History 101 season 1 review – Like Netflix’s Explained but for History From fast food to the space race.

3.5

Summary

It’s a lighter weekend on Netflix but History 101 season 1 is worth a binge — it won’t take long and you may learn something new.

Netflix series History 101 season 1 came out on the platform on May 22, 2020 — add it to your list.


Every month Netflix release documentary after documentary — there’s no denying that the platform has their thumb firmly pressed on the genre in various forms. This week will hardly get documentary enthusiasts jumping from their sofas but it’s a new documentary series all the same and easy to watch. Netflix’s History 101 offers bite-sized history lessons on various subjects — in a nutshell, it’s like Explained but for history. There’s nothing to grumble about here at all.

While we are living in our own significant period of history with the world battling with impossible circumstances, History 101 gives archival footage, snapshot facts and graphs, and a soothing commentator relaying the figures and observations. In the opening episode, it discusses the fast-food industry; how it grew exponentially into a $560 billion dollar business worldwide and became a human phenomenon. The facts are nothing new and it dishes through the negatives as well; for instance, we all know by now how the fast-food industry has majorly contributed to the obesity epidemic in American and Europe. So it’s evident that the Netflix documentary series attempts to look at both sides of the coin.

Other episodes include The Space Race, The Rise of China, and genetics — in the 10-part series, History 101 offers enough variety for viewers to pick and select a subject they are in a mood for. It’s a lighter weekend on Netflix but History 101 season 1 is worth a binge — it won’t take long and you may learn something new.


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Daniel Hart

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One thought on “History 101 season 1 review – Like Netflix’s Explained but for History

  • May 22, 2020 at 8:25 pm
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    The show blew its credibility pretty early in the first episode. Comparing ~$180 billion in 1969 to ~$570 billion in 2020. How about accounting for the rate of inflation (an astronomical increase of its own)? If they can’t get that right, how am I supposed to trust anything else in the episode or in the remaining episodes? That was a quick thumbs down, and onto easily better entertainment.

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