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Henry VIII and the King's MenHenry VIII and the King's Men
Smithsonian Channel, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, History, Documentary

To many, the legacy of King Henry VIII begins and ends with his six wives. But remarkable though his marital history is, it is not what defines him. Just as influential were the men who surrounded him before and during his 37-year reign as King of England. Join host Dr. Tracy Borman as she reveals the story of Britain's most famous monarch and how his male advisors, ministers, family, and friends molded his views, shaped his destiny, suffered his ruthlessness, and, in the end, exploited his vulnerability.


The Living BeachThe Living Beach
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Where do waves come from, and why are they always parallel to the shore, no matter which way the shore faces? THE LIVING BEACH highlights the world's most unique and amazing beaches, and reveals how physics, nature and our own interactions contribute to the creation and evolution of these coastlines.


Space VoyagesSpace Voyages
Smithsonian Channel, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

This four part series explores the challenges and opportunities of modern space exploration. NASA is sizing up a new but familiar challenge: how to transport humans into deep space. After 30 years spent circling the Earth, NASA is building spacecraft to take astronauts beyond the Moon to an asteroid and eventually Mars. From rocket testers in Mississippi, to capsule builders in Florida, this is the story of the spacecraft and the technicians aiming to follow in the footsteps of their Apollo ancestors.


City Wildlife RescueCity Wildlife Rescue
Smithsonian Channel Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

For the dedicated staff at the Toronto Wildlife Center, caring for an ill or injured animal and returning them to their natural habitat as soon as possible is its own reward. Watch as their amazing stories of compassion and triumph unfold.


The Real Mad Men of AdvertisingThe Real Mad Men of Advertising
Smithsonian Channel, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Follow the evolution of advertising from the 1950s through the 1980s, via interviews with the industry's top ad executives, and through classic ads and commercials.


Coastal AfricaCoastal Africa
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
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The narrow coast that runs along the southern tip of Africa is home to an abundance of vibrant wildlife, thanks to the two ocean currents that wash up along its opposite shores. Explore the vast ecosystems that make it a haven for biodiversity.


Major League LegendsMajor League Legends
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Sports, Documentary

They were mythical gods of the stadium who symbolized the American Dream. No one in baseball could match the power, the popularity, the consistency, or the durability of Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Lou Gehrig. But their accomplishments on the field only tell part of their remarkable stories. Narrated by Martin Sheen, Major League Legends goes beyond the highlight reels. Join us as we examine these men's lives before, during, and after they came up to the plate and swung their way into American history.


Sports DetectivesSports Detectives

Some of the most coveted and valuable treasures from history's greatest games and players are missing or misidentified. It's up to the Sports Detectives to find the items and get to the truth. Follow private investigator Kevin Barrows and sports reporter Lauren Gardner as they travel the country on the hunt for Ali's missing Olympic gold medal, Jim Craig's Miracle on Ice flag, Dale Earnhardt's first racecar, and other legendary items.


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