History TV Shows

About History

Thanks to the enthusiasm of history buffs, historical nonfiction has been a staple of cable programming since the explosion of new cable networks in the 1990s. In the late 1990s, historical programming was everywhere - it even had its own network in The History Channel - and you could be sure to find a documentary about World War II or the Civil War somewhere on your TV dial, no matter the time of day or night.

The History Channel debuted back in 1995, and in the beginning the network's programming was made up entirely of historical documentaries. The bulk of the programming focused on U.S. history, and there was an emphasis on military history. After a rebranding in 2008 that shortened the network's name to simply "History," the programming focus changed, as well. Historical documentaries still appear on occasion, but the majority of History's programming is reality-style series, pseudo-documentary paranormal series and other non-history-related nonfiction programs.

Despite History's deviation from its original mission, there's still plenty of historical nonfiction television being produced. Other cable networks such as the National Geographic Channel, History's spin-off Military History and FYI (formerly The Biography Channel) still air historical nonfiction specials, and historical subjects are still popular as specials on PBS and as stand-alone, independently produced features.

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Drunk History
Drunk History
John Adams
John Adams
Home Fires
Home Fires
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
American Experience
American Experience
Monarchy
Monarchy
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
The Sixties
The Sixties
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
American Epic
American Epic
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
The Victorian Slum
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Million Dollar American Princesses
The Seventies
A.D. The Bible Continues
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Edward and Mrs Simpson
CopyCat Killers
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Ken Burns: Prohibition
The Naked Archaeologist
The Men Who Built America
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
Forbidden History
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Middlemarch
Frontier
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
CATALINA - LAST JOURNEY OF THE PATROL BOAT YANKEE
The Manners of Downton Abbey
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
Alexander's Lost World
Treasure Trader
Deep Wreck Mysteries
Empire
Waterways: The Royal Canal
Secret Door
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Wolf Hall
Anno 1790
Historians on Civil Rights
The Curator's Vault
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
We The People: The Character of a Nation
How It Works
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon
Where Facts and Fiction Meet: The Biblical Christ in a Da Vinci Code Society
The History and Function of the U.S. Government
King Arthur: History and Legend
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Holy Land Revealed
Hiroshima
The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
NOVA: Becoming Human
TUT
Life on Fire
Bomber Boys: The Fighting Lancaster
Chuck Knows Church
Pure History
WWI: The First Modern War
Ken Burns: American Lives
Great Drives
My Classic Car
How the Earth Was Made
Cities of the Underworld
Secrets of Highclere Castle
Planet Egypt
Prospectors
Mr. Selfridge
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Buffalo Soldiers
Witness to Jonestown
Underground Railroad
The Knights Templar
Borgia
Egypt
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
Dateline on OWN
Hitler's G.I Death Camp
War Stories with Oliver North
Mysteries at the Castle
The House of Windsor
The Lost World
Sacred Sites
shroud of christ?
A Crime to Remember
The Red Tent
The World Wars
Alternative History