Browse - Most popular shows on Smithsonian Channel






Smithsonian Channel DocumentariesSmithsonian Channel Documentaries
Smithsonian Channel, 1992 Running | Documentary
Rating: 5/5

The content of these documentaries are inspired by the Smithsonian Institution's museums, research facilities and magazines - and feature original non-fiction programming that cover a wide range of historical, scientific and cultural subjects.


Aerial ItalyAerial Italy
Smithsonian Channel, 2023 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 3/5

Take in the sights and sounds of Italy from the sky and learn about Europe's boot from heel to toe.


Rock'N'Roll InventionsRock'N'Roll Inventions
Smithsonian Channel, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Music, Reality

Crank up the volume as we go behind the power chords and pounding rhythms to celebrate the innovations that made rock 'n' roll what it is today. Join us as we explore the instruments, special effects, and moments of inspiration that gave the world vinyl, electric guitars, synthesizers, digital singles, and even laser shows. Music legends Martha Reeves, Dave Davies, and others share their insights, all accompanied by the classic and modern hits that have provided the soundtrack to our lives.


Aerial AfricaAerial Africa
Smithsonian Channel, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

This epic series explores stunning vistas and extraordinary stories from the tip of the continent in Cape Town, South Africa, to the powerful Zambezi River in Zambia. From the air, the series showcases the places, wildlife and personalities that have left a permanent imprint on Africa, including a young Xhosa boy who grew up to be Nelson Mandela, and the Scottish explorer Dr. David Livingstone, whose adventures in Africa became world-famous. The series ranges from the Wild South Coast to Johannesburg, Botswana, the Skeleton Coast of Namibia and the majestic lands of Zambia.


Catching Killers (2012)Catching Killers (2012)
Smithsonian Channel, 2012 Cancelled/Ended | Crime, Documentary

Landmark criminal investigations that used forensic tools to solve the cases are recalled.


Into the Wild New ZealandInto the Wild New Zealand
Smithsonian Channel, 2022 On Hiatus | Documentary, Nature
Rating: 5/5

This five-part series explores the unique wildlife of New Zealand, from loyal little penguins and playful parrots to predatory lizards and boisterous seals.


Big Cat CountryBig Cat Country
Smithsonian Channel, 2020 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Journey to Zambia's Luangwa Valley, a landscape abundant with prey. In the spectacular wilderness, two neighboring lion prides lay claim to prime hunting territory. The mighty MKs and the Hollywood lionesses must find mates to ensure their future. When the Nomads, a group of rampaging young males, invade their land in search of new territory, these two prides are in for the fight of their lives.


Epic Warrior WomenEpic Warrior Women

Epic Warrior Women highlights the women who fought just as courageously, skillfully and fiercely as male warriors of their time. With stunning re-enactments, original costumes, historic locations and CG animation, the three-part series chronicles the military achievements of the original Amazon horse warriors of the Steppe, probes the highly-trained female gladiators of Ancient Rome and concludes with the feared all-female regiments of Dahomey that shaped African history.


Fishing for GiantsFishing for Giants
Smithsonian Channel, 2018 Cancelled/Ended | Reality

Andy Coetzee has navigated the oceans in an attempt to reel in the world's largest and most elusive fish. Viewers watch as Coetzee braves one of the most treacherous rivers on the planet, dive into the predatory waters of Western Africa, and enter uncharted regions of the Indian Ocean as he seeks the Nile perch, the giant barracuda, and the dogtooth tuna. Coetzee has made it his mission to do whatever it takes -no matter how dangerous- to catch these great giants.


The Hunt for Eagle 56The Hunt for Eagle 56
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

On April 23, 1945, the U.S. Navy warship USS Eagle 56 exploded off the coast of Portland, Maine due to a malfunction of the ship's boilers...or so the official report said. For decades, questions and confusion about the tragedy have plagued its survivors and their families. Some believe the sinking was actually the result of an attack by a rogue German U-boat. A civilian-led dive expedition attempts to discover the lost wreckage and find out what really happened, uncovering fresh clues, startling eyewitness accounts, and a possible cover-up.