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When TV sets made their way into American homes in the 1940s, it marked a cultural transformation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than half their leisure time watching television. So what have we been watching all these years?

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  • Classic TV Challenge

    Classic TV Challenge

    When TV sets made their way into American homes in the 1940s, it marked a cultural transformation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than half their leisure time watching television. So what have we been watching all these years? See more »

  • How 'Fight Quest' Works

    How 'Fight Quest' Works

    The first rule of Fight Quest is -- well there are no rules. Discovery puts two fighters to the test as they travel the world and learn some pretty brutal fighting techniques -- and try them out on each other. See more »

  • How 'Junkyard Wars' Works

    How 'Junkyard Wars' Works

    TLC's "Junkyard Wars" puts two teams head to head in a race to build a specific complicated working machine out of random trash. Take a look behind the scenes of the "Junkyard Wars" game show, how it started, and how you can get on. See more »

  • How 'Planet Earth' Works

    How 'Planet Earth' Works

    Planet Earth captures images of the Earth that no one has ever seen before, from a super slow-motion shot of a great white shark killing a seal, to footage of the deepest cave in the world. Go behind the cameras to find out how you make a show about the entire planet. See more »

  • How Being A Reality Show Contestant Really Works

    How Being A Reality Show Contestant Really Works

    Many people want to be on today's popular reality shows but don't necessarily know what being a contestant entails. Ready for sleepless nights and "creative" editing? See more »

  • How do game shows work?

    How do game shows work?

    Must be a lot of fun to be on a TV game show, getting all of that attention (and not to mention all of those cool prizes!). What really goes on behind the scenes of your favorite game shows? See more »

  • How do talk shows work?

    How do talk shows work?

    From highbrow content (politics, literature) to more unrefined fare (paternity tests, cheating spouses), talk shows have been on the tube for as long as there has been television. See more »

  • How the DHARMA Initiative Works

    How the DHARMA Initiative Works

    If you're a big fan of "LOST," you're probably full of theories about the DHARMA Initiative and its relationship to other elements of the show. Learn about the DHARMA Initiative, its history and what might be going on at its island research center. Warning: Spoilers within. See more »

  • How Unsolved History Works

    How Unsolved History Works

    What really happened at the Boston Massacre? Are the conspiracy theories about JFK's death even possible? See how the crew of "Unsolved History" gets to the bottom of some the lingering mysteries of our past. See more »

  • If Only 'Lost' Were Real -- Wait, Is It?

    If Only 'Lost' Were Real -- Wait, Is It?

    Is the line between fiction and reality getting fuzzier? During commercial breaks in episodes of the science-fiction drama "LOST," ABC ran advertisements for the Hanso Foundation, a fictional (or is it?) organization tied to the show’s plotline. See more »

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