The show takes a few topics from history and relates them through a combination of narration (by actor John Noble), interviews with specialists in related fields and reenactments of the events.
The premiere episode began with the story of the Philadelphia Experiment, followed by the saga of a Russian scientist who was trying to create a human/ape hybrid and ending with the story of the battle between Edison and Westinghouse over selling electricity to the masses.
To me, it is like a combination of the creepy 1970s show In Search Of... and the campy late 1990s show Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction. And a good combination, at that.
I enjoyed it and have set the DVR to record it again.
Here is a video from the show's site:
Dark Matters: Twisted But True airs on Science Channel Wednesdays at 10:00 PM.