History Channel Documentaries

#1 - The Real Attila the Hun

Season 2002 - Episode 1

#2 - The Real Sherlock Holmes

Season 2010 - Episode 48

A documentary about the real life inspirations for Sherlock Holmes. A leading Nineteenth Century professor of medicine, Dr. Joseph Bell was a pioneer in a new science that later would be known as forensic medicine. Joseph Bell is the real life model for the greatest fictional detective in history. Joseph Bell is the real life model for the greatest fictional detective in history. He inspired his student, Arthur Conan Doyle to create a legend. Includes interviews with literary historians and Holmes experts and asks the question what is it about this imaginary Victorian detective seem so real.

#3 - The Frozen Tomb of Mongolia

Season 2014 - Episode 1

In the frozen steppes of the Altay, a Franco-Mongolian archeological expedition prepares to excavate the tomb of an Eastern Scythian warrior, 2 300 years old. Their ritual practice of deep burial of the dead, in combination with extreme climatic conditions, may mean that these scientists will discover the last frozen tombs on the planet, and will elucidate the mysteries surrounding this Scythian horseman. Who was he? How did he live? How did he die? This investigation will enable new light to be shed on this forgotten civilization. Alongside the excavations, a family of Kazakh nomads have set up their summer camp, attracted by the unusual activity. Striking similarities appear between the lifestyles and practices of these Kazakhs and the Eastern Scythians, two millennia apart in time. Intertwined with the archeological research is thus a fascinating ethno-archeological study, of one of the last peoples still isolated from modernity, and their possible very ancient ancestors. But for the Kazakhs too, the question arises - how long will they survive in their isolation?

#4 - Spontaneous Human Combustion

Season 2005 - Episode 1

Paranormal investigators, forensic biologists, physicists and fire experts try to explain why a body would suddenly burst into flames. Looks into reports of people who have suddenly burst into flames for no apparent reason. How could a fire be so intense that a victim's torso is destroyed while the legs remain? Interviews relatives of alleged victims and firemen who saw the bodies.

#5 - Tora, Tora, Tora: The True Story of Pearl Harbor

Season 2000 - Episode 1

The real story behind Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor is an account of remarkable military daring, startling military blunders and still-controversial political decisions made at the highest levels. December 7 1941 was a turning point in history. The world was forever changed after the fateful attack on Pearl Harbour. It was the most daring naval and army manoeuvres of all time. In less than two hours without warning a swarm of Japanese fighter planes, each bearing a red sun soared over pearl harbour, Hawaii. At 7.53am a Japanese commander radioed to his pilots, "Tora, Tora, Tora!" In a matter of minutes, bombs and torpedoes fell from the sky paralysing U.S pacific naval forces. The day of infamy began with an intricate well-planned attack and a thunderous roar. The shock and anger over the surprise raid rallied a divided nation together more than any other event known to modern man.

#6 - Desert Storm: The Ultimate War

Season 1996 - Episode 1

Seven years after the fact, the true story of Desert Storm is coming into view. Despite the dominance of the Coalition victory, the outcome was by no means certain when the fighting began. DESERT STORM: THE ULTIMATE WAR uses the testimony of many high ranking American officers to tell the complete tale of the first real test of the new military. Among the fighters interviewed are Army Major General Paul J. Kern (Ret.), Naval Admiral R. Stanley Arthur (Ret.), Marine Major General Michael Myatt (Ret.), Army Vice Chief of Staff General Ronald H. Griffith and Air Force pilot and former POW Colonel Dave Eberly. In their remarkable stories, an intimate portrait of the war emerges, much different from the sanitized version the world saw nightly on CNN. Learn of the revolutionary weapons systems that lived up to their billing in their first real test and those that didn't. Trace the progress of the war through stunning combat footage and the testimony of Lt. General Bernard E. Trainor, USMC Ret., co-author of The General's War: The Inside Story of the Gulf War. And discover how the lessons learned in Iraq have already reshaped the American military, further honing a fighting force transformed since Vietnam.

