|Genre||Pseudoscience, pseudohistory, pseudoarchaeology|
|Narrated by||Robert Clotworthy|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||16|
|No. of episodes||193|
|Executive producer||Kevin Burns|
|Production company||Prometheus Entertainment|
|Original release||March 8, 2009 –|
Ancient Aliens is an American television series that explores the ancient astronauts hypothesis, past human-extraterrestrial contact, UFOs, government conspiracies, and related pseudoscientific topics, such as remote viewing and psychic phenomena, in a non-critical, documentary format. Episodes, narrated by Robert Clotworthy, begin and end with rhetorical questions. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment, the series has aired on History and other A&E Networks since 2010. The series has been a target for criticism of History's channel drift, and for promoting unorthodox or unproven hypotheses as fact.
The series is based on and inspired by the works of Erich von Däniken and Zecharia Sitchin, among other writers. The works of Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval, Brinsley Le Poer Trench, Charles Hapgood, and Edgar Cayce, are also referenced in many episodes. Producer Giorgio Tsoukalos and writer David Childress are featured guests.
Originally a two-hour documentary special broadcast by History, the series was broadcast as Ancient Aliens: The Series from 2010 to 2011. Seasons 4 to 7 aired on H2, with frequent re-airings of episodes on History. In 2015, the series returned to History after H2 was relaunched as Vice on TV. Season 15 premiered in 2020. Due to COVID-19 disrupting production, the season ended after only 12 episodes, however only 10 episodes aired. The series continued with its sixteenth season in November 2020. A seventeenth season is scheduled to being airing in August 2021.
The series was parodied in the 2011 South Park episode "A History Channel Thanksgiving". Action Bronson has reacted to the series in two seasons of Vice's Action Bronson Watches Ancient Aliens. William Shatner, who narrated the 1976 documentary Mysteries of the Gods, appeared in the Season 16 episode "William Shatner Meets Ancient Aliens ". He later told Inverse that he was "was dubious about the whole thing", adding, "something's going on". The series has been criticized by Smithsonian Magazine, among others, for overwhelming the viewer with "fictions and distortions" by using a Gish gallop. Brian Dunning debunked the series as "a slap in the face to the ingenuity of the human race".
The executive producer of Ancient Aliens is Kevin Burns, who also directed and wrote the pilot episode. Giorgio Tsoukalos serves as consulting producer, and is a permanent guest, appearing in every episode. UFO researcher C. Scott Littleton served as a producing consultant during the series development until his death in 2010.
The series was launched as a two-hour documentary special for the History Channel. Originally broadcast March 8, 2009, the special was re-run several times and is now packaged with the series as its pilot episode. Ancient Aliens: The Series aired on History from 2010 to 2011, then moved to H2 where it was promoted as one of the network's flagship series until 2014. Frequent re-airings of episodes continued on the main channel, with highlights and selected episodes airing on A&E and Lifetime. A package of 12 episodes were briefly made available for syndication in the United States and Canada in 2012, including several episodes focused on the 2012 phenomenon.
On April 10, 2015, the series returned to History after H2 was relaunched as Vice on TV. In response to complaints from disgruntled fans, Vice on TV created Action Bronson Watches Ancient Aliens. The fifteenth season premiered on January 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 disrupting production, the season ended after 12 episodes. Production was soon restarted, and the series sixteenth season launched on November 13, 2020.
Premise and cosmology
The premise of the series is based on and inspired by the pseudoscientific ancient astronauts hypothesis previously popularized in Chariots of the Gods? by Erich von Däniken, and The 12th Planet, by Zecharia Sitchin, which purports extra-terrestrial beings visited the Earth in antiquity or prehistoric times and introduced civilization, architecture, and high-technology, to primitive humans. Many, if not all, of ancient man's achievements in language, mathematics, science, technology and stone construction, such as Egyptian pyramids, Pumapunku, and Stonehenge, are attributed to ancient man acting under the influence of extra-terrestrials. Remnants of said visitations are found in religious texts, ancient myth and legendary histories, and in the spiritual systems of many of the world's religions—such as Hinduism, Ancient Egyptian religion, Gnostic Christianity, and Mormonism. The hypothesis also purports ancient visitations left etymological remnants in many of the world's languages, such as the root words for "Dagon", "dragon", "dog", and "Danann", or the frequent occurrence of the word "anu" meaning friend or visitor. Many of the interviewed guest, who are introduced as ancient alien theorists or researchers, support these claims, either in their own work—creating a shared cosmology—or via statements made on-camera. Claims that anatomically modern humans were the result of genetic modification and or are somehow biologically descended from the ancient aliens—a hypothesis also popularized by von Däniken and Sitchin—are the focus of many episodes.
UFO conspiracy theories and alien abduction claims, feature prominently in many episodes, in addition to claims related to the Roswell and Rendlesham Forest incidents. Such claims are explored within the context of the ancient astronauts cosmology, in addition to panspermia, and human space exploration both ancient and recent.
The series presents all claims made by guests in an uncritical format. The narration frames responses to claims as a rhetorical question, which is answered as: "ancient alien theorists say yes," or a variation thereof. Chariots of the Gods? used similar framing device. After a particular claim is explored in some detail, the narration cuts away with: "Perhaps more evidence can be found…" Another location, archeological find, or event, with a hypothetical connection to the previous claim, is introduced. Smithsonian Magazine described this presentation style as a Gish gallop. Terms such as "ancient astronauts", "ancient aliens", "alien visitors", "extra-terrestrial beings", "ancient gods", and "otherworldly beings", are used interchangeably by guests and the narration. Guests frequently conflate the meaning of "theory" and "hypothesis".
There is little use of precise calendrical dates in many episodes. Guests use terms such as "the remote past", "prehistoric times", or they refer to "… our ancient ancestors" in the abstract when discussing hypothetical historical events. There is a frequent demarcation of history in numerous episodes as before or after "The Ice Age", which guests imply to mean before and after the Younger Dryas period—or, 12,000 years ago.
Writer David Childress, who appears in every episode, frequently concludes his comments with the phrase "—probably extraterrestrials." Both Childress and Giorgio Tsoukalos repeatedly assert ancient peoples lacked the vocabulary to describe "technological" or "high-tech" devices, such as rockets or missiles, advanced weapons, aircraft, powered land vehicles, and medical instruments, they supposedly witness. And thus referred to extra-terrestrial visitors using such technology as gods.
Erich von Däniken is the featured guest in the pilot episode, in addition to being the focus of two biographical episodes: "The Von Däniken Legacy", in Season 5, and "The Alien Phenomena", in Season 13.
In the first season, credentialed scientists and professionals, such as Sara Seager and Michael Denning, respond to claims made by other guests, but their rebuttals were not rigorous. In subsequent episodes, scientists and professionals offer explanations of scientific phenomena or historical events without endorsing claims made by other guests, or they offer personal commentary. Psychologist Jonathan Young appears in 123 episodes, providing explanations of myths and legends, and legendary history. Boston University associate professor Robert M. Schoch presents his Sphinx water erosion hypothesis, as well as his hypothesis concerning the age and purpose of Göbekli Tepe, in several episodes.
Radio talk show host George Noory appears in over 80 episodes, including the pilot episode. Reverend Barry Downing, known for describing angels in the Bible as ancient astronauts, appears in the pilot episode, and his comments are repeated in several other episodes. Writers Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock appear in many episodes. They both express skepticism of the ancient aliens premise, and expand on their own theories of ancient civilizations; Hancock repeats the statement from his work that "There is a forgotten episode in human history." In the episode "The Alien Phenomena", Bauval states "I don't see why not", with regard to von Däniken's claims originally made in Chariots of the Gods? potentially being true.
Segments and highlights from all first season episodes, including the pilot, were edited into later episodes up to Season 12, so that guests who appeared in Season 1 ostensibly appear in later seasons, although footage of their interviews was re-used.
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Little empirical evidence is offered in many episodes to support the presented claims, instead many segments focus on out-of-place artifacts, such as: the London Hammer, Antikythera mechanism, or the Auid object; or segments focus on alleged inconsistencies in the accepted historical record. Guests discuss evidence which supports their claims in general or abstract terms. Some guests have alleged professionals and government have suppressed evidence of ancient mysteries, such as the episode "The Prototypes" in which guests alleged the Smithsonian Institute suppressed findings of "giant humanoids" found alongside American Indian remains in the Kanawha Valley.
