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    Man vs. Wild

    Man vs. Wild

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2011)
    Bear Grylls travels around the globe to find the most dangerous tourist locations and environments, in order to show us how to survive in them. With his simple survival techniques and his knowledge of the wildlife, he is able to give handy tips that could effectively save lives. Whether it's traversing across volcanoes or stuck on a desert island, Bear is always one step ahead when it comes to survival of the fittest.moreless
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    Vanguard

    Vanguard

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    Current TV
    Vanguard is an award-winning documentary series on Current TV that explores some of the most shocking and controversial political and social issues facing the modern world. Vanguard aims to uncover stories that are often overlooked, and journalists Adam Yamaguchi, Kaj Larsen, Christof Putzel and Mariana van Zeller travel to all corners of the globe to capture these stories on handheld (and sometimes hidden) cameras. Currently in its fourth season, Vanguard is widely praised for its investigative reporting style while venturing into territory often avoided by mainstream news outlets. Whether it's exploring the reasons behind the shockingly high occurrences of rape on Native American reservations, or why the violent pirate lifestyle is so seductive to young, impoverished Somalis, Vanguard explores the questions that other programs are afraid to ask. Traveling to highly dangerous destinations to cover these stories doesn't come without risk, and in March 2009, former Vanguard journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee were detained in North Korea for allegedly crossing the North Korean-China border while covering a story on human trafficking. The journalists were eventually sent home in August 2009, after former U.S. president, Bill Clinton arrived in North Korea to negotiate their release. Though Laura Ling and Euna Lee are no longer a part of the Vanguard team, Laura shares her experience in a 30-minute interview with Mariana van Zeller that aired on Current TV on May 19th, 2010.moreless
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    Dateline: Mystery

    Dateline: Mystery

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    NBC
    Dateline: Mystery is an NBC true crime documentary series presented by Ann Curry and a team of talented reporters that includes some of the most shocking and thrilling stories of unsolved mysteries ever to air on the long-running weekly newsmagazine Dateline NBC. Some episodes of this intriguing series tell the real-life accounts of the country's strangest and most puzzling cases, revealing the trails that have gone cold and the evidence that doesn't add up. In addition to the unsolved mysteries, other episodes present criminal profiles and exclusive interviews with the nation's most newsworthy murderers. In one such episode, Alex and Derek King give their first interview ever to Keith Morrison, who asks them to speak about the day they became the most talked about twelve and thirteen-year-olds in the country when they murdered their own father. Dateline: Mystery is a riveting series and a must-see for true crime fans.moreless
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    The Haunted

    The Haunted

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    Animal Planet (ended 2011)
    Animals are more perceptive to spirits that humans. This show looks at animals that have experiences paranormal events and how they react to the attempts to rid them of their haunting.moreless
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    Mail Call

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    The History Channel
    Welcome to the Mail Call guide at TV.com. Hosted by R. Lee Ermey, Mail Call is a half-hour series that answers viewers' mail about what the armed forces were, and really are like.moreless
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    The FBI Files

    The FBI Files

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2006)
    Through re-enactments of high profile cases involving the FBI, the show reveals how agents solve these crimes behind the scene. The show producers work with FBI special agents and examiners in high tech crime labs to portrait each case accurately. You will learn how the FBI protects the lives of Americans and brings the most notorious criminals to justice. The FBI was originally established to address crime that covered cities, counties, and spread across state lines. The country needed a federal law-enforcement entity to do those investigations. And over the years, as the country has grown and as the world, by the same token, has grown smaller, the FBI’s mission has changed to meet the various threats. The show is hosted by James Kallstrom, the former director in charge of the FBI's New York office. Along with The New Detectives, the FBI File is one of Discovery Channel's highest rated series. The FBI Files is also available on international televisions. Globally, key outlets include RTL 2 in Germany, Channel 5 in the UK, TVDanmark, and the Discovery Channel in the UK, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Selected regional showtime: Discovery Channel (U.S.): weekdays at 3PM EST / PST Discovery Asia: Friday at 11PM Discovery Australia: Wednesday at 7:30PM AESTmoreless
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    Ancient Discoveries

