On TV: Saturday   (ET/PT)

  • 8:00 PM
    Vikings. Vikings.
    Tune in: Saturday, October 25 @ 8:00 PM ET/PT

    Nordic peoples from the coasts of Scandinavia, these raiders and warriors were also explorers and merchants, whose slender ships carried them from Arabia to the New World--hundreds of years before Columbus set sail. After savage infighting among their own clans spurred development of the longship, the Vikings struck out across the seas, seeking plunder, slaves, and new lands. But in the end, they assimilated into European cultures and became agents of social and political change.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 9:00 PM
    Goths. Goths.
    Tune in: Saturday, October 25 @ 9:00 PM ET/PT

    Terrorized by the Huns' savage raids, the Goths made a desperate bid for safety in the Roman Empire, but were forced into squalid concentration camps along the imperial borders, starved and degraded, their children sold as slaves. But Rome made a big mistake--the Goths kept their weapons and exploded in rioting and looting. After centuries of broken treaties, King Aleric sacked Rome. Ironically, the Goths maintained Roman art and culture in their new Goth kingdoms as the Empire faded away.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 10:00 PM
    Mail Call:
    SS Lane Victory: #70.
    Mail Call SS Lane Victory: #70.
    Tune in: Saturday, October 25 @ 10:00 PM ET/PT

    R. Lee Ermey is underway in San Pedro, California onboard the SS Lane Victory--the only fully operational WWII-era victory ship in the world. Lee highlights the role of the Merchant Marine and Navy Armed Guard in WWII and how they formed the vital link between "Rosie the Riveter" and "GI Joe"--shipping millions of tons of materiel and supplies across the Atlantic and Pacific. To demonstrate the ship's role, Lee and his jeep are sealifted by a WWII-era crane from shore onto the ship. From the anti-aircraft gun mount on the SS Lane Victory, the Gunny introduces a story about SWORDS, the military's new fully-armed robot warrior that is being deployed on the battlefield right now. And Lee takes a look back to the Navajo Code Talkers--Native Americans who developed an unbreakable secret code to keep radio communications safe during WWII.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 10:30 PM
    Mail Call:
    The War of 1812: #60.
    Mail Call The War of 1812: #60.
    Tune in: Saturday, October 25 @ 10:30 PM ET/PT

    In an episode devoted to the weapons and warriors of the War of 1812, R. Lee Ermey travels back in time to see what it was like to go up against the British back then. At a newly converted 1812-period camp, he demonstrates a 7-barreled gun designed to obliterate the masts of enemy ships; experiences camp life at historic Fort Miegs; revisits the siege at Fort McHenry that inspired writing of EM The Star-Spangled Banner /EM , and visits the EM USS Constitution /EM to check U.S. naval technology of the day.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 11:00 PM
    Hero Ships:
    USS Arizona
    Hero Ships USS Arizona
    Tune in: Saturday, October 25 @ 11:00 PM ET/PT

    Although the Arizona fought only minutes in the battle in which she died, her afterlife as a tragic symbol epitomizes American naval sacrifice and courage. She is a national cemetery as a well as a national monument, with 900 of her December 7th crew entombed within her. As a special honor, survivors of the Pearl Harbor fleet are entitled to have their ashes buried within Arizona's ruins. Travel back to the ship for a final reunion with the last of her survivors and witness the entombing of a deceased survivor on the ship. Here her valiant story of fighting against insurmountable odds as we also take witness to her heroic past highlights and recent discoveries.

    TVPG V | CC

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