From Season 12 onward, episodes have included segments in which evidence that potentially supports the ancient astronauts hypothesis is subjected to testing by credentialed scientists and medical professionals on-camera. In the episode "The Science Wars" an elongated skull was subject to an MRI examination, and DNA was extracted and tested. In the episode "The Star Gods of Sirius" blue, porous, nitrogen-rich stones, were examined by geologists. However, none of the results produced—from the skull, the stones, or other objects examined in later episodes—proved conclusive.
Guests have presented other unproven historical and pseudoscientific hypotheses related to, or dependent upon an understanding of: Atlantis and other lost civilizations, as described in works by Brinsley Le Poer Trench and Edgar Cayce, or ley lines as originally described by Alfred Watkins; cataclysmic pole shifts as promoted by Charles Hapgood; various forms of Christian and Hindu creationism, or pseudohistory promoted by various religious movements; mythical elements of the Kabbalah, Zohar, and Book of Enoch; and various new religious movements. These hypotheses and claims are discussed within the scope of ancient astronauts cosmology.
Other concepts explored include faith healing, remote viewing, and various psychic phenomena. Numerous guests discuss various forms of catastrophism, and refer to other featured guests or historical figures as catastrophists. In various episodes, guests have claimed prominent historical figures were either influenced by or were possibly "extra-terrestrial" or "otherworldly beings."
Guests have also discussed unrelated pseudoscientific claims, such as: dinosaurs coexisting with humans until a recent extinction event, crystal healing and crystal skulls, as well as Freemasonry, rosicrucianism, and the New World Order. Linda Moulton Howe appears in several episodes which explore alien abduction, animal mutilation, and conspiracies involving military installations on Antarctica. The 2013 Citizen Hearing on Disclosure features prominently in numerous episodes.
Prior to December 2012, several episodes explored facets of the 2012 Mayan doomsday prophecy. The episodes "The Maya Conspiracy" and "The Doomsday Prophecies", which aired in February 2012, explored the Maya calendar and its relation to the construction of Palenque, the god Kukulkan, in addition to links between the Maya civilization and the ancient astronaut hypothesis. Episodes focusing on Mesoamerica broadcast after 2012 make no mention of the 2012 phenomenon. In the episode "The God Particle", guests linked the Mayan long count to the discovery of the Higgs boson.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Pilot||March 8, 2009|
|1||5||April 20, 2010||May 25, 2010|
|2||10||October 28, 2010||December 30, 2010|
|3||16||July 28, 2011||November 23, 2011|
|4||10||February 17, 2012||May 4, 2012|
|5||12||December 21, 2012||April 19, 2013|
|6||11||September 30, 2013||December 13, 2013|
|7||8||January 24, 2014||March 14, 2014|
|8||9||June 13, 2014||August 22, 2014|
|9||12||October 31, 2014||May 1, 2015|
|10||10||July 24, 2015||October 9, 2015|
|11||15||May 6, 2016||September 2, 2016|
|12||16||April 28, 2017||September 15, 2017|
|13||15||April 27, 2018||January 7, 2019|
|14||22||May 31, 2019||November 29, 2019|
|15||12||January 24, 2020||April 18, 2020|
|16||10||November 13, 2020||March 12, 2021|
|17||TBA||August 6, 2021||TBA|
|Title||Original air date|
|"Chariots, Gods & Beyond"||March 8, 2009|
|The pilot presents the views of author Erich von Däniken who theorized that advanced beings from another world visited primitive humans, gave them the knowledge of the solar system, concepts of engineering and mathematics, and became the basis for their religions and cultures, evidenced (as he claims) by many ancient monuments around the world, such as the Nazca Lines, the Pyramids of Giza and the Moai statues of Easter Island.|
Season 1 (2010)
|Title||Original air date|
|1||1||"The Evidence"||April 20, 2010|
|This episode suggests that aliens made contact with primitive humans, and cites as evidence, Indian Sanskrit texts that are suggested to describe flying machines called Vimanas; Egyptian megaliths that are said to show precision cutting work thought to be too advanced for the time; and Jewish Zohar writings that are said to describe a "manna machine" similar to chlorella algae processing of today.|
|2||2||"The Visitors"||April 27, 2010|
|The episode proposes that alien visitations have occurred around the globe, and cites as evidence, claims that the Dogon people were given galactic knowledge by a star god; the Hopi and Zuni celebrations of Kachinas (or "gods from the sky") who are symbolized with headdress that are said to resemble modern space helmets; and that the Chinese Huangdi was a Han leader who came to Earth on a yellow dragon which is suggested to have been a metaphor for a spaceship.|
|3||3||"The Mission"||May 4, 2010|
|This episode proposes that extraterrestrials have a mission plan for Earth and mankind, and cites as evidence, Sumerian tablets that allegedly describe the Anunnaki as a race of creatures who came to Earth to mine gold; the purpose of cattle mutilations; the mile-long "band of holes" near Pisco, Peru; Egyptian hieroglyphs that are said to depict hybrid creatures that are part man/part animal; and crystal skulls and crop circles that are said to contain messages from aliens.|
|4||4||"Closer Encounters"||May 18, 2010|
|This episode suggests that alien encounters have been documented in various historical texts, citing as evidence, the 13th-century book Otia Imperialia which describes an incident in Bristol, England ascribed to UFOs; the log entries of Christopher Columbus that report lights in the sky; stories of cigar-shaped craft allegedly seen over Europe during the Black Plague; and Medieval art that supposedly depicts disc-shaped objects floating in the heavens.|
|5||5||"The Return"||May 25, 2010|
|This episode proposes that aliens have contacted man as recently as the 20th century, citing examples such as the Battle of Los Angeles and the Roswell UFO incident. It also looks at the modern CETI project and speculates what would happen if aliens answered back; what protocols exist to determine who would speak on behalf of mankind, and how we would communicate.|
Season 2 (2010)
|Title||Original air date|
|6||1||"Mysterious Places"||October 28, 2010|
|This episode examines locations around the Earth that are proposed "hot spots" of UFO activity, such as the Bermuda Triangle; Mexico's "Zone of Silence", an area of land said to naturally disrupt radio signals; the portal-like structure at Peru's Puerta de Hayu Marca; and the curious rock formations of the Marcahuasi Plateau.|
|7||2||"Gods and Aliens"||November 4, 2010|
|This episode looks at legends about powerful gods and fearsome monsters that are said to share similarities even though these legends are found in different cultures separated by vast distances; this episode also suggests that these legends may be eyewitness accounts of alien visitations. Also discussed are tales of gods interacting with humans, imparting wisdom and technology and impregnating women to create demigods, who are supposedly the offspring of human/alien unions.|
|8||3||"Underwater Worlds"||November 11, 2010|
|This episode suggests that various underwater structures and ruins said to have been found around the globe may have been used by extraterrestrials, such as the temple ruins found under Lake Titicaca in Peru, the geometric structures of Yonaguni off the coast of Japan, and ancient Indian texts that allegedly describe other sunken cities yet to be discovered.|
|9||4||"Underground Aliens"||November 18, 2010|
|This episode hypothesizes that various underground places may have been extraterrestrial lairs, such as a lost cave in Ecuador said to hold metal tablets containing alien knowledge, the underground city of Derinkuyu in Turkey, Native American legends of "inner-earth" beings, and rumors of a secret U.S. military base supposedly built alongside aliens inside the Archuleta Mesa near Dulce, New Mexico.|
|10||5||"Aliens and the Third Reich"||November 25, 2010|
|This episode speculates that Nazi Germany had experimented with advanced alien technology and built flying machines, such as the Haunebu and the Die Glocke (The Bell), and rumors that some of this technology may have made its way to the United States and helped jumpstart the Apollo program.|
|11||6||"Alien Tech"||December 2, 2010|
|This episode proposes that some advanced weapon technologies currently in development, such as laser and sonic weapons, are rediscovered technologies used by advanced beings in the past. Also discussed are theories that aliens provided gravity manipulation devices to help man construct colossal stone structures around the world.|
|12||7||"Angels and Aliens"||December 9, 2010|
|This episode looks at various stories of angelic visitations that to some ancient astronaut theorists read more like alien encounters than divine appearances, and suggests they are not supernatural beings, but visitors from distant planets.|
|13||8||"Unexplained Structures"||December 16, 2010|
|This episode suggests that various sites around the world; such as Göbekli Tepe in Turkey; the Incan ruins of Sacsayhuamán in Peru; the Carnac stones of France; and Zorats Karer in Armenia, show construction techniques and mathematical concepts that were not believed to have been known at the time, and that this knowledge was gained from alien visitors.|
|14||9||"Alien Devastations"||December 23, 2010|
|This episode surmises that aliens may have caused various disasters, as depicted in the Bible and other texts, or even tried to warn man of them; such as Noah of the Great Flood. Also proposed is that some disasters ushered changes in human evolution and that our leaps in technology over the centuries were achieved with alien help.|
|15||10||"Alien Contacts"||December 30, 2010|
|This episode proposes that extraterrestrials may have contacted various humans throughout history, such as Moses and Joan of Arc, to help guide and inspire them to achieve great things; or to pass on important messages for humanity; such as a supposed binary message given to a UFO-contactee during the 1980 Rendlesham Forest incident who believes it is the coordinates to a mythical island called Hy-Brazil.|