    Ancient Discoveries

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    The History Channel
    What you think may be a product of modern thought may have originated thousands of years ago. Watch as historians uncover evidence of primitive land and air transportation designs, elements of warfare and early concepts of modern conveniences.moreless
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    Baseball's Golden Age

    Baseball's Golden Age

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    FOX Sports
    Baseball's Golden Age is a television series about the history of the game of baseball that airs on the Fox Sports Network. The series takes a walk into history and showcases never-before-seen footage from players, teams, families, and fan's personal archives. The series focuses primarily on early baseball from the 1920's to the 1960's and talks about the most popular and influential ball players of the time as well as some of the not so known. It talks about how World War II put a strain on the sport and how America swooped in and revived it when the war was over. The series addresses some of the longest running team rivalries like the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. But most importantly, the series captures the essence of one of America's greatest past times. Produced by Flagstaff Films, thirteen half-hour episodes have been made so far and each one is narrated by actor Alec Baldwin.moreless
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    National Geographic Channel Specials

    National Geographic Channel Specials

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    CBS
    A series of documentary specials that covers a diverse number of subjects including the natural world of wild creatures, native cultures, historical discoveries, etc. The specials range from a Nazi Expedition to Monkey Hunters, all the way to the Penguin Death Zone, and exploring the Year of the Hamster.

    The NGC specials is a collection of educational documentaries presented by the National Geographic Society that first began it's telecast on CBS Primetime Specials from 1964 until 1973. From 1973 to 1975, it was on ABC Primetime Specials. PBS began telecasting the NGC specials at various times between 1975 to 1985. In 1985 and onwards, the programmes were telecast on various cable networks including the National Geographic Channel.moreless
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    Wicked Attraction

    Wicked Attraction

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    Investigation Discovery
    This show reenacts murders and tracks down the killers.
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    Walking with Dinosaurs

    Walking with Dinosaurs

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    BBC (ended 2004)
    This six-part series, developed by Framestore Ltd. and the BBC, follows the life of Earth's greatest life forms through their reign over the Mesozoic world, from their humble beginning in the late Triassic, to their fall in the Cretaceous. Along the way, we are also witnessed to their reptilian cousins that ruled the seas and air during this fantastic time in Earth's history. Though one must keep in mind that the stories are mere speculation, the filmmakers enlisted the aide of scientists to provide them with as many facts as possible for this series. Walking with Dinosaurs scored the highest ratings for a cable series ever when it aired on the Discovery Channel. The series won an Annie, two BAFTAs, a Broadcasting Press Guild award, three Emmys Awards for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour), Outstanding Sound Editing in Non-Fiction Program & Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (out of six nominations), the Peabody Award, three Royal Television Society awards, a TV Quick Award, a Television and Radio Industries Club Award, and a Young Artist Award. Since this series aired, it has spawned several follow-up series, including The Ballad of Big Al, Walking with Beasts, Walking with Cavemen, and at least three specials hosted by naturalist Nigel Marven.moreless
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    Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

    Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

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    Showtime (ended 2010)
    In society, there are many products and ideas that we buy in to. Some of these products, services or ideas are just plain bullsh**. Well-known magicians, Penn and Teller, are here to knock some sense into people in a humorous and informal way and to explain why some things in life are just plain bullsh**.moreless
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    Behind The Music

