Today, of course, they are best known for a series of videos bringing the workings of science to the general public. During November 2008's Expedition Week, National Geographic will air nine new videos produced this year, eight of which are on archaeological topics. This photo essay provides a review of each of those videos, along with links for further information.
Three of the new videos are set at least partially in Egypt, so it seems fitting to use this wonderful photograph of the Pyramids of Giza as a starting point.
If none of the videos described here trips your trigger, National Geographic's Expedition Week includes over twenty separate documentaries, including three videos on King Tutankhamun, and single episodes on the Titanic, Stonehenge, the Whydah, Neanderthal DNA, the Romanovs, the Cosmic Impact theory, the Mars Rover, the search for Amelia Earhart, the Naica Cave, dinosaurs, and the Scorpion King. Check local listings.