Horrible Histories

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"Horrible Histories" is an energetic, surprising and unconventional take on history's most gruesome, unpleasant yet funniest moments. From the woeful World Wars, the miserable Middle Ages and the savage Stone Age to cut-throat Celts, groovy Greeks, rotten Romans, vile Vikings and awful Egyptians, history has never been so naughty.
Starring
Mathew BayntonSimon FarnabyMartha Howe-Douglas
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    May 27, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Saxon gods form an unlikely team of superheroes, famous astronaut Neil Armstrong reveals his new weight loss program, we meet Georgian London's crime-fighting genius and Rosa Parks sings about her struggle for equality.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    May 28, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In this episode, which includes special guest appearances from the "League Of Gentlemen"'s Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton, we meet a surprisingly charming House of Stuart highwayman, the captain of the Titanic holds the world's worst safety briefing, famous writer Mary Shelley pitches the movie of her life and those violent Vikings show their softer side in a song.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    May 29, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In this furiously funny episode, the boys test their horsepower to the max on "Stone Age Top Gear," Charles Dickens sings about his life and books, the Greek philosophers host weird dinner parties on "Historical Come Dine With Me" and Vlad the Impaler reveals his horrible new plan for keeping out the neighbors.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    May 30, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In this program, we meet the rather eccentric Georgian philosopher Jeremy Bentham, super-rich Roman politician Crassus raps about his lifestyle, some unusual soldiers are recruited into World War II and Johannes Gutenberg goes head-to-head with some monks on "The Historical Apprentice."
  5. 5. Episode 5
    May 31, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Famous monk St. Augustine struggles to introduce Christianity to Saxon England, Stuart diarist Samuel Pepys annoys the smartest men in Britain, we witness a daring escape from the Tower of London and we find that Joan of Arc's story is quite an unusual one for a teenage girl.
  6. 6. Episode 6
    June 4, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In this episode, Queen Victoria's coronation doesn't go quite as planned, George IV pulls out all the stops to impress his guests on "Historical Come Dine With Me," ancient Greek bighead Alexander the Great refuses to stop conquering things and the HH Sport team report live from the horrible pirate races.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    June 11, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In this program, the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus reveals the lazy secret of his success, TV's most excitable reporter Bob Hale explains the complex history of World War II, we meet Georgian England's most forgetful vicar, and Welsh hero Owain Glyndwr takes on the English in battle.
  8. 8. Episode 8
    June 18, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    We discover the surprising identity of Britain's top-scoring footballer, things get ridiculous on Germany's version of "Historical Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," a Celtic farmer isn't terribly keen on plans for Hadrian's Wall and the brainy pioneers of transportation sing about their inventions.
  9. 9. Episode 9
    June 25, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    There's public confusion when King Charles II bans coffee shops, a seasick chicken ruins a Roman sea battle; mighty Egyptian Pharaoh, Ramesses II, meets some smelly peasants on Historical Wife Swap and a cave-dwelling Stone Age couple try to buy their first house.
  10. 10. Episode 10
    July 2, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A Victorian businessman goes undercover in his own factory, there's a right royal squabble over who should rule medieval England, we meet eccentric Georgian politician Mad Jack Mytton and the "Real Tudor Hustle" reveals the cleverest con tricks by naughty historical criminals.
  11. 11. Episode 11
    July 9, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    DI Bones investigates an unusual Victorian traffic accident, Roman scientist Pliny the Elder suffers a stupid death in ancient Pompeii, Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill argue online over what to do about Adolf Hitler and we discover the horrible history of early Australia.
  12. 12. Episode 12
    July 16, 2013
    28min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    We meet a female dinosaur expert who sells seashells down on the seashore; Brian the handsome scientist reveals the weird wonders of the Greek universe; TV's fastest-talking pensioner, Bob Hale, tries to explain the Space Race between the USA and the USSR and there's a fitting musical finale to the end of the series.
  13. 13. Episode 13
    July 23, 2013
    29min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Some of history's greatest characters serenade us with tales of their lives. Featuring the all-conquering Alexander the Great, the cash-loving Crassus, the feisty Joan of Arc, the brilliant but miserable Charles Dickens and the very determined Rosa Parks.

