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Inside the Food FactoryInside the Food Factory
Smithsonian Channel, 2021 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

Most of the food products you find in your supermarket (and in your kitchen for that matter) have likely traveled through as many as 30 different machines. Whether it's a box of frozen pizza or a jar of instant coffee, a bottled soft drink or a packaged Kit Kat bar, each product owes its existence to the brilliant engineering and mind-bending technology found inside the world's many food plants. Join host Gregg Wallace as reveals factory secrets and explores the marvels of mass-production that create the snacks, sweets, and beverages we love.


First Ladies RevealedFirst Ladies Revealed
Smithsonian Channel, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary, Mini-Series

Some used captivating style to boost diplomacy. Some offered compassionate calm in days of war. Some embraced the role they never expected to make a difference. And some seized the role they always dreamed of to blaze a trail. Every first lady has their own tale to tell, and this series examines some of the women who left their indelible mark on the White House and in history. Join us as we go beyond the public lives to tell the private stories of Dolley Madison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and more.


The Real StoryThe Real Story
Smithsonian Channel, 2009 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Braveheart, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, True Grit, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Master and Commander. These films achieved enormous success, but in bringing them to the big screen, the truth was often left behind. Now, separate fact from fiction and real life from reel life.


Concorde: The Untold StoryConcorde: The Untold Story

Discover the challenges and espionage behind the race to build the first supersonic airliner.


Amazing DogsAmazing Dogs
Smithsonian Channel, 2019 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

The story of dogs is an epic tale millions of years in the making. Biologist Patrick Aryee examines the canine group, made up of 36 extraordinary species, from the majestic wolf to the cunning fox to our loyal household pet. Travel across the globe, from the Americas to Asia and Africa, and discover how dogs have evolved in order to survive and thrive in some of the planet's wildest landscapes.


Zoo VetsZoo Vets
Smithsonian Channel Cancelled/Ended | Reality, Documentary
Rating: 3/5

It takes a special kind of veterinarian to act as dolphin surgeon one day, tiger dentist or camel acupuncturist the next. Meet the ultimate medical multitaskers, the men and women tending to thousands of species at zoos and aquariums across the country. These caretakers work around the clock, making life and death decisions and pushing the limits of veterinary science to treat their patients. They are diversified doctors, facing endless varieties of anatomies, personalities and peculiarities, but united by one trait: an immense love of animals.


BoomtownersBoomtowners
Smithsonian Channel, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | Talent, Lifestyle, Reality
Rating: 4/5

The show plunges into a modern-day "gold rush" that's attracting thousands of people from all over the country to the Bakken, a region of North Dakota. An oil boom has turned the area into the epicenter of a white-hot industrial revolution, but a rise in jobs has also led to a surge in population and living costs. Experience this phenomenon first-hand through the eyes of newcomers and longtime residents trying to make a living there in this groundbreaking new docu-series about tapping into the American dream.


Animal EmpiresAnimal Empires
Smithsonian Channel, 2016 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary
Rating: 4/5

Journey to the beautiful and dangerous places that play host to wildlife's migrations and congregations. Loud and full of life, herds, flocks and schools of creatures gather in these extraordinary Animal Empires to feed, mate and survive.


Wild CastlesWild Castles
Smithsonian Channel, 2017 Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

The abandoned castles of Europe are magnificent markers of the continent's tempestuous history, but where they once hosted royalty, these empty, hulking structures are now overtaken by the wildlife and rich natural environments flourishing around them. From the exquisite brown bears and aquatic salamanders of Predjama Castle, to the Neuschwanstein Castle that inspired the fictional fortresses of some of Disney's most iconic princesses, explore the curious history of these imposing European structures and the creatures that now call them home.


Strange CreaturesStrange Creatures
Smithsonian Channel, 2015 Cancelled/Ended | Documentary

The amazing thing about nature is the number of ways it continues to surprise us - and in the case of these unique creatures, it appears we're barely scratching the surface. Spend some time in the company of nature's evolutionary mavericks.


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