History 101 (TV series)

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History 101
  • History
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Running time20–23 minutes
Production companyITN Productions
Original release
ReleaseMay 22, 2020 (2020-05-22) –
August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)

History 101 is a documentary television series that premiered on Netflix on May 22, 2020. The premise revolves around history mini-lessons consisting of archive footage, facts and graphs about various topics.[1][2] Netflix released a second season of the series on August 25, 2022.[3]


Series overview
SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
210August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal release date
11"Fast Food"May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
Cheap, quick and tasty, fast food became a culinary craze in the 1950s. But has our quest for convenience created an irreversible health crisis?
22"The Space Race"May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
Fifteen international agencies spend $62 billion every year on space travel. What's fueling our costly — and dangerous — drive to explore the universe?
33"The Rise of China"May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
In the 21st century, China has become a global economic powerhouse. Why was the rest of the world so slow to notice its rise to the top?
44"Plastics"May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
Plastics have transformed how we live, but progress comes at a high price: 7.8 billion tons of waste. Are plastics a miracle or a catastrophe?
55"Oil and the Middle East"May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
Oil has brought great wealth to the Middle East and ignited major wars. Is it a blessing or a curse for the region, as well as the rest of the world?
66"Robots"May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
We share the planet with an estimated 9 million robots, from self-driving cars to surgical arms. Could they one day completely replace humans?
77"Feminism"May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
Feminism has ushered in sweeping changes to society, securing rights for women around the world. How much further do we have to go?
88"Nuclear Power"May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
Over 10% of the world's electricity comes from nuclear power. But with radioactive waste and the threat of nuclear meltdown, are we playing with fire?
99"AIDS"May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
Nearly 40 million people are living with HIV. After decades of research and activism, how far have we come in finding a cure and battling the stigma?
1010"Genetics"May 22, 2020 (2020-05-22)
DNA analysis has given us the tools to map disease, solve crimes and more. But in our rush to decode DNA, are we leaping before we look?

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal release date
111"GPS"August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
Once a secret military program, GPS now guides our daily lives, from providing directions to finding friends. But what do we trade for this convenience?
122"MP3s"August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
MP3s transformed how we listen to music — and spawned digital piracy. Streaming helped the industry recover, but how can artists get their fair share?
133"Credit Cards"August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
Credit cards changed the global economy and attitudes about personal spending, but record levels of consumer debt beg the question: Just who's in charge?
144"Psychedelics"August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
Growing evidence suggests that psychedelic drugs could treat brain injuries and psychological problems. But can we get past their controversial history?
155"Bottled Water"August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
Bottled water is a big business, selling itself as a tastier and healthier alternative to the tap variety. Is there truth behind the claims?
166"Dating Apps"August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
Thanks to dating apps, finding love is easier than ever. But are we now so focused on playing the game that we're missing out on real connection?
177"Lasers"August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
They're used for everything from entertainment to medicine — and now for weapons straight out of science fiction. Have lasers become too hot to handle?
188"Home Workouts"August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
The home fitness revolution has exploded into a multibillion-dollar industry. Are home workouts a healthy habit... or just hype?
199"IVF"August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
A groundbreaking medical reproductive procedure has made parenthood possible for millions around the world... but at what cost?
2010"High Fructose Corn Syrup"August 25, 2022 (2022-08-25)
Sweet deal or bitter pill? High fructose corn syrup rose up to dominate supermarket shelves, but what is it doing to our health?


History 101 was released on May 22, 2020, on Netflix.[1]

In June 2020, Netflix removed the ninth episode, which covered the HIV and AIDS epidemic, after outrage from members of the Haitian-American community.[4] In August 2020, the episode was restored.


  1. ^ a b "Stream It Or Skip It: 'History 101' on Netflix, a Mini-Doc Infotainment Series About Stuff and Other Things". Decider. 23 May 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  2. ^ "History 101 season 1 review – Like Netflix's Explained but for History". Ready Steady Cut. 22 May 2020. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  3. ^ Kanter, Jake (12 July 2021). "'History 101' Set To Be Renewed By Netflix For A Second Season". Deadline. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  4. ^ Bojarski, Sam (5 June 2020). "Haitian community denounces stigma, inaccuracies in Netflix 'AIDS' video". The Haitian Times. Archived from the original on 7 June 2020. Retrieved 7 June 2020.

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