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Sacred SitesSacred Sites
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 On Hiatus | History, Documentary
Rating: 4/5

Was the remarkable mountain-carved city of Petra once ruled by women? Did the Knights Templar belong to an obscure cult that worshipped John the Baptist? Did the Pueblo civilization of Chaco Canyon practice cannibalism? Sacred Sites spans the globe to visit some of the world's most remarkable ancient religious structures. Through recent archaeological discoveries and scientific breakthroughs, we offer fresh insights into the civilizations that built these sites, and examine their sometimes controversial, taboo practices.


Ten Steps to DisasterTen Steps to Disaster
Smithsonian Channel, 2021 Running | Documentary
Rating: 2/5

When a catastrophe occurs, the questions immediately arise. How did it happen? Who was responsible? And can it happen again? Often, the tragedy isn't triggered by a single cause but by a string of errors. This series investigates four of modern history's worst disasters-the JFK assassination, the 9/11 attack, the 737 Max crashes, and the Deepwater Horizon explosion-and reveals ten crucial mistakes behind each one. Weaving archive and interviews, we detail what went wrong and what steps have been taken to prevent similar events from reoccurring.


The Curious Life and Death Of...The Curious Life and Death Of...

Author and medical historian Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris will use science, tests, and demonstrations to shed new light on famous deaths, ranging from drug lord Pablo Escobar to magician Harry Houdini. Using her lab to perform virtual autopsies, experiment with blood samples, interview witnesses and conduct real-time demonstrations, Dr. Fitzharris will put everything about these mysterious deaths to the test. Along the way, she'll be joined by a revolving cast of experts, including Scotland Yard detectives, medical examiners, weapons gurus and more.


America's Secret Space HeroesAmerica's Secret Space Heroes
Smithsonian Channel, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Sci-Fi, History, Documentary

America's Secret Space Heroes is about the stories of the engineers and scientists responsible for the space program.


Make It Out AliveMake It Out Alive
Smithsonian Channel, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 3/5

When disaster strikes, it often comes without warning, catching people off guard and forcing split-second decisions that mean the difference between life and death. This series revisits some of the most harrowing calamities of the last 75 years, from the Oklahoma monster tornado of 1999 to the Mount St. Helens eruption to the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Through firsthand accounts, we follow the fortunes of those who found themselves in the middle of catastrophe and fought to make it out alive.


Aerial GreeceAerial Greece
Smithsonian Channel, 2021 Cancelled/Ended | Travel, Documentary

There's no better way to take in Greece's great diversity, natural beauty, and mythic grandeur than to experience it from a god's-eye-view. This exhilarating aerial tour whisks you away on a four-part, cross-country journey above the heart of Athens, over the timeless, contrasting Aegean archipelago, and across eastern islands of mesmerizing beauty and priceless heritage. Along with the physical splendors, we also explore the human stories of the people who embody the ingenuity, resilience, and vibrant spirit of this remarkable country.


Britain in ColourBritain in Colour
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 On Hiatus | History, Documentary, Biography
Rating: 3/5

The early half of the 20th century was an era of great power, leadership, and transformation for Britain. The British Empire controlled over a quarter of the earth's land, the Royal Family struggled to rebrand itself in order to save the monarchy, and Winston Churchill boosted morale and resolve in the nation's deepest moment of need. Using cutting-edge digital technology, witness the dramatic stories of kings, queens, colonists, and a maverick prime minister, presented entirely in color.


Epic YellowstoneEpic Yellowstone
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary, Mini-Series
Rating: 5/5

It's a place where snow meets fiery underground forces, where waters travel from Rocky Mountain peaks to the Great Plains, and where age-old battles between predator and prey take place. This is Yellowstone, home to some of the most spectacular landscapes and wildlife in America. Join host Bill Pullman on an exploration of its colorful springs and raging waters, its glittering winters and lush summers, and its returning packs of predators and vast array of winged creatures.


The Weapon HunterThe Weapon Hunter
Smithsonian Channel, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | Reality

History buff and restoration expert Paul Shull goes on a quest to get his hands on some of the world's rarest and most remarkable pieces of military history in the new Smithsonian Channel original series, THE WEAPON HUNTER. The six episode series chronicles Shull's adventures as he finds, fixes, and fires the antique weapons that have been used throughout history.


World of WeaponsWorld of Weapons
Smithsonian Channel, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | Reality, History

Weapons comprise an ever-evolving arsenal that has transformed combat - helping build empires, destroy them and deter aggression. This series highlights some of the world's most important and innovative weapons and how and why they work, what problems they solve on the battlefield and give fresh insight into their role in history. Along the way, renowned international experts look at weapons and war as a way to explain human progress and how they may determine our fate.