Season 3 (2011)
|Title||Original air date|
|16||1||"Aliens and the Old West"||July 28, 2011|
|Opening with clips from the 2011 film Cowboys & Aliens, this episode looks at American Old West legends that may have involved ET contact, such as the Aurora, Texas UFO incident where a local cemetery claims to hold a body from an 1897 UFO crash; Native American legends surrounding the Serpent mound in Adams County, Ohio; reports of a Thunderbird that periodically emerged from California's Elizabeth Lake, and a story of ranchers shooting at "metallic birds" near Tombstone, Arizona.|
|17||2||"Aliens and Monsters"||August 4, 2011|
|This episode examines modern-day genetic engineering, cloning and hybridization technology, and suggests that such technology could have been used by ancient aliens in the past to manipulate mankind and the environment. Also theorized are that the legends of creatures, such as the Chimera and Hydra, and humanoids, such as the Minotaur and Medusa, may have been encounters with beings created through alien animal/human hybrid experimentation.|
|18||3||"Aliens and Sacred Places"||August 11, 2011|
|This episode suggests that some of mankind's most sacred places were points of contact by alien beings. Examples given are Jerusalem's Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock; the Kaaba stone at the Islam shrine at Mecca; the temples of the Ajanta Caves in India; the churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia that are carved out of rock; and the ancient city of Baalbek in Lebanon which was allegedly built with a "landing pad" of monolithic rock.|
|19||4||"Aliens and Temples of Gold"||August 18, 2011|
|This episode contends that aliens came to Earth to mine gold. Examined are the legends of cities of gold such as El Dorado and Paititi; Lake Puray in Peru where UFO sightings may be linked to gold beneath the lake; the gold-creating device called the Philosopher's Stone; the Hall of Records beneath the Great Sphinx of Giza, (suggested to be a repository of ancient knowledge); a Medieval church in the French village of Rennes-le-Château that may hold the secrets of alchemy; and Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel where a helix-shaped pillar, (suggested to represent DNA), may be the hiding place of the Holy Grail.|
|20||5||"Aliens and Mysterious Rituals"||August 25, 2011|
|This episode proposes that various ancient sites and the rituals performed there were not to praise mythical gods, but to reenact contact and communication with alien beings. Examples given are the Mayan temple of El Castillo, Chichen Itza; the Celtic Beltane Festival; the ceremonies of the Kayapo people of Brazil that involve a dancer dressed in an outfit that resembles a spacesuit; Medieval coronation ceremonies and the symbolic meanings of thrones, crowns and scepters as communication devices to the heavens; Native American and Shamanistic chants and prayers; and the ritual meanings of the Catholic Mass.|
|21||6||"Aliens and Ancient Engineers"||September 1, 2011|
|This episode surmises that several ancient sites were built with help from aliens. Examples given are the ruins of Ollantaytambo in Peru, (an Inca city believed built atop a far older and more advanced-built fortress); the pyramids of Teotihuacan in Mexico, (which use heat and radiation shielding Mica in their engineering); the temples of Vijayanagara in India, (suggested to have been designed to tap into cosmic energy); the temples of Karnak in Egypt, (which show symmetrical and precision sculpting believed unobtainable by primitive hand tools); and the ancient ruins on Malta, (whose designs seems to have incorporated an acoustic energy technology).|
|22||7||"Aliens, Plagues and Epidemics"||September 8, 2011|
|This episode suggests that some plagues and diseases were brought on by pathogens of extraterrestrial origin. Examples given are sudden pandemics such as the Spanish Influenza, the Plague of Athens, the Justinian Plague and the Black Plague, which were accompanied by reports of unusual celestial phenomena, and the appearance of strange creatures and objects in the sky; ancient carvings of figures dressed in what are suggested to be hazmat suits; unexplained illnesses that have appeared after meteor impacts, NASA experiments with bacteria and extremophiles that can survive in the extreme conditions of space; and the recent appearance of unusual medical conditions such as Morgellons Disease.|
|23||8||"Aliens and Lost Worlds"||September 15, 2011|
|This episode postulates that various past civilizations were ruled by otherworldly beings. Examined are carvings in the Mayan city of Copán that are suggested to depict kings dressed in spacesuits; the Greek and Persian temples of Nemrud Dagi in Turkey, constructed by King Antiochus who some believe had advanced knowledge of astronomy and access to "magical" technology; the Nazca people of Peru who elongated their skulls to possibly mimic beings they encountered; the Moai statues of Easter Island that may have been erected with anti-gravity technology, and the Garden of Eden which may have been an alien laboratory for the creation of mankind.|
|24||9||"Aliens and Deadly Weapons"||September 22, 2011|
|This episode suggests that the development of various weapons throughout history may have been guided by aliens. Examined are ancient legends that speak of fire and the secrets of metalworking as gifts from the gods; stories of divine weapons such as Excalibur as possibly powered by an alien source; the mystery of Greek fire as a gift from angels for the Byzantines; the development of the complicated chemistry of gunpowder by the ancient Chinese; the writings of the Hindu Mahabharata describing weapons reminiscent of guided rockets, beam weapons and nuclear devices used by the gods; and the Cambodian tales of Preah Pisnulok who wielded a blazing sword reminiscent of the science-fictional lightsaber.|
|25||10||"Aliens and Evil Places"||September 28, 2011|
|This episode examines various places on Earth that are associated with evil and death, and suggests that they may have otherworldly connections, such as being dumping grounds for dangerous alien waste material or containing portals to other realms. Featured are Japan's Aokigahara "Suicide Forest" near Mount Fuji, where countless people have gone to die; Russia's remote Mount Otorten "Mountain of Death" where in 1959, nine hikers were found burned and mutilated by an undetermined cause; Australia's Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) where people have mysteriously disappeared in the area, and the "Valley of the Dead" at Yakutia, Russia, where unexplained deaths and illnesses are attributed to a possible underground alien base.|
|26||11||"Aliens and the Founding Fathers"||October 5, 2011|
|This episode suggests that some of the philosophies, and alleged secret symbolism surrounding the founding of the United States, have connections to extraterrestrials. Examined are Benjamin Franklin's writings on the "plurality of worlds;" stories that George Washington had an alien visitation at Valley Forge; Thomas Jefferson's report of a UFO sighting; the Freemason interest in ancient cultures and astronomy, and the possible influence it all had in the architecture and layout of Washington, D.C.|
|27||12||"Aliens and Deadly Cults"||October 12, 2011|
|This episode examines various cults around the world that have committed horrific acts and suggests that some may have been influenced by aliens with a sinister agenda. Examined are groups who claimed to receive messages from ETs such as the suicidal Heaven's Gate and the Order of the Solar Temple; the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God whose leader murdered 750 followers; the human sacrifice murders of Adolfo Constanzo who claimed worship of the "trickster god" Eshu; the mass-murderous Thuggee cult of India; the Christian Circumcellions suicide-sect; Aztec human sacrifice rituals, and the theory that humans were hard-wired through genetic manipulation to worship alien beings as gods.|
|28||13||"Aliens and the Secret Code"||October 19, 2011|
|This episode theorizes that various megalithic structures around the Earth are built upon a "world grid" of electromagnetic energy and that this power may have been tapped for travel and communication. It also suggests that there are hidden messages within these sites that show they have connections to one another. Featured are Teotihuacan and Easter Island, (sites separated by 2000 miles of ocean, but having similar architecture); the Pyramids at Giza, Thornborough Henges, and ancient Hopi cities (all three configured to resemble Orion); the straight line alignments of sites such as Trelleborg, Delphi and Giza; and stone carvings at Gavrinis (from 3500 BC) accurately calculating the circumference of the Earth and pi.|
|29||14||"Aliens and the Undead"||October 26, 2011|
|This episode discusses the possibility of life after death, the beliefs associated with it in various cultures and raises the question of whether certain rituals can be attributed to ancient aliens.|
|30||15||"Aliens, Gods and Heroes"||November 16, 2011|
|This episode looks into various legends about gods and heroes and surmises that the existence of such beings was not only possible, but that they were also beings of extraterrestrial origin.|
|31||16||"Aliens and the Creation of Man"||November 23, 2011|
|This episode asks why humans are so different from other lifeforms on Earth, and proposes that advances in human evolution were the work of interstellar beings.|
Season 4 (2012)
|Title||Original air date|
|32||1||"The Mayan Conspiracy"||February 17, 2012|
|This episode suggests that the ancient Maya were given their knowledge of mathematics and astronomy by extraterrestrials. It alleges advanced city engineering despite the use of metal tools and the wheel; knowledge of celestial events (such as pole shifts) thousands of years before the culture began; and a complex writing system only understood by the rulers and clerics among them. Featured artifacts include the sarcophagus lid of Palenque's King Pakal, who is said to be piloting a rocket ship; the La Venta Olmec heads suggested to represent African people in flight helmets; and the feathered serpent god Kukulkan possibly depicted elsewhere in the world as the Naga and Chinese dragon.|
|33||2||"The Doomsday Prophecies"||February 17, 2012|
