November 16, 2008

Dogfights is “History”

The History Channel cancelled its popular Dogfights Series. When Dogfights first premiered on the History Channel we actually had parties where we would watch an episode of Dogfights, then climb in the flight simulators and fly the same missions in the same airplanes. How’s that for interactive entertainment?

The History Channel’s decision to cancel Dogfights after two seasons is the target of hundreds of critical comments on the official forums. According to the fans of the show, Dogfights was one of the History Channel’s most popular programs. Several of the angry comments are directed at the show that replaced Dogfights – Ice Road Truckers, which is not a historical documentary, but rather a “reality” show like those on other channels.

It seems there was an overall change of programming at the History Channel, and shooting down Dogfights was just part of the larger shift towards shows of little historical content. The History Channel still has history, but it also has programs like Human Weapon, Tougher in Alaska, UFO Hunters and Monster Quest. Things you definitely would not find in a history book.

Dogfights Season 1 and Season 2 are on Amazon.

For what it’s worth, the Dogfights official website is here. It’s interesting to note they had their own flight simulator game.

If you want to stick it to the man, here’s some YouTube clips from the popular series:

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