Drunk History: Season 1 (2013)

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Drunk History's boozy lectures wear out their welcome fast and the bevy of comedic talent is wasted on cheesy pantomimes, but audiences who enjoy a fresh spin on historical retellings may want to take a swig.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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User Ratings: 36

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Air date: Jul 9, 2013

A series that spoofs the past with inebriated reenactors begins with journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein exposing the Watergate scandal; a feud between actor brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth; and Elvis Presley meeting President Nixon at the White House.

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Air date: Jul 16, 2013

Sketches in Chicago include Al Capone being done in by an unlikely adversary; Abraham Lincoln catching a break; and police warring with protesters during the Haymarket Riot of 1886.

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Air date: Jul 23, 2013

Pharmacist John Pemberton invents a popular soft drink from wine and cocaine; the FBI go after Martin Luther King Jr.; and author Stetson Kennedy infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan in a series of sketches set in Atlanta.

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Air date: Jul 30, 2013

Mary Dyer wages war with the Puritan establishment, two cunning thieves pull off a $500 million art heist, & the most notorious arsonist in New England history is revealed. Guest star: Winona Ryder, Michael Cera, Nick Offerman

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Air date: Aug 6, 2013

Patty Hearst gets kidnapped, Mark Twain finds his unlikely first hit story, and "The Mother of Civil Rights in California" shares a secret with disastrous consequences. Guest starring Kristen Wiig, Terry Crews, Lisa Bonet and more.

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Air date: Aug 13, 2013

Ralph Nader goes to war with General Motors, Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle go from best friends to bitter rivals, and the Kellogg Brothers invent cereal. Guest starring Owen Wilson, Alfred Molina, Jason Schwartzman and more.

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Air date: Aug 20, 2013

Events in Nashville include Lewis and Clark's dangerous journey; and Dolly Parton saying good-bye to the man who made her famous.

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Air date: Aug 27, 2013

Events in the Season 1 finale include the fight at the Alamo; and Billy the Kid on the run from lawman Pat Garrett.

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A series that spoofs the past with inebriated reenactors.

Critic Reviews for Drunk History Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11)

"Drunk History" is a good-natured show with no inflated aspirations. But like a drunk in a game of darts, it doesn't hit the target very often.

Mar 13, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The show gleefully subverts the whole historical documentary format, as it mocks the kind of re-creations we see on the History Channel, complete with cheesy wigs and costumes and an over-dramatic soundtrack.

Mar 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Just as people either drink or don't, you'll get it or you won't.

Mar 13, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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For all of Wild West that is successful, Drunk History still has a ways to go if it wants to be more than a longer, glorified version of the web series.

Apr 29, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

As much as a web series can have laurels, Comedy Central's version rests on them. And even though the formula behind the show is relatively foolproof, in the Biggie-sized version, the surprises are fewer and further between.

Apr 29, 2019 | Full Review…
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The whole exercise has a distinct homemovie feel to it - a small-ball mentality suited to short bursts on the Web, perhaps, but an utter waste of empty, dimwitted calories blown up and out for television.

Mar 13, 2015 | Full Review…
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While the stories and reenactments are a great sight to behold, it's clear that the cast and crew have a lot of fun making this show.

Apr 29, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Drunk History isn't on the same level as Horrible Histories (Comedy Central is not the BBC, after all), but it does provide a fine half-hour of entertainment, both for viewers and, quite clearly, the performers.

Apr 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Drunk History is positively hysterical and made for the same snarky folks who love the Internet's many hilarities.

Apr 29, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

When you have talent like Adam Scott (John Wilkes Booth), Bob Odenkirk (Nixon) and Jack Black (Elvis) on hand, why not let them improv their own material? They're wasted as puppets trapped in this sad, thin vaudeville.

Mar 13, 2015 | Full Review…

More often than not, watching "Drunk History" is like being the only sober person at a party where none of the people present are your friends.

Mar 13, 2015 | Full Review…

It's epic, hilarious and totally tasteless. But "Drunk History" is not for the reverent-or teetotalers for that matter. (If you don't find overserved individuals slightly amusing, look away!)

Mar 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Drunk History: Season 1

  • Sep 03, 2015
    Best half hour show ever. Funny and informative.
  • Sep 01, 2015
    If your not from the USA you don't get it, so its crap.

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