I’m a history nut. Leave me in a bookstore for any length of time, and I’ll eventually mosey my way from the F&SF section to the photography section and finally to the history section. I read the History of Herodotus when I was ten or so. When History Channel debuted here in my country, I was naturally overjoyed.
There were great shows on ancient military gear and tactics, specially the ones with Mike Loades, showing historical fighting styles. There were well-researched features on ancient civilizations and cultures. History Channel was truly international in its outlook. It was the time when History Channel was a true geek’s channel.
What do we get now? Pawn Stars. ‘Factual’ documentaries about aliens on Earth during ancient times. MonsterQuest, a cryptozoology show that features endless re-runs of the same video clips within the same episode. Ancients Behaving Badly, covering historical personalities Boy Abunda-gossip show style.
Well done, History Channel. Very. Well. Done. Indeed.