History's Mysteries (1998–2011)


History's Mysteries (TV Series 1998–2011)

Explore the stories, events, legends and myths that have incited debate throughout the ages.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   8.1 /10
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Creator Damian Weyand
Creator SueAnn Fincke
Creator John Armstrong
Creator Matthew Asner
Release Date
GenreDocumentary, History, Mystery
Content RatingTV-PG (TV-PG)
Awards1 win
Self - Narratoras Self - Narrator…
Arthur Kent
Arthur Kent
Self - Hostas Self - Host…
Christopher Chacon
Christopher Chacon
Selfas Self
William L. MacDonald
William L. MacDonald
Selfas Self
Carole Fontaine
Carole Fontaine
Selfas Self
Selfas Self…
Selfas Self
Self - Narratoras Self - Narrator
David Wolpe
David Wolpe
Selfas Self
Michael Shermer
Michael Shermer
Selfas Self…
Alison Griffith
Alison Griffith
Selfas Self
James Allen
James Allen
Selfas Self
Selfas Self
Emily Teeter
Emily Teeter
Selfas Self
G. Robert Blakey
G. Robert Blakey
Selfas Self
J. Gordon Melton
J. Gordon Melton
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Self - author and paranormal expertas Self - author and paranormal expert…
Ed Warren
Ed Warren
Self - director of New England Society for Psychical Researchas Self - director of New England Society for Psychical Research…

History's Mysteries

History's Mysteries is an American documentary television series that aired on the History Channel.


The 154 episodes of the series were produced from 1998 to 2011. Each season consisted of 12 to 14 one-hour episodes that focused on historical events or subjects considered to be mysterious by the general public. Episodes typically begin with Kent giving a broad overview of the subject followed by what is accepted as a common explanation. During the main segments, experts on both sides of the issue present their evidence and opinions. Before commercial breaks, Kent would give the audience bits of trivia relating to the subject; episodes also included a timeline which would give important events occurring around the time of the events discussed in the show.

Subjects covered on the show ranged from the beginning of human history to modern subjects such as Carlos the Jackal, The Amityville Horror, and Area 51, as well as political conspiracies and conspiracy theories such as MK ULTRA and the JFK Assassination. Common aspects of history covered on the show include religion, crime, the supernatural, archaeology, mythology, and folklore.

Some episodes of the show were repackaged as part of a series called Incredible But True?, which aired episodes of History's Mysteries as well as other shows (including In Search of History and UFO Files, also narrated by Ackroyd). The show's last episodes were an anthology of clips from previous episodes (such as Mysteries of the High Seas).

Although new episodes are no longer being produced, re-runs of History's Mysteries are regularly shown on the History Channel. Additionally, they are available on DVD.

Episode list

Notes: (alternate name); some of these names are exactly the same as Decoding the Past episodes.

Season 1

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Season 2

Season 3

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Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8

