F-16 fighter planes scramble to intercept a rogue Learjet over the Midwest. A tiny airport in the Canary Islands plays host to the worst aviation accident of all time. And the colossal investigation into the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. Every time a plane crashes, the world takes notice. And so do the experts whose job it is to figure out what happened. This season, we revisit some of history’s most catastrophic plane crashes, brought to life through eyewitness accounts, harrowing reenactments, and interviews with the investigators who ultimately determined what went wrong.
They traveled alone and in packs. They collected intelligence and launched attacks. They rose above the ocean depths and ultimately changed the course of war. Chart some of the most dramatic and influential submarine patrols of World War II, from the perspective of the naval masterminds who plotted the strategies to the tenacious and aggressive commanders who carried them out. Follow the ongoing challenges the Axis and Allies faced as they pushed the limits of their vessels in pursuit or in escape.
From the 1920s through the 1960s, America transformed from a young country on the rise into a global superpower. It’s a decisive period in our nation’s history that most of us have only witnessed in black and white, until now. Using digital colorization technology, we present these formative decades as few have seen them, revisiting 50 vibrant years of good times and great despair, technological triumphs and natural disasters, and global villains and national heroes.
Welcome to The Way We Wore®, a high-end vintage clothing boutique and red carpet mainstay owned by Doris Raymond. Doris has been bringing glamour and glitz to the world's most influential stylists and costume designers. Follow Doris and her team of “vintage virtuosos” around the country, high-end auctions, flea markets and private estates in search of lost treasures. Doris’s fabulous finds give designer gowns and fine vintage frocks a second chance to shine in the spotlight at today’s biggest red-carpet events.
Join Elizabeth McGovern as she takes an in-depth look at the young American heiresses whose real life stories inspired the acclaimed TV drama “Downton Abbey.” This series takes you from the late 1800s, when daughters of America's new industrial millionaires marry into the money-strapped British aristocracy, to the 20th century, when a new kind of American Princess wields power not through wealth, but through character, style, and wit. Through the decades, these women bring dramatic change to the European aristocracy and eventually the world.
Take off on a thrilling flight across America. This epic series offers rare glimpses of our nation's most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. From busy cityscapes to quiet landscapes, we capture the history and the pageantry of our amazing country, which is as diverse as the people who occupy it.
They glide across the prairies of Canada and the deserts of Australia. They power through the cold of the Norwegian Arctic Circle and up the steepest slopes of the mighty Swiss Alps. They zoom into the future in Japan and go back in time in Alaska. Ride the rails to witness the world’s mightiest trains in action and join us as we embark on challenging missions, high-speed thrills, and cross-country adventures aboard these fast and powerful marvels of design and engineering.
America's most notorious spy plane. A fighter that hovers like a helicopter and blasts off like a jet. An aerial refueler that pumps 1,200 gallons of fuel per minute. These are the go-to aircraft for the CIA, the Marines, and the U.S. Air Force, pushing the boundaries of aviation and gravity, and changing the face of battle. Discover the inside stories of the U-2 Dragon Lady, the Harrier, and the KC-135 Stratotanker, brought to life through rarely seen combat footage and the testimonies of the designers, pilots, and engineers behind them.
From nearly the time she was born, Cleopatra had to fight for the throne and for her life. She was raised in the palace of one of history’s most ruthless royal families and had to use every skill in her arsenal—her brains, her charm, and her body—in order to survive. She would seduce the world’s greatest leaders, form powerful alliances, and cement her place in history. This is the story of the real Cleopatra, told through lavish reconstructions and testimony from the world’s leading historians.
When disaster strikes, it often comes without warning, catching people off guard and forcing split-second decisions that mean the difference between life and death. This series revisits some of the most harrowing calamities of the last 75 years, from the Oklahoma monster tornado of 1999 to the Mount St. Helens eruption to the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Through firsthand accounts, we follow the fortunes of those who found themselves in the middle of catastrophe and fought to make it out alive.
