Episode: 1x01 | Airdate: Jul 10, 2013
Flying devices have been created to take us all around the world and even into space. On America's Facts Vs. Fictions, learn how Apollo 11 only made it home thanks to a pen and that Air Force One is a code name and not the actual name of the plane.
Episode: 1x02 | Airdate: Jul 10, 2013
We think we know the true story of the birth of the United States but there is a whole other story. In this episode of America's Facts Vs. Fiction, we learn who else rode with Paul Revere and that George Washington wasn't really our first President.
Episode: 1x03 | Airdate: Jul 17, 2013
The roots of America can be traced to the first settlers that came there. In this episode of America's Facts Vs. Fictions, learn that the Pilgrim "Thanksgiving" was about fasting and the only "witchcraft" in Salem was done by a group of young girls.
Episode: 1x04 | Airdate: Jul 24, 2014
We don't always know the truth behind what scares us. On the next episode of America's Facts Vs. Fictions, learn that our Halloween's origins aren't all that ancient and that Edgar Allan Poe is not the madman that others have made him out to be.
Episode: 1x05 | Airdate: Jul 31, 2013
We don't always know the truth behind the inventors that create the devices we use every day. On America's Facts Vs. Fictions, learn that Thomas Edison didn't actually invent the light bulb and Benjamin Franklin never "discovered" electricity.
Episode: 1x06 | Airdate: Aug 7, 2013
With our greatest Presidents, we have to differentiate between the man and the legend. On the next episode of America: Facts vs. Fiction, learn Franklin D. Roosevelt may have never had polio and Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy don't have all that much in common.
Episode: 1x07 | Airdate: Aug 14, 2013
There is more to the explorers who discovered America than we have been told. On the next episode of America's Facts Vs. Fiction learn Christopher Columbus never stepped foot in North America and Hernán Cortés didn't defeat the Aztecs by himself.
Episode: 1x08 | Airdate: Aug 21, 2013
A whole other story is behind the roads and bridges that cross the United States. On this episode of America's Facts Vs. Fictions learn a woman was the driving force behind completing the Brooklyn Bridge and Route 66 wasn't built from scratch.
Episode: 2x01 | Airdate: Oct 7, 2014
The real facts behind America's biggest economic boom and biggest bust will shock you. On this episode of America: Facts vs. Fiction, discover a treasure of nuggets about the California Gold Rush in 1849 and the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
Episode: 2x02 | Airdate: Oct 7, 2014
The true stories of the Alamo and Custer's Last Stand are very different from the way we remember them. Find out how Davy Crockett really died in 1836 and why General Custer might have been court-martialed if he hadn't attacked the Indians that outnumbered him.
Episode: 2x03 | Airdate: Oct 14, 2014
Myths cloud the real facts of history on the high seas. Find out what pirates really did with their treasure instead of burying it and discover the truth behind the seemingly baffling disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle.
Episode: 2x04 | Airdate: Oct 21, 2014
Our memories of the roaring twenties and lawless thirties are more myth than truth. Learn the shocking realities about Prohibition and that rogue's gallery of gangsters including gangster John Dillinger and outlaw duo Bonnie and Clyde.
Episode: 2x05 | Airdate: Oct 28, 2014
The truth about America's greatest generals is obscured by myth. Learn that George Patton's nickname "Blood and Guts" doesn't mean what you might think and that Ulysses S. Grant's reputation as a drunk and a butcher is undeserved.
Episode: 2x06 | Airdate: Nov 4, 2014
Myths and misconceptions surround our most revered patriotic symbols. Learn how the Statue of Liberty was originally intended to stand in Egypt, how the American Flag wasn't designed by Betsy Ross, and that Mount Rushmore is actually uncompleted.
Episode: 2x07 | Airdate: Nov 18, 2014
The truth about women during World War II goes way beyond Rosie the Riveter. In this episode, our stories range from the woman who broke Japan's secret code to the Hollywood sex goddess who invented a remote-controlled torpedo.
Episode: 2x08 | Airdate: Nov 25, 2014
Much of what we know about America's showmen is myth, not truth. Discover how Harry Houdini didn't die escaping from his famous torture cell and how P.T. Barnum doubled his profits by manufacturing doubt about the authenticity of his own exhibits.