|This episode looks at the Maya civilization and their advanced knowledge of mathematics and timekeeping. It presents theories as to why the Maya backdated the 5125-year long-count calendar to 3114 BC (over 3,000 years before their civilization began) and what could happen after it ends December 21, 2012. Discussed are two artifacts, Tortuguero monument six and a Comalcalco mud brick, that may suggest the return of a star god Bolon Yokte; the Popol Vuh creation myths; the Chilam Balam manuscripts; and the monuments of Tikal (which is suggested to have been built to mimic the Pleiades cluster); and Chichen Itza, dedicated to the return of the Maya god Kukulkan.|
|34||3||"The Greys"||February 24, 2012|
|This episode focuses upon the so-called Greys, alleged alien beings characterized as having pale skin and big round heads with large black eyes, and connected within the last century to supposed alien abductions and UFO-related cases such as the Roswell incident. It also proposes that the Greys may have contacted human cultures in the distant past, such as the Hopi Indians and the Sumerians, and these events have been preserved in various ancient writings, sculptures and cave paintings.|
|35||4||"Aliens and Mega-Disasters"||March 2, 2012|
|This episode looks at various accounts of ancient civilizations that were destroyed by natural disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and floods and proposes that otherworldly beings may have had a hand in these catastrophic events.|
|36||5||"The NASA Connection"||March 9, 2012|
|This episode delves into various reports by former NASA scientists and astronauts, as well as classified government files that purportedly suggest the space agency had alien contact in both the recent and ancient past.|
|37||6||"The Mystery of Puma Punku"||March 16, 2012|
|This episode investigates the ruins of Puma Punku in Bolivia, where an ancient civilization constructed sophisticated and intricately carved blocks that interlock. Ancient alien theorists suggest the site was not built and inhabited by humans, but by advanced extraterrestrials.|
|38||7||"Aliens and Bigfoot"||March 23, 2012|
|This episode examines the legends of Bigfoot, a creature described as half-man/half-ape that allegedly stalks remote woodlands around the world, and suggests the creature may have connections to an alien species that may have visited Earth. Also suggested are that the legends of supernatural giants such as the Bible's Goliath, the hybrid Nephilim, the Sumerian Enkidu, are tales of human interaction with such creatures.|
|39||8||"The Da Vinci Conspiracy"||April 6, 2012|
|This episode examines some of the paintings, sketches and journals of legendary artist and engineer Leonardo da Vinci, and alleges that some of his work may have been inspired by alien technology he may have encountered. Discussed are the possibility of hidden messages within his work such as parts of his paintings that disappear under x-ray scans; his use of mirror writing to make his notes illegible to prying eyes; his sketches of inhuman and monstrous creatures, and what Da Vinci might have been doing when he seemingly disappeared for two years after finding a mysterious cave.|
|40||9||"The Time Travelers"||April 27, 2012|
|This episode suggests that some alleged alien encounters may be of beings from Earth's future traveling in time machines and that these beings visited Earth's distant past. Examined are the rumors of the Nazi "Die Glocke" time travel machine; the advanced cosmic knowledge of the Anasazi and their similarities to the ancient Sumerians; stories of time travel in the Bible and other ancient texts; and actual space/time experiments that might one day open the door for possible time travel technology.|
|41||10||"Aliens and Dinosaurs"||May 4, 2012|
|This episode suggests that man and dinosaurs may have coexisted in ancient times and past cultures had knowledge of prehistoric animals long before the study of paleontology. Examined is a carving found in Angkor Wat that is suggested to be a depiction of a stegosaurus; the thousands of Ica Stones of Peru that depict alleged human/dinosaur interaction; and fossils from Dinosaur Valley State Park suggested to contain both dinosaur and human footprints. Also suggested is the idea that dinosaurs may have been wiped out, not by an asteroid impact, but by alien extermination so that humans could become the dominant species on Earth.|
Season 5 (2012–13)
|Title||Original air date|
|42||1||"Secrets of the Pyramids"||December 21, 2012|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss ancient pyramidal structures; in Bosnia, Egypt, Russia & throughout Mesoamerica.|
|43||2||"Aliens and Cover Ups"||December 28, 2012|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss how extraterrestrials might have hidden evidence of their visits.|
|44||3||"Alien Power Plants"||January 4, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists question the accomplishments of ancient man without modern technology.|
|45||4||"Destination Orion"||January 11, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists speculate about why ancient civilizations focused on the Orion constellation.|
|46||5||"The Einstein Factor"||January 18, 2013|
|Theorists talk about potential extraterrestrial connections to famous historical figures committed to science such as Albert Einstein, Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Nikola Tesla and Srinivasa Ramanujan.|
|47||6||"Secrets of the Tombs"||January 25, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists suggest that an extraterrestrial connection links tombs in Egypt, China, and other locations.|
|48||7||"Prophets and Prophecies"||February 8, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss extraterrestrial-based prophecies and prophets, including some of the world's deadliest cults.|
|49||8||"Beyond Nazca"||February 15, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss extraterrestrial matter possibly contributing to Nazca.|
|50||9||"Strange Abductions"||February 22, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss extraterrestrial-linked disappearances.|
|51||10||"The Von Daniken Legacy"||April 5, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the legacy of Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods?.|
|52||11||"The Viking Gods"||April 12, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility of alien contact with the Vikings.|
|53||12||"The Monoliths"||April 19, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss Sigiriya, Easter Island and various monoliths.|
Season 6 (2013)
|Title||Original air date|
|54||1||"The Power of Three"||September 30, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the Trimurti, Trinity and the common occurrence of the number three in ancient texts.|
|55||2||"The Crystal Skulls"||October 7, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the worldwide phenomena of the crystal skull.|
|56||3||"The Anunnaki Connection"||October 14, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss a possible connection between extraterrestrials and the Mesopotamian deities known as the Anunnaki.|
|57||4||"Magic of the Gods"||October 21, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss magic, Merlin, and extraterrestrials.|
|58||5||"The Satan Conspiracy"||October 28, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss Satan and the worldwide concept of a devil figure.|
|59||6||"Alien Operations"||November 1, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss medicine, surgery, miracles and alien technology.|
|60||7||"Emperors, Kings and Pharaohs"||November 8, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss historical dynasties possible relationship to extraterrestrials.|
|61||8||"Mysterious Relics"||November 15, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss mythic powers attributed to worldwide religious relics.|
|62||9||"Aliens and Forbidden Islands"||November 29, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss mysterious occurrences, including reported alien visitation, on remote islands.|
|63||10||"Aliens and the Lost Ark"||December 6, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the Ark of the Covenant as misunderstood technology.|
|64||11||"Aliens and Mysterious Mountains"||December 13, 2013|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss Mount Olympus, the Inca of Peru, the Japanese Apu and aliens.|
Season 7 (2014)
|Title||Original air date|
|65||1||"Aliens and Stargates"||January 24, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss aliens traveling through wormholes and space travel.|
|66||2||"Aliens in America"||January 31, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss alien influence in the United States.|
|67||3||"The Star Children"||February 7, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the Starchild skull, Star people and the reported Black Eyed Kids.|
|68||4||"Treasures of the Gods"||February 14, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss mythic ancient treasure and curses including King Solomon's Ring, lost Aztec treasure, and the Omphalos.|
|69||5||"Aliens and the Red Planet"||February 21, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that ancient alien civilizations existed on the planet Mars, and speculate that features photographed by probes may be ruins of ancient structures built by these aliens.|
|70||6||"The Shamans"||February 28, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that beings contacted by shamans in altered states of consciousness are actually extraterrestrials.|
|71||7||"Aliens and Insects"||March 7, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that some aliens may be insect-like, and argue that such beings serve as inspirations for many cultures' gods and legendary figures.|
|72||8||"Alien Breeders"||March 14, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that aliens influenced the course of human evolution, and argue that genetic manipulation of humans by aliens allowed for civilization to arise.|
Season 8 (2014)
|Title||Original air date|
|73||1||"Alien Transports"||June 13, 2014|
Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that modern transportation systems are influenced by aliens who visited Earth in the remote, and not-so-remote past.Note: This episode is part of the "Ancient Aliens – Special Editions – Season 1" DVD-bundle.