Season 9

Season 10

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Season 12

Season 13

Season 14

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Season 15

Season 16

Season unknown

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  • "Terror in the Heartland: The Black Legion"
  • "The True Story of The Untouchables"
  • "Quantrill's Raiders"
  • "Judas: Traitor or Friend?" (topic)
  • "Failed Assassinations": focuses on failed assassination attempts on US Presidents, including Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan.
  • "The Mysterious Howard Hughes"
  • "The Abominable Snowman"
  • "U.S. Invaded!"
  • "Killer Submarine"
  • "Alamo Scouts"
  • "The Mysteries of King Tut"
  • "Salem Witch Trials"
  • "The True Story of the Philadelphia Experiment"
  • "Secret Brotherhood of Freemasons"
  • "Ancient City: Found and Lost"
  • "The FBI Celebrity Files"
  • "The Cavemen"
  • "Werewolves": The werewolf myth holds a prominent place in history.
  • "Roman Roads: Paths to Empire"
  • "The End of the World"
  • "Where is Jimmy Hoffa?"
  • "Jack Ruby on Trial": discusses Jack Ruby and explores the possibility of a conspiracy to kill John F. Kennedy.
  • "Vigilantes"
  • "Area 51: Beyond Top Secret"
  • "The Occult and the Third Reich"
  • "Witchcraft"
  • "Zombies"
  • "The Real Dracula"
  • "The Boy Who Gave Away the Bomb"
  • "The Hitler Youth"
  • "The Real Robinson Crusoe"
  • "Tales of the FBI: Operation Solo"
  • "Cliff Mummies of the Andes: Unwrapped
  • "Secrets of the Dinosaur Hunters"
  • "The Mafia at War": discusses the US government's efforts to enlist the Mafia for assistance in fighting World War II.
  • "San Quentin"
  • "King Herod's Lost City"
  • "Lost Colony of Roanoke"
  • "Secret UFO Files": examines the modern era of UFO sightings, and the US governments reaction to and knowledge of the subject.
  • "Ship of Gold"
  • "The Legacy of Al Capone"
  • "Infamous Murders: Horror on the Highways"
  • "Infamous Murders: Mass Murders"
  • "A Question of Conspiracy: The RFK Murder"
  • "Infamous Murders: Trapped by Forensics"
  • "Infamous Murders: Intent on Murder"
  • "Infamous Murders: Streets of Fear"
  • "Infamous Murders: The Cannibals"
  • "Outlaws: The Ten Most Wanted"
  • "Infamous Murders: Stalking the Innocent"
  • "Organized Crime: A World History: Sicily"
  • "Alcatraz"
  • "Sex in the Real West"
  • 06-19-01 "The War Illusionist": A British magician fools Hitler's generals and pilots.
  • "Infamous Murders: Killing for Thrills"
  • "The Enduring Mystery of Stonehenge": It stands on a wide plain in southern England, a circular formation of over 160 massive stones, creating an endless mystery for historians.
  • "The Mysteries of Devil's Triangles": discusses unexplained disappearances of ships and planes in the Bermuda Triangle and the Great Lakes. Focuses particularly on Flight 19 and the Edmund Fitzgerald.
  • 01-17-03 "England's Lost Castles": Timber castles dot England during the Middle Ages.
  • "The Knights of Camelot"
  • "England's Great Wall"
  • "Scotland Yard's Greatest Investigations"
  • "Asteroids"
  • "The Greensboro Massacre"
  • "Bigfoot and Other Monsters": examines popular subjects of cryptozoology, including Bigfoot, Mokele mbembe, the chupacabra, and others.
  • "Crop Circle Controversy"
  • "Infamous Murders: The Poisoners"
  • "The Loch Ness Monster"
  • "The Odessa File"
  • "Bounty Hunters: Relentless Pursuers"
  • "The Most Ancient Taboo: Cannibalism"
  • "The Great Train Robbery"
  • "Born Killers: Leopold and Loeb"
  • "Roswell: Final Declassification"
  • "Alien Hunters"
  • "The Search for Life on Mars"
  • "The Manson Family Murders"
  • 10-25-00 "The Roman Emperors": The heads of Ancient Rome lead lives of increasing depravity.
  • "Infamous Murders: Women Who Kill"
  • "A Secret Story"
  • "American-Italian Internment: A Secret Story"
  • "Lost Worlds"
  • "Mysteries on the High Seas"
  • "Monsters"
  • "Miracles, Mystics, and Prophecies"
  • "Mysteries of the Bible"
  • "Buried Secrets: Digging For DNA"
  • "The Catacombs of Rome"
  • "Getting High: A History of LSD"
  • "Hidden Tomb of Antiochus"
  • "History of Prostitution: Sex in the City"
  • "Human Bondage"
  • "Mind Control: America's Secret War": discusses MK ULTRA and other Cold War projects to create mind-controlling substances.
  • "Ancient Drugs": Humans indulge in many frightening and often toxic substances; altered states of consciousness, shamanism, trance dancing, mind-altering substances, visions, soma, wine, beer, opium, Demeter cult (Mysteries of Elysis), alcohol, chocolate, tobacco, coca, San Pedro cactus rites (mescalin), cocaine, heroine, ayahuasca; features interviews with Douglas Sharon (Director of San Diego Museum of Man), Huston Smith, Andrew Weil, professor Carole Fontaine (Andover Newton Theological School), Wade Davis, artist Pablo Amaringo
  • 08-09-03 "UFOs: Then and Now?: Nightmare": Alien abductions.