Episode: 2x09 | Airdate: Dec 2, 2014
On this episode, we look further into some of the most iconic photos and footage from the Civil War, Great Depression, and World War 2. By looking beyond the celluloid and the flash bulbs, we find a story as interesting as the moments themselves.
Episode: 2x10 | Airdate: Dec 9, 2014
Myths obscure the truth about Las Vegas. In this episode of America: Facts vs. Fiction, learn that gambling wasn't the first enterprise to pour billions into Nevada's economy and that Hoover Dam's concrete hasn't finished hardening.
Episode: 2x11 | Airdate: Dec 23, 2014
The stories of pioneering aviators are often not the truth but flights of fancy. In this episode of America: Facts vs. Fiction, we expose the myths about the Wright brothers' invention of the airplane and America's favorite missing person, Amelia Earhart.
Episode: 2x12 | Airdate: Dec 30, 2014
The truth about great feats of engineering can be clouded by myth. Discover that the Panama Canal doesn't run east and west, but north and south. And that the Transcontinental Railroad wasn't completed at Utah's Promontory Point.
Episode: 3x01 | Airdate: Oct 6, 2015
The truth about America's greatest generals is obscured by myth. West Point cadet Dwight Eisenhower used an alias to hide a secret and Douglas MacArthur deserved a court-martial, not a medal, for his actions in the Philippines in World War II.
Episode: 3x02 | Airdate: Oct 6, 2015
Much of what we know about amusement parks and world's fairs is myth, not truth. Discover why Walt Disney's second theme park was almost in St. Louis instead of Florida, and how world's fairs we remember as family entertainment featured nudity.
Episode: 3x03 | Airdate: Oct 13, 2015
Myths obscure the facts about two Manhattan landmarks - the Empire State Building and Grand Central Terminal. Discover why a penny tossed from the top of the skyscraper won't kill anyone, and the real story of Grand Central's "secret" train platform.
Episode: 3x04 | Airdate: Oct 20, 2015
Myths obscure the truth about Pocahontas and America's renowned explorers, Lewis and Clark. Pocahontas allegedly saved the life of Englishman John Smith and we remember them as lovers, but she actually married another John. The exploits of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were forgotten for a century.
Episode: 3x05 | Airdate: Oct 27, 2015
Myths obscure the truth of two pioneering flights. Charles Lindbergh was far from the first man to fly the Atlantic. The biggest danger astronaut John Glenn faced wasn't a problem with his heat shield during reentry but on the launch pad.
Episode: 3x06 | Airdate: Nov 3, 2015
Myths surround America's most secret vaults. The interior of Fort Knox looks nothing like it does in the movie "Goldfinger" and the $250 billion of gold in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is protected by low-tech technology built in 1924.
Episode: 3x07 | Airdate: Nov 17, 2015
Did an alien spaceship crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947? Are scientists reverse-engineering extraterrestrial technology in the Nevada desert's Area 51? Conspiracy theorists have no doubts. But the facts tell a very different story.
Episode: 3x08 | Airdate: Nov 24, 2015
Myths obscure the truth about the Underground Railroad and the Women's Suffrage Movement. Black leaders, not white, dominated the system that brought hundreds of slaves to freedom. And women's fight for the vote was more violent than we remember.
Episode: 3x09 | Airdate: Dec 1, 2015
Myths surround the landmarks of Washington, D.C. Few realize that the remains of the original White House are buried under a baseball diamond in Virginia or that thousands of people have literally jumped over the top of the Washington Monument.
Episode: 3x10 | Airdate: Dec 8, 2015
Myths cloud the facts of the Titanic and Hindenburg disasters. Few know that the Titanic nearly hit another obstacle days before it struck the iceberg or that radio broadcast of the Hindenburg's destruction is distorted by a technical flaw.
Episode: 3x11 | Airdate: Dec 15, 2015
Myths obscure the real facts about two San Francisco landmarks: Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. If Alcatraz was so harsh, why did inmates ask to be transferred there? And why did the Navy want to paint the bridge a garish yellow and black?
