10 Things You Don't Know About

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10 Things You Don't Know About
Genre Documentary
Narrated by David Eisenbach (2012), Henry Rollins (2013 - present)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16
Executive producer(s) Carl H. Lindahl
Production company(s) Asylum Entertainment
Original channel H2
Original run February 27, 2012 (2012-02-27) – present (present)
External links

10 Things You Don't Know About is an American history/biography television series on H2 and presented by historian David Eisenbach.[1] The show's first season aired on February 27, 2012, running through May 7, 2012.[2] Each episode of the show presents ten facts about a particular historical figure, group, or event that are not widely known among the general public. A second season began airing on November 2, 2013, hosted by Henry Rollins.

A&E Home Video released the first season of the series on DVD on August 28, 2012.[3]


Season 1[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title Original air date
1 1 "Benjamin Franklin" February 27, 2012 (2012-02-27)

This episode explores little-known details of the life of one of America's founding fathers.

  1. Benjamin Franklin is a fugitive from the law at 17
  2. Benjamin Franklin pays for sex
  3. Ben Franklin creates the American tabloid press
  4. Franklin never flies a kite in a thunderstorm
  5. Franklin is the first to chart the Gulfstream
  6. Ben Franklin owns slaves
  7. Franklin invents a strange musical instrument
  8. Ben Franklin is a suspected serial killer
  9. Franklin help start America's first hospital
  10. Ben Franklin's sex drive helps win the American Revolution
2 2 "Abraham Lincoln" February 27, 2012 (2012-02-27)

The private life of America's 16th president is explored.

  1. Lincoln says he was enslaved as a child
  2. Lincoln likes a good fistfight
  3. Lincoln never joins a church
  4. Lincoln is a techno geek
  5. Lincoln once held views that are now considered racist
  6. Lincoln has trouble with women
  7. Lincoln sleeps with men
  8. Lincoln's best friend owns slaves
  9. Lincoln's hat takes a bullet meant for him
  10. Lincoln is photographed with his killer
3 3 "John F. Kennedy" March 5, 2012 (2012-03-05)

Lesser-known details about the life of America's 35th president.

  1. Young JFK is a slacker as a student
  2. JFK is addicted to danger
  3. JFK is diagnosed with leukemia
  4. JFK's first serious girlfriend breaks his heart
  5. Young JFK carries a top-secret World War II message
  6. JFK takes steroids
  7. JFK's biggest political supporter isn't his father
  8. JFK and Richard Nixon are good friends
  9. JFK uses the IRS to intimidate his enemies
  10. JFK warns Martin Luther King, Jr. about J. Edgar Hoover
4 4 "J. Edgar Hoover" March 5, 2012 (2012-03-05)

The truth about the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, J. Edgar Hoover.

  1. Young J. Edgar Hoover is a Peeping Tom
  2. Hoover's father goes insane
  3. Hoover is a librarian
  4. Hoover has the country's largest collection of porn
  5. Hoover is the world's most successful sexual blackmailer
  6. Hoover intimidates Hollywood
  7. Hoover kills his neighbor's cat
  8. Hoover creates a gay spy ring
  9. Hoover has the goods on Richard Nixon
  10. J. Edgar Hoover is buried in a lead-lined coffin
5 5 "The O.K. Corral" March 12, 2012 (2012-03-12)

The truth about the exaggerated events and personalities involved in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

  1. The gunfight doesn't happen at the OK Corral
  2. Wyatt Earp is the pimp of Peoria
  3. Six army mules cause the gunfight
  4. The gunfight is a battle between Democrats and Republicans
  5. Booze fuels the gunfight
  6. The sheriff fails to stop the fight
  7. The gunfight lasts only 30 seconds
  8. The gunfight starts a blood feud
  9. Wyatt Earp becomes a cold-blooded killer
  10. Wyatt Earp looks for a movie deal
6 6 "The Roosevelts" March 19, 2012 (2012-03-19)

Secrets of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are explored.

  1. FDR's mother wants him to dump Eleanor
  2. FDR loves his wife's secretary
  3. Eleanor's unconventional girlfriends turn her into a political activist
  4. FDR avoids assassination thanks to a rickety bench
  5. Eleanor wants FDR to become a dictator
  6. Eleanor falls in love… with a woman
  7. FDR used cocaine
  8. The Roosevelts defend the White House against British invasion
  9. Eleanor hates FDR's policies toward Jewish immigrants and Japanese Americans
  10. Eleanor makes peace with FDR's mistress
7 7 "The Mormons" March 26, 2012 (2012-03-26)

This episode explores lesser-known facts about Mormonism and its followers since the church's founding.

  1. Joseph Smith is a treasure hunter
  2. Book of Mormons says American Indians were Jewish
  3. Masonic Rites inspire Mormon rituals
  4. Mormons are targets of genocide
  5. Joseph Smith's wife threatens to take multiple husbands
  6. Mormons agree to leave the United States
  7. U. S. deploys troops to subdue the Mormons
  8. Mormons massacre 120 innocent pioneers
  9. Mormons own brothels
  10. Mormons banks finance mob-owned hotels and casinos in Las Vegas
8 8 "Pablo Escobar" April 2, 2012 (2012-04-02)

Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar's life is examined.

  1. Escobar is a pothead
  2. Escobar's first victims are already dead
  3. Escobar trafficks in cocaine-soaked designer jeans
  4. Colombia's government helps Escobar launder his drug profits
  5. Escobar succeeds by being both loved and feared
  6. Escobar starts a war against his own country
  7. Escobar burns $2M in a bonfire to keep warm
  8. Escobar's pursuers use the own tactics to take him down
  9. Escobar rises from the grave
  10. Escobar helps America kill Osama bin Laden
9 9 "George Patton" April 9, 2012 (2012-04-09)

Little-known facts about American World War II general George S. Patton are explored.

