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Eating History

Eating History

Photo Credit:  David Brandon Geeting/History
  • Premiered: 
    March 25, 2020
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  • Network: History
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
  • Tags: food

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Plot Synopsis

EATING HISTORY is a half-hour reality series that follows vintage food expert Old Smokey and collector Josh Macuga, as they uncover, unbox and eat the oldest, most nostalgic, and shocking foods to have survived history. They take viewers back in time to find foods believed to have been lost to the past, and with every bite they discover which eats have conquered time, revealing forgotten eras and the stories they hold as they explore history through old food. As long as people have been eating, they've been preserving food by salting, smoking, jarring, fermenting and canning, but every food has an expiration... or does it? What most people don't know, and a growing group of vintage food explorers have now discovered, is there are many foods from our past that still exist sealed in their original packaging, waiting to finally be opened. It's buried in bunkers, rotting in root cellars, forgotten in fridges, or collecting on shelves. Potentially dangerous to eat, it's being rediscovered, shared and traded amongst passionate collectors to see if it really has survived the test of time. In each 30-minute episode, Josh and Old Smokey not only take a bite out of history -- literally -- but they also hit the road to visit some of the most insane collections of vintage food and the fascinating stories behind those who collect it. Historical eats unsealed this season include a vintage box of Wheaties from 1947, 1940s-era canned grasshoppers, Korean War rations, Star Wars C3PO's cereal from 1984, 1930s-era Pepsodent toothpaste, vintage NASA rations, and even the notorious 80's flop, New Coke to name a few. EATING HISTORY premiered on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 10-11pm ET/PT, as History Channel debuted back-to-back new episodes:

"Brush with History" (10pm): Josh and Old Smokey eat decades old corn chips and century-old Civil War hardtack, then "freshen up" with 100-year-old tooth powder, all to determine whether these forgotten foods have survived the test of time.

"Breakfast of Champions" (10:30pm): Can Josh and Smokey champion the oldest cereal ever eaten' Then, they examine a Vietnam-era ration, but could the 40-year old meat inside possibly be preserved' And later, they try a 40-year-old hot sauce to determine whether it gets hotter with age.
On Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10pm ET/PT, History Channel premiered "Flavor Explosion," the season finale of EATING HISTORY. Old Smokey and Josh try one of the most notorious military rations ever made. Then, will things fizzle when they taste an out of this world powdered candy from the '70s? And, the guys visit a beer club where they find a brew that changes colors.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Sharp Entertainment