Favorite Documentaries/History/Travel - Non Musical

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1.
Globe Trekker (1994 TV Series)
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(60 mins.)
 
2.
How the States Got Their Shapes (2011 TV Series)
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Follows correspondent Brian Unger as he criss-crosses the country reporting on the tales behind the boundaries... (60 mins.)
 
3.
The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. (680 mins.)
 
4.
The Revolution (2006 TV Series)
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Director: Peter Schnall
 
5.
Crusades (1995 Mini-Series)
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Terry Jones presents the history of the medieval religious wars in the middle-east known as the Crusades. (200 mins.)
 
6.
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2013 Mini-Series)
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Professor Gates describes the history of the African American people by talking to historians, authors, and the people who made history.
Director: Sabin Streeter
 
7.
The Revolutionary War (1995 Mini-Series)
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Documentary chronicling the history of the American Revolutionary War against Great Britain that began in 1776.
 
8.
Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire (2008 TV Series)
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A thirteen hour series which focuses on the Germanic, Britannic and other barbarian tribal wars with... (60 mins.)
 
9.
Napoleon (2000 Mini-Series)
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Documentary about the rise and fall of one of the greatest military geniuses of modern times from his Corsican childhood to final exile in St. Helena. (240 mins.)
 
10.
David McCullough: Painting with Words (2008 Documentary)
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(40 mins.)
Director: Mark Herzog
 
11.
Gettysburg (2011 Documentary)
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An examination of the Battle of Gettysberg on both the personal and strategic level. (120 mins.)
Director: Adrian Moat
 
12.
Blackfish (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales, and its dangers for both humans and whales. (83 mins.)
 
13.
March of the Penguins (2005 Documentary)
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In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. (80 mins.)
Director: Luc Jacquet
 
14.
Africa United (2010)
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The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa... (88 mins.)
 
15.
30 Years of National Geographic Specials (1995 Documentary)
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Celebrates 30 years of televised specials by The National Geographic Society.
 
16.
The French Revolution (2005 Documentary)
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Documentary about the bloody beginning, bloodier middle and unceremonious end of the French Revolution, an event that ended in blood the reign of kings in France and laid the foundation for a new - republican - system of government. (100 mins.)
Director: Doug Shultz
 
17.
Through the Wormhole (2010 TV Series)
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Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity... (60 mins.)
 
18.
How the Universe Works (2010 TV Series)
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A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered. (60 mins.)
 
19.
The Crash Reel (2013 Documentary)
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Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce... (108 mins.)
Director: Lucy Walker
 
20.
Travels in Europe with Rick Steves (1991 TV Series)
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(30 mins.)
 
21.
America: The Story of Us (2010 TV Series)
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A six-night miniseries presenting the history of how the United States was invented, looking at the...
 
22.
Barbarians (2004 TV Series)
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This 4 part series documents the history of the Vikings, Goths, Mongols, and Huns. (184 mins.)
 
23.
The Dark Ages (2007 Documentary)
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The History Channel examines the Dark Ages from the fall of the Roman Empire to the First Crusade. (120 mins.)
 
24.
The Untold History of the United States (2012 TV Series)
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Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history. (58 mins.)
 
25.
Indian Warriors: The Untold Story of the Civil War (2006 TV Movie)
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Director: Geoffrey Madeja
 
26.
The Normans (2010 Mini-Series)
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British history professor Robert Bartlett explains, mainly on historical sights and illustrated with authentic artifacts...
 
27.
When the Moors Ruled in Europe (2005 Documentary)
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This program contends that the popular perception of the Muslim occupation of Spain toward the end of the first millennium is largely wrong... (102 mins.)
 
28.
Conquistadors (2000 Mini-Series)
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This documentary tells the story of the Spanish expeditions in the early sixteenth century that conquests America...
Director: David Wallace
 
29.
Crusades: Crescent & the Cross (2005 Documentary)
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A detailed documentary telling the complete story of the great Christian Crusades into the Holy Land. (240 mins.)
 
30.
Russia, Land of the Tsars (2003 Mini-Series)
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The history of the Russian Tsars. (120 mins.)
 
31.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013 TV Series)
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Anthony Bourdain visits country's and delves into political issues as well as indigenous food and culture. (60 mins.)
 
32.
An Apology to Elephants (2013 Documentary)
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Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this documentary short traces mankind's long history with elephants and explores the many problems that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses. (40 mins.)
Director: Amy Schatz
 
33.
Mysteries of the Bible (1994 TV Series)
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(300 mins.)
 
34.
Who Was Jesus (2009 TV Series)
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35.
Jesus Conspiracies (2012 TV Series)
Episode: Who Was Mary Magdalene? (2012)
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36.
The Bible (2013 Mini-Series)
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A religious historical dramatic miniseries about God's creation and physical landmark events leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. (440 mins.)
 
