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
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
American Experience
American Experience
Home Fires
Home Fires
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Cities of the Underworld
Cities of the Underworld
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
John Adams
John Adams
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Ken Burns: America
Ken Burns: America
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Story of Diana
The Story of Diana
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
A.D. The Bible Continues
A.D. The Bible Continues
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Apocalypse: WWI
TUT
So You Think You'd Survive?
Crimes of the Century
Long Strange Trip
The Cars That Made America
Road to 9/11
America's Most Badass
Million Dollar American Princesses
Evolution of Evil
Air Disasters
Hear No Evil
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Mysteries at the Museum
South Riding
Roots: The Next Generations
Borgia
How the World Ends
America's Book Of Secrets
Walking with Cavemen
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
The Vietnam War
Mr. Selfridge
SEC Storied
A Crime to Remember
Land Girls
The Victorian Slum
Buffalo Soldiers
The Dovekeepers
Keith Morrison Investigates
Generations Project
The Crimson Field
My Classic Car
The Manners of Downton Abbey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
The Men Who Built America
Ken Burns: American Lives
Dateline on OWN
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Monarchy
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
CATALINA - LAST JOURNEY OF THE PATROL BOAT YANKEE
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
The Last Nazis
Alexander's Lost World
Egypt
Treasure Trader
Genealogy Roadshow
Deep Wreck Mysteries
Empire
Waterways: The Royal Canal
Secret Door
The Story Of The Jews
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Anno 1790
Historians on Civil Rights
The Curator's Vault
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
Shakespeare Uncovered
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon
The History and Function of the U.S. Government
King Arthur: History and Legend
Taking Back the Years
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Holy Land Revealed
Hiroshima
The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Life on Fire
Bomber Boys: The Fighting Lancaster
Egypt (2013)
The Newburgh Sting
Chuck Knows Church
Pure History
The Naked Archaeologist
Time to Remember
WWI: The First Modern War
Great Drives