The BEST Episodes of The Untold History of the United States

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 4, 2020

Network: Showtime

The Untold History of the United States (also known as Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States) is a 2012 documentary series created, directed, produced, and narrated by Oliver Stone about the reasons behind the Cold War, the decision to drop the atomic bombs, and changes in America's global role since the fall of Communism.

Chapter 1 - World War Two

#1 - Chapter 1 - World War Two

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 12, 2012

The crucial years of the Second World War. Stone, on the one hand, denounces the steadfastness of Allied forces in the face of the rise of Nazi-fascist regimes and the Americans' choice to use atomic weapons at the end of the conflict, on the other. He celebrates the sacrifice of the Soviet people who succeeded in curbing Hitler's advance, allowing the Allied forces to win the war.

star 8.45
528 votes
Directors: Oliver Stone
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Chapter 9 - Bush & Clinton: American Triumphalism - New World Order

#2 - Chapter 9 - Bush & Clinton: American Triumphalism - New World Order

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 7, 2013

George W. Bush's doctrine of endless war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the continued cannibalization of the U.S. economy. Squandered chances given by the end of the Cold War. A new USA, the National Security Fortress.

star 8.44
277 votes
Chapter 3 - The Bomb

#3 - Chapter 3 - The Bomb

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 26, 2012

The strategies behind the U.S. atomic bombings of Japan are explored as well as the new mythology that emerged from the war. The bombing haunted the Soviets and mistrust towards the Allies grew quickly.

star 8.33
385 votes
Directors: Oliver Stone
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Chapter 10 - Bush & Obama: Age of Terror

#4 - Chapter 10 - Bush & Obama: Age of Terror

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 14, 2013

In the Season 1 finale, the war on terrorism and the presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama are examined.

star 8.21
331 votes
Chapter 7 - Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune

#5 - Chapter 7 - Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 24, 2012

The war in Vietnam reaches a turning point; President Nixon's involvement in Watergate comes to light.

star 8.11
209 votes
Chapter 5 - The 50s: Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World

#6 - Chapter 5 - The 50s: Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 10, 2012

Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles replace Truman. Stalin dies but relations with the Soviet Union turn colder. The H-bomb and the doctrine of nuclear annihilation are explored, as are the Korean War and U.S. rearmament. McCarthyism grows and so does the ruthlessness of U.S. policy towards a Third World. Eisenhower emerges as a game changer.

star 8.10
268 votes
Directors: Oliver Stone
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Chapter 8 - Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World: Rise of the Right

#7 - Chapter 8 - Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World: Rise of the Right

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 31, 2012

Ronald Reagan succeeds Jimmy Carter; Reagan and the Soviet Union's Mikhail Gorbachev powwow; and Reagan's legacy is examined.

star 8.09
289 votes
Chapter 6 - JFK: To the Brink

#8 - Chapter 6 - JFK: To the Brink

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 17, 2012

JFK and the Bay of Pigs; on the brink of total war during Cuban Missile Crisis; early Vietnam; JFK's attempts at peace with Khrushchev; JFK assassinated. Directed and narrated by Oliver Stone.

star 8.09
302 votes
Directors: Oliver Stone
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Chapter 2 - Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace

#9 - Chapter 2 - Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 19, 2012

Highlights from the historical upset of Harry Truman replacing Henry Wallace as Roosevelt's Vice President. Exploration of the relationship between the US and the Soviet Union and the beginnings of the Cold War.

star 8.06
445 votes
Directors: Oliver Stone
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Chapter 4 - The Cold War - 1945-1950

#10 - Chapter 4 - The Cold War - 1945-1950

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 3, 2012

The equation changes: specific month-by-month causes of the Cold War emerge and it is not entirely clear who started it. Highlights include Churchill's Iron Curtain speech, the civil war in Greece and the Red Scare that prompts the rise of Joseph McCarthy, the House Un-American Activities Committee and the FBI.

star 7.97
281 votes