Like for Like – 7 series like History 101 you must watch

September 1, 2022
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This article discusses 7 series like Netflix’s History 101 you must watch.

With the second season of History 101 now streaming on Netflix, it seems like the perfect time to take a look at other documentary series like it that fans who enjoyed the former, can also appreciate. Here are 7 series like History 101 season 2 you must watch.

Like for Like – 7 series like History 101 season 2 you must watch

Explained (2018)

In the sub-sub-genre of Netflix documentary series meant to be like fun school lessons on a variety of topics, Explained is the king of the hill. With 44 episodes, and multiple “spin-offs” like The Mind, Explained or Coronavirus, Explained, it is the go-to for quick, well-produced lessons on almost any topic you can think of. You can describe History 101 as Explained but for history.

Adam Ruins Everything (2015)

Based on a CollegeHumor web series of the same name, Adam Ruins Everything ran for three seasons on TruTV between 2015 and 2019. In each episode, a regular person, usually played by Emily Axford, would state a false statement as if it was perfectly normal. Then, comedian Adam Conover would jump in and explain them, and the audience, why the topic in discussion is a common misconception, or why most people are wrong about certain stuff. Check out an example here.

100 Humans (2020)

Also a Netflix documentary series, 100 Humans was released in 2020 and depicted a social experiment over eight episodes that would allow the creators to answer the questions no one ever asked. During the series, the 100 participants volunteer to be under constant scrutiny in order to answer questions like “will having a high sperm count make them better dancers?” or “if I look pretty in court will I serve a smaller sentence?”

This Giant Beast That Is The Global Economy (2019)

This Prime Video documentary series is narrated by Kal Penn, who, in each episode, uses his humor and interviewing skills to talk to people that play an integral part in the global economy. The wide range of topics discussed across its eight-episode run includes money laundering or even the very concept of money.

Connected: The Hidden Science of Everything (2020)

Also streaming on Netflix, this 2020 documentary series follows science journalist Latif Nasser as he explores the complex and surprising ways people are connected to one another, the world, and the universe. Through its six episodes, it tackles topics like surveillance, a law of numerical probability that could have cosmic ramifications, or the Cloud.

How to Change Your Mind (2022)

Yet another Netflix documentary series, How to Change Your Mind is one of the most recent entries on this list. It came out in 2022, and explores the use of psychedelics from a point of view that will be considered controversial to some. But that didn’t stop writer and professor Michael Pollan from making a four-part event that, with the help of other experts, dives deep into how these drugs could be used to fight anxiety, PTSD, or depression.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

This now-iconic follow-up to the 1980 documentary series Cosmos is hosted by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. Through its thirteen episodes, audiences will venture into new worlds, go back in space and time to find that we are nothing more than stardust, and travel across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest scale. It is the History 101 episode on the Space Race but taken to the next level of the next level. It is now available on Disney Plus in the U.S.

Do you have any other recommendations for series like History 101? Let us know!

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