Embark on a series of first-class luxury cruises to remote islands, exotic cities, untamed coasts, and historic wonders. These Mighty Cruise Ships go anywhere adventure calls, whisking passengers to high-end, far-off destinations in Indonesia, French Polynesia, Cape Horn, Russia, and beyond. Delivering breathtaking experiences, however, often means overcoming substantial obstacles, from dangerous waters to extreme weather to temperamental vessels. It’s up to each crew to ensure a smooth ride for all aboard.
Set sail on the world’s mightiest ships as they embark on some of the most challenging, dangerous jobs a working boat will ever face. These marvels of marine technology are built for anything the heavens and oceans can dole out. The dedicated men and women who work aboard these vessels are equally battle-tested. From armed-to-the-teeth warships and super-sized cruise liners, from serene tropical waters to fierce Southern Oceans, experience it all firsthand on this first-rate high seas adventure.
It's harder and harder to get away with murder. Today, detectives are catching and convicting more criminals than ever before, thanks to enormous leaps in forensic science. Fingerprints, bones, hair and genetic markers are now forms of indisputable evidence, but that wasn't always the case. Revisit the most dramatic murder mysteries in history and see how forensic tools forever changed the way crimes are solved.
Who is Jack the Ripper? Why are planes vanishing over Nevada? How did Marilyn Monroe really die? What is the truth behind Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster? Do we know all there is to know about the collapse of the Twin Towers? This series investigates compelling testimonies and explosive accusations surrounding history’s great mysteries and legends. By using cutting-edge technology and analytics, we examine data and eyewitness accounts in search of the missing evidence that will finally separate reality from mystery.
A supersonic spy plane that can reach Mach 3 and the very edge of space. A seven-story, flying double-decker that can carry up to 853 people. And the Holy Grail of aircraft design that revolutionized air travel as we know it today. These are the amazing journeys of three planes that changed the world: the SR-71 Blackbird, the DC-3, and the Airbus A380. Each extraordinary plane has an extraordinary story to match, including big gambles, brilliant minds, maverick figures, and life-threatening challenges.
In the industry known as "ferry flying," only pilots with nerves of steel need apply. Buckle up with ferry flier entrepreneur Cory Bengtzen and his daring team of cowboy pilots as they deliver secondhand, small planes across distances they were never meant to fly. Their job is to deliver aircrafts, anywhere at anytime. Witness the challenges of this big risk, big reward business, from massive storms and major malfunctions to underdeveloped airports and over-demanding clients.
A monument that may explain why the people of a thriving ancient city vanished from Earth. A tablet that reveals a towering truth about one of the Bible’s strangest stories. Evidence that the 10 plagues of Egypt were real natural phenomena. Join us as we follow a team of investigators around the globe, using modern science and technology to uncover ancient mysteries surrounding these and other puzzles from our past. By examining these relics and legends, we hope to gain insights into who we are, where we come from, and where we are going.
The very first submarine, which legend claims lurked beneath New York Harbor during the American Revolutionary War. The small ships that rescued thousands from Dunkirk. The destroyer that forced the easing of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Over the centuries, conflicts have prompted advances to ship designs, making vessels stronger, faster, smarter, and capable of changing the course of wars. Join us as we examine the world’s greatest Combat Ships, and reveal how they shaped world history and inspired men and women to acts of incredible courage.
We all know Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Sally Ride, and other icons of America’s space program. But behind the scenes, engineers have been the secret heroes, building the spacecraft and instruments that have helped man leave Earth and explore the stars. We reveal the inside stories of how these brilliant minds created such superior machines as the Saturn V moon rocket, the Space Shuttle, and the Hubble Space Telescope, often against incredible odds.
Every day, almost 200,000 people pass through Frankfurt Airport. Flying has become so routine, that most travelers never consider what a remarkable feat of human ingenuity it is. But that’s about to change. X-Ray: Mega Airport takes you behind the scenes, from the tarmac to the terminal to the aircraft, revealing how everything in this intricately designed mini-city functions. Using state-of-the-art camera technology and computer imagery, we detail the engineering inside the planes, the machinery, and even the brains of the people who work here.
