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    • Nazi Prophecies
      Nazi Prophecies
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      10/11/05
      9.5
      Prophecies throughout history that some believe had foretold the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Germany are explored. Also: the origins of Nazism.
    • Mayan Doomsday Prophecy
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      8/3/06
      9.0
      The examinings of the mysterious end date (which corresponds to December 21, 2012) of the Mayan Long Count calendar that has led to speculation that this marks the end of the world. Including a visit to the ruins of the Chichen Itza on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
    • The Other Nostradamus
      The Other Nostradamus
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      11/28/05
      9.0
      A profile of an American psychic Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), who had offered a medical diagnoses and various prognostications, often while in a trance.
    • The Templar Code
      The Templar Code
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      11/8/05
      9.0
      Part 1 of a two-part history of the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian order that was charged with protecting Jerusalem following the Crusades. Includes undeciphered carvings on prison walls in France.
    • Secrets of the Koran
      Secrets of the Koran
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      3/9/06
      9.0
      This is the conclusion of the exploration of the Koran examines its role throughout history, this includes the Golden Age of Islam and also the Crusades. Plus the meaning of the word "jihad" and the modern usage of the word.
    • Doomsday 2012: The End of Days
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      3/1/07
      8.8
      The Prophecies and the oracles that seem to point to Dec. 21, 2012, as doomsday. This includes clues from the Mayan calendar, the medieval predictions of Merlin, the Book of Revelation and also the I Ching.
    • Secrets of the Dollar Bill
      Secrets of the Dollar Bill
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      7/27/06
      8.5
      The stories that are behind the numbers and symbols on the U.S. $1 bill are explored. This includes the bill's evolution and also alternative designs. Also a visit to the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
    • Bible Mysteries
      Bible Mysteries
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      1/9/06
      8.5
      In this episode bible mysteries are examined in which includes Noah's Ark, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Shroud of Turin. Plus messages and codes that are within the texts of the Old Testament.
    • The Templar Code
      The Templar Code
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      11/14/05
      8.5
      The conclusion of a two-part history of the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian order that had charged with protecting Jerusalem following the Crusades. Narrator: Edward Herrmann.
    • In Search of the Real Frankenstein
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      10/26/06
      8.0
      A profile of the German theologian and also the alchemist Johann Konrad Dippel (1673-1734), who had lived in Castle Frankenstein in which it explores the possible connections between Dippel and Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein."
    • Secrets of the Koran
      Secrets of the Koran
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      6/4/06
      8.0
      The exploration of the Koran that examines what it means to Muslim, the historical context of the writings, similarities to the Bible, and also its role throughout history. This includes the golden age of Islam and the Crusades. Plus the meaning of the word "jihad" and its modern usage.
    • Mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      12/8/05
      8.0
      The mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle are explored by using underwater cameras, computer graphics and also the re-creations of disappearances.
    • The Templar Code: Crusade of Secrecy
      9/28/06
      7.5
      A history of the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian order that charged with protecting Jerusalem following the Crusades. This includes comments by historians. Edward Herrmann narrates.
    • Siberian Apocalypse
      Siberian Apocalypse
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      1/27/08
      7.5
      There is the examining of the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia, in which is nearly 1000 square miles of forest that was destroyed by a mysterious explosion. This includes the theories about the cause of the disaster not only that but the possibility of something similar occurring again.
    • Countdown to Armageddon
      Countdown to Armageddon
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      9/5/05
      7.1
      There is a look at the natural phenomena such as global warming, viruses and their potential to destroy civilization.
    • Mysteries of the Garden of Eden
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      5/13/07
      5.3
      The biblical Garden of Eden and also the mysteries that surrounds the supposed paradise and the creation story are examined. This includes the trying to determine its location.
    • Heaven: Beyond the Grave
      Heaven: Beyond the Grave
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      1/27/07
      3.0
      Heaven and the concept is explored by many religious scholars, who discuss about the views of both various faiths and also the evolution of the idea of the afterlife.
    • Vampire's Secrets
      Vampire's Secrets
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      3/29/07
      0.0
      Their is a study of the vampire legend that focuses on the common threads founded in different versions, this includes the drinking of blood and also the idea of returning from the dead.
    • The Holy Grail
      The Holy Grail
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      4/20/07
      0.0
      The legend of the Holy Grail is examined and questioned.
    • Heaven and Hell
      Heaven and Hell
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      1/11/07
      0.0
      Heaven and Hell and how both of them are presented in the Bible is explored.