#7 - The Dark Ages

Season 2008 - Episode 2

A look at European history after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. At its height in the second century A.D., the Roman Empire was the beacon of learning, trade, power and prosperity in the western world. But the once-powerful Rome--rotten to the core by the fifth century--lay open to barbarian warriors who came in wave after wave of invasion, slaughtering, stealing, and ultimately, settling. As chaos replaced culture, Europe was beset by famine, plague, persecutions, and a state of war that was so persistent it was only rarely interrupted by peace. THE DARK AGES profiles those who battled to shape the future, from the warlords whose armies threatened to case the demise of European society, like Alaric, Charles the Hammer, and Clovis; to the men and women who valiantly tended the flames of justice, knowledge, and innovation including Charlemagne, St. Benedict, Empress Theodora, and other brave souls who fought for peace and enlightenment. It was in the shadows of this turbulent millennium that the seeds of modern civilization were sown.

#8 - Joseph: The Silent Saint

Season 2005 - Episode 2

Joseph, the Silent Saint explores one of the greatest biblical mysteries: who, exactly, was the earthly spouse of Mary and father of Jesus? A humble tradesman, he was descended from royalty. He was counseled by angels, chased into a strange land by murderers and adored by a son who would grow up to be called the King of Kings. And yet not one word of his is recorded in the bible.

#9 - The Real American Sniper

Season 2015 - Episode 1

Chris Kyle--an American hero--served four tours in the Iraq war and was one of the most skilled marksmen to serve in the U.S. armed forces. HISTORY tells his powerful story in this poignant one-hour World Premiere special.

#10 - Prehistoric Megastorms: Mega Tsunami

Season 2011 - Episode 2

#11 - The Ten Commandments

Season 2010 - Episode 2

Religious. Some scholars believe the Commandments had different meanings in early times.

#12 - Who Wrote the Bible?

Season 1997 - Episode 2

It is the world's most widely read and revered book, regarded as the Word of God by the faithful and a fascinating historical document by scholars. But what are the facts behind the creation of this immortal text?This two-volume set chronicles new scientific research and theological insight into the origin of the Holy Scriptures. Leading Biblical experts journey back to the land and the times of the Bible's very creation to probe its most profound mysteries: Did Moses really write the Torah? What secrets does the oldest existing piece of the Bible reveal? And what hints of its genesis can the Dead Sea scrolls tell us? From ancient Qumran to Jerusalem and from Galilee to Egypt, the clues this unique inquiry uncovers will intrigue and inspire the faithful and scholarly alike!

#13 - Samurai and The Swastika

Season 2000 - Episode 2

They were unlikely allies, bound together on the principle of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." But despite fighting on opposite sides of the globe and the ideological divide that separated them, Germany and Japan cooperated extensively throughout World War II. Using government documents, the recollections of soldiers and commentary from leading historians, SAMURAI AND THE SWASTIKA tells the long-overlooked story of the strategic alliance between the Axis powers. See how Japan supplied Germany with much-needed raw materials for the war, while German engineers shared sophisticated rocket and jet-propulsion technology with their Japanese counterparts. Jointly, they supported anti-English uprisings in India, giving aid and military supplies to Bose Chandras, a dissident Indian general, and his guerilla army. And in perhaps the boldest scheme of all, they conspired to destroy the Panama Canal and cut off America's Pacific war from its crucial Atlantic supply operations. Here, sophisticated computer animations bring this bold scheme to life in astonishing detail. From the origins of their alliance to a seized shipment of Uranium bound for Japan at the end of the war, this is a compelling look at how the Axis powers supported each other throughout World War II.

#14 - Star Trek: Secrets of the Universe

Season 2013 - Episode 1

Is building our own starship Enterprise possible? Will we ever travel between the stars as easily as they do in Star Trek? JJ Abrams' new feature, Star Trek Into Darkness, hits the screen in a golden age of scientific discoveries. HISTORY is there, giving viewers a deep look behind the scenes, on the set, and into the science--amazing new exoplanets, the physics of Warp drive, and the ideas behind how we might one day live in a Star Trek Universe.

