The History Channel gets a bad rap for airing alien-based programs and reality programs during a good chunk of the network’s primetime schedule. However, when History opts to produce an event series, the cable station often puts together interesting and relevant content geared to numerous age groups. Tonight, it will begin airing The World Wars, a brand new six-hour event series that will take a look at the life and times of seven of the well-known political figures living and working during World War II. It should prove to be must-see TV at its finest, but if you’re still skeptical about tuning in to catch the documentary, here’s three big reasons why you should add The World Wars to your schedule this evening.

It Traces The Lives Of WWII’s Major Figures
Hitler. Stalin. Roosevelt. Churchill. Mussolini. These men are instigators and defenders, dictators and champions of democracy, and they are names taught to every child over the age of ten in school systems around the world. They are the men that made headlines during WWII and the men that made many of the big decisions that had a major impact on the then-burgeoning modern world. Instead of focusing on the acts that changed lives during WWII, writer David C. White, Director John Ealer and the show’s long list of producers opted to create a narrative following the timelines of the individuals pulling the strings during World War II.

The World Wars will follow the roots of the young men as they live through World War I, but will focus on the years between 1941 and 1944, as these prominent political figures have aged and become more powerful. It’s a perspective similar to the one used in The Men Who Built America, and it should go a long way to explain how these important figures came to think and interconnect during the historical time period (unsurprisingly, The World Wars and The Men Who Built America share a production company). Along with the aforementioned names, U.S. Generals Douglas MacArthur and George Patton will also feature prominently.

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