Horrible Histories (Live-Action)

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Note: This is not to be confused with the cartoon of the same name.

Horrible Histories (Live-Action)
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That's 100% accu-rat! Despite its name, this show isn't actually horrible at all!
Genre: Musical
Sketch Comedy
Running Time: 28 minutes
Country: United Kingdom
Release Date: 16 April 2009 – 4 August 2014
Created by: Dominic Brigstocke
Caroline Norris
Starring: Mathew Baynton
Simon Farnaby
Sarah Hadland
Martha Howe-Douglas
Jim Howick
Lawry Lewin
Alice Lowe
Laurence Rickard
Ben Willbond
Voices of:
John Eccleston (Rattus Rattus)
Jon Culshaw
Jess Robinson
Dave Lamb
Seasons: 5
Episodes: 65 regular episodes
6 full-length specials
3 shorts

Horrible Histories is a British children's live-action historical and musical sketch comedy television series, based on the bestselling books of the same name by Terry Deary. The show was produced for CBBC by Lion Television with Citrus Television and ran from 2009 to 2020 for eight series so far of thirteen half-hour episodes, with additional one-off seasonal and Olympic specials.

Why It Rocks

  1. It covers almost every period of British and European history, from the Stone Age to the Second World War, and even some foreign ones such as the Incas, Aztecs, and the Wild West.
  2. It's very educational, with the Kings and Queens song listing every British monarch up to Queen Elizabeth II in a catchy rhythm.
  3. The eras in the classic series (Series 1 to 5) are in an anthology format, so there's plenty of variety in every episode.
  4. The show parodies British pop culture as existing throughout various periods of history, such as Historical Hospital (a parody of Casualty) and HHTV News (a parody of the BBC news)
  5. Epic and well-written songs, such as "Born 2 Rule", "Charles II, King of Bling" and "Do the Pachacuti"
  6. Funny sketches made even better by the actors (especially the ones playing Death and Caligula)
  7. It makes the daring move to show the gruesomest parts of history, while also keeping a child-friendly tone and omitting things that would make children upset (e.g. the Holocaust)
  8. Rattus Rattus is a very charming and funny host.

Bad Qualities

  1. Season 6 onwards isn't as good as the previous ones, due to ditching the anthology format in favour of a single topic every episode.



7 months ago
Score 1
If I were to pick between the cartoon and this, I'd pick this.

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