The stunning final moments of TransAsia Flight 235. The mystery and conspiracy theories behind TWA Flight 800. The disorienting forest fire that jeopardized Garuda Indonesia Flight 152. When planes crash, the world takes notice, and so do the experts, whose job it is to figure out what happened. Revisit some of history's most notorious air disasters, retold through eyewitness accounts and interviews with the investigators who ultimately determined what went wrong.
Our world holds remarkable relics that are full of secrets, written in stone, gold, and blood. Discovering the truths behind these mysteries could change history as we know it. Join us as we travel the globe and come face-to-face with these puzzling treasures. We explore hidden corners, decipher ancient documents, and apply groundbreaking research and forensic techniques to discover the truth about these fabled cities, monuments, and remnants.
World War II’s most legendary fighter. The world’s first “invisible” plane. The Swiss Army knife of military aircraft. These are just some of the world’s most iconic planes—past and present—that have pushed the boundaries of aviation, gravity, and warfare. Discover the inside stories of the F6F Hellcat, the F-22 Raptor, the OV-10 Bronco, and more.
Enjoy a first-class seat aboard the world's most magnificent flying machines. Explore amazing aircraft and meet the men and women around the world who build, maintain, and fly them. Follow the Stargazer as it launches weather satellites into space, the Boeing 747-F8 as it hauls race cars across continents, and the Twin Otter as it flies in and out of inhospitable Arctic regions.
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.
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.
These marvels of marine technology are built for anything the heavens and oceans dole out. See their battle-tested crews manage high-tech, high seas adventures as the world’s mightiest ships embark on some of the most challenging, dangerous jobs a working boat will ever face. Get an all-access look at life aboard these sophisticated vessels, from the mechanics of modern seagoing to the human dramas above and below deck.
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.
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.
Enter a world filled with the most spectacular freaks of nature on the planet. Here you will find a weird and wonderful collection of leaping spiders, snot-casting fish, blood-sucking bats, flesh-boring bugs, and other bizarre creatures occupying our land, sea, and sky. Join us as we celebrate oddities of all shapes, sizes, and species, giving an up-close view of them in their natural habitat, and revealing how these misfits of nature have developed their strange adaptations over tens of millions of years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When “Star Trek” first aired in 1966, it expanded the imagination of viewers about what was possible in our lifetime. Today, many of the space-age technologies displayed on the show, like space shuttles, cell phones, and desktop computers, have already gone from science fiction to science fact. Other innovations, like warp drive, teleportation, and medical tricorders are actively in development. Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of “Star Trek” - a show that continues to inform, enrich, and inspire.
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.
Actor Robert Powell, star of the TV miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” is on a journey across the Holy Land to discover the real story of the role he played decades ago. Guided by the Gospels and the latest archaeological and historical research, Powell will travel to Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. With the help of scholars and theologians, he will examine Jesus’s lost adolescent years, the start and growth of his ministry, and his death and believed resurrection, which would spark the birth of one of the largest religions on the planet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mischievous monkeys. Intelligent apes. And a cast of charismatic and eccentric cousins and distant relatives. Over the course of 55 million years, primates have evolved and branched off to conquer the world. But how did they rise to power? Join host and biologist Patrick Aryee on a journey through time, and across the globe, to come face-to-face with some of the 400+ species of primates thriving in our jungles, deserts, grasslands and mountains. It’s a story of epic migrations, lost lands, mass extinctions, and one remarkable family tree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weather balloons. Atmospheric phenomena. Experimental military aircraft. There are explanations for most unknown flying objects, but not all of them. So, are flying saucers real? Many Americans believe extraterrestrial visits are possible, and in 1952, the U.S. Air Force even launched Project Blue Book, history's most extensive government investigation into UFOs. Join us as we pour over recently declassified reports, meet with science experts, and hear eyewitness accounts to see if we are indeed sharing our friendly skies.
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 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.
Meet Titanoboa: She's longer than a bus, eats crocodiles for breakfast and makes the anaconda look like a garter snake.
This collection features some of the coolest, weirdest and cutest critters on Earth. From newborns at the zoo to creepazoids living in your backyard, Smithsonian Channel knows how to deliver the "oohs" and "ahhs." These are the kinds of thrills that inspire kids to find out more about the natural world and its many incredible wonders.
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.
Ancient stories of the Roman city of Carnuntum, China’s Valley of the Kings, and Pompeii have been blurred by the passage of time. Join archaeologists as they use modern technology to reveal the fascinating ways of life of the most prosperous ancient empires across the globe.
From Mercury to Gemini, from Apollo to Curiosity, NASA's giant leaps in engineering and science over the last 60 years have been nothing short of astronomical. Blast off on a celestial voyage as we explore the first half-century of the Space Age. Celebrate the triumphs, lament the tragedies, and learn how modern engineers are using the past as a blueprint, refining yesterday's technologies in hopes of sending humans off to Mars and beyond.
Meet the experts who make the Smithsonian Gardens a stunning living museum year round. See how our horticulturists work tirelessly to overcome urban conditions and freezing temperatures. Learn how all gardeners, from amateur to seasoned, can use their secrets to make their own gardens grow.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Throughout history, warfare has been seen as the preserve of men, but evidence shows that over the centuries, women were often in on the fight. Join us as we tell the tales of history's most iconic female fighters, from the legendary Amazons of Central Asia to the gladiators of the Roman Empire to the all-female fighting force of West Africa. Discover the extraordinary lives of women who, just as fiercely as men, bravely fought, endured, and sacrificed.
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.
Unlock the secrets of the most celebrated and prized gem in the world. Learn why the Hope Diamond has inspired superstition and passion since its discovery centuries ago, and see how its unique qualities and mythic past have categorized the jewel as both a scientific marvel and a historical enigma.
The famous aircrafts of the first century of flight can only be seen at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, housed in Washington, DC, and in the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Discover the inspirational stories and amazing aircraft of legendary pilots and daring astronauts, like Charles Lindbergh, Chuck Yeager, and Amelia Earhart.
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.
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.
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.
Explore history’s perfect storms and witness catastrophic moments when man and nature collided.
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.
How close is today's technology to catching up with the human body? Two roboticists are on a quest to find out. Follow their mission as they collect the most sophisticated prosthetic parts available and combine them into one single functioning body, complete with an artificial heart, microchip brain, synthetic lungs, kidneys, and even a spleen. Their incredible bionic man reveals just how far science has come and demonstrates where this technology is headed, all the while posing the eternal question of what it means to be human.
Ever wonder what's hiding behind the scenes of America's most renowned museum complex? Find out as host Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") takes you on an entertaining insider's tour of the private rooms, high-tech vaults, and cutting edge labs of the Smithsonian Institution, revealing some of the amazing artifacts and rarely seen treasures that visitors can't see. Follow along as Tom uncovers the history of each object-its origins, how it's being preserved and studied, and what it might tell us.