History Detectives

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  • TV-14
  • 2003
  • 12 Seasons
  • 8.8  (266)

The show called History Detectives is a documentary series that is shown quite regularly. It is shown on the station PBS. In the show a group of researchers assist people who are seeking answers from historic questions they ask. Many of these questions pertain to antiques, family heirlooms, house and also buildings. The show is quite intriguing and gives viewers a way to enlighten themselves and uncover myths, historical mysteries and also find the facts to numerous historical issues. The show has been airing since the year 2003.

History Detectives is divided into three segments per show. The first segment deals with an introduction to the issue at hand. Then a detective will begin to investigate the situation and try to come up with the facts. When the facts are found the detective will then answer the questions and help educate the viewer about the issue at hand. During the investigation viewers will get to learn about various facts including an item's history and origins. The detective will also look to connect the facts and help solve a mystery, or uncover a myth.

At the end of the show viewers will see the detective reveal their findings and explain how this relates to the question at hand. As a result the viewer will then be able find out for themselves the information they are looking for. So in the end viewers will be in for a rather enlightening and interesting show.

For people who are looking to watch a good documentary, they will likely enjoy History Detectives. This show is for people who are very interested in being educated and enlightened on a regular basis. Since the show airs regularly, people will be able to see this show often and therefore have something to look forward to watching on a regular basis. The show is also for a general audience so all types of people can view this without any restrictions.

History Detectives is a series that is currently running and has 12 seasons (114 episodes). The series first aired on July 14, 2003.

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Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?
4. Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?
July 21, 2014
From PBS - On July 30, 1975, teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared without a trace. At the time, he was one of the most powerful men in the country. Because of his union leadership, many working Americans considered Hoffa their hero, but Hoffa also had powerful enemies. For decades, investigators have searched for clues about what happened to Hoffa and why. Was he murdered? If so, who wanted him dead? After serving prison time for conspiracy and fraud, Hoffa was pardoned by President Richard Nixon. What interest did the White House have in Jimmy Hoffa? Recently declassified government files reveal shocking evidence of corruption at the highest levels. Interviews with a former mob lawyer, a murder witness, and an FBI agent are among the sources History Detectives unearth as they track Jimmy Hoffa's final hours and answer the question: Who killed Jimmy Hoffa?"
Texas Servant Girl Murders
3. Texas Servant Girl Murders
July 14, 2014
From PBS - In 1884, a string of gruesome murders terrorized the people of Austin, Texas. Three years before Jack the Ripper struck London, a killer—or possibly multiple killers—brutally attacked and murdered eight women in their beds. The heinous crimes stopped as abruptly as they began, and the slayings have remained unsolved for over a century. Could this be one of the first known serial murders in the United States? Why were those responsible never brought to justice? Six of the eight victims were African American—were the crimes racially motivated? Armed with modern forensics, the History Detectives interview descendants of the murdered women and enlist the help of modern-day experts in an effort to solve this historical whodunit. Can they finally crack the case?
The Disappearance of Glenn Miller
2. The Disappearance of Glenn Miller
July 7, 2014
From PBS - As Glenn Miller's musical career soared, he traded in his commercial success for a military uniform to entertain US troops during World War II. Then, on a foggy afternoon, December 15, 1944, he took off from England heading for France. His plane vanished over the English Channel. Glenn Miller was never seen again. Since that fateful day, Glenn Miller's disappearance has remained a mystery. Did friendly fire destroy the plane? Was Miller involved in espionage? Was he on a secret mission to end the war? Recent discoveries—including an intriguing entry in an aircraft spotter's log—give the History Detectives fresh leads and new clues to explore. Along the way, they learn of the unusual role Glenn Miller and his music played in winning hearts and minds during World War II. Can they find out what happened to this beloved bandleader once and for all?
Civil War Sabotage?
1. Civil War Sabotage?
June 30, 2014
From PBS - When the SS Sultana exploded on April 27, 1865, more than 1,800 died —outnumbering the death toll from the Titanic disaster. Why, then, do so few people know about one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history? And what caused the explosion that took so many lives? Meeting with descendants of rebel boat burners and Sultana survivors, uncovering government records, and hunting for the wreck site, the team reveals a tale of incompetence, bribery, politics and nepotism that leads all the way to President Lincoln and the White House. Can the History Detectives solve the mysterious explosion of the SS Sultana?
Where to Watch History Detectives
History Detectives is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch History Detectives on demand at Apple TV and PBS.
  • Premiere Date
    July 14, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    8.8  (266)