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Directors
Dominic BrigstockeSteve Connelly
Supporting actors
Jim HowickLaurence RickardBen Willbond
Producers
Imogen CooperGiles Pilbrow
Season year
2013
Network
BBC
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
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3.1 out of 5 stars

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JoshReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsThe magic that made the first 5 series so brilliant is lost in the 6th.
The first 5 series of the show are legitimately some of the best educational Schumer I've ever seen on television, regardless of country or region. An amazing cast of talented actors, brilliant musical sequences, gorgeous sets and costumes, and writing that can be enjoyed by both adults and kids. to not watch the first five series of Horrible Histories is to do yourself a massive disservice. The first five series are, collectively, fantastic.

That said, I'm not sure exactly what happened, but the 6th series is a complete and total mess. They must have been operating with a quarter of the budget of any of the other series, as it's just a lacking experience in every possible sense of the word. The practical sets are minimal and mostly replaced with crappy greenscreen backgrounds, the writing is completely derivative and lacks any of the charm or brilliance of the rest of the show, and they use puerile fart jokes and poop humor to fill in many lulls in the dialogue during sketches. Also missing are the genuinely awesome songs and phenomenal cast. It's a complete mess.

It's my understanding that this was produced somewhat as an afterthought, several years after the end of the proper show, which explains a lot about its lack of quality. I'm glad they ended it here, rather than stretch this garbage out over another few series.
19 people found this helpful
Readhead13Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsI love this show so much...
I bought an all-region player just to watch the DVDs I bought. I can't take a chance on it disappearing from Amazon or that other streaming service. Do not be fooled - this isn't just for kids. It's fun, it's funny, the songs are great and it always lifts my spirits if I'm down. It's also my go-to when I'm sick.

Talented, talented actors. I just can't say enough good things about this show!
10 people found this helpful
bonfireblondieReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Most Talented Show! Hilarious!
This show is wonderfully hilarious! The actors are absolutely the most talented in the business. The costumes and sets are superb! The sketches are a fun way to learn...."accu
...RAT" history. I have been bingeing on these and have never laughed so much in a long time! Hats off to the creativity of the writers!
10 people found this helpful
XerkReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsLove this but Chatty Death is cut out????
I love this and so do my grandkids, but in Season 6, the Chatty Death scenes seem to be cut out or skipped. It starts, but then cuts to the next episode. Anyone else with this issue?
6 people found this helpful
Edward SpearyReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsSomewhat interesting but HIGHLY repetitive
I wavered between 2 and 3 stars as it is a bit entertaining but repeats itself A LOT i.e. the exact same few tidbits of information about Cleopatra are repeated in numerous episodes. As for the historical information itself I already knew most of what they had to say and am taking the unknown parts with a does of skepticism as they say in one episode that Ireland was completely freed from colonial rule by England in 1948 which is untrue and akin to saying that America left the natives there in peace and complete self governance once they moved onto the reservations.
4 people found this helpful
S. McLaneReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsLearn about your ancestors and other ridiculous people of the past
This series is well done and educates us all about how bad, crazy, and loony so many of our ancestors/past civilizations were. My kiddo watches the show and has learned a ton about the Romans, Vikings, and many others. She shares her new discoveries with her classmates and is starting to become the leading knowledge in her 3rd grade class.

Watch this show, learn something new, and realize you don't live in any of these horrible times. And yes, most of this British staff are super goofy...which we love!
3 people found this helpful
ABReviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsSo funny!
I loved the creativity of this series. I would've loved watching this when it was on air! After season 3, I went back to the beginning and binged with my 11yo son. We really liked the sets and costumes but especially the song parodies. When the cast changed after season 5, we noticed something was different about season 6, like a lot more poop/fart jokes and some sketches we'd seen in previous seasons but it was still fun to watch. What a new, fun way to learn boring history lol. Hope future watchers enjoy as much as we did!
2 people found this helpful
Katie ThackerReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsActually makes history fun for kids and adults
Great series to get middle-school aged kids (and nerdy adults) interested in history. Maybe not appropriate for little tiny kids (lots of potty humor) but this gang truely does teach you all the stuff you didn't learn in school.
8 people found this helpful
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