10 Things You Don't Know About 3 Seasons 2012

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1. Benjamin Franklin TV-NR CC

Benjamin Franklin was a multi-talented American founding father--but he also owned slaves, frequented sex clubs and was a suspected serial killer. In this episode of our new series, maverick historian David Eisenbach uncovers little-known details of Franklin's past, shedding new light on Franklin's eccentric behaviors and how they enabled him to help save the American Revolution.

Starring:
David Eisenbach, Karl Schaffenburg
Runtime:
22 minutes
Original air date:
February 27, 2012

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Benjamin Franklin

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Mark Cole
Starring David Eisenbach, Karl Schaffenburg
Season year 2012
Network A&E Television Networks
Producers Mark Cole, Patricia Dean, Francine Graff, Bruce Halford, Matthew Horowitz, Dana Josslin, Jonathan Koch, Carl H. Lindahl, Steven Michaels, Stephanie Newman-Smith, Alex Piper, Marielle Skouras, Grant Stuppel, Rhys Thomas, Johnathan Walton
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Very Interesting show.
S. Colley
Factual events seem exaggerated to make them more interesting to those not really interested in history.
Daniel J. Tomsick
It is just cheap (and boring) filler.
Keith Johnson

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Hughes on December 19, 2012
Format: DVD
I'm a history buff, but no scholar, so I sat down to watch these shows with a feeling of anticipation. Oh well...life is full of disappointments, I guess. By the way, I'm rating this "1" because they don't have an option for "zero."

What has happened to the History Channel? Once their stuff was worth watching. But I've read better comic book accounts than the stuff in this.

Let's see. 10 things you didn't know about Lincoln--he slept with men. Puh-leeze. Does nobody know that at most boarding houses in the 19th century and before, men slept in beds together? If they really wanted to say something most people don't know about Lincoln, why didn't they explain the rationale behind the overblown Emancipation Proclamation, which didn't free a single slave at the time it was written and was only put out to shut up the more rabid Republicans? What about Abraham Lincoln BEST UNKNOWN QUOTE, when he told Horace Greeley in an 1862 letter "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it"?

10 things you didn't know about JFK. He took drugs. Anybody with a devastating back injury takes prescription meds. It's not like he was dealing on the street, but to hear the stuff on this show you'd think he had pushers lined up at the White House.

10 things you didn't know about Patton--this one made me literally drop my jaw. WHAT? Patton's son-in-law, John K Waters, was NOT killed in the raid on Hammelburg; he died in 1989, a full 45 years after that raid. He also went on to become a 4-star general, or was this a ghost...? Oh, new series: 10 things you didn't know about how ghosts played a role in US history.

I could go on about how all the stuff in this series is either obvious (Hitler was Austrian? Oh my gosh!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Carlos S. on July 27, 2013
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The piece on Benjamin Franklin was willfully inaccurate in places. I was present for some of the filming, as an advisor, and made certain things clear that were not being presented correctly. The producers said that the inaccurate information would be edited out, but they lied. This is just sensationalistic nonsense, for the most part. Don't waste your time.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Odwalla on May 16, 2013
Does the History Channel exercise any sort of editorial review before airing this guy's show? I have lost all respect for this network.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Newnam on July 24, 2014
Yellow journalism? Try yellow history.

Of the Ben Franklin show, at least every 3 minutes I found myself saying, "That's not accurate." (I'm a bit of a Ben buff.) It's not that I am in denial about certain things he said but they were either distortions for sensationalism's sake or they were outright lies.

Truth is so much more fascinating than fiction. Why bother making stuff up or twisting it when facts, if told well, will beat out fiction any day?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shelby on September 22, 2013
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The story of the Mormons is clearly bias. The individual actions of people that are of the mormon faith are their own actions, Not that of the church (like perry the banker who loaned money in Las Vegas). Further Brigham Young and the Utah territory were Not pro slavery, historical records prove this. Lincon wrote Brigham Young to ask were the Mormons stood, to which Young replied with the Union. The story of the mormons is full of half truths.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Tuttle on January 9, 2013
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The premise was intriguing, with an interesting list of subjects to draw a prospecgive viewer into the sale. However, the details are minimally researched, shallow to say the least. Anyone who knows the subject areas is "turned off" immediately. If possible, no stars would be given.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Miller on January 29, 2014
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I watched all the episodes and they were very entertaining. Some information, though, was incomplete and misleading. This, I imagine, was done for the sake of shock and entertainment value, but at the expense of truth. I gave the show three stars because it held my attention and was well-presented. If it hadn't been for the credibility issue, I would have given it five stars.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NL on January 1, 2014
This program takes things out of historical context, and adds exaggerations. It seems to be an attempt to demean an important figure in American history. Lincoln was not gay, as the program infers. And he was not racist, as the program leads you to believe. After watching this episode, I removed it from my watchlist because I can't trust any of the other episodes.
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