Does everyone remember the good old History Channel days? You know, the ones where it was non-stop Adolf Hitler and World War II for twenty hours and then infomercials for the other four? Those days have long since vanished, and the History Channel, like pretty much everything else in this world, is slowly sliding into the crapper. It wasn’t all Hitler, though, they had many specials on the unknown and paranormal activity, but these specials have been replaced with 2012 and Armageddon paranoia as one show after the other tells us how the world is going to end two years from now.
Well, kudos to the History Channel. If the world does end in just two years, my last dying thought can be that they were right and I was forewarned. However, if the world still remains here after the Mayan Doomsday prediction, then the channel should just shut down.
I, like many, had the channel on constantly; there was a time where I watched nothing else. But slowly, this channel is losing it’s credibility. I have a fascination with UFO’s and aliens as much as the next guy, but did we really need a second show about it to be added to the mix? (UFO Hunters replacing UFO Files) And how about these wonderfully dramatized Monsterquest and Mysteryquest shows, that do nothing but pump out facts for the first fifty minutes only to tell you in the last ten that the information they just told you either has something wrong with it, or can’t really be taken credibly.
This is where History International comes in, a sister-station and partner of the aforementioned channel. All the old shows that enthralled us in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s have found their way there. Remember Ancient Almanac? How about Guns of the World, and Voyages? Yep, they’re all there. Then there is everyone’s favorite, Histories Mysteries, where Arthur Kent would take us on an hour-long journey into facets of the unknown. These shows can be seen daily on History International, which if you live in Monmouth County, New Jersey and have Comcast, is channel 116.
They have updated their collection, though, to include the comical Naked Archaeologist and they also replay within two weeks, any major documentary to air on the History Channel. I find myself watching this more than the real network, and I suggest that those of you who miss the old days to check your listings for this channel, so you can be taken back to a time when there was still good, un-paranoid documentaries airing on television.