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Searching for SecretsSearching for Secrets
Smithsonian Channel, 2021 On Hiatus | Documentary
Rating: 3/5

Every great metropolis has its secrets, some tucked away in the annuls of history and others hidden in plain sight. From the single golden fire hydrant in San Francisco to the strange shape of London's black cab to Berlin's pink pipes, city landmarks often embody unknown stories, some whimsical, some sinister, but all fascinating in their own way. Join us as we journey back in time to uncover buried tales in cities across the globe, following local guides and historians on a six-part journey that is both travel exposé and urban mystery.


America in ColorAmerica in Color
Smithsonian Channel, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary, Biography
Rating: 5/5

From the 1920s through the 1960s, America transformed from a young country on the rise into a global superpower. Using digital colorization technology, we present these formative decades as few have seen them, revisiting 50 vibrant years of good times and great despair, technological triumphs and natural disasters, and global villains and national heroes.


SecretsSecrets
Smithsonian Channel, 2013 On Hiatus | Mystery, History, Documentary
Rating: 3/5

The Sphinx. El Dorado. The Shroud of Turin. Our world holds remarkable relics that are full of secrets, written in stone, gold, and blood. Discovering the truths behind their mysteries could change history as we know it. Join us as we travel the globe and come face-to-face with these puzzling treasures. We explore hidden corners, decipher ancient documents, and apply groundbreaking research and forensic techniques with one goal in mind: to discover the truth about these fabled cities, monuments, and remnants, and to share it with the world.


Hell BelowHell Below
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 On Hiatus | Documentary, Military/War
Rating: 5/5

A new Smithsonian Channel series will chart the stealthy game of undersea warfare from the greatest submarine campaigns of World War II. It profiles the strategic masterminds behind the brutal tactics of Nazi U-boats and reveals the extraordinary feats of Allied subs in the Atlantic and Pacific. Both the Axis and Allies employed unrestricted submarine warfare to bring their enemies to their knees in World War II. Submariners on both sides were a special breed of warrior, always volunteers, often fighting alone. Sub warfare evolved rapidly during the war, as German U-Boats and American submarines attacked military targets and commercial shipping. Submarine attacks created chaos and unnerved adversaries. And while the world's oceans provided concealment and protection, the environment was unforgiving. Each hour-long episode of Hell Below features expert analysis and stock footage along with dramatic re-enactments filmed aboard authentic World War II era submarines, placing viewers in the heart of the action.


Alaska Aircrash InvestigationsAlaska Aircrash Investigations
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 5/5

A wedding flyover that turned tragic. A commuter flight that mysteriously veered off course and slammed into a mountain. A pilot and passenger who survived a crash only to succumb to the raging currents of an icy waterway. These are just a few of roughly 100 aircraft accidents that occurred in Alaska in 2015 and challenged one of the busiest and most unique offices of the National Transportation Safety Board. Follow NTSB investigators as they attempt to determine the probable cause of each crash, be it man, machine, or environment.


Apollo's Moon ShotApollo's Moon Shot
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary, Biography

In 1961, President Kennedy issued a grand challenge: to land a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth by the end of the decade. What followed was a series of daring missions against an almost impossible timeline on the most complicated spacecraft ever built. Revisit an era when NASA's team of engineers and astronauts gambled everything to embark on humankind's most ambitious journey, brought to life through archival interviews, rarely seen footage, and artifacts from the vaults of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.


Million Dollar American PrincessesMillion Dollar American Princesses
Smithsonian Channel, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary
Rating: 1/5

This series explores the time between the 1870s and the outbreak of World War One, when more than 200 daughters of America's new industrial millionaires marry into the money-strapped British aristocracy. They use their affluence, allure and ingenuity to their advantage, and they bring dramatic changes to the English ruling class and eventually the world.


Mystic BritainMystic Britain
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 On Hiatus | Mystery, Documentary
Rating: 4/5

Over Britain's tens of thousands of years of civilization, its history has played host to a series of strange and mysterious rituals, events, and cultures. British talk show host Clive Anderson and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota travel across the U.K. to explore the sacred sites and supernatural beliefs of the ancient Britons. By examining their mystic places and practices, they hope to unlock the secrets of their ancestors and better understand the worlds in which they lived.


Aerial CitiesAerial Cities
Smithsonian Channel, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

The most expansive and ambitious aerial series in U.S. television history - Aerial America - is taking a closer look at the nation's great urban areas in a new six-part spinoff series, Aerial Cities. Each episode reveals fascinating insights in the day and night life of some of America's most famed metropolises: Las Vegas, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Along with showcasing each city's iconic landmarks and often-surprising history, the series' 4K cameras capture a bird's-eye perspective of the frenzy of work and play that make each city so distinctive - from morning yoga on Miami Beach to the dizzying job of changing a lightbulb at the top of Seattle's Space Needle and the highest open-air cocktail bar in the Western Hemisphere in L.A.'s newest skyscraper.


Atomic Age DeclassifiedAtomic Age Declassified
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary
Rating: 4/5

There's a reason they called it theoretical physics. No one really knew for sure what would happen when we split the atom. At Los Alamos, the famous scientist Enrico Fermi jokingly suggested a bet: the bomb would ignite the atmosphere - and end all life on earth. Not everyone thought it was funny. The sky didn't catch fire, but the mushroom cloud over the New Mexico desert that day cast a long shadow. It began an explosive era of secrecy and fear that we still live with today. ATOMIC AGE DECLASSIFIED tells the untold stories of a time that brought us to the edge of human possibility - and the verge of total annihilation - more times than we ever knew.