    Behind The Music

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    VH1
    "Behind The Music" chronicles the personal lives of many of the most popular musical acts of the rock era, and occasionally strays into related subjects, such as Woodstock, Hair and radio pioneer Alan Freed, as well as 'year' episodes, which tell the events and issues of certain years through the music of the time. The series was born following the success of a VH1 documentary about heroin abuse. The producers strictly follow a policy of having complete cooperation from their subjects, even when delving into embarrassing issues, which prevents the show from falling into the pitfall of tabloid sleaze. They hunt down possible interviewees, sometimes using detectives, and ask direct, probing questions, which prompt revealing, and brutally honest (we hope) responses. Nominated for the Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series for four consecutive years, BTM has established a rigid formula. We explore humble beginnings, meteoric rises, major setbacks, personal struggles, crippling vices, devasting falls, and climaxes that include revivals, deaths, and career changes. Unfortunately (for us), success has crept in. As BTM became VH1's top-rated show, it also has become a vehicle for commercialism. In 2000, the market was flooded with BTM books, CD's, and videos, and the recording industry started to realise the direct influence the show has on music sales. Vanilla Ice reportedly sold four times more albums after his episode aired, and many back catalogue sales have increased. So the later episodes have veered away from the 'classic' artists, and feature trendy, marketable newer acts. Hence, there sometimes is precious little drama to the artists' stories, and the series has turned rather uneven. Still, there is an occasional worthy tale, though VH1 produces only three or four new episodes per season these days. It's sister show, "VH1's Storytellers", has also been revived .moreless
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    Hard Knocks

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    HBO
    Hard Knocks on HBO presents viewers with an inside look at NFL training camps. From the top coaches to the rookies trying to make the team, Hard Knocks will showcase what it takes to be in the NFL.moreless
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    The Blue Planet

    The Blue Planet

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2002)
    The BBC spent five years and $10 million to produce this landmark exploration of the ocean, a world we know less about than the moon. We go further out and deeper down to show you things that have never been seen before. The Blue Planet: Seas of Life reveals the sea and its communities at their most fearsome and alluring. Until now, we've only touched the surface...moreless
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    Weaponology

    Weaponology

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    Discovery Channel (ended 2008)
    From body armor and explosives of the past and to thermobaric bombs and nuclear weapons of today, Weaponology delves into the world of weapons and devices of war. Witness how the Gatling gun has evolved from it's inception to today as well as a host of several other topics.moreless
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    Taboo

    Taboo

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    For what may be grotesque or barbaric to some of us, to others, it is their custom and their way of life. Taboo takes the viewer into the realm of these cultures from around the world.

    Taboo explores the various cuisines, tribal rituals, religious believes and even sports that crosses the border from your comfort zone.moreless
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    The Erotic Traveler

    The Erotic Traveler

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    Cinemax (ended 2008)
    The Midland Art Gallery is the home base for this erotic series starring Divini Rai as erotic photographer Marissa Johanson and Kaylani Lei as her pupil Allison Kraft. The series uses photographs and works of art to take episodic settings all over the world. This series is shot on location in Green River, Utah.moreless
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    VH1 Storytellers

    VH1 Storytellers

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    VH1
    This acclaimed series began with a broadcast of Ray Davies talking about his songs and performing them solo, as part of his own "Storyteller" concert tour in 1996. Ray being one of more eloquant and insightful writers of our time, the show was well-received, and other performers were lined up. Many of popular music's greatest artists and songwriters have taped episodes, mostly in intimate settings, some taking audience questions and telling first-hand stories about their writing and personal experiences. By definition, the series is rather uneven, (after all, if you're not a fan of the performer, it's not your cup of tea). But it has produced many inspiring moments and memorable performances. As of November 2008, 79 episodes have aired, many in conjunction with its sister series, "Behind The Music". CD's and DVD's of episodes are available, including some "Best Of" and "Lost Songs" collections. It was listed as on hiatus from 2002 to 2005, then a few occasional episodes have been taped, mostly in conjunction with the artist's latest release.moreless
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    American Experience

    American Experience

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    PBS
    Since 1988, PBS has broadcast a series that focuses on the history of the United States and what has made it unique. Called American Experience (originally titled The American Experience), the program examines the people, events, technology, and natural resources that have shaped the country. Hosted by David McCullough until 2002 and narrated by a number of well-known personalities - American Experience uses historians and authors, period images and film, music, dramatic re-enactments, and contemporary context to set the stage for its topics.

    The series continues to this day with a variable number of installments produced each year. Episodes are generally 60 minutes in length, but some longer episodes and multi-part series have also been produced. The show airs at different days and times on local PBS stations.

    Though American Experience has used many films from independent film makers and has been assisted by various PBS stations throughout the country, it has always been spearheaded by WGBH in Boston.moreless
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