After The History Channel first arrived on cable in 1995, critics dismissed it as “The Hitler Channel” due to its WWII-heavy focus. But a decade later, things started to change. For one thing, the channel was rebranded as simply History. And for another, its programming shifted towards reality TV shows such as American Pickers, Pawn Stars and Counting Cars. Yet while the actual historical content of these shows is questionable, there’s no doubt that they’ve boosted the channel’s ratings considerably. So the network heads probably had a few restless nights when news broke of the following 20 shocking scandals.
20. Timothy Zickuhr got locked up
In 2010 History’s hit reality show Ice Road Truckers produced a spinoff called IRT: Deadliest Roads. The premise of the show is pretty much the same as its parent program – only this time the drivers are testing their skills in decidedly sunnier environs. And one member of the cast – whom History described as “brimming with personality” on its official site – was Timothy Zickuhr.