    • The Signs of Evil
      The Signs of Evil
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      6/6/06
      0.0
      The superstitions and the fears of regarding the number 666 are explored. Included is a man who had became afraid after buying a car with the license plate saying the number 666. Also a trip along Highway 666.
    • Strange Behavior
      Strange Behavior
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      7/11/07
      0.0
      There are mysterious behavior and also rituals that are explored. This includes both cannibalism and cults.
    • Secrets of Kabbalah
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      0.0
      The study of Kabbalah has become a multimillion-dollar celebrity endorsed empire, however historians and religious scholars argue that the Kabbalah of Hollywood's elite is a pale imitation of the centuries-old mystical practice. The true Kabbalah is a great and complex philosophy rooted in thousands of years of history. Travel back in time to understand the true roots of Jewish mysticism. Followers believe that by studying Kabbalah, one has the potential to understand God, the soul, the structure of the universe, the afterlife, and even the meaning of human existence. We'll trace the roots of Kabbalah, learn what it means to master Kabbalah and finally, we'll attempt to explain the ancient, complex code that believers say demonstrates Kabbalah's long-hidden connection to the Bible.moreless
    • Secrets Of The Playing Card
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      9/14/06
      0.0
      The history of playing cards is traced toward the roots in ancient China, Persia and Egypt. Plus their connection with the secret societies and the occult.
    • Earth's Black Hole
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      3/15/07
      0.0
      Their is an exploring of a possibility that there are places on Earth that behave like black holes in space and also with a focus on the Bermuda Triangle. This includes interviews with scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, Harvard University and Cardiff University in Wales.
    • Cults: Dangerous Devotion
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      1/4/07
      0.0
      The examinings of cults and also the cult leaders such as Jim Jones of the People's Temple and the polygamist Warren Jeffs.
    • The Spear of Christ
      The Spear of Christ
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      12/21/06
      0.0
      The history of a spear is pierced to the side of Jesus during the crucifixion and also the search for a weapon as the holy relic are examined. Included is the four artifacts that many have claimed as the spear and is also the scientific analysis of artifacts.
    • Behind the Da Vinci Code
      Behind the Da Vinci Code
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      12/17/06
      0.0
      Historian Henry Lincoln, who coauthored "Holy Blood, Holy Grail," had raised a theory that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had children. The recalls of his early research and had discussed the criticism of the book's theories.
    • Mysteries of the Freemasons: America
      12/13/06
      0.0
      The history of the Freemasons that examines the popular misconceptions regardes the organization that includes dramatic reenactments and also interviews with historians. Among those commenting: Akram R. Elias, Steven Bullock and Brent Morris.
    • Seven Wonders of the World
      Seven Wonders of the World
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      12/7/06
      0.0
      A study of the Seven Wonders of the World. Exploring the reasons why they were chosen, what these marvels and their ruins reveal about their builders.
    • The Real Sorcerer's Stone
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      11/16/06
      0.0
      The exploration of a fabled sorcerer's stone, which had medieval alchemists believe that the power to transform base metals into gold and also to ensure a long life. Includes the roots of modern lab equipment and also experiments in alchemy.
    • Sodom & Gomorrah
      Sodom & Gomorrah
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      4/5/06
      0.0
      The biblical cities of both Sodom and Gomorrah and the theories that regard their existence are explored. This includes the archaeological evidence.
    • Ayatollah Khomeini
      Ayatollah Khomeini
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      3/9/06
      0.0
      The Islamic revolution in Iran of 1979 and The Ayatollah Khomeini (1900-89)are examined.
    • Resurrection
      Resurrection
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      9/27/05
      0.0
      The resurrection of Jesus is discussed here. The host is Elizabeth Vargas.
    • Presidential Prophecies
      Presidential Prophecies
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      10/24/05
      0.0
      Supposed prophecies that are regarding U.S. presidents and the involvement of presidents in the paranormal this includes the consultation of psychics. Among those discussed are Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
    • Cults
      Cults
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      11/21/05
      0.0
      The history of cults that include the Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate and the ancient Greek cult of Dionysus.
    • Ancient Discoveries
      Ancient Discoveries
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      12/5/05
      0.0
      The examinings of ancient medical devices, procedures and the profiling of the Greek physician Galen, who practiced eye and brain surgery.
    • Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond
      9/20/05
      0.0
      Examining the theory of claiming that the Bible contains a code that regards the past and future events. Also that is included is the comments from critics and a review of the Biblical prophecy.
    • The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon
      9/13/05
      0.0
      The Bible and the prophecy are discussed.
