Many think they know the story of the first Thanksgiving but, as it turns out, there’s so much more to the politics of America’s first settlers than has previously been reported in kindergarten classes across the country. Tonight, on National Geographic, the new mini-series event Saints & Strangers hopes to correct the misconceptions.

Starring the likes of Ray Stevenson, Barry Sloane and Brían F. O’Byrne, the show examines the lives of some of America’s most famous historical figures including Squanto, William Bradford and John Billington in a drama hoping to “get it right.”

At the premiere event of the series in Los Angeles, we caught up on the red carpet with the cast and writers to discuss what it was like to create such an epic series for the small screen.

Saints & Strangers premiers tonight at 9/8c on National Geographic.