|74||2||"Mysterious Structures"||June 20, 2014|
Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that some of Earth's mysterious structures and monoliths are the work of aliens in the remote past.Note: This episode is part of the "Ancient Aliens – Special Editions – Season 1" DVD-bundle.
|75||3||"Mysterious Devices"||June 27, 2014|
Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the mysterious objects which may have been the technology of, or have been influenced by the technology of, alien angels who visited us in the past.Note: This episode is part of the "Ancient Aliens – Special Editions – Season 1" DVD-bundle.
|76||4||"Faces of the Gods"||July 25, 2014|
Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that many tales of angels and giants in the ancient world were inspired by extraterrestrial visits and experimentation on human DNA.Note: This was a special episode that was aired immediately after a short hiatus, it is part of the "Ancient Aliens – Special Editions – Season 1" DVD-bundle.
|77||5||"The Reptilians"||July 25, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that many mythological figures in ancient cultures were inspired by actual reptile-like aliens, some of which may have bred with humans.|
|78||6||"The Tesla Experiment"||August 1, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that the great technological developments made by inventor Nikola Tesla were inspired by extraterrestrials.|
|79||7||"The God Particle"||August 8, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that the creation of the Large Hadron Collider was foretold in ancient sources that were inspired by aliens.|
|80||8||"Alien Encounters"||August 15, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that aliens set into motion some of the most significant turning points in human history and have ultimate control over our destiny.|
|81||9||"Aliens and Superheroes"||August 22, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that legends of super-powered beings in ancient mythologies, as well as stories of modern superheroes, originate from retellings of people's encounters with aliens in the distant past.|
Season 9 (2014–15)
|Title||Original air date|
|82||1||"Forbidden Caves"||October 31, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that caves have served as portals for contact with extraterrestrial beings, becoming the inspiration for various mythological traditions.|
|83||2||"Mysteries of the Sphinx"||November 7, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that the Great Sphinx of Giza originally represented an otherworldly being that came to Earth some 10,000 years ago.|
|84||3||"Aliens Among Us"||November 14, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that the evolution of technology is not entirely of our own making and that we are being watched by entities from beyond our world.|
|85||4||"The Genius Factor"||November 21, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that many of history’s greatest scientists were inspired by extraterrestrial sources.|
|86||5||"Secrets of the Mummies"||November 28, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that the global practice of mummification is proof that extraterrestrials visited Earth in the past.|
|87||6||"Alien Resurrections"||December 5, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that incredible stories about the dead rising from their graves, mummies journeying into the afterlife, and people on the brink of death mingling with deceased relatives in a celestial netherworld are proof that extraterrestrials visited Earth in the distant past.|
|88||7||"Alien Messages"||December 19, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that some strange and cryptic communications can help us unlock the mysteries of the universe and contact extraterrestrial beings.|
|89||8||"The Great Flood"||December 23, 2014|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that extraterrestrial beings were responsible for causing the Great Flood.|
|90||9||"Aliens and the Civil War"||April 10, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that aliens influenced the course of events in the American Civil War.|
|91||10||"Hidden Pyramids"||April 17, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that aliens inspired long-buried megalithic pyramids which are only now being rediscovered.|
|92||11||"The Vanishings"||April 24, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that history's mysterious disappearances were caused by extraterrestrials transporting people to other planets.|
|93||12||"The Alien Agenda"||May 1, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the theory that aliens have been secretly influencing human history for thousands of years. Several things are discussed, among them: the Tower of Babel story, the destruction of Lanka from Hindu mythology, Mohenjo-daro and the Library of Alexandria, Paul Hellyer's extraterrestrial claims, the Annunaki and the Nazi's supposed advanced technology.|
Season 10 (2015)
|Title||Original air date|
|94||1||"Aliens B.C."||July 24, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the idea that an alien civilization inhabited Earth in the distant past.|
|95||2||"NASA's Secret Agenda"||July 31, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss that rocket technology pioneered by NASA and Wernher von Braun may have extraterrestrial origins.|
|96||3||"Aliens and Robots"||August 7, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss that sophisticated robots existed in the ancient world and that figures such as Osiris may have in fact been robots.|
|97||4||"Dark Forces"||August 14, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss if Grigori Rasputin, the Nazi SS, and Aleister Crowley were in league with sinister otherworldly entities.|
|98||5||"The Alien Evolution"||August 21, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss if prehistoric remains point to numerous extraterrestrial species inhabiting Earth.|
|99||6||"The Other Earth"||August 28, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility of humans finding life on Earth-like planets, the colonization of other planets by humans and the potential colonization of our planet by extraterrestrials.|
|100||7||"Creatures of the Deep"||September 4, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss if legendary aquatic monsters such as Kappa, Champ, and the Kraken may be alien creatures that originate from underwater wormholes to other dimensions.|
|101||8||"Circles from the Sky"||September 18, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss if crop circles are messages from extraterrestrials.|
|102||9||"The Alien Wars"||October 2, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that there are numerous factions of alien races with competing agendas visiting Earth, that there is evidence they have been in conflict with each other for thousands of years, and that there is evidence that these wars actually took place here on Earth in the distant past—not between gods, but between extraterrestrial visitors.|
|103||10||"The Forbidden Zones"||October 9, 2015|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the idea of aliens visiting us in the past is being censored from us today. Knowledge of extraterrestrial visitation might be found in places forbidden from outsiders.|
Season 11 (2016)
|Title||Original air date|
|104||1||"Pyramids of Antarctica"||May 6, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss mysterious ice-covered structures found in Antarctica that could be evidence of extraterrestrials.|
|105||2||"Destination Mars"||May 13, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss how manned missions to Mars could reveal the existence of extraterrestrial intervention.|
|106||3||"The Next Humans"||May 20, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss cybernetics, Transhumanism, and how robots could be the final step in human evolution.|
|107||4||"The New Evidence"||May 27, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss possible new evidence of extraterrestrials through the use of satellite, radar, and thermal scanning.|
|108||5||"The Visionaries"||June 10, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss if visionaries such as Steve Jobs and Srinivasa Ramanujan could have been subconsciously influenced by extraterrestrials.|
|109||6||"Decoding the Cosmic Egg"||June 17, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the symbolic use of the egg as a symbol throughout cultures worldwide.|
|110||7||"The Wisdom Keepers"||June 24, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss if the Aboriginal Australians might have had contact with extraterrestrials in the remote past by way of the Dreamtime.|
|111||8||"The Mysterious Nine"||July 8, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss that the recurrence of the number nine in religious, cultural, philosophical and occult materials may, like the number three, be connected to extraterrestrials.|
|112||9||"The Hidden Empire"||July 15, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that the mysterious country of China could contain extraterrestrial civilizations and materials.|
