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Will you check out The Bible on the History Channel this Sunday?

#21Moorish_IdolPosted 3/1/2013 3:01:03 PM
I also hate that Swamp Men show or whatever it's called.

The station really has gone down the tubes. Same thing happened to Discovery a decade ago, and then Animal Planet. I hope the Science channel doesn't end up the same way.
#22kozlo100Posted 3/1/2013 3:11:05 PM
Moorish_Idol posted...
Really? It wasn't the dozen alien shows that tipped you off?


I didn't want to go for the low hanging fruit.
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#23mercuryinkPosted 3/3/2013 9:10:40 AM
TLC was first. It went from being surgery and engineering and whatnot to pregnant women decorating the baby-to-be's new bedroom.
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#24mercuryinkPosted 3/3/2013 9:42:32 AM(edited)
See, that the top three shows' only connection to history involves the selling of the scrap and detritus of a nation not yet 3 centuries old makes me skeptical of the credibility of the channel as a source of academic quality historic information.


And let's not forget that those pawn shop shows are nothing but a glorified version of Antiques Roadshow.

Balla, the shows you listed seem to mostly be dramatizations when they aren't outright dramas. Historical dramas, not documentaries. Dramas can be "inspired" by real events, but they aren't going to make you any more knowledgeable about historical fact than anything on premium involving copious sexposition. Here's lookin' at you, Spartacus.

" All involve great people with fun, interesting items..."


I'm having SO much fun I forgot I wasn't actually learning anything.

By the way, old 1950s ads for razor blades, rusted-out cars that I could see in good condition on Mecum, and one item per ep from the 19th century or earlier do not "great history" make.
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#25FlashOfLightPosted 3/3/2013 12:47:42 PM
mercuryink posted...
TLC was first. It went from being surgery and engineering and whatnot to pregnant women decorating the baby-to-be's new bedroom.


AKA pretty much the Baby Channel.



The show later tonight will be followed by the Vikings, it's kind of interesting that for a premier night, they choose to mix in two different themes into one block. Usually they throw even an old episode of something else with the same theme. Or unless Vikings has already regularly been showing at the 10pm timeslot, in which case it's more understandable.
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#26bsballa09Posted 3/3/2013 2:15:10 PM
Balla, the shows you listed seem to mostly be dramatizations when they aren't outright dramas. Historical dramas, not documentaries. Dramas can be "inspired" by real events, but they aren't going to make you any more knowledgeable about historical fact than anything on premium involving copious sexposition. Here's lookin' at you, Spartacus.

They're actually called docudramas. Historical dramas are different.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docudrama

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_drama
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#27lastheroPosted 3/3/2013 2:19:14 PM
Nah, too close to stepping on my Walking Dead. Want to watch Viking, though.
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#28bsballa09Posted 3/3/2013 4:51:19 PM
lasthero posted...
Nah, too close to stepping on my Walking Dead. Want to watch Viking, though.


Me too. Walking Dead takes priority over any show. I'm watching the rerun on The Bible and Vikings after TWD.
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#29JonWood007Posted 3/3/2013 6:23:12 PM
Watching some of it, it's okay.
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#30Julian_CaesarPosted 3/3/2013 6:32:00 PM
From: kozlo100 | #018
See, that the top three shows' only connection to history involves the selling of the scrap and detritus of a nation not yet 3 centuries old makes me skeptical of the credibility of the channel as a source of academic quality historic information.


I think your observation is true, but there's also the flip side: maybe the History Channel has figured out that "academic quality historic information" isn't the most profitable thing to show on TV.
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