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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.

    The Chosen
    The Chosen
    The Beatles: Get Back
    The Beatles: Get Back
    Peaky Blinders
    Peaky Blinders
    Drunk History
    Drunk History
    Finding Your Roots
    Finding Your Roots
    Dark Side of the Ring
    Dark Side of the Ring
    Downton Abbey
    Downton Abbey
    The Great
    The Great
    The Bible
    The Bible
    The Men Who Built America
    The Men Who Built America
    The Curse of Civil War Gold
    The Curse of Civil War Gold
    Air Disasters
    Air Disasters
    Gangsters: America's Most Evil
    Gangsters: America's Most Evil
    American Experience
    American Experience
    America's Book Of Secrets
    America's Book Of Secrets
    Wu-Tang: An American Saga
    Wu-Tang: An American Saga
    Time Team
    Time Team
    Mysteries at the Museum
    Mysteries at the Museum
    Borgia
    Borgia
    A Crime to Remember
    A Crime to Remember
    Warrior
    Warrior
    John Adams
    John Adams
    I, Claudius
    I, Claudius
    Roots: The Next Generations
    Roots: The Next Generations
    A.D. The Bible Continues
    A.D. The Bible Continues
    The White Queen
    The White Queen
    Sons of Liberty
    Sons of Liberty
    The Vietnam War
    The Vietnam War
    Mysteries of the Abandoned
    Mysteries of the Abandoned
    Atlantic Crossing
    Atlantic Crossing
    Wolf Hall
    Wolf Hall
    Anne Boleyn
    Anne Boleyn
    The Long Song
    The Long Song
    The Making of The Mob
    The Making of The Mob
    The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
    The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
    Jackie Robinson
    Jackie Robinson
    TUT
    TUT
    America Unearthed
    America Unearthed
    Revelation: The End of Days
    Revelation: The End of Days
    Britannia
    Britannia
    Search For The Lost Giants
    Search For The Lost Giants
    Ken Burns: Jazz
    Ken Burns: Jazz
    Land Girls
    Land Girls
    American Pickers: Best of
    American Pickers: Best of
    The Story Of The Jews
    The Story Of The Jews
    The Red Tent
    The Red Tent
    Forbidden History
    Forbidden History
    Underground Railroad
    Underground Railroad
    Egypt
    Egypt
    Middlemarch
    Middlemarch
    Weird But True!
    Weird But True!
    The Wild West
    The Wild West
    Dancing On The Edge
    Dancing On The Edge
    The Seventies
    The Seventies
    Frontier
    Frontier
    The World Wars
    The World Wars
    RFDS Royal Flying Doctor Service
    RFDS Royal Flying Doctor Service
    Elizabeth R
    Elizabeth R
    Us
    Us
    UFOs: The Lost Evidence
    UFOs: The Lost Evidence
    The American Revolution
    The American Revolution
    American Experience: We Shall Remain
    American Experience: We Shall Remain
    How the Earth Was Made
    How the Earth Was Made
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    Ken Burns: America
    Ken Burns: America
    The Titanic
    The Titanic
    The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
    The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
    Shakespeare Uncovered
    Shakespeare Uncovered
    Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
    Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    Charite
    Charite
    Mr. Selfridge
    Mr. Selfridge
    The Cook of Castamar
    The Cook of Castamar
    Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
    Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
    Hitler: The Rise and Fall
    Hitler: The Rise and Fall
    The Dark Ages
    The Dark Ages
    My Classic Car
    My Classic Car
    The Naked Archaeologist
    The Naked Archaeologist
    Ken Burns: Prohibition
    Ken Burns: Prohibition
    SEC Storied
    SEC Storied
    Walking with Cavemen
    Walking with Cavemen
    The Lost World
    The Lost World
    The Manners of Downton Abbey
    The Manners of Downton Abbey
    The Knights Templar
    The Knights Templar
    Hemingway
    Hemingway
    Mr. A & Mr. M: The Story of A&M Records
    Mr. A & Mr. M: The Story of A&M Records
    I Killed My BFF
    I Killed My BFF
    Fact or Fiction
    Fact or Fiction
    Bible Secrets Revealed
    Bible Secrets Revealed
    Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
    Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
    Alcatraz
    Alcatraz
    Secret Door
    Secret Door
    The Crimson Petal And The White
    The Crimson Petal And The White
    Enslaved
    Enslaved
    Battle of Little Bighorn
    Battle of Little Bighorn
    The Tesla Files
    The Tesla Files
    African American Lives
    African American Lives
    10 Things You Don't Know About
    10 Things You Don't Know About
    Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
    Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
    The Strongest Man in History
    The Strongest Man in History