Does anyone else here think that the History Channel has been going down hill recently? Personally, I don't particularly enjoy these new reality shows like Ice Road Truckers and Axemen. I don't really mind Pawn Stars i guess.
A greater source of concern to me, however, is that among the documentaries they do show, the topics are becoming increasingly bizarre. A majority of them seem to be about aliens; aliens building the pyramids, aliens building the Statue of Liberty (no wait, that was the Illuminati); when they're not about aliens, they're about the Knights Templar and the Freemasons ruling the world. It seems like so many of these shows are pandering to conspiracy theorists. And many of the "experts" they get to come on the shows to are controversial to say the least; many are well-known pseudo-historians. I will say to their credit, they did recently do one show which systematically debunked all the 9/11 conspiracy theories. But I think this was an outlier.
I know people were getting tired of all the WW2 stuff on before, but they've occasionally managed to make good programs on a whole variety of valid subjects, like the barbarian invasions, the black death; they recently made a good one on the history of Russia. Why they're going the aliens and freemasons route I have no idea. Many of those programs are not only not educational, they're actually rather misleading.
So does anyone else have any thoughts on the recent developments of the History Channel?