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Dan Aykroyd Hosts History’s ‘The Unbelievable’ Series

Updated: Nov 14, 2023

Brace yourself for the strangest-but-true stories in human history, brought to life through dynamic recreation, compelling graphics, and arresting archival.

By: Rebecca Murray Courtesy Showbiz


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The History Channel’s set a December 1, 2023 premiere date for The Unbelievable with Dan Aykroyd, a one-hour nonfiction series that explores bizarre events in human history. As Aykroyd says in the trailer, “Just below the surface of the world you thought you knew, well that’s where all the good stuff is hiding.”

New episodes air on Fridays at 10pm ET/PT.

Dan Aykroyd hosts and serves as an executive producer on the 10-episode season. John Brimhall guides the series as showrunner. Additional executive producers include Steve Ascher, Matt Pearl, Kristy Sabat, and The History Channel’s Brooke Townsend and Mary E. Donahue.

“This wildly entertaining, smart series digs up a bizarro barrage of the weirdest people, places, objects, and events in human history and delivers stories in a way that only Aykroyd can. From Boston’s Great Molasses Flood of 1919, when a 25-foot tidal wave of syrup demolished an entire neighborhood and the killer dancing plague of 1518 to a surgery with a 300% mortality rate and a falling poodle that killed three people, these seemingly tall tales may seem unbelievable, but they are 100% true.

Across ten episodes, The UnBelievable with Dan Aykroyd will take viewers on a mind-blowing ride to reveal history’s strangest-but-true stories brought to life through dynamic recreation, compelling graphics, arresting archival, and fun, witty expert commentary,” reads The History Channel’s synopsis.

“This series’ cast of experts that dive into the historical record to explain the ‘how’ and ‘why’ include food author and tv personality Adam Richman, Jeopardy! All-Star Austin Rogers, animal expert Jeff Musial, writer and historian Mitch Horowitz, TV host Don Wildman, sportswriter Karitha A. Davidson, Egyptologist and award-winning documentarian Ramy Romany and activist and Professor of History at the University of St. Thomas Dr. Yohuru Williams to name a few.”

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