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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Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
The 2000s
The 2000s
American Experience
American Experience
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Drunk History
Drunk History
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
John Adams
John Adams
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
The Sixties
The Sixties
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
TUT
TUT
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Home Fires
Home Fires
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
The Tesla Files
The Tesla Files
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
History Specials
History Specials
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
Britannia
Britannia
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
America in Color
America in Color
Gunslingers
Gunslingers
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Million Dollar American Princesses
Million Dollar American Princesses
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Shakespeare Uncovered
Shakespeare Uncovered
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Sacred Sites
Sacred Sites
Borgia
Borgia
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
America's Book Of Secrets
America's Book Of Secrets
South Riding
South Riding
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Air Warriors
Air Warriors
WWII's Greatest Raids
WWII's Greatest Raids
The Cars That Made America
The Cars That Made America
Hear No Evil
Hear No Evil
Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color
Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color
A YoungArts Masterclass
A YoungArts Masterclass
The Knights Templar
The Knights Templar
How the World Ends
How the World Ends
Revelation: The End of Days
Revelation: The End of Days
First Civilizations
First Civilizations
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Middlemarch
Middlemarch
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
The Contenders
The Contenders
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Empire
Empire
Walking with Cavemen
Walking with Cavemen
Time Team
Time Team
Dateline on OWN
Dateline on OWN
Egypt
Egypt
Prospectors
Prospectors
Troy: Fall of a City
Troy: Fall of a City
SEC Storied
SEC Storied
Behind Enemy Lines
Behind Enemy Lines
Hunting Nazi Treasure
Hunting Nazi Treasure
The Titanic
The Titanic
Legends & Lies: The Real West
Legends & Lies: The Real West
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
Die Trying
Die Trying
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Mail Call
Mail Call
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Somebody's Gotta Do It
Somebody's Gotta Do It
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
Inside Windsor Castle
Inside Windsor Castle
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
The Wild West
The Wild West
Fault Lines
Fault Lines
The Kitty Kelley Files
The Kitty Kelley Files
American Pickers: Best of
American Pickers: Best of
The Toys That Made Us
The Toys That Made Us
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
A.D. The Bible Continues
A.D. The Bible Continues
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Myth Hunters
Myth Hunters
The World Wars
The World Wars
Top Secrets
Top Secrets
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Ken Burns: Prohibition
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Curse of Civil War Gold
So You Think You'd Survive?
So You Think You'd Survive?
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell