I have a bone to pick withe The History Channel (now rebranded as simply "History"). I was working on a VERY clever blog post about their growing number of non history related reality shows with people living in swamps, cutting down trees, repainting old things and what ever else. I like to think I can see history programs on History.
But then I turn on the tube & see "The Epic History of Everything", a creative, well researched, and well written program that took away all of my gusto. A great blog post ruined by a good tv show. It followed a guy named Joe living his normal life and highlighting the historical story of common objects around him.
It reminded me of one of my favorite books At Home by Bill Bryson. The book is a very similar concept. Bryson moves around his home describing the historical reasons why things are what they are. Why do forks have the number of prongs they have? Why can a hall be a passage from one room to another and a large room for gatherings?
I recommend both the book At Home and the show The Epic History of Everything. Reality shows not so much.