If you want to read a thorough take-down of the most recent History Channel offering, read my friend Elizabeth Lewis Pardoe's review of the "Mankind" series. Ouch!
I might also add that Beth is a former History Channel employee.
Here is a taste:
My son’s teacher let the kids forgo their nightly reading if they watched the History Channel’s Mankind series’
treatment of the “Age of Empire.” He warned it might be gory and asked
that a parent watch with each child. Thus I found myself forced to
suffer through some of the worst history and worst television I have
Thanks to clunky editing, I learned that the Pilgrims fled the Tulip
bubble in the Netherlands. Salem drew the “era of fear and
superstition” to a welcome close so the “wilderness” could be “tamed”
from Siberia to North America by rugged, male, entrepreneurial pioneers
desirous of fur. As “superstition is giving way to science,” Captain
James Cook, “mankind’s greatest explorer . . . opened up a new
continent,” inhabited by “animals and plants unknown to science.”
Benjamin Franklin, “innovator and entrepreneur,” brought the scientific
revolution to “America.” And the march of progress goes on.
Half-hearted attempts at politically correctness made
the Euro-centric, Whiggish—if not Panglossian—perspective all the more
evident. Token treatment of a central African “princess” who escaped
the Portuguese cannot compensate for the failure to mention Spanish
slaves suffering in silver mines. Momentary mention of the Australian
Aborigines’ cultural sophistication fails to forgive the depiction of
Mughal India in the tried and true stereotypes of the materialist and
Read more at the blog of the Historical Society. Nice work, Beth.