He who does not remember history is… I forget the rest.
Remember when The History Channel was all about historical documentaries? It was like PBS, only less PBS-ish. Anyway, I was watching History this morning, and my wife walked into the living room and asked “Is the History Channel just American Pickers and Pawn Stars now?”
Immediately springing to the channel’s defense, I replied: “Well, there’s also Cajun Pawn Stars.”
Now, I’m not getting down on the History Channel’s current lineup. I obviously dig what they’ve got going on (I was watching it, after all), and my wife has a buddy on one of those shows. But I did start to wonder — what happened to the three-hour documentaries on Hannibal’s march across the Alps? Were those not drawing in enough viewers?
Now, I know about the Military Channel, of course. If you want your daily dose of Nazis, that’s a good place to find them. (They do more than that, of course, but there is an inordinate amount of World War II European Theater stuff). And I like the Military Channel too, but…
I’m a big fan of historical documentary films, ones that teach me something I didn’t even know existed before. PBS is still good for that (their Prohibition series was great), but where else do y’all find that stuff? Suggestions?