  1. Patton rides with the grey ghost of the Confederacy
  2. Patton is an Olympic athlete
  3. Patton chases Pancho Villa
  4. Patton doesn't wear pearl-handled pistols
  5. Patton and Eisenhower are nearly killed in a tank accident
  6. Patton's belief in reincarnation leads to his infamous slapping incident
  7. Patton helps fool Hitler about D-Day
  8. Patton launches a secret mission to liberate his son-in-law from a P.O.W. camp
  9. Patton wants war with the Soviets
  10. Patton smuggles Nuremberg Laws out of Germany
10 10 "Caligula" April 16, 2012 (2012-04-16)

the life of Roman Emperor Caligula is profiled.

  1. Caligula is nicknamed "Little Boot"
  2. Caligula parties with the man who killed his family
  3. Caligula is a good government reformer
  4. Caligula builds the longest bridge on earth
  5. Caligula makes it a crime to look at his bald spot
  6. Caligula appoints his horse as his consul
  7. Caligula is a working-class hero
  8. Caligula loves to be hated
  9. A Roman historian writes of Caligula's incest with his sisters
  10. Caligula is assassinated because of a bad joke
11 11 "Adolf Hitler" April 30, 2012 (2012-04-30)

Little known fact about Adolf Hitler life.

  1. Hitler discovers the swastika in church
  2. Hitler fears he's a Jew
  3. Hitler is a high school dropout
  4. Hitler is a momma's boy
  5. Hitler is rejected from art school because he can't draw humans
  6. Young Hitler has Jewish friend
  7. Hitler fears sex and women
  8. Hitler loves WWI
  9. German army says Young Hitler lacks leadership potential
  10. Hitler enters politics working as a spy
12 12 "The Rat Pack" May 7, 2012 (2012-05-07)

Features the group of actors known as The Rat Pack.

  1. Sinatra doesn't start the original Rat Pack
  2. Sinatra's Rat Pack never calls itself "The Rat Pack"
  3. Sinatra saves Sammy Davis from the mob
  4. Dino isn't a drunk
  5. Joey Bishop is the brains behind The Rat Pack
  6. The Rat Pack invents its own language
  7. The Rat Packers are all fervent liberals
  8. Sinatra's mob connections are exaggerated
  9. JFK interrupts his presidential campaigns to catch The Rat Pack
  10. JFK's cold shoulder breaks up The Rat Pack

Season 2[edit]

No. in series No. in season Title Original air date
13 1 "Presidential Assassinations" November 2, 2013 (2013-11-02)

This episode explores the assassins and wannabe assassins of American Presidents.

  1. Robert Todd Lincoln is connected to three of the four presidential assassinations
  2. Booth's original plan was to kidnap Abraham Lincoln
  3. The first president to face an assassination fought back
  4. An assassin didn't kill President Garfield… his doctors did
  5. Assassins' bodies rarely make it to the grave in one piece
  6. A president was nearly assassinated at his home and it wasn't the White House
  7. One film connects two assassination attempts
  8. No secret service agent has died in an assassination attempt… but a Mayor has
  9. President Ford was targeted by the only female assassins
  10. The KGB was part of the real conspiracy linked to JFK assassination
14 2 "The White House" November 9, 2013 (2013-11-09)

Little known facts about The White House is explored.

  1. The Oval Office is designed to keep guests off-guard
  2. Less than one quarter of the original White House exists today
  3. The original White House is buried under a baseball diamond
  4. The White House was originally designed to be a palace
  5. The White House used to have its own brothel
  6. The President can add almost anything to the White House
  7. The White House never refuses a gift
  8. The White House bills the First Family every month
  9. The first person to live in the White House was not the President
  10. There are multiple White Houses all over the world
15 3 "The Founding Fathers" November 16, 2013 (2013-11-16)

Lesser-known details about the life of America's founding fathers.

  1. The Founding Fathers were disgusted by Americans
  2. George Washington owned the largest whiskey distillery in America
  3. The Founding Fathers had money problems
  4. Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were a legal defense team
  5. Many Founding Fathers hated each other
  6. George Washington founded American espionage
  7. Benjamin Franklin hired 'pirates' during the Revolution
  8. Thomas Jefferson was afraid of confrontation
  9. Thomas Jefferson wanted to outlaw slavery
  10. The Founding Fathers got many of their ideas from Native Americans
16 4 "Prohibition" November 23, 2013 (2013-11-23)

This episode explores Prohibition and the little known facts surrounding it.

  1. Moonshine was illegal 150 years before Prohibition
  2. Public water fountains were built to stop people from drinking booze
  3. Jails were sold on the eve of Prohibition
  4. The government poisoned alcohol that killed nearly 10,000 people
  5. One of the wettest spots in the country was Capitol Hill
  6. In Los Angeles the cops were the bootleggers
  7. A Jury was put on trial after it drank the evidence
  8. Al Capone's brother was a Prohibition Cop
  9. Many Mob Bosses escaped a violent death
  10. Prohibition and the Mafia gave rise to Jazz


  1. ^ "10 Things You Don't Know - About". History.com. A&E Networks. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "10 Things You Don't Know About - Episodes". History.com. A&E Networks. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Lambert, David (June 11, 2012). "10 Things You Don't Know About - 'Season 1' DVDs Announced for the History Channel Show". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved June 22, 2012.