Friday, July 6, 2012

The No History Channel

This is another one of those times that I have finally gotten frustrated enough to write on a particular topic.

Why is it that there is rarely if ever actual history on "The No History Channel?"

"Ice Road Truckers," "Mountain Men," "Mud Cats" and "Swamp People" do NOT qualify as history in my book and neither do "Ancient Aliens!"

There was a time, not that long ago, when one could count on being able to turn on the TV on a Friday night, tune into "The No History Channel,"  and watch a documentary on the Revolution, or perhaps the Presidents of the United States, or even about "How the States Got Their Shapes."  To be fair, in the not to distant past, I did know some people who referred to  "The No History Channel"  as "The World War II Channel" because of the number of WWII documentaries, but at least that was History!  And also to be fair, "Pawn Stars" does discuss the History of the items that people are coming in to pawn or sell, but that seems to be the only current History show.  One would think that with a channel named,  "The No History Channel,"  one could turn to that channel at any point in time, and see something about, well, History!

I am not the only person who has noticed.  Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), after "tweeting" about the lack of history on  "The No History Channel," responded to an inquiry by the Washington Examiner on the subject:
“I love history,” Grassley wrote. “A better understanding is going to strengthen our country. It’s going to strengthen patriotism.” Plus this non-history programming represents an unfulfilled promise by the network. “When I signed up for the History Channel on my satellite service, I expected to get history,” he said. “Instead, all I see are people chopping wood or driving trucks on an icy road.”

Worse still for "The No History Channel"- Matt Parker and Trey Stone noticed.  When the change is significant enough that "South Park" makes fun of you, you have really accomplished something!



  1. ROFLOL. Too true!!!

  2. You are correct sir. You have to read it....or just resort to the Animal Planet channel.

  3. I'm Brasilian and from here we feel the same about this sensacionalistic channel. I noticed people naming this channel more properly "histeree channel". I'm very deceptioned with this.


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