A celebrated Nazi general who plots Hitler's assassination. A sunken U-boat that mysteriously vanishes. An Alpine Fortress that may house millions in lost Nazi gold. Decades after World War II, there are still many Secrets of the Third Reich unfolding. We go into the minds of some of the conflict’s most prominent events and notorious figures, and uncover the little-known stories that played a large role in determining the fate of the WWII and those who fought in it.
The Great Barrier Reef. A natural wonder so enormous it can be seen from space and home to one of the most extraordinary communities of animals on the planet. Nearly 60 years since his last visit to this marine paradise, Sir David Attenborough returns, this time armed with a team of scientists and the latest technology. His mission: to explore the reef’s diverse residents and visitors in ways we never could before, to learn more of its surprising origins, and to save it from its most serious threat—mankind.
Was the remarkable mountain-carved city of Petra once ruled by women? Did the Knights Templar belong to an obscure cult that worshipped John the Baptist? Did the Pueblo civilization of Chaco Canyon practice cannibalism? Sacred Sites spans the globe to visit some of the world’s most remarkable ancient religious structures. Through recent archaeological discoveries and scientific breakthroughs, we offer fresh insights into the civilizations that built these sites, and examine their sometimes controversial, taboo practices.
From the medieval metropolis of Angkor to the mystery surrounding a pharaoh's death to the political strategies that would bring empires to their knees. Witness the majestic rise and fall of history's most famous emperors and kings.
Insects, pterosaurs, and birds all have conquered the skies over the course of 320 million years, thanks to evolution. Follow David Attenborough across the globe as he uncovers the mysteries of nature's most fascinating creatures, from the first flying beasts to the wonderfully strange arthropods that dominate our world.
Windsor: the oldest and largest continually inhabited castle in the world. For millennia, it’s been the symbol of Britain’s royal dynasties, and for decades it’s been the stage for a series of scandals, secrets, and spectacles for Queen Elizabeth II and her family. Join us as we reveal the stories that took place behind this castle’s walls, from early beginnings to today. Interviews with former castle insiders show what life was, and is, like for the world’s most famous family.
Rebuilds of a Vietnam vehicle and a giant anti-aircraft cannon. A mission to piece together a Frankengun known as the Stinger. A D-Day reconstruction like no other. Military history buff Paul Shull continues his quest to touch, hold, and fire some of the greatest pieces of weaponry on the planet. Follow him across the country as he tracks down some of the most iconic weapons from World War II and the Vietnam War, puts them to the test, and hears firsthand accounts from the veterans who used them.
Get up close & personal with some of the biggest, stangest, deadliest, and rarest creatures on earth. Nobody covers the animal kingdom quite like our globe-spanning scientists, researchers and filmmakers, who match their incredible expertise with stunning videography to produce lush images of a world few have ever seen...until now.
Every autumn, 1,000 polar bears share the small town of Churchill, Manitoba, with humans until the Arctic ice returns to Hudson Bay. It’s a relatively peaceful coexistence, but this year will prove more challenging than ever. A longer summer has led to an earlier, and larger, influx of bears, and the fatal attack of a beloved dog has the community on edge. Follow these majestic beasts, the local guides who make their living from them, and the men and women who work round-the-clock to protect them through one especially tough season.
“Mad Men” gave audiences an all-access glimpse into the world of advertising in America during the tumultuous decade of the 1960s. It was inspired by the real men and women of Madison Avenue who perfected the art of the sale and transformed American culture in the process. Who were these people and what were the campaigns that created this consumer culture? Follow the evolution of advertising from the 1950s through the 1980s, via interviews with the industry’s top ad executives, and through classic ads and commercials.
