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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Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
The 2000s
The 2000s
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
John Adams
John Adams
The Sixties
The Sixties
Frontier
Frontier
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
Gunslingers
Gunslingers
TUT
TUT
The Tesla Files
The Tesla Files
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Drunk History
Drunk History
How the World Ends
How the World Ends
Christmas Through the Decades
Christmas Through the Decades
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
Hear No Evil
Hear No Evil
American Experience
American Experience
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
America Unearthed
America Unearthed
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Secrets of the Lost
Secrets of the Lost
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
True Monsters
True Monsters
Borgia
Borgia
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Making a Dictator
Making a Dictator
America in Color
America in Color
A.D. The Bible Continues
A.D. The Bible Continues
Troy: Fall of a City
Troy: Fall of a City
SEC Storied
SEC Storied
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
Billion Dollar Wreck
Billion Dollar Wreck
The Contenders
The Contenders
Shakespeare Uncovered
Shakespeare Uncovered
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
History Specials
History Specials
Home Fires
Home Fires
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Apocalypse: HItler
Apocalypse: HItler
America's Book Of Secrets
America's Book Of Secrets
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads
Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads
Found
Found
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
Mummies Alive
Mummies Alive
Bible Secrets Revealed
Bible Secrets Revealed
Mysteries at the Castle
Mysteries at the Castle
The Lost Tapes
The Lost Tapes
My Classic Car
My Classic Car
Codes & Conspiracies
Codes & Conspiracies
Million Dollar American Princesses
Million Dollar American Princesses
Anno 1790
Anno 1790
Monarchy
Monarchy
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Oliver Stone's Secret History of America
Oliver Stone's Secret History of America
War Stories
War Stories
American Pickers: Best of
American Pickers: Best of
Epic Warrior Women
Epic Warrior Women
Search For The Lost Giants
Search For The Lost Giants
Road to 9/11
Road to 9/11
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Ken Burns: Prohibition
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
United Stats of America
United Stats of America
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
1968: The Year That Changed America
1968: The Year That Changed America
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Resilient Cities
Resilient Cities
The Toys That Made Us
The Toys That Made Us
Hunting Nazi Treasure
Hunting Nazi Treasure
How Booze Built America
How Booze Built America
Joseph Smith Papers
Joseph Smith Papers
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Middlemarch
Middlemarch
The Civil War: Brothers Divided
The Civil War: Brothers Divided
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Prospectors
Prospectors
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Time Team
Time Team
Dateline on OWN
Dateline on OWN