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Carriers at WarCarriers at War
Smithsonian Channel, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | Reality

They're massive metal beasts, transporting over one billion dollars' worth of U.S. Navy aircraft across hostile waters to bring air power against the enemy. This is an unprecedented look at life inside the U.S. Navy's premier supercarriers, above and below deck. From the building of these floating airports to the tough jobs required to keep them running, we celebrate the highly trained crew and the machines that allow them to bring the fight to anywhere on the planet.


The Lost TapesThe Lost Tapes
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Comedy, Documentary

Encounter the Pearl Harbor attacks, the L.A. riots, the Son of Sam murders and Patty Hearst's kidnapping the way they unfolded on TVs and radios across America. We present these shocking events from the 20th century, not through traditional journalistic reportage, but in real-time, as they were covered by national and local news broadcasts. This footage, much of which has not been seen in decades, gives an intimacy and immediacy to stories we thought we knew but will now rediscover through a unique perspective.


Extreme Airport AfricaExtreme Airport Africa

In southern Africa, risk-taking bush pilots brave rough runways, blazing fires and wild animals.


Impossible RepairsImpossible Repairs
Smithsonian Channel, 2021 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Host Mike Davidson is on a globetrotting mission to get an up-close look at some of the most incredible machines on Earth and to meet the hard-hat heroes that keep them running. This six-part series will take us from the forests of the Pacific Northwest for a heli-logging expedition, to the jungles of the Panama Canal for some big track repairs, to the Alps of Switzerland aboard one of Europe's busiest haulers, and detail how each team overcomes violent storms, mechanical failures, arctic conditions, and more to keep their machines operating.


An American Aristocrat's Guide to Great EstatesAn American Aristocrat's Guide to Great Estates
Smithsonian Channel, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | History, Housing/Building, Documentary | ► Trailer
Rating: 3/5

American-born Julie Montagu, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke, visits great estates in the United Kingdom.


Inside Mighty MachinesInside Mighty Machines
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 On Hiatus | Documentary

Working alongside salvage teams, former NASA engineer Chad Zdenek takes apart huge machines piece by piece to figure out how they were built and how they worked; he explores the impact of each invention and how it changed the world.


Aerial BritainAerial Britain
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Join us on an exhilarating journey through the skies as we explore the rich history and breathtaking landmarks of England, Wales and Scotland. From the rolling hills of the countryside to the bustling cities, see the beauty of the United Kingdom like never before in Aerial Britain.


Aerial AdventuresAerial Adventures

Take a soaring tour of America from above.


High Maintenance (2020)High Maintenance (2020)
Smithsonian Channel, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | Comedy, Reality, Documentary
Rating: 5/5

Each episode features amazing engineering facts about unique structures and systems including the Sir Adam Beck Hydroelectric Generating Stations at Niagara Falls, the Montreal Metro - one of North America's largest urban rapid transit schemes, and the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in California, the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world. The series will introduce viewers to some remarkable characters who shoulder huge responsibility maintaining them on a daily basis to keep the general public safe.


The Pacific War in ColorThe Pacific War in Color

The Pacific War in Color immerses viewers in a graphic and dramatic look through an unfiltered lens. Rare home movies from servicemen capture intimate images of troops on tropical beaches, naval hazing rituals when sailors cross the equator, and morale-boosting USO shows on dusty desert islands. Personal movies shot by pilots in cockpits crackle with intensity, and color combat footage bursts with the nervous energy of storming beaches, white-knuckle dogfights and face-to-face island-hopping warfare. Remarkable home movies from General Douglas MacArthur show his family in the Philippines before the war and later in Japan after the surrender, offering a different view of life during wartime.