Ancient Aliens

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  • Ancient Aliens is an American television series that premiered on April 20, 2010 on the History channel. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment, the documentary style program presents theories of ancient astronauts and proposes that historical texts, archaeology and legends contain evidence of past human-extraterrestrial contact. The series' de facto pilot was a TV special of the same name that aired on March 8, 2009. A second season began airing on Thursday, October 28, 2010 in the 10ET/9CT time slot.moreless

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  • S 9 : Ep 10

    The Forbidden Zones

    Aired 10/2/15

  • S 9 : Ep 9

    The Alien Wars

    Aired 9/25/15

  • S 9 : Ep 8

    Circles From the Sky

    Aired 9/18/15

  • S 9 : Ep 7

    Creatures of the Deep

    Aired 9/4/15

  • S 9 : Ep 7

    The Other Earth

    Aired 8/28/15

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Clotworthy


  • Erich von Daniken


  • Giorgio Tsoukalos


  • William J. Birnes


  • David Childress


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  • Quotes (51)

    • Marrs: The German rocket program was years ahead of any of the allied nations. By the end of the war, they were developing the A-10, which was also known as the New York rocket - so that'd give you an idea of what they were thinkin'. They also had one in the works that they were calling "the Mars rocket". So I think they had some pretty grandiose plans.

    • Schauberger: Victor (Schauberger) also refers to old Indian texts where he reads out of these texts that these old peoples, they used some kind of flowing magnetism that allowed them to overcome gravity.
      Narrator: According to early Sanskrit texts discovered in India, aircraft called Vimana's used a similar propulsion system thousands of years ago. Is it possible that German scientists viewed ancient texts like the Bhagavad-Gita not as legendary myth, but as a source of historical and scientific fact?
      Stevens: The German's were the best Oriental scholars in the world, so they translated the, uh, the ancient texts ... into German.
      Childress: And the German's studied these ancient Indian epics and were familiar with the ideas of Vimana's - and so by combining that with this vortex technology - and, allegedly, this crashed disc from 1936 in the Black Forest, they then came up with their designs for these flying saucers.
      Narrator: In 1939, three years after the reported crash at Freiberg, German scientists developed their own flying saucer-shaped aircraft and called it the Haunebu.

    • Marrs: Almost all my life I've heard stories the Nazi's had obtained a flying saucer - and I do believe the Nazi's were in touch with non-human intelligences that gave them the advanced technology that they developed right up to the end of the war.

    • Birnes: The swastika turns up in the legends of indigenous peoples all around the world. And the theory was that it was a magical power, a magical symbol, given to these indigenous peoples by extraterrestrials - and that by using this symbol, it could ward off enemies, ward off evil, give them the power to not only survive, but become supreme.
      Narrator: Did Hitler choose the swastika as the symbol of the Nazi Party because of its extraterrestrial connections? Did he believe in aliens from other worlds? It is known that Hitler surrounded himself with those who believed in extraterrestrial beings and ancient advanced civilizations.
      Noory: Hitler was obsessed with ancient mythology. He was obsessed with the occult, and more importantly, he was obsessed with trying to gain knowledge ... that he believed he could muster before anybody else could. So he spent an inordinate amount of time, energy and money all over the planet to try to get information about things that would give Germany an upper hand.

    • Narrator: When the Nazi Party swept into power in 1933, the Vril encouraged Hitler and his henchmen to fund a worldwide search for ancient alternative technologies. German scientists and researchers scoured the planet for ancient texts and relics - such as the Holy Grail and the Ark of the Covenant. According to legend, these biblical artifacts contained powerful energies that could be harnessed and used as weapons.

    • Childress: When you see like the Indiana Jones movies, which tend to focus on these secret Nazi occult expeditions around the world to find the Ark of the Covenant or the Spear of Destiny or some secret libraries and aliens - while those movies are fiction, they're very much based on truth.
      Noory: Hitler was obsessed with trying to find the Ark of the Covenant. It was far more important, I think, than just some religious belief. I think the Ark of the Covenant had a function - whatever it might've been.
      Hancock: The Book of Exodus ... there's a very detailed description of the Ark of the Covenant. Supposedly, it was the box that was constructed to contain the two tablets of the Ten Commandments ... which were irradiated with divine power because they had been touched by the finger of God. As soon as the tablets are placed inside the box, if you look at the biblical accounts, that box becomes dangerous. It starts striking people dead, strange voices emerge from it. They weren't far off in the Indiana Jones movie when it was described as a radio for talking to God.

    • Birnes: The Germans were able to develop a technology so far in advance of the Allied technology, that people said they were helped by extraterrestrials. In fact, the one quote we have was from Herman Oberth, and Dr. Oberth was in the German rocketry program. Herman Oberth said, quote, "We were helped by people from other worlds."

    • Narrator: Hitler was now on the brink of having an atomic bomb. But then the Germans suddenly stopped trying to build one. But why did the Germans give up on their atomic program? Most mainstream historians believe it was due to its high cost and commitment amid a losing war effort. Others suggest that the German scientists lacked the knowledge, or possibly, even sabotaged the project in fear of what Hitler would do with his new weapon.
      Noory: The German's came very close to developing a weapon that would have allowed them to win the war. All I can say is "Thank God we beat 'em to the punch," because if they had gotten that technology perfected, we'd all be speaking German right now.
      Narrator: But might the Nazi scientists, as some suggest, have turned their attention to an even more advanced weapon - one that would allow Hitler's army to travel through both space and time?