|113||10||"The Prototypes"||July 22, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the possibility that extraterrestrials influenced and altered the development of Neanderthals, Denisovans and Homo floresiensis.|
|114||11||"Space Station Moon"||July 29, 2016|
|Experts and non-experts speculate that the Moon may not be a natural celestial object.|
|115||12||"Russia's Secret Files"||August 12, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists suggest that otherworldly visitations predate the establishment of the Russian nation, and point to the ancient settlement at Arkaim as evidence.|
|116||13||"Beyond Roswell"||August 19, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss possible evidence that the FBI hid evidence of extraterrestrials after the Roswell UFO incident.|
|117||14||"The Returned"||August 26, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the alien abduction phenomenon including those who claim to have been abducted and returned such as Betty and Barney Hill.|
|118||15||"Shiva the Destroyer"||September 2, 2016|
|Ancient astronaut theorists discuss the Hindu deity Shiva and his possible link to extraterrestrials and atomic energy.|
Season 12 (2017)
|Title||Original air date|
|119||1||"The Alien Hunters"||April 28, 2017|
|Ancient alien astronaut theorists are intrigued by the amount of spending by developed countries into researching the existence of extraterrestrials and ET intelligence and are discussing the matter on the basis of de-classified documents.|
|120||2||"Forged by the Gods"||May 5, 2017|
|Ancient astronaut theorists speculate that metal artefacts found in the past could be evidence of extra-terrestrials visiting Earth.|
|121||3||"The Mystery of Rudloe Manor"||May 12, 2017|
|In Wiltshire, England, Rudloe Manor could be the site for the British research into UFOs since World War II.|
|122||4||"The Alien Architects"||May 19, 2017|
|Ancient alien theorists show similarities between ancient structures built on opposite sides of the Earth that could prove to have been constructed or designed by aliens.|
|123||5||"The Pharaohs' Curse"||May 26, 2017|
|Ancient astronaut theorists claim that King Tuts curse was actually caused by alien technology as a way of protecting the truth of alien existence in Earths ancient past.|
|124||6||"The Science Wars"||June 2, 2017|
|Archaeologists and anthropologists show evidence that goes against the current accepted science such as an ancient hammer in Texas.|
|125||7||"City of the Gods"||June 9, 2017|
|Ancient astronaut theorists suggest that Teotihuacan in central Mexico was home to an advanced extra-terrestrial civilization.|
|126||8||"The Alien Frequency"||June 16, 2017|
|Ancient astronaut theorists claim that ancient megalithic sites across the globe are designed to emanate the same frequency that could be used to connect with extra-terrestrial forces.|
|127||9||"The Majestic Twelve"||July 7, 2017|
|Evidence from a 1952 memo sent to President-elect Dwight Eisenhower reveals the existence of a top-secret group of scientists, government officials and military personnel, name Majestic Twelve. This group was created to investigate into the UFO phenomenon.|
|128||10||"The Akashic Record"||July 14, 2017|
|Ancient astronaut theorists claim that Cloud computing could be the rediscovery of an ancient repository of knowledge known as the Akashic Record.|
|129||11||"Voices of the Gods"||July 21, 2017|
|This episodes examines the evidence found in India that the Indian civilization held advanced knowledge of medicine and flight technology.|
|130||12||"The Animal Agenda"||July 28, 2017|
|Ancient astronaut theorists claim extra-terrestrial could resemble animals and suggest that some animals may have been placed on Earth as part of an experiment to shape life itself.|
|131||13||"The Replicants"||August 4, 2017|
|Rebirth is an eastern philosophy which suggests that all human and animal bodies have souls. These souls passes on onto the next new born body in a continuously process death after death. This is called reincarnation. Ancient astronaut theorists suggests that the soul is necessary for a body to function and this is an intelligent design by aliens, and that rebirth is not only confined to within Earth itself but also interplanatery throughout the universe.|
|132||14||"A Spaceship Made of Stone"||August 11, 2017|
|For thousands of years, the Japanese people believed that the Emperor has direct lineage with the heavens and deities. Ancient astronauts suggests that ancient Japanese people saw aliens who guided their civilization and that either the Emperior is the direct connection to the "gods" or of alien origin. It is also suggested that aliens came to and traveled throughout Japan in a gigantic spaceship which is replicated at an ancient temple. This episode examines that ancient sites and artifacts to suggest Japanese civilization was seeded by aliens.|
|133||15||"The Alien Disks"||September 8, 2017|
|Hundreds of strange disks are discovered in a cave in China that appear to tell the story of an ancient extraterrestrial crash on Earth.|
|134||16||"Return to Göbekli Tepe"||September 15, 2017|
|The ancient site of Göbekli Tepe challenges everything modern archaeologists believe about mankind's past.|
Season 13 (2018–19)
|Title||Original air date|
|135||1||"The UFO Conspiracy"||April 27, 2018|
|The episode focuses on US Department of Defense spending for the study of UFO reports.|
|136||2||"Da Vinci's Forbidden Codes"||May 4, 2018|
|The episode proposes that hidden messages within Leonardo Da Vinci's artwork are about extra-terrestrials.|
|137||3||"The Alien Protocols"||May 11, 2018|
|The episode focuses on reported plans that governments around the world have if aliens make contact with Earth.|
|138||4||"Earth's Black Holes"||May 18, 2018|
|The episode speculates that black holes on Earth could explain disappearances like those within the Bermuda Triangle.|
|139||5||"The Desert Codes"||May 25, 2018|
|The episode proposes that giant ancient drawings found etched into the desert floor are part of an ancient alien code.|
|140||6||"Area 52"||June 1, 2018|
|The episode speculates that Area 51's notoriety is a cover up for top-secret extraterrestrial experiments.|
|141||7||"Earth Station Egypt"||July 20, 2018|
|The episode alleges that Egypt was home to Earth's earliest extraterrestrial visitors.|
|142||8||"Island of the Giants"||July 27, 2018|
|This episode explores the idea that giants roamed the earth prior to the great flood in the bible, then afterwards, inhabited the Italian island of Sardinia.|
|143||9||"The Taken"||August 3, 2018|
|This episode looks into the similarities between alien abduction accounts and if there could be a connection in abductees DNA.|
|144||10||"The Sentinels"||August 10, 2018|
|The episode speculates that stone giants which stand guard over a Pacific island are evidence of mankind's extraterrestrial origins.|
|145||11||"Russia Declassified"||August 17, 2018|
|This episode questions whether the USA and Russia are actually in a top secret space alliance to prepare to defend the Earth from alien attack.|
|146||12||"They Came from the Sky"||August 24, 2018|
|This episode looks into why so many ancient cultures worshipped sacred stones from the Gods, believing that they held special powers and postulates whether they could actually be alien technology.|
|147||13||"The Artificial Human"||August 31, 2018|
|This episode looks at the advancement of artificial intelligence and whether it could lead to human extinction or if humans could merge with AI to become part robot.|
|148||14||"The Alien Phenomenon"||January 4, 2019|
|This episode is an enhanced refreshment combining the contents of 'Chariots, Gods and Beyond' (spin-off), 'The Von Däniken Legacy' (season 5) and 'The Alien Hunters' (season 12) into a two-hour special edition.|
|149||15||"Return to Mars"||January 7, 2019|
|This two-hour special edition episode looks at future-planned missions to rediscover Mars as the planet, life on earth and mankind itself originated from.|
Season 14 (2019)
|Title||Original air date|
|150||1||"Return to Antarctica"||May 31, 2019|
|Ancient evidence of alien life is hidden beneath the frozen surface in the Antarctic. Researchers investigate alien life there.|
|151||2||"The Badland's Guardian"||June 7, 2019|
|Satellite images have revealed a giant face that appears to be carved into earth in Alberta and that may have connections with alien visitors.|
|152||3||"Element 115"||June 14, 2019|
|According to physicist Bob Lazar, he was hired by the US government to reverse engineer an exotic super heavy element 115 or moscovium (ununpentinum) as it could be used for space travel for an alien spacecraft. Mastery over element 115 could help man in space travel.|
|153||4||"The Star Gods of Sirius"||June 21, 2019|
|Aliens from Sirius beta star system may have visited earth to share their knowledge about space travel.|
|154||5||"They Came from the Sea"||June 28, 2019|
|Recent research indicates that some ocean creatures defy scientific explanation. Octopus and dolphins are actually alien.|
|155||6||"Secrets of the Maya"||July 5, 2019|