37.
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012 TV Series)
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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of...
 
38.
Who Do You Think You Are? (2010 TV Series)
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Celebrities are given the opportunity to research their family trees with surprising and often unexpected results. (60 mins.)
 
39.
African American Lives (2006 Mini-Series)
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This 4 part PBS series attempts to trace the roots of 8 guests using genealogy, oral history, family stories, and DNA analysis. (54 mins.)
 
40.
Nova (1974 TV Series)
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Science documentaries about various topics.
 
41.
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006 Mini-Series)
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An examination of the U.S. government's role and its response to Hurricane Katrina. (255 mins.)
 
42.
History's Mysteries (1998 TV Series)
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43.
Who Was Jesus (2009 TV Series)
Episode: Childhood (2009)
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Who Was Jesus? looks at the childhood of the historical Jesus and compares it to what is found in the New Testament.
 
44.
Who Was Jesus (2009 TV Series)
Episode: The Mission (2009)
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Who Was Jesus? looks at the life and work of Jesus after his baptism in the river Jordan.
 
45.
Who Was Jesus (2009 TV Series)
Episode: The Last Days (2009)
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What Was Jesus? goes to Jerusalem to look at the last days of Jesus from his arrest to his crucifixion and burial.
 
46.
Biblical Mysteries Explained (2008 TV Series)
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47.
History Specials (2010 TV Series)
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Did other explorers beat Columbus to our shores? New evidence suggests that America may have been discovered -- and rediscovered -- by Asian...
 
48.
Ancient Aliens (2009 TV Series)
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Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing. (90 mins.)
 
49.
Churchill (2003 TV Series)
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(188 mins.)
 
50.
Samantha Brown: Passport to Latin America (2007 TV Series)
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51.
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014 Documentary)
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The history of the Academy Awards. (87 mins.)
 
52.
Barbarians (2006 TV Series)
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Terry Jones challenges the received Roman and Roman Catholic notion of the 'barbarian'. (59 mins.)
 
53.
Barbarians II (2007 Mini-Series)
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In this second series, the History Channel presents a different set of Barbarians, the Vandals, Saxons, Franks, and Lombards. (188 mins.)
 
54.
The Story of the Jews (2013 TV Series)
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The Story of the Jews is a television series, in five parts, presented by British historian Simon Schama... (60 mins.)
Director: Tim Kirby
“ and read Citizen by Simon Schama ” - Mellie511
 
55.
The Templar Code (2011)
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Two archaeologists finally find the clue that will lead them to what they've been trying to find for... (62 mins.)
 
56.
Ancient Aliens (2009 TV Series)
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Might the tools and technology of ancient builders have come from distant galaxies? Evidence suggests... (90 mins.)
 
57.
History of the World in 2 Hours (2011 Documentary)
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A rapid-fire history of our world, from the beginning of time as we know it to present day. This two-hour... (120 mins.)
 
58.
Mysteries of the Bible (1994 TV Series)
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Unlock the mysteries of vanished civilizations of the Holy Land and the people who built them. (300 mins.)
 
59.
Big History (2013 Mini-Series)
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A two-hour special that caps off the 16-episode first season of H2's "Big History", the program illustrates the eight major "thresholds" or turning points that have made our universe and life on our planet possible.
 
60.
The States (2007 TV Series)
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The States takes a detailed look at what makes each of the 50 states special. Each episode features five states each and has interviews with native celebrities talking about their home state. (60 mins.)
 
61.
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (2014 TV Series)
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A documentary that weaves together the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.
 
62.
Jazz (2001 Mini-Series)
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A survey of the musical form's history and major talents. (114 mins.)
 
63.
The Dust Bowl (2012 Mini-Series)
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A documentary about the 1930s drought of North American prairie farm land, and its consequences during the great depression.
 
64.
The War (2007 Mini-Series)
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A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families. (124 mins.)
 
65.
Mark Twain (2001 Documentary)
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A biographical film about the acclaimed American humourist and author. (212 mins.)
Director: Ken Burns
 
66.
The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series)
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War. (680 mins.)
 
67.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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The stories of the major figures of the pre-American Civil War political movement to eliminate slavery. (60 mins.)
 
68.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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The divide between North and South deepens, touching off a crisis that is about to careen out of control. (60 mins.)
 
69.
American Experience (1988 TV Series)
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The battle between pro-slavery and free-soil contingents rises to fever pitch. (60 mins.)