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10 Things You Don't Know About: Season 1 (2012)

Various , The History Channel  |  NR |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 276 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083HXK86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,926 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From great figures come our most noteworthy inventions, from the telephone to the theory of general relativity. But no great leader is perfect. H2 digs into the scandals and family secrets you won't find in textbooks in the special 10 THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT. Observing the lives of renowned leaders, brilliant scientists and notorious criminals, viewers get an inside peek into their unknown pasts, from Ben Franklin's nefarious history to Albert Einstein's hidden family drama.

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DISC 1: Benjamin Franklin / Abraham Lincoln / John F. Kennedy / J. Edgar Hoover / The OK Corral / The Roosevelts / The Mormons

DISC 2: Pablo Escobar / George Patton / Caligula / Adolf Hitler / The Rat Pack / Bonus


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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, Sensationalistic and Full of Errors 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars History? July 27, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's what you don't know that makes history work August 10, 2012
Format:DVD
By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, Mississippi

I wasn't familiar with 10 Things You Don't Know About, when I requested it. I'm glad I trusted my instincts.
If you love trivia and history, you'll want to own 10 Things You Don't Know About too.
I was familiar with a lot they told about Ben Franklin. I knew he was a notorious womanizer. He was so adored by women that in 1776 he was dispatched to France as commissioner for the United States. He courts one of the women, whose husband can help supply the French Navy. Without the French, we may never have broken away from the Brits and became our own country.
I didn't know he had an illegitimate son William or that Ben was one of the first father's guilty of child endangerment. We've all heard about his experiment to prove that lightning is electricity by flying a kite in a storm that appeared capable of becoming a lightning storm. Actually, Ben stayed high-and-dry and had William fly the kite in the storm.
I also learned that J.F.K. was on steroids, that F.D.R. used cocaine for sinus treatments, and Abraham Lincoln liked bars and fist fights.
The show is hosted by David Eisenbach. He certainly has the credentials. Eisenbach received a B.A. in modern European history from Columbia University, an M.A. in history education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.A. and a PhD in American history from the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
You don't want to miss this one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage May 16, 2013
By Odwalla
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yellow journalism? Try yellow history. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars full of half truths September 22, 2013
By Shelby
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but sometimes misleading January 29, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe it January 1, 2014
By NL
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very addicting,
Amazing show. very informative and highly addicting. Wish there were more seasons!
Published 10 days ago by michael brown
1.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE! I would never buy or expose children to...
I've seen enough! I watched several hours of this program on the History Channel. I don't know what season I was watching but I saw 4 programs. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Guitar Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I wish it had more history of America.
Published 1 month ago by Kelly Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great teaching tool!
As stated in the headline, great teaching tool for history.
The presentation format was very thoughtful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Xi'Xi J. Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Tabloid History
"Facts" were presented in a manner that appealed to the agenda of the program--to surprise and shock the audience. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melissa Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars More entertaining than fiction!
What you don't learn in school is often a lot more interesting than what you do learn. This show is proof of that.
Published 7 months ago by Gary Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars Ben Franklin is/was thought to be a serial killer?!
Filled with tons of information that most people don't know! No commercials, and in smaller increments so kids don't get bored so easily. It's great!
Published 7 months ago by Mommabear
3.0 out of 5 stars Why I Quit
I couldn' t do the games any more. So I quit at # 72. I always had to BUY MANY extras!! Lives and balls and hammers. Unbelievable how much money
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Published 7 months ago by Sally Luebbe
4.0 out of 5 stars 10 things you don't know about
I enjoyed the episodes and will watch the next season for sure. I have also recommended the series to friends
Published 7 months ago by Joselyn's Amazon
1.0 out of 5 stars It get's zero stars!
All I can say is that this is just propaganda. I was hoping this show would actually have interesting things to teach.
Published 7 months ago by Crystal Y. Taylor
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