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The WORST episodes of History Channel Documentaries

Every episode of History Channel Documentaries ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of History Channel Documentaries!

The History Channel is a satellite and cable TV channel, devoted mainly to historical events and persons. Programming covers a wide array of periods and topics, while similar topics are often organized into themed weeks or daily marathons. Subjects include military history, medieval history, the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, modern engineering, and historical biographies.

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The Real Scorpion King
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#1 - The Real Scorpion King

Season 2002 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/23/2002

It is 3450 BCE. Egypt is in chaos. Nomadic tribes maraud the desert, clashing in bitter conflict for control of land and wealth. Into the struggle steps one man who unites the warring factions and lays the foundation for the greatness of Egyptian civilization. His name is King Scorpion. He is more than a Hollywood action hero, he is real, and is one of the founding Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Evidence in King Scorpion's recently discovered tomb, and primitive writing in a remote location in Egypt's Western desert, is revealing that the foundation for Pharaonic Egypt begins earlier than previously believed. The evidence is forcing scholars to rewrite history, establishing a whole new dynasty of Egyptian kings, Dynasty Zero. The quest to uncover the Real Scorpion King is a journey to the origins of Egyptian Civilization and the birth of history.

Sex in the Ancient World: Pompeii
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#2 - Sex in the Ancient World: Pompeii

Season 2009 - Episode 275 - Aired 8/3/2009

The oldest known brothel in the world is discovered in Pompeii. A startling system is revealed that includes widespread prostitution and sexual slavery. Experts piece together the elaborate system and show how the sex trade helped reinforce class and power in Ancient Rome.

A Short History of Ireland
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#3 - A Short History of Ireland

Season 2001 - Episode 21 - Aired 3/17/2001

Based on the book by the same name, this lyrical treatment of Irish history is revealed through stunning photography of its lush countryside and reenactments of historic events--from the ancient Celts to the Williamite War, and onto the bloody Easter Rising and the life of the revolutionary Michael Collins. This episode aired on the History Channel as a preview for the History International channel.

Celebrating the Green: The History of St. Patrick's Day
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#4 - Celebrating the Green: The History of St. Patrick's Day

Season 1998 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/15/1998

In Ireland, March 17th is a feast day honoring the bishop who Christianized the island; but in America it's a boisterous celebration of Irish heritage. We'll march up New York's Fifth Avenue with over 150,000 celebrants at the largest and oldest parade on the day all Americans are Irish. With Andrew Greeley and Frank McCourt.

Christmas at War
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#5 - Christmas at War

Season 1995 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/24/1995

In the jungles of Vietnam, soldiers decorated palm trees and gave makeshift gifts to comrades. In the bitter chill of Valley Forge, Washington's men wrote longing letters home to family and loved ones who prayed for their safe return. In the blistering sands of Desert Storm, USO Santas cheered the homesick troops. CHRISTMAS AT WAR is a fascinating look at the way fighting men have dealt with the season of peace throughout history. Heartwarming and heartbreaking, it is a testament to the strength and flexibility of the human spirit. Hear the words of Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers in letters to home. See rare footage of Christmas celebrations in World War II, from Europe's frozen battlefields to South Pacific islands. Discover incredible tales of unspoken cease-fires, when enemy troops have discarded their uniforms and hostilities for one night. It's an intimate, moving look at the way fighting men reconcile the reality of war with the celebration of peace, an unforgettable portrait of humanity at its most human.

Directors: Robert Kirk
Voodoo Secrets
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#6 - Voodoo Secrets

Season 2005 - Episode 278 - Aired 5/1/2005

A cult of magic spells, diabolical curses, satanic worship, human sacrifice, zombies, and dolls stuck with pins? Experts explain how, over the past few centuries, the ancient religion of Voodoo has been systematically maligned, persecuted, and nearly wiped out. To uncover the truth behind Voodoo, we travel to where it began at least 5,000 years ago on the central west coast of Africa. In the tiny nation of Benin, Voodoo is practiced today as it has been for thousands of years. Our cameras captured a rarely-seen event--an African Voodoo ceremony with animal sacrifice. We also investigate grisly events blamed on Voodoo, such as: the sinking of a ferry in Haiti that killed 200 people and was blamed on a Voodoo curse; death of Robert Tallant, author of the 1947 bestseller Voodoo in New Orleans; and how Marie Laveau, the "Queen of Voodoo" in New Orleans, saved two men from the gallows in 1850. Could these tales be true?

Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree
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#7 - Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree

Season 2006 - Episode 254 - Aired 10/29/2006

When a team of Dracula hunters, notably members of a family linked to the real-life Prince Vlad Dracul, tries to unearth the truth about the tyrant, they are haunted by mystifying events, misfortune, and tragedy 500 years after the 15th-century prince died.