|Spanish conquistadors destroyed evidence of ancient people travelling to America using alien aircraft and the Maya-people were visited by ancient aliens.|
|156||7||"The Druid Connection"||July 19, 2019|
|Ancient druids travelled to New England and New York Hudson valley bringing the belief of THE SHINING ONE of IRIS myth.|
|157||8||"The Reptilian Agenda"||July 26, 2019|
|Did the reptilians have interconnection with humans? In many ancient societies the story of reptilian gods are widespread.|
|158||9||"The Alien Infection"||August 2, 2019|
|Ancient aliens have shaped human evolution by introducing them with viruses. And the evidence of alien viruses is being discovered now in the form of panspermia.|
|159||10||"Project Hybrid"||August 9, 2019|
|Otherworldly beings are altering human DNA and repopulating the earth with human-alien hybrids in a hybridism project.|
|160||11||"The Trans-Dimensionals"||August 16, 2019|
|Entities like ghosts, angels and extraterrestrials are actually visitors from another realm. There may evidence of another dimensions or multi universe in physics law of space and time.|
|161||12||"Islands of Fire"||August 23, 2019|
|Researchers investigate if volcanic eruptions could open portals between space and time. The Native Hawaiian trace their ancestry to beings from the Pleiades cluster.|
|162||13||"The Constellation Code"||August 30, 2019|
|Across the planet ancient structures were made to mirror the star constellations in the night sky. Are these structures codes for connecting with aliens?|
|163||14||"The Nuclear Agenda"||September 6, 2019|
|Extraterrestrials are monitoring the human capabilities regarding nuclear weapons. Ancient texts shows evidence of alien visitors having powerful nuclear capabilities.|
|164||15||"The Alien Mountain"||October 4, 2019|
|A strange mountain range in northern Italy have stood witness to strange UFO sightings in the sky. Are these mountains actually a space port for UFOs to land and monitor earth?|
|165||16||"The Alien Brain"||October 11, 2019|
|The human brain possesses strange psychic abilities like telepathy, remote channeling and so on. These abilities might get activated in our next step of evolution.|
|166||17||"The Secrets of Stonehenge"||October 18, 2019|
|Evidence has been found that extraterrestrials planned, built and operated "Stonehenge" as an intergalactic spaceport thousands of years ago.|
|167||18||"Food of the Gods"||November 1, 2019|
|Researchers look into the topic that what would astronomers eat during their long space travel and about divine food that other visitors consume.|
|168||19||"Human Hieroglyphs"||November 8, 2019|
|The modern day craze for tattoos and body piercing start from ancient people that did this to replicate their alien. The aliens may be using tattoos as hieroglyph to record information as modern day smart tattoos.|
|169||20||"The Storming of Area 51"||November 15, 2019|
|The request in September 2019 to raid at Area 51 is a joke or a fact that someone had found evidence of UFOs there.|
|170||21||"Countdown to Disclosure"||November 22, 2019|
|Due to FOIA the government are disclosing evidence of post UFO sightings and investigation like MAJESTIC12, KGB And X FILES of Britain.|
|171||22||"Secrets of the Exoplanets"||November 29, 2019|
|Using modern day high powered telescopes hundreds of exoplanets are being discovered now and the speculation of life on Planet 9 and Gliese-581.|
Season 15 (2020)
|Title||Original air date|
|172||1||"The Mystery of Nan Madol"||January 25, 2020|
|Researchers investigate mysterious man-made islets in Micronesia. It is speculated that these islets were created using extraterrestrial levitation technology.|
|173||2||"The Relics of Roswell"||February 1, 2020|
|Researchers investigate recently-discovered UFO relics near Skip side in Roswell and their possible link to the Roswell UFO crash and a Siberian meteorite made of quasicrystal.|
|174||3||"Destination Chile"||February 8, 2020|
|Researchers visit the Atacama Humanoid Geoglyph and speculate on the possibility that it is of alien origin. More evidence is presented in the form of the 2014 Chilean UFO sightings, which the Chilean government has admitted is of unknown origin.|
|175||4||"The Real Men in Black"||February 15, 2020|
|After UFO crashes or sightings, strange men appear to question the witnesses, calling themselves the Men In Black. These visitations are recalled by eyewitnesses in Maury Island.|
|176||5||"The Mystery of the Stone Giants"||February 22, 2020|
|Various gigantic stone structures have been found throughout the world. From the Easter island Moais to the Marquesas Islands Tikis and the Olmec Colossal Heads in the Gulf Coast of Mexico, it is speculated that these giant stones could have been energy generators created by aliens.|
|177||6||"The World Before Time"||February 29, 2020|
|The possibility of prehistoric alien civilisations on earth is explored.|
|178||7||"They Came from The Pleiades"||March 7, 2020|
|Recent researches shows that ʻOumuamua an alien asteroid, came from the Pleiades system. Could this evidence prove why so many ancient civilizations point to beings that came from the Pleiades, and might beings from Pleiades have visited earth in the distant past?|
|179||8||"The Immortality Machine"||March 14, 2020|
|George Van Tassel's quest for immortality could have been connected to the Integratron in the Mojave desert. Could aliens have given humans the key to immortality in the past, leaving a prototype behind for us to study?|
|180||9||"The Shapeshifters"||March 21, 2020|
|Alleged alien abductees have testified that aliens have the ability to shapeshift. These characteristics are mentioned in ancient cultures and are prevalent in folklore. It is speculated that aliens could still be among us today, having shapeshifted into human form.|
|181||10||"The Mystery of Skinwalker Ranch"||March 28, 2020|
|The Skinwalker Ranch in Utah is a major point for UFO activity as well as paranormal and supernatural incidents. Researchers believe that Skinwalker Ranch could be a doorway to a parallel universe.|
|182||11||"The Ultimate Guide to UFOs"||April 11, 2020|
|Researchers show various evidence of UFOs and sightings throughout the past, discussing the various physical appearances of these objects and their different possible functions as vehicles.|
|183||12||"Aliens and the Presidents"||April 18, 2020|
|Researchers link UFO sightings and space alien with presidents like Donald Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower, mentioning other alleged extraterrestrial cases involving founding fathers.|
Season 16 (2020–21)
|Title||Original air date|
|184||1||"The Divine Number"||November 13, 2020|
|Exploring the symbolism of the number twelve (12) in ancient cultures and their ties to extraterrestrials.|
|185||2||"The Lost Kingdom"||November 20, 2020|
|Exploring Tibetan traditions, access to other dimensions through ancient practices, and the myth of Shambhala, the kingdom of the gods hidden in the Himalaya Mountains.|
|186||3||"The Galactic Keyhole"||December 4, 2020|
|Exploring the symbolism behind the keyhole and its ties to extraterrestrials.|
|187||4||"Giants of the Mediterranean"||December 11, 2020|
|Learning about the giants of Mediterranean mythologies and how it relates to aliens.|
|188||5||"The Forbidden Bible"||December 18, 2020|
|Contemplating the reason why the Book of Enoch was stricken from the Bible and the possible extraterrestrial connection.|
|189||6||"William Shatner Meets Ancient Aliens"||February 12, 2021|
|William Shatner talks with Giorgio Tsoukalos, Erich von Daniken, David Childress, William Henry, Linda Moulton Howe, former British Ministry of Defense investigator Nick Pope, rocket scientist Dr. Travis Taylor, theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, and religious history experts Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok and Reverend Michael Carter in a 2-hour special.|
|190||7||"Impossible Artifacts"||February 19, 2021|
|Researchers question whether Out-of-Place artifact tells us about past alien visitation. The researchers also investigate the London hammer, Antikythera machine, Dropa disks in china, and mysterious screws and their possible connection with ancient aliens.|
|191||8||"The Space Travellers"||February 26, 2021|
|Space exploration and how it could relate to the origin of life on Earth.|
|192||9||"The UFO Pioneers"||March 5, 2021|
|The start of UFO documentation, more advanced accounts, and how it all might prove the existence of extraterrestrials.|
|193||10||"The Harmonic Code"||March 12, 2021|
|Exploring the acoustic nature of ancient sights, their effect on the human brain, and how aliens may have influenced the builders.|
Season 17 (2021)
|Title||Original air date|
|194||1||"The Lost City of Peru"||August 6, 2021|
|Machu Picchu intrigued archaeologists due to its lack of documentation.|
|195||2||"The Human Experiment"|
|Experiments on humans as test subjects over the world.|
|196||3||"The Alien Shape"|
The program had 1.676 million viewers in late October 2010, 2.034 million viewers in mid-December (for the "Unexplained Structures" episode), and in late-January 2011 the series had 1.309 million viewers.
