America: Facts vs. Fiction - Episode Guide

Season 1

Flying Machines

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.

Founding Fathers

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.

Pilgrims and Witches

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.

Trick or Treat

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.

The Inventors

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.

Presidential Conspiracies

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.

The New World

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.

Roadside Stories

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.

Season 2

Fool's Gold

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.

Last Man Standing

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.

Lost at Sea

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.

Booze and Bullets

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.

Patton and Grant

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.

Red, White and True?

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.

Wartime Rosies

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.

Masters of Illusion

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.

Seeing Isn't Believing

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.

What Happens in Vegas...

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.

Conquering the Sky

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.

Engineering the Impossible

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.

Season 3

Ike and MacArthur

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.

Worlds of Amusement

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.

Welcome to the Big Apple

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.

The Princess and the Pathfinders

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.

Kings of the Sky

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.

Top Secret Vaults

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.

Not So Close Encounters

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.

Roads to Freedom

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.

D.C. Decoding

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.

Final Voyages

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.

The Rock and the Bridge

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?

Unwrapping the Holidays

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.

Season 4

Bonus Round: Presidential Special

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.

Bonus Round: Epic Inventions

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).

Bonus Round: Discovering America

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).

Bonus Round: The Great Escape

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.

Bonus Round: Tales of Sea and Sky

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.

Bonus Round: Engineering America

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.

Bonus Round: Saluting the Truth

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.

Bonus Round: Striking in Rich

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.

Bonus Round: Defending the Truth

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.

Bonus Round: All-American Landmarks

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.

Bonus Round: Fall Into the Truth

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.

Season 5

World War 2

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.

Smoking, Drinking and Gambling

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.

Liberty, Leprechauns and Lounging

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.

The Real West

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.

Secret Societies

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.

Space: The Final Frontier

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.

The Atomic Age

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.

American Villains

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.

Famous Feuds

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.

Moments That Changed History

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.

The Civil War

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.

Bad Medicine

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.

Specials

Bonus Round: Vote for the Truth

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.

Bonus Round: Fire in the Sky

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.

Bonus Round: Secret Vaults and Final Journeys

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.

Bonus Round: The Truth Will Set You Free

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.

Bonus Round: America Celebrates

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.

Bonus Round: Patriots and Presidents

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.

Bonus Round: Cowboys vs. Hollywood

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.

Bonus Round: No Liars Allowed

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.

Bonus Round: Vices and Vacations

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).

Bonus Round: Monumental Realities

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.

Bonus Round: Science or Sci-Fi?

Episode: S05 Special | Airdate: Oct 19, 2017

Explores the myths that infect America's medical history and the facts behind America's nuclear age.