A standing ovation for this out-of-the-box special. Life After People is a glorious example of History’s newfound embrace of a younger audience. Interviews with scientists and historians overlay stunning CGI graphics depicting what our planet would look like years, decades and centuries after the human race vanishes. The show’s unabashed premise of human extinction, without bothering to debate the scenario’s hows and whys, allows it to focus squarely on nature’s reclaiming of the Earth and its voluminous man-made structures. The realignment of the food chain on both land and sea shows that man’s mastery over nature has always been an illusion. By taking people out of the scenario, Life After People presents the best of green programming — without an agenda.

Fast Fact

  • When it premiered in January 2008, Life After People became History’s most-watched program, with an audience of 5.4 million.

Honorable Mentions:
Attack of the Show, G4: New digital media. Hot viral videos — it’s G4’s smart, sassy series that helps us sound a little more in the know around the water cooler.

Dr. G: Medical Examiner, Discovery Health: We can’t seem to turn the channel as accidents, befuddling medical conditions and foul play all come under the scalpel of Orlando medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia as she strives to reveal truths about unexplained deaths.

King, History: This Tom Brokaw-hosted documentary gets kudos for providing fresh perspective — from the likes of Bill Clinton, Bono and Dr. Martin Luther King III with phenomenal archival footage.

Monday Night RAW, World Wrestling Entertainment: High drama both within the ring and out makes RAW a perennial favorite for WWE’s expanding fan base.

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