They were U.S. paratroopers, Norwegian operatives, and British Commandos, Allied teams leading high-risk operations throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia to fight Hitler and turn the tide of the war. WWII's Most Daring Raids puts you in the heart of the action, giving you a minute-by-minute account of the most astonishing surprise attacks against the Third Reich. We forensically examine how exactly these assaults played out, through expert analysis and testimonies from the brave men who carried them out.
The doctor who tried to save him. The Secret Service agent who was seconds too late. The man wrongly accused of his murder. And the woman who unwittingly sheltered an assassin. The death of JFK has inspired thousands of books and debates over the last 50 years, but the stories of the people there on that day have gone largely untold...until now. Experience November 22, 1963 as it has never been presented before, in this minute-by-minute account of that day, narrated by Academy Award-winner Kevin Spacey, and brought to life through rarely seen footage and rarely heard testimonies.
Join acclaimed broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough on a worldwide journey charting the incredible rise of the creatures that dominate the Earth's land, seas and skies: the vertebrates. This exploration whisks you to excavation sites in China, Germany, North America and beyond, unearthing new fossil evidence that's providing explosive insights into our evolutionary past. From the first fish with a backbone to the growth of today's major mammal groups, it's a remarkable 500 million-year story that only continues to develop over time.
Queen Elizabeth II has reigned longer, visited more places, and met more people than any British monarch. Now she's marking a milestone of a more personal kind, Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. "Downton Abbey" star Elizabeth McGovern narrates this unprecedented look into the life of perhaps the most famous woman in the world. We look back on her remarkable 63-year rule, and gain intimate insights from Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and other members of the Royal Family.
From the first secret agent training school in North America to one-of-a-kind color footage of the Pacific theater to the inspirational story of seven Jewish dwarfs living under Nazi rule, Smithsonian Channel has collected its most remarkable WWII docs for military junkies and history buffs alike.
Sharks play a vital role in the underwater ecosystems and are the ocean's perfect predator. Uncover the hunting secrets of one of the most powerful creatures and get an exclusive look at this evolutionary marvel's biology.
From its Florida Everglades to its Great Lakes, its Rocky Mountains to its Manhattan skyline, America is filled with breathtaking beauty. Take a moment to observe the awe-inspiring views of America's stunning landscapes and fuel your fire to travel like never before.
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 British royal family has been the center of public interest for centuries. Join us as we revisit dramatic events, like the death of Princess Diana, and gain new perspectives and insights.
Your backyard's not as boring as you think! No matter where you live you can find incredible creatures all around- you just need to know where to look for them. Join Host Peter Shriemer on a "backyard safari" and discover all sorts of living things right outside your back door!
A wedding flyover that turned tragic. A plane that mysteriously veered off course and slamed into a mountain. A pilot who survived a crash only to succumb to the raging currents of an icy waterway. These are just a few of roughly 125 air disasters that occurred in Alaska in 2015 and challenged one of the busiest branches of the National Transportation Safety Board. Go inside this remote regional office during six air accident investigations, and follow examiners as they attempt to determine the probable cause of each crash, be it man, machine, or environment.
Discover the true stories involving very real people, places and events -- some known to the public, others hidden from it -- that went on to inspire some of Hollywood's biggest hits, most iconic heroes and notorious villains.
On the outskirts of Yellowstone National Park is Paradise Valley, Montana, home to bears, wolves, elk, and an animal so secretive, few ever get to see it: the mountain lion. Wildlife filmmaker Casey Anderson became one of those lucky few after following the tracks of the elusive cat from his backyard into the world of a mother and her three cubs. It was the beginning of what would become a remarkable relationship that gave Casey a rare glimpse into the life of a mountain lion family and a new understanding of an animal we know so little about.
They eject us from planes when disaster strikes. They gently guide us to Earth from thousands of feet in the air. They transport us with amazing speed and remarkable safety. And they keep us alive in the most extreme environments humans have ever explored. This series tells the stories behind the machines and devices that help us survive in the skies—space suits, parachutes, ejection seats, and jet engines—and how they evolved from humble beginnings to incredible instruments that have changed the world and lifted us to new heights.