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    Notes (2)

    • As a matter of strict definition, it is a bit of a stretch to refer to Mayan history as being "ancient" - which is defined as "dating from a remote period - especially before the end of the Western Roman Empire in 476 AD". While initially established during the Pre-Classic period (c. 2000 BC to AD 250), most Mayan cities reached their peak of development during the Classic period (c. 250 to 900 AD). Although a period of decline ensued after that, pockets of Mayan culture and civilization survived until the arrival of Cortés and the Spanish conquistadors in 1519.

    • There are several problems with the "end of days" scenario so often attached to the Mayan calendar. One is that it has been difficult to precisely align the Mesoamerican calendars with our Gregorian calendar (also known as the Western or Christian calendar) - which, although only introduced a little over four centuries ago, has a standardized time line which includes over two millennia of historical events. To align the two, most Mayan scholars use a correlation factor called the "GMT constant." However, recently, Gerardo Aldana of UC Santa Barbara (and others) have challenged the precision of the GMT constant. If the challengers are correct, the dating of the Long Count's end does not so neatly align with the winter solstice and may, in fact be off by anywhere from 50 to 100 days.

      It must also be pointed out that "end-timers" often conveniently ignore the fact that dates for events far beyond 2012 were recorded by the Mayans. As Giorgio Tsoukalos pointed out in the episode, the end of the current b'ak'tun "does <em>not</em> signify the end of the world", it only "signifies is the beginning of another calendar round, of another period in time." If there was only one b'ak'tun, how could the Maya date the universe as being 16.4 billion years old? If this b'ak'tun began in 3114 B.C. (as is generally accepted) - and it's the only one - how can Temple 14 at Palenque record that Bolon Yokte visited the Earth 900,000 years ago? In fact, a complete series of 20 b'ak'tuns is said to make up a pik'tun (a period of over 100,00 years). As Sandra Noble, executive director of the Mesoamerican research organization Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.(FAMSI), notes : "For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle". For those who want to really party, the next pik'tun will begin on October 13, 4772.

    Trivia (9)

    • Also Appearing:

      Joerg Schauberger (grandson of Viktor Schauberger, Austrian scientist); Henry Stevens (Author: Hitler's Flying Saucers); Michael Cremo (Author: Forbidden Archaeology); Robert R. Cargill (Biblical Archaeologist, UCLA); Graham Hancock (Author: Fingerprints of the Gods); Igor Witkowski (Author: The Truth About The Wunerwaffe); Dr. Steven M. Greer (Director, The Disclosure Project); and Rev. Dr. Allen Greenfield (Author/Ufologist)

    • Also Appearing:

      Richard Rader (Lecturer, UCLA Department of Classics), Dan DiDio (Co-Publisher, DC Comics), David R. Smith (Prof. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University), Lois H. Gresh (Co-Author: The Science of Superheroes), Ed Pawlowski (Owner, Westcoast Wingsuits)

    • Also Appearing:

      Mark Van Stone, PH.D (Author: 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya), Edwin Barnhart, PH.D. (Archaeologist/Director, Maya Exploration Center), Hugh Newman (Author: Earth Grids), Gerardo Aldana, PH.D. (Prof. of Maya History, University of California, Santa Barbara)

    • Also Appearing:

      Ken Storch (Paranormal Investigator), Kim Carlsberg (Author: The Art of Close Encounters), Richard Dolan (Author: UFOs and the National Security State)

    • Also Appearing:

      Buzz Aldrin (NASA Astronaut, Apollo 11 Moon Landing), Story Musgrave (NASA Astronaut, Space Shuttle Program), David Morrison (Director: Carl Sagan Center, SETI), David Icke (Author, Lifting The Veil), Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer, SETI), Edgar D. Mitchell (NASA Astronaut, Apollo 14), Henry Stevens (Author: Hitler's Flying Saucers), Robert H. Frisbee (Propulsion Systems Engineer, NASA-JPL, Ret)

    • Also Appearing:

      Jeff Meldrum, PH.D. (Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology, Idaho State University), Nick Redfern (Author: Memoirs of s Monster Hunter), Chris O'Brien (Author/UFO Investigator), Sabina Magliocco (Folklorist, California State University-Northridge)

    • Also Appearing:

      Betty Ann Brown, PH.D. (Professor of Art History, Cal. State Univ., Northridge), Martin Kemp, DLitt (Emeritus Professor, History of Art, Oxford University), Godfrey Harris (Curator, Da Vinci Exhibit), William Wallace, PH.D. (Professor of Art History, Washington University, St. Louis), Sean Roberts, PH.D. (Professor of History, USC), Terrence Masson (Dir. of Creative Industries, Northeastern Univ., Boston), John Rodgers (Curator, Da Vinci Machines Exhibition)

    • Also Appearing:

      Ronald L. Mallett, PH.D. (Physicist, Univ. of Connecticut), Doc Barham (Advisor, The Monroe Institute), Sean-David Morton, PH.D. (Theologian/Radio Host: Strange Universe), Marshall Klarfeld (Author: Adam - The Missing Link), Nancy Red Star (Author: Star Ancestors), Seth Shostak (Senior Astronomer, SETI), Edgar Mitchell (NASA Astronaut/Apollo 14)

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  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Great Series

    By EdDunaway, Nov 20, 2015

  • Best sit-com ever!!

    By ChazSchlax, May 08, 2015

  • Stupid

    By NateHevens, Feb 23, 2015

  • There is something to all this and it is undisputable.

    By grndzro7, Dec 25, 2014

  • Is anyone ever going to fix the episode list?

    By BrittonBurton1, Nov 21, 2014