#15 - Lost Ships - The Ghost Of Trafalgar

Season 1998 - Episode 1

#16 - The True Story of Alexander the Great

Season 2004 - Episode 1

Considered the most successful warrior in recorded history, Alexander the Great conquered Asia by age 32. His innovative battle tactics remain a topic of endless fascination to scholars and military leaders. Actor Peter Woodward hosts this absorbing documentary that chronicles Alexander's life through ancient historians' narratives, interviews with contemporary scholars, state-of-the-art reenactments and tours of key historical sites.

#17 - Time Machine: Hollywood Censorship Wars

Season 1994 - Episode 2

A history of film censorship in the U.S. looks at the impact of production codes. Included: how the rules affected the careers of actors and directors, and the making of the "Our Gang" comedies and "Gone with the Wind."

#18 - Manson

Season 2015 - Episode 2

Charles Manson conspires with his minions to murder actress Sharon Tate in 1969.

#19 - The CIA and the Nazis

Season 2009 - Episode 3

#20 - The Marijuana Revolution

Season 2016 - Episode 2

America’s attitude about the use of marijuana is undergoing a seismic shift, and changing by the day. In states where recreational marijuana has been legalized, it’s the wild west for “ganja”-preneurs. But who is behind this bubble and who is driving the market? From growers, to dealers, to business owners, the face of marijuana is surprisingly varied. Take a look inside the labyrinth of the new cannabis industry—where it’s been, where it is now and where it’s going.

#21 - The True Story of Killing Pablo

Season 2002 - Episode 3

The CIA, DEA, Centra Spoke and Delta Force track down cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar.

#22 - After Armageddon

Season 2010 - Episode 3

What have past acts of destruction taught us about what will happen to mankind after the apocalypse? Is it inevitable that disaster will someday strike America on an unprecedented level? How has history prepared us? History's most dramatic events--Hiroshima, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and others--are examined and analyzed with hard data gathered from their massive aftereffects. The disappearance of water and food supplies, the effects of deteriorated sanitation and health care on the remaining population, and the increased use of violence as a means of survival--all illustrate how societies have responded and survived.

#23 - The French Revolution

Season 2005 - Episode 3

On July 14, 1789, a mob of angry Parisians stormed the Bastille and seized the King's military stores. A decade of idealism, war, murder, and carnage followed, bringing about the end of feudalism and the rise of equality and a new world order. The French Revolution is a definitive feature-length documentary that encapsulates this heady (and often headless) period in Western civilization. With dramatic reenactments, illustrations, and paintings from the era, plus revealing accounts from journals and expert commentary from historians, The French Revolution vividly unfurls in a maelstrom of violence, discontent, and fundamental change. King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Maximilien Robespierre, and Napoleon Bonaparte lead a cast of thousands in this essential program from THE HISTORY CHANNEL

#24 - Bible Battles

Season 2008 - Episode 3

A look at the christian bible through the eyes of a military historian.

#25 - Making a Buck

Season 2001 - Episode 3

Counterfeiting is a crime of contradictions. It's the lazy man's road to riches, yet it can take an enormous amount of effort. It's perceived as a victimless offense, yet it's deployed as a weapon of war. And though too much counterfeiting can undermine a nation's economy, counterfeiters throughout history have been hailed as local heroes. Take a 2600-year journey through the history of counterfeiting that introduces legendary characters, reveals incredible stories and features interviews with experts from both sides of the law--including Secret Service agents and a convicted counterfeiter. See evidence of ancient Greek counterfeiting, get the inside scoop on the current re-design of U.S. currency, and discover the ins and outs of the never-ending, billion dollar cat-and-mouse game between forgers and feds. The fact is, making a buck and faking a buck have always gone hand in hand!