Host Susan Spencer has informed and spirited discussions with the scientists, artists, and innovators who shape our world and sometimes risk their lives to expand our understanding of the universe.
Enter the battlefields of Africa, arenas bathed in a history of savagery and blood, where big cats and big crocs have reigned supreme for centuries. Here in the open plains, muddy swamps, and deep rivers, these super predators don’t simply survive in hostile and unforgiving conditions, they thrive because of them. See how these four-legged assassins adapt to their surroundings and use the terrain to unlock new hunting techniques, seek out new prey, and amplify their age-old skills by using the lay of the land.
Lions and spotted hyenas may be South Africa’s apex predators, but to animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson, these fearsome carnivores are among his best friends. See how this relationship plays a key role in a groundbreaking project led by some of the world’s top wildlife biologists: a series of remarkable experiments designed to measure both species’ social intelligence. Observe the different ways lions and hyenas approach and solve problems, and how they rely on cooperation to succeed and survive in their natural environment.
BOOMTOWNERS 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.
A Roman soldier buried under Mount Vesuvius ash. An Irish king preserved in a bog. A teenage Inca girl frozen in time at the peak of the world’s tallest active volcano. Mummies are everywhere, and they are turning up in the most unexpected places. Most are in astonishingly good condition, and all have astonishingly good stories to tell. Discover their secrets as we conduct modern day virtual autopsies to solve ancient cold cases and get unprecedented looks into lost civilizations.
For over a century, locomotives played a vital role in wartime, transporting soldiers and supplies to the front lines, serving as mobile hospitals, and even acting as a massive weapon on wheels. We explore some of the trains and railways, from the American Civil War through World War II, that turned the tides of battles and changed history. Rarely seen archival footage and accounts from vets who were there highlight these thrilling stories of engineering genius and extraordinary bravery.
On May 2, 2011 Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 bombings, was killed by American special forces, marking an end to the longest, most expensive manhunt in American history. Witness the 20-year search for the most wanted man on Earth, as counter-terrorism experts in the White House, the CIA, and the FBI divulge their firsthand accounts. This inside story reveals the presidential frustrations, missed opportunities, and vicious turf wars that tainted the operation right up until the night Navy SEALs ended Bin Laden's reign of terror.
Take off on a thrilling flight across America, a journey that allows you to leave yourself, and your travel organizer, at home. Shot entirely in high definition, this series offers rare glimpses of some of our nation’s most treasured landmarks, all seen from breathtaking heights. From busy cityscapes to quiet landscapes, from historical and cultural landmarks to untouched locations inaccessible by road, we offer the history and the pageantry of our amazing country, which is as diverse as the people occupy it.
Smithsonian Channel gets to the roots of pop, rock and R&B, celebrating the visionaries and change-makers of modern music. Ranging from the birth of the blues to modern pop & more, programs feature Carly Simon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voormann, GE Smith, Carlos Vives, Joe Walsh, Randy Newman and many more.
These moving stories feature rare footage and personal accounts as well as a unique insight in to America's military history and the bravery of ordinary people asked to do extraordinary things.
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.
Meet Titanoboa: She's longer than a bus, eats crocodiles for breakfast and makes the anaconda look like a garter snake.
In celebration of Black History Month, Smithsonian Channel has compiled a thought-provoking series of original programs that explore important milestones made by African Americans throughout history, while also taking a look at contemporary cultural topics.
They provide shade in blistering heat, shelter to animals in desperate need, and feasts when the rest of the region has dried up. They are the miracle trees of the African savannas, giving predators and herbivores the tools to stay alive in some of the harshest environments on Earth. Join us as we take a look at the sausage tree of Zambia, the marula of the Manyeleti, and the camelthorn of the Kalahari, each tree uniquely evolved to adapt to Africa's extremes, and each one an integral part of the lives of the inhabitants.