I accepted an assignment to write an article about four shows airing on The History Channel. The problem that I had was choosing which shows to profile in the article. I was not familiar with The History Channel’s programming until several months ago and now I am an addict. The shows are exciting and entertaining as well as being educational. I found that my teenage daughter enjoyed watching these shows too. The shows and specials, which air on The History Channel, are jewels in the caves of network programming that I am delighted I was able to uncover.
Ice Road Truckers has become my favorite show on television. I was amazed that these truck drivers were willing to drive heavy loads over roads that were nothing more than frozen lakes, rivers and oceans. Every time I hear the ice road crack my heart stops because I know there is a chance that the ice road will break and the truck will be sucked down into the frigid waters below. I am constantly amazed at the conditions that these drivers face: artic animals, whiteouts, blizzards, cracking ice and mechanical malfunctions to name a few. Ice Road Truckers enters its third season on Sunday, May 31st and we have our first female truck driver. I am going to be tuned in rooting for her to be the best Ice Road Trucker this season.
Gangs are on the rise around the United States and Gangland gives the insider story of some of the most famous and notorious gangs. Airing on Thursday nights at 9:00 p.m., Gangland gives audiences a rare look into the lives of gang members and what motivates them to join and stay in gangs. Interviews, rare footage and astonishing revelations educate audiences about gang life and history.
I am fascinated with storms and natural disasters so I was immediately a fan of Mega Disasters on Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. on The History Channel. As the title implies, the show uses history and science to investigate some of the most destructive natural disasters in history. Then they use computer animation to recreate them in modern times and locations. The show is fascinating and often revealing in how vulnerable we still are to a massive natural disaster.
As Ice Road Truckers follows truck drivers as they haul heavy loads along ice roads, Ax Men looks at the lives of timber cutters as they work in the Pacific Northwest. The second season premiered on March 2nd at 10:00 p.m. on The History Channel and continues to mesmerize audiences. The show follows five logging companies as they race to fall the most timber during the season. Many of these men come from families who have a long history in logging. The timber cutters face dangers every day and battle the elements, terrain and mechanical mishaps as they try to earn the title of “Ax Men”.