When I was very young, my favorite show on television was one produced in Philadelphia called What in the World?. In that show, experts were presented with mysterious objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. (You can see some episodes on YouTube if you are interested. Here’s an example…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmVlOqCKqCs ) The experts would examine the object and try to guess the story behind it. Kind of dry and academic, but I loved it.
A modern series that has similarities is now on Netflix–Mysteries at the Museum. The Travel Channel show presents multiple objects every episode and explains each in a documentary style. Aside from the varied, educational and interesting stories, one reason I like the show is that the stories are short, about 15 minutes each, so I don’t have to invest a full hour each time I’m in the mood to watch.
At the moment it is my favorite show on Netflix.
Worth it? Yes!
Note: as of Jan 1, 2017, Mysteries at the Museum is no longer offered for free streaming on Netflix.