    • Countdown to Armageddon
      Countdown to Armageddon
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      8/22/05
      0.0
      Part 1 of two. There is a look at the natural phenomena such as global warming, viruses and their potential to destroy civilization.
    • Countdown to Armageddon
      Countdown to Armageddon
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      8/30/05
      0.0
      There is a look at natural phenomena such as global warming, viruses and their potential to destroy civilization.
    • Beyond 'The Da Vinci Code'
      Beyond 'The Da Vinci Code'
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      9/5/05
      0.0
      There is an exploration of the ideas regarding the Holy Grail that are raised in Dan Brown's 2003 novel "The Da Vinci Code" examines the traditional views held by Christians and those expressed in the novel. What is included: the possibility that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and the theory that Mary Magdalene was the Holy Grail.moreless
    • The Shroud of Turin
      The Shroud of Turin
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      9/5/05
      0.0
      The examinings of the Shroud of Turin, the cloth that is thought by some to be the burial garment of Jesus Christ. Also that is included is the shroud's history.
    • Apocalypse
      Apocalypse
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      10/4/05
      0.0
      The Bible's Book of Revelation and its dark nightmarish vision of the end of the world. Included: a speculation on the identity of the book's author that is the history of Megiddo, the ancient Israeli city that is the site of Armageddon and also a look at similarities between Revelation and the prophecies of the Persian Zoroaster.moreless
    • Secret Societies
      Secret Societies
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      10/4/05
      0.0
      A look at the secret societies that includes the Order of Skull and Bones, the Bilderbergs and the Tri-Lateral Commission.
    • Prophecies of Israel
      Prophecies of Israel
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      12/12/05
      0.0
      In this episode examining of prophecies that are found in the Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, that are also relevant to Jewish history. Included are comments from experts on the world's three major religions that is archival footage and dramatic reenactments.
    • Mysteries on the High Seas
      Mysteries on the High Seas
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      1/22/06
      0.0
      The mysteries of maritime are explored in this includes the Bermuda Triangle, the wrecks on the Great Lakes and also the famous ghost ships such as The Flying Dutchman and the Mary Celeste.
    • Cover-Up?
      Cover-Up?
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      1/30/06
      0.0
      The mysteries and also the supposed cover-ups are examined. This includes the death of Marilyn Monroe, the JFK and RFK assassinations and also Area 51.
    • Secrets of the Koran
      Secrets of the Koran
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      3/2/06
      0.0
      Part 1of2: The explorations of the Koran examines what it means to be a Muslim, the historical context of the writings and also the similarities that it has towards the Bible.
    • Monsters
      Monsters
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      3/9/06
      0.0
      The legends about monsters are examined, in which includes the Abominable Snowman, the Loch Ness Monster and also Bigfoot.
    • Opus Dei Secrets Revealed
      Opus Dei Secrets Revealed
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      1/29/06
      0.0
      A history of the Roman Catholic with the organization of Opus Dei encouraging Christians to live consistently with their faith.
    • Prophecies of Iraq
      Prophecies of Iraq
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      12/28/05
      0.0
      The examinings of theories suggesting that biblical prophecies thought to be about the fall of Babylon to the Persians may have been referring to modern-day Iraq. This includes the Gulf Wars and also the fall of Saddam Hussein.
    • The Search for Noah's Ark
      The Search for Noah's Ark
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      12/12/05
      0.0
      A chronicle of the efforts to search on Mount Ararat in Turkey for the ark that according to the Bible, was built by Noah to survive a flood. This includes interviews with scholars, historians and also scientists.
    • Unraveling the Shroud
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      12/19/05
      0.0
      The examinings of mysteries that surround the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus. This includes the current tests and theories. Also a theory that Leonardo da Vinci had created the shroud as a hoax.
    • Relics of the Passion
      Relics of the Passion
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      12/19/05
      0.0
      In this episode their is the reviewing of the history of various relics that connect with the Passion of Jesus. Included in is the cross on which Jesus was crucified, the crown of thorns, the nails of the cross and the Titulus, a sign placed on the top of the cross. Also the Veil of Veronica, which was supposedly bears in the image of Jesus.moreless
    • The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon
      12/28/05
      0.0
      The examinings of the notion that the Bible can be used to predict future events. Included are the comments from supporters and critics.
    • The Real Dr. Frankenstein
      The Real Dr. Frankenstein
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      10/2/11
      0.0
      Where did Mary Shelley get the idea for her famous novel Frankenstein? Scientific advances in the 18th and 19th centuries sparked fascination and experimentation with artificial life forms and reviving the dead.
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