Witch Hunt
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#8 - Witch Hunt

Season 2004 - Episode 286 - Aired 10/31/2004

Theatrical special drawn from the trial excerpts presenting new theories about the famous events in Salem Village

Directors: Lisa Wolfinger
The Real Wolfman
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#9 - The Real Wolfman

Season 2009 - Episode 276 - Aired 10/28/2009

In the mid 1700s, a mysterious beast viciously attacked and killed 102 villagers in the French village of Gevaudan. The victims, mostly women and children, were mauled and decapitated, their naked bodies all bearing the bite marks of a non-human creature. The killings mark the largest number of alleged werewolf attacks in history and are the basis of the Hollywood Wolfman legend. Venture deep into the mythology and folklore of werewolves with renowned cryptozoologist Ken Gerhardt and veteran criminal profiler George Deuchar as they investigate this reviled creature that brutally kills when the moon is full. In their investigation, they uncover intriguing paranormal transformations, diseases that make men look and act like animals, strange but true stories of children raised by wolves and, eventually, the dark side of human nature in the horrific truth behind the Gevaudan werewolf attacks

Inside The Volcano
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#10 - Inside The Volcano

Season 2006 - Episode 253 - Aired 12/1/2006

Travel around the globe, and below its surface, to plumb the mysteries of the always-fascinating volcano. From gorgeous, pyrotechnic lava floes on Hawaii to awe-inspiring mushroom-clouds, humans cannot help but be fascinated by the earth-shaking grandeur of volcanoes. For four billion years, volcanoes have impacted life on earth. Empires have been destroyed, civilizations decimated – not to mention the possible extinction of dinosaurs and spurring of Ice Ages. And, like tuning a car engine by measuring its emissions, we can learn how our planet works by measuring the elements emitted from its diabolical vents.

Directors: Mashizan Masjum
Titanic: 100 Years in 3D
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#11 - Titanic: 100 Years in 3D

Season 2012 - Episode 38 - Aired 8/14/2012

The 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic...a new look in 3-D

Stories from the Road to Freedom
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#12 - Stories from the Road to Freedom

Season 2013 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/23/2013

Violent Earth: Katrina: Send In The Guard
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#13 - Violent Earth: Katrina: Send In The Guard

Season 2006 - Episode 31 - Aired 10/3/2006

Last Days on Earth
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#14 - Last Days on Earth

Season 2006 - Episode 29 - Aired 8/30/2006

How smart are we as a civilization? Smart enough to control our own destiny and avoid the cataclysms that could end life as we know it? Using state-of-the-art computer-generated graphics and interviews with the world’s top scientists, Last Days on Earth takes viewers inside seven of the deadliest threats to humanity. Some have the power to render us extinct, others can destroy the planet; all could entail the end of our civilization. How likely are they to occur, what exactly would happen if they did, and could we survive? Last Days on Earth goes beyond science fiction to science fact, as it takes viewers on a roller-coaster ride through black holes, intelligent robots, asteroid strikes and deadly plagues. Viewers will journey from the outer reaches of the universe to the inner world of DNA.

Banned From the Bible II
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#15 - Banned From the Bible II

Season 2007 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/8/2007

Take another look at ancient texts that were edited out of the Bible. Are they the missing links to Christ's true teachings or heretical attempts to rewrite history? Explore the kabalistic stories of angels and demons disavowed by orthodox leaders and the apocalyptic visions and the sexual imagery that were barred from the Old Testament. Why was Peter's account of a "Lord of The Rings"-style battle of wits and magic repressed by Rome? With discoveries being made all across the world--in caves ruined temples ancient libraries and monasteries--these tantalizing fragments continue to be found and debated. Are they heresy or hidden truth?

Directors: Geoffrey Madeja
Heaven: Beyond the Grave
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#16 - Heaven: Beyond the Grave

Season 2006 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/10/2006

Heaven has influenced politics, decided the course of nations, become the obsession of learned scholars, and inspired countless works of art. Most of all, the promise of heaven has determined how people have lived their lives...and how they've died. Through interviews with religious scholars and leaders, we explore the concept of heaven and its rich history. We trace the evolution of the idea of an afterlife--from ancient Egypt, through Renaissance writers and artists whose work it inspired, to the uniquely American vision that traveled across the sea on the Mayflower--and explore other religious views of heaven. Our experts also tackle the difficult subject: Can only those who accept Jesus Christ be admitted to heaven? What of the virtuous of other religions? Will they be excluded because they aren't Christian? Our experts discuss this delicate question, reflecting on the idea that perhaps a heaven as we know it waits for each of us on the other side of death.

