanical characters and, in the series premiere, creatures that live in an undersea world that has remained untouched by humans.

star 7.89
64 votes
Return Of The Skeksis

#6 - Return Of The Skeksis

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 2, 2014

The creature designers are given the chance to reimagine the fictional species Skeksis from "The Dark Crystal." Later, their characters appear in a screen test for the original 1982 film.

star 7.77
86 votes
Heads Up!

#7 - Heads Up!

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 15, 2014

A humor-filled challenge requires the designers to create mounted creature heads that magically come to life under the spell of a wizard played by Donald Faison.

star 7.62
68 votes
Assembly Inspired

#8 - Assembly Inspired

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 8, 2014

Unconventional materials from a junkyard are used to create scrap-fantasy creatures that are trapped inside a hanging cage.

star 7.52
75 votes