History Channel?

Not much history here

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.

Maybe his ancestors were aliens?

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…..



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7 responses to “History Channel?

  1. I miss the old History Channel. At least the premium cable channel H2 partly makes up for it by offering those original documentaries, including all the WWII ones. Also, in my opinion, The Revolution was their best production ever!

  2. I have to say “Amen!” to this post. The dribble being fed to the public in the name of History is pathetic. The only thing more pathetic is the way the public is licking it up, and then asking “more please.”

  3. The History Channel has definitely changed in the past few years. At least we have history blogs.

  4. Well said; thankfully Ken Burns documentaries have been posted on Hulu. Not a huge fan of live action docu’s, watched one about Abigail Adams and had to turn it off. Its one thing to create a docu-drama, but having actors talking as if they’re the subject matter is kinda strange.

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