Recently, Derek Waters, the mastermind behind Drunk History, declared the the series is coming to an end.
The show which featured a star-studded cast of actors reenacting historical events told through the words of a completely wasted, inebriated, drunk person, has always been hysterical and educational. Starting as a web series on Funny or Die back in 2007, the show grew so popular it got a spot on Comedy Central (CC) in 2013.
Drunk History ran for six seasons on CC, one web series, and two specials in 2016. It’s disappointing that such a fun showcase of history is ending during a time when people are becoming DIY amateur historians via the Internet. Now more than ever, people are researching the unfortunate past of our country—events and historical figures that Drunk History has been educating people about since the show’s inception. Drunk History had a penchant for telling stories not mentioned in your normal history classes, like about American forefathers’ racist ideologies and about forgotten leaders of oppressed communities who helped fight injustices.
Before their official end, Derek Waters released one last episode, a coronavirus-style virtual chat with actor Steve Berg drunkenly discussing the history of absentee ballots.
Below, we’ve compiled ten highly educational and hilarious Drunk History episodes you can watch on YouTube. We not only get a kick out of each of these, but we also believe they provide an important history that can teach us a thing or two about surviving 2020. Get yourself an at-home happy hour drink, watch these videos, and let yourself be playfully educated.
The epic story of George & Martha Washington’s favorite slave, Oney Judge. She runs away, finds her freedom, and has to fight to save her children from the retaliations of the Washingtons.
The story on how Edith Wilson became the unofficial first female president of the U.S.
The story of Harriet Tubman’s time as a Union spy during the civil war.
The story about Claudette Colvin, the Black woman who refused to give up her seat on the bus and sparked Rosa Parks to do the same.
The story about the friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe.
The story about the children who lead the Birmingham Children’s Crusade during the civil rights movement.
The story of the Stonewall Riots and the heroic trans woman who sparked it all, Marsh P. Johnson.
The story of the end of DOMA and the loving couple who helped make it happen, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer.
The story about Mary Mallon, the discovery of an a-symptomatic patient.
The story about Florence Nightingale, the nurse from the 1800s who invented nursing and discovered that infection was one of the main causes of death during wartime.