The series has been widely criticized by historians, cosmologists, archaeologists and other scientific circles for presenting and promoting pseudoscience, pseudohistory and pseudoarchaeology as fact. Episodes are characterized as "far-fetched", "hugely speculative", and "expound[ing] wildly on theories suggesting that astronauts wandered the Earth freely in ancient times." Many of the claims made by guests are not commonly accepted as fact by the scientific community, and are frequently labelled as pseudoscience and pseudohistory. History professor Ronald H. Fritze observed that pseudoscience has a periodic popularity in the U.S.: "In a pop culture with a short memory and a voracious appetite, aliens and pyramids and lost civilizations are recycled like fashions."
Brad Lockwood of Forbes criticized Ancient Aliens as an example of History's channel drift toward "programs devoted to monsters, aliens, and conspiracies", commenting that, "Ancient Aliens defies all ability to suspend disbelief for the sake of entertainment." Alex Knapp, also of Forbes, cited archaeologist Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews' rebuke of History for treating the series "nonsense as though it were fact."
Science writer Riley Black was critical of the series, particularly an episode that suggested "aliens exterminated dinosaurs to make way for our species," which she characterized as "some of the most noxious sludge in television's bottomless chum bucket." Black accused the series of employing a Gish gallop technique to overwhelm the viewer with many "fictions and distortions."
Others have called attention to a paucity of opposing viewpoints. Kenneth Feder, Professor of Archaeology at Central Connecticut State University and author of Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology, has said that he was approached by Ancient Aliens producers regarding his potential participation. "My response was, I'd be happy to be on your show, but you should know that I think that the ancient astronaut hypothesis is execrable bullshit." Feder later explained, "I haven't heard back from them, rather remarkably. So, I guess maybe they're not interested in the other point of view." In the pilot episode, Sister Ilia Delio, OSF, of the Washington Theological Union, repeated past statements she made about the predilection for literalism common among supporters of the ancient astronaut hypothesis:
Can we liken Ezekiel’s chariot to a UFO? The ancients used myth and metaphor and images to describe their experience of God. I think what we don’t want to fall to is a type of fundamental literalism. The stories of the Old Testament emerge out of the people of that time, out of their own context, to make sense of their experience of God. We can gain insight by reading the Old Testament and reading about Ezekiel’s chariot, but its not to draw a strict analogy between his chariot and a UFO.
Frequent guests have publicly expressed skepticism of the series premise and of the ancient astronaut hypothesis. Seth Shostak who appeared in more than a dozen episodes said at a 2014 hearing of the House Committee on Science, "The public is fascinated with the idea that we may be being visited now, or maybe in the past," but there is not any evidence which has convinced him "that we were visited in [historical] times." In a 2018 episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Robert Schoch said promoters of the ancient astronaut hypothesis "want everything to be 'ancient aliens'," which in his view was "sort of a cop-out", and those promoters are often motivated to sell books, DVDs, and conference tickets instead of presenting facts. In his opinion, belief in the ancient alien hypothesis and other ancient mysteries "fills a void" for some people, but he "tries to fill that void with something real." Schoch remarked his own interviews for the series are sometimes inserted into the finished episodes in ways which are "way out of context".
You feel kind of lost when someone questions the historical narrative you’ve been taught. I don’t believe much of what’s talked about … but I think it’s a good time for people to realize that some of our history is manufactured. Some of it is manufactured to be accurate, and some of it is manufactured to excuse horrible things that have happened.
William Shatner appeared in the Season 16 episode "William Shatner Meets Ancient Aliens ". He later told Inverse, "I had some spirited discussions with these experts who believe aliens were here, and like most people, I was dubious about the whole thing … They intrigued me enough to think something's going on."
In a three-part podcast series, Brian Dunning challenged and debunked many of the claims featured on Ancient Aliens, and concluded the series is "at its core, a slap in the face to the ingenuity of the human race".
Criticism in other media
South Park parodied the series in the episode "A History Channel Thanksgiving". Ramsey Isler of IGN commented, "The aim is placed squarely on Ancient Aliens specifically". South Park's animation style created a "a perfect satire of all the ridiculousness of this series, including the black and white art with aliens photoshopped in, and interviews with people of dubious authority".
In 2016, Vice on TV released Action Bronson Watches Ancient Aliens as a special episode, which was followed by a ten-episode series later renamed as Traveling the Stars. Each episode features rapper Action Bronson and celebrity guests reacting to episodes of Ancient Aliens while intoxicated by cannabis. Bronson praised Ancient Aliens, saying it is "the best thing that was ever created by man." According to producers Jordan Kinley and Hannah Gregg, Traveling the Stars was developed as a response to complaints by disgruntled viewers of H2 which Vice on TV's programming replaced. Traveling the Stars was renewed for a second season in 2019.
Ancient Aliens meme
Giorgio Tsoukalos's appearances in the series inspired the Ancient Aliens meme featuring screenshots of Tsoukalos's unusual hairstyle overlaid with the caption: "I'm not saying it was aliens … but it was aliens." Tsoukalos does not make the statement in any episode. Many variations have been posted by Internet users as early in November 2010. According to Dictionary.com, the memes mimicked "the tone of conviction used by Tsoukalos to present unfounded far-fetched pseudo-logic as fact."
During a 2015 Reddit AMA, Tsoukalos said he loved the meme, adding "it's a great honor to have been embraced" by the Internet. In 2016, CNN Philippines staff writer Don Juacian highlighted the popularity of Tsoukalos's meme-ification in an interview published online as "Meet the Hair Guy from Ancient Aliens." Tsoukalos made a cameo appearance in an episode of Syfy's Resident Alien in which he was described by the lead character as "that high-haired gentleman."
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From 2016 to 2018, A&E Networks produced several instalments of Alien Con, a convention inspired by the series. Footage from the 2016 and 2017 conventions appeared in several episodes which aired during Seasons 11 and 12. Highlights from the November 2018 convention in Baltimore were included in several episodes that aired in 2019, most prominently the episode "Project Hybrid".
Related series and adaptation
In 2014, History aired a four-episode limited series which cut-together highlights from several early season episodes. The series was released to video-on-demand services as Ancient Aliens: Special Edition. Many frequent guests of Ancient Aliens regularly appear in other History programs, such as The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch and The Curse of Oak Island. Segments from the other series appear in Ancient Aliens, using differing editing and sound-mixing, and Ancient Aliens segments appear in other series.
Several episodes of Ancient Aliens were produced simultaneously with episodes of Gaia's Ancient Civilizations series. Interview segments with Graham Hancock, William Bramley, and others, conducted for Ancient Aliens appear in Ancient Civilizations with different editing and sound mixing. The set dressing behind many guest interviews was not changed.
William Shatner, who appears in two episodes, presents The UnXplained for History which explores many of the same subjects as Ancient Aliens. Shatner narrated the English-language version of the 1976 documentary Mysteries of the Gods, based on von Däniken's books published after Chariots of the Gods?.
In April 2021, Counterbalance Entertainment announced they had closed a deal with Legendary Entertainment to produce a film adaptation of Ancient Aliens. Josh Heald, creator of Cobra Kai, will direct a script written by Luke Ryan who will also executive produce. According to Legendary, the film "will be a two-handed, globe-spanning adventure featuring ancient sites and artifacts, confronting the theories and questions raised by the popular docu-series."
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