Episode: 3x12 | Airdate: Dec 22, 2015
Myths and misconceptions surround our celebrations of Christmas and New Year's Eve. Learn how the Santa we cherish is actually the product of three New Yorkers and how the Times Square Ball drop is based on a bygone system of standardizing time.
Episode: 4x01 | Airdate: Feb 15, 2016
On this special edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, learn the truth behind some of America's most powerful men and the birth of the country they governed. They include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Paul Revere, and George Washington.
Episode: 4x02 | Airdate: Apr 16, 2016
On this special edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, learn the real story behind the most famous flying devices in history (Apollo 11 and Air Force One) and the truth behind our most influential inventors (Thomas Edison and Benjamin Franklin).
Episode: 4x03 | Airdate: Apr 23, 2016
On this special edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, explore the truth behind the men who discovered the New World (Christopher Columbus and Hernán Cortés) and take a trip to discover the real facts behind the most famous bridge and road in America (Brooklyn Bridge and Route 66).
Episode: 4x04 | Airdate: Apr 30, 2016
On this special edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, we uncover the real facts behind two legendary battles waged on American soil (the Alamo and Custer's Last Stand ) and we put the spotlight on great showmen (Harry Houdini and P.T. Barnum) to separate myth from truth.
Episode: 4x05 | Airdate: May 7, 2016
On this special edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, we expose the truth behind the history on the high seas of pirates and the Bermuda Triangle and we take wing to separate myth from truth about the nation's pioneering aviators: the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart.
Episode: 4x06 | Airdate: May 14, 2016
On this edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, learn the truth behind the myths that surround our most revered patriotic symbols: American Flag, Mount Rushmore, Liberty Bell, and Statue of Liberty; and we unveil the surprising facts of two great feats of engineering: the Panama Canal and the Transcontinental Railroad.
Episode: 4x07 | Airdate: May 21, 2016
On this special edition of America: Facts or Fiction, we reveal the startling truth of two legendary generals, George Patton and Ulysses S. Grant. And you'll also get a reality check on the roaring twenties and lawless thirties.
Episode: 4x08 | Airdate: May 28, 2016
On this special edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, discover the real facts behind America's biggest economic boom and bust: California Gold Rush in 1849 and Stock Market Crash starting in 1929. Learn the truth behind some of greatest myths about Las Vegas and Hoover Dam.
Episode: 4x09 | Airdate: Jun 4, 2016
On this special edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, we look further into some of the most iconic photos and footage from US history and we learn the truth about women during World War II.
Episode: 4x10 | Airdate: Sep 5, 2016
On this special edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, discovering the real truth behind some of America's greatest landmarks: Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, and Golden Gate Bridge.
Episode: 4x11 | Airdate: Oct 27, 2016
On this special edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, we expose the truth behind some of our favorite Fall holidays: Thanksgiving and Halloween. Also, myths are busted about the Pilgrims, the Salem Witch Trials, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Episode: 5x01 | Airdate: Jan 21, 2017
The war waged by America's greatest generation is obscured by myth. Few remember that an American admiral played a pivotal role in showing Japan how to attack Pearl Harbor or that the German army was not the mechanized wonder it's reputed to be.
Episode: 5x02 | Airdate: Jan 21, 2017
Myths obscure the real facts about our favorite vices: smoking, drinking and gambling. Discover which nation had the first anti-smoking campaign, what those three X's on a jug of moonshine mean, or where our first slot machines appeared.
Episode: 5x03 | Airdate: Jan 28, 2017
Myths taint our knowledge of the 4th of July, St. Patrick's Day, and our favorite mini-holiday, the weekend. We should celebrate Independence Day on July 2nd, St. Patrick wasn't Irish, and the idea of a fun weekend is a recent creation.
Episode: 5x04 | Airdate: Jan 28, 2017
Much of what we know about the old west is myth, not fact, drawn from movies and TV. Gunfights never started with a quick draw, cowboys weren't all white, and Native Americans feared enemies more menacing than settlers and soldiers.