Russia, Land of the Tsars
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#17 - Russia, Land of the Tsars

Season 2003 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/27/2003

Product Description Its forests stretch from Europe to the Pacific. Its winters have vanquished the mightiest armies ever mustered. Its people have borne the excesses of some of history's most notorious rulers. RUSSIA: LAND OF THE TSARS illuminates the imperial past of the world's largest nation. At the heart of this epic tale are the figures whose names have become legend: Ivan the Terrible who expanded the empire at the rate of 50 miles-and innumerable lives-a day; Peter the Great whose sweeping reforms westernized the nation; and Catherine the Great whose rule was marked by conquest change and controversy. Filmed on location throughout Russia enriched by exclusive visits to important sites and museums and filled with commentary from renowned scholars this is a kaleidoscopic captivating portrait of a land that has endured centuries of despair and rebellion innovation and conflict. DVD Features: 3 Episodes of A&E's Award-Winning Series Biography: Peter the Great: The Tyrant Reformer Ivan the Terrible: Might and Madness Rasputin: The Mad Monk; Tsar Timeline; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection From the Back Cover Its forests stretch from Europe to the Pacific. Its winters have vanquished the mightiest armies ever mustered. Its people have borne the excesses of some of history's most notorious rulers. RUSSIA: LAND OF THE TSARS illuminates the imperial past of the world's largest nation. At the heart of this epic tale are the figures whose names have become legend: Ivan the Terrible, who expanded the empire at the rate of 50 miles--and innumerable lives--a day; Peter the Great, whose sweeping reforms westernized the nation; and Catherine the Great, whose rule was marked by conquest, change and controversy. Filmed on location throughout Russia, enriched by exclusive visits to important sites and museums, and filled with commentary from renowned scholars, this is a kaleidoscopic, captivating portrait of a land that has endured centuries of despair and rebelli

The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling
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#18 - The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling

Season 2000 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/4/2000

A & E goes behind the scenes for a rough-and-tumble look at the people and history behind today's most flamboyant sport-pro wrestling. In addition to interviews with Jesse the Body Ventura, Hulk Hogan, Andr+ª the Giant and many others, you'll be treated to clips of some of the sport's earliest stars.

Directors: Chris Mortensen
High Hitler
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#19 - High Hitler

Season 2004 - Episode 285 - Aired 10/4/2004

Never a robust man, Adolf Hitler was increasingly dependent on his personal physician throughout his time as fuehrer. As a result, the enigmatic and despised doctor, Theodor Morell, may well have played an important role in shaping the course of history, but scholars and World War II buffs have long debated his significance. From the facts that all agree on to more daring theories, HIGH HITLER examines the many aspects of this fascinating tale. Recent findings suggest that the world's most infamous dictator, a teetotal vegetarian, was ruling in an ""altered state,"" but how big a part did Hitler's drug dependency play in the decisions he made? And can any of the blame be assigned to Morrell?

The Samurai: Masters of Sword and Bow
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#20 - The Samurai: Masters of Sword and Bow

Season 2008 - Episode 23 - Aired 8/1/2008

They were the knights of medieval Japan, an elite warrior class that held the reins of power and the fascination of the people for more than 700 years. Masters of sword and bow, driven by an unforgiving code of ethics, they proved ferocious in combat. They beat back foreign invaders and fought each other for land, status, honor and glory.THE SAMURAI explores the extraordinary legacy of martial artistry, ceremony, self-discipline and tenacity in battle that reaches to this day. Modern-day samurai explain the ways of life in the Bushido, while scholars detail the pivotal events in their centuries-long history. From the heyday of the Heian Period (794-1185) to the inevitable decline that followed the opening of Japan in 1853, this is the definitive study of some of world's most famous fighters.

Failure Is Not An Option
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#21 - Failure Is Not An Option

Season 2003 - Episode 17 - Aired 8/24/2003

Documents the United States' space program with insights from the flight engineers, project managers, flight controllers, astronauts, and others involved inside the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Speakers include Chris Kraft, Gene Kranz, Jim Lovell, Jerry Bostick, Ed Fendell, Gene Cernan, John Llewellen, John Aaron, Glynn Lunney, Wally Schirra, and Gerry Griffin. It takes the viewer from the Launch of Sputnik through the moon missions. Based on the Gene Krantz's book of the same name. Narrated by Scott Glenn.

Writer: Gene Krantz
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
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#22 - Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

Season 2015 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/25/2015

A look at the history of the American comedy publication and production company, National Lampoon, from its beginning in the 1970s to 2010, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage. (Source: Unknown)

The Marijuana Revolution
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#23 - The Marijuana Revolution

Season 2016 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/13/2016

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.

The Seven New Signs of the Apocalypse
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#24 - The Seven New Signs of the Apocalypse

Season 2016 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/4/2016

The world seems beset by more catastrophes than ever and some believe the signs of the coming apocalypse are all around us.

Secret Earth: Yellowstone Supervolcano
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#25 - Secret Earth: Yellowstone Supervolcano

Season 2015 - Episode 17 - Aired 12/21/2015

High-school science teacher Craig Beals digs into one of Americas biggest mysteries, the Yellowstone super volcano; Craig is on a mission to find out when it erupted last.

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