Famous Escapes features well known escapes from history including:
- Casanova, accused of witchcraft, escapes from his dungeon
- Confederate soldier escapes hanging by the Union forces
- Queen Elizabeth escapes assassination
- Napoleon escapes from Elba and returns to Paris
- Captain John Smith escapes from execution with the help of Pocahontas
- Earl of Nithsdale escapes the Tower of London the day before his execution by changing clothes with his wife
The shows are fascinating dramatic stories of how people escape against seemingly impossible odds. There is at least on tale of failed escaped attempts: Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette caught by a mob during the Revolution.