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'Drunk History' season finale recap: Run the world

Drunk History  has always been on a mission to tell history’s lesser known stories, so it’s fitting that the second season should end on America’s first ladies. No one seems to know anything about them, and when they do, they judge each woman based on how toned her arms are and how well she throws shade. First ladies have so much more to teach us. Let  Drunk History  show you the way. Read More... //

'Drunk History' recap: This one time, at the Olympics

In retrospect, it was only a matter of time before  Drunk History  dove into the sports world. History and sports both involve a lot of numbers, and they’re both shaped by people who know what they want and won’t stop until they get it. Some of these athletes are basically super-humans, and we should follow their example, especially when they’re played by A-list actors. We all know that actors and athletes are the only people worth listening to. What can we learn from them this week? Read More... //

'Drunk History' recap: Vote for me—I'm alive

Drunk History  is ringing the Liberty Bell with a trip to Philadelphia, home to cheesesteaks and revolutionary glory. Apparently, the Founding Fathers had more tricks up their sleeves than your history teacher might have let on. What’s on tap tonight in the City of Brotherly Love? 1. Clean people win wars. In the winter of 1777, the troops under George Washington (Stephen Merchant) were freezing and starving in Valley Forge. Washington reached out to Ben Franklin in Paris and asked him to stop partying long enough to lend a hand, which seems like the least a Founding Father could do. Franklin tracked down a Prussian war general, Baron von Steuben (David Cross), and asked him to go to America. Von Steuben initially resisted; he’d already been kicked out of Prussia for being gay, and he was happy in Paris. As it turned out, though, being gay in Paris in 1777 wasn’t so great either, so von Steuben rolled into Valley Forge with an entourage of chefs, butlers and pets (delightfully represented here by a single stuffed dog). It was time to give these troops a good old-fashioned training montage. Read More... //

'Drunk History' gets shipwrecked

Drunk History  is on a summer getaway this week, and it’s a good one. It’s also surprisingly busy. For people who like to keep things relaxed, when Hawaiians commit themselves to something, they really dive in. The sun is out and the waves are high. What lessons are on tap in the islands? 1. If people already live on the island, you didn’t discover it. In 1779, Captain James Cook (Ken Marino) landed on the island of Hawaii during the celebration of the Polynesian god Lono. Cook and his men were greeted warmly by King Kalani'opu'u (Eugene Cordero), who invited them to join the festivities. (''Lono has given us, like, a whole new buddy to hang out with.'') Cook assumed that the Hawaiians took him and his crew for gods and partied with them until he’d more than worn out his welcome. Read More... //

'Drunk History' recap: The movie that no one will let you see

Drunk History  has finally taken its talents to Hollywood. With decades of famous rivalries, creative differences and political opportunists in its past, the city at the heart of show business has enough stories to fill a TV series all its own. I’ll start a crusade for  The Real Drunk History of Hollywood  as soon as I’m promised dinner with Tony Hale in that wig. Until then, let’s see what lessons we can learn in Tinseltown. Read More... //

'Drunk History' recap: Guess who's coming to dinner

This week,  Drunk History  sails into Charleston, South Carolina, a city of palm trees, old buildings and civil rights movements. The people of Charleston have faced canings and cannons to stand up for equality, and we could all learn a lot from them. 1. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do. Narrator Seth Weitberg asks creator Derek Waters whether he should start his story with, “Hello, today we’re going to talk about Charles Sumner,” “Hello, we’re going to talk about the caning of Charles Sumner,” or, “Hello, today we’re going to talk about Charles Sumner and Preston Brooks.” Waters recommends the first option, so Weitberg looks right into the camera and proudly introduces the caning of Charles Sumner. Read More... //

'Drunk History' recap: Where can I get this book?

Drunk History  creator and Baltimore native Derek Waters approves of the idea that Baltimore is a shoe. It’s scuffed and worn in, but it doesn’t need polishing, because all of those marks have stories to tell. What have we learned from those scuffs this week?   Paget Brewster has at least one fabulous robe. Is it zebra print? Is it hoping to one day achieve zebra print status? It’s great either way. Read More... //

'Drunk History' recap: What you hear is not a test

This week,  Drunk History  heads to the great city of American Music, which is not an actual city, because music doesn’t do borders. Music goes where the wind takes it. (And other things you might hear at Woodstock!) As social movements grew up around new types of sound, they carried people from small towns to big epicenters, and they met plenty of resistance along the way. What have we learned from these musical rebellions? Read More... //

'Drunk History' recap: All I have is this stick

Drunk History  has finally made its midnight ride to New York City. I assume that this show only rides at midnight, and as it turns out, not all of those rides are remembered by the history books. What other lessons are on tap tonight in the city that never sleeps? Read More... //

'Drunk History' season 2 premiere recap: Letters from Burning Man

Welcome to season 2 of  Drunk History ,  the only show where people get drunk and narrate celebrity-studded reenactments of their favorite historical anecdotes. For the college history majors out there, it’s like your weekends, but with a bigger budget. This week, the crew heads to Montgomery, Alabama, where new chemicals are synthesized, a teenager refuses to give up her seat on a bus, and a boxing match takes Hitler down a peg. Those who don’t drink history are doomed to repeat it, so let’s see what there is to learn from the biggest little city in the world (east of the Mississippi). Read More... //