Episode: 5x05 | Airdate: Feb 4, 2017
Much of what we know about America's secret societies is myth, not truth. The Freemasons have no evil agenda, the Mafia took root not in New York, but the South, and Harvard's Skull and Bones does not control a sinister shadow government.
Episode: 5x06 | Airdate: Feb 4, 2017
Myths eclipse the real facts about NASA's dramatic rescue of three astronauts aboard the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft; Hollywood movies have a hit-and-miss track record of depicting the realities of interstellar exploration.
Episode: 5x07 | Airdate: Feb 11, 2017
The real facts of the nuclear age are clouded by myth. Manhattan played a major role in the Manhattan Project; there were closer calls to World War III than the Cuban Missile Crisis; America's nuclear security hinges on a football and a biscuit.
Episode: 5x08 | Airdate: Feb 11, 2017
Al Capone was a philanthropist as well as a hood; Benedict Arnold was a hero as well as a traitor, Jesse James was no wild west Robin Hood; Billy the Kid's nickname was wrong.
Episode: 5x09 | Airdate: Feb 18, 2017
Myths distort the stories of two of America's most renowned rivalries. Before their fateful duel, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were law partners; and the conflict between the Hatfields and McCoys didn't end in the backwoods, but a courtroom.
Episode: 5x10 | Airdate: Feb 25, 2017
Myths and misconceptions surrounding four pivotal historic moments: the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962; the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C.E.; the Boston Tea Party in 1773; and the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Episode: 5x11 | Airdate: Mar 4, 2017
Myths cloud the real facts of America's Civil War. The North's biggest city tried to secede; the Union didn't go to war to end slavery; most deaths weren't caused by battle wounds, and Grant and Lee didn't end the conflict; two other generals did.
Episode: 5x12 | Airdate: Mar 11, 2017
America's medical history is infected with myths. George Washington's doctors may have inadvertently killed him; Abraham Lincoln used a toxic remedy that warped his mind; and heroin was once a best-selling cough suppressant.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Jan 21, 2017
The startling truth of two legendary generals, Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas MacArthur; myths surrounding the landmarks of our nation's capital: White House, Washington Monument, Pentagon, and Lincoln Memorial.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Jan 28, 2017
Explore the myths behind extraterrestrial spacecraft near Roswell, New Mexico and in Nevada's Area 51. Learn the truth of two pioneering flights: Charles Lindbergh making the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean and John Glenn being the first American to orbit the Earth.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Feb 4, 2017
On this special edition of America: Facts vs. Fiction, we open the nation's most secret vaults to separate fiction from fact at Fort Knox, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Cheyenne Mountain, and Iron Mountain Data Centers in Pennsylvania. And we take a trip along the sea of truth to expose the myths surrounding Titanic's final voyage and the Hindenburg's final flight.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Feb 11, 2017
A reality check on the stories of Pocahontas and John Smith and America's renowned explorer's, Lewis and Clark. Explore the truth behind the Underground Railroad and Harriot Tubman along with the Women's Suffrage Movement and the Nineteenth Amendment.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Feb 18, 2017
The spotlight is on amusement parks and world's fairs to separate fiction from truth; explore the myths of two of our favorite holidays, Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Feb 20, 2017
Learn the truth behind some of America's most powerful men and the birth of the country they governed.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Sep 14, 2017
Rethink Hollywood's vision of the old west, and learn about truth behind some of America's renowned rivalries.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Sep 21, 2017
The true stories behind America's most infamous bad guys: Al Capone, Benedict Arnold, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid; and the truths behind America's notorious secret societies are investigated: Freemasons, Mafia, and Skull and Bones.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Sep 28, 2017
The myths behind World War II are exposed. Delves into the truths that are often forgotten when it comes to America's Civil War.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Oct 5, 2017
The myths surrounding popular favorite vices (smoking, drinking, gambling, and marijuana) and the facts behind the most-liked holidays are explored (4th of July, Saint Patrick's Day, and Weekends).
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Oct 12, 2017
The myths behind some of history's most defining moments are uncovered, as well as revealing facts behind America's space explorations.
Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Oct 19, 2017
Explores the myths that infect America's medical history and the facts behind America's nuclear age.