For many years of its existence… People joked that the History Channel should have been named the ‘Hitler Channel’ – because of the ceaseless broadcasts of World War II documentaries. Secrets of World War 2, More Secrets of World War 2, Still More Secrets of World War 2….viewers had to wonder if there would come a day when all the war’s secrets would be learned. Proper historical programming was rare, but valuable- Civil War Journal, History vs. Hollywood, and The Revolution- were all beloved by buffs and novices alike. Cable channels realized the money to be made in the gutters of ‘reality’ programming, the tide was unleashed and it swept away the History Channel.
Historical shows were replaced by… suicidal truck drivers, alligator hunters, angry lumberjacks, and pawn shops. Where is the Civil War, Revolution, Presidents- Ken Burns where are you?!? What passes for history now? Prehistoric aliens mating with humans? Cool gadgets and how they’re made? Redneck UFO sightings? Junk Peddlers ripping off hoarders? Help us Ken Burns, you’re our only hope…..