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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 White Queen

    The White Queen

    Peaky Blinders

    Peaky Blinders

    Downton Abbey

    Downton Abbey

    Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

    Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

    The Bible

    The Bible

    Drunk History

    Drunk History

    Time Team

    Time Team

    John Adams

    John Adams

    Air Disasters

    Air Disasters

    The Men Who Built America

    The Men Who Built America

    Gangsters: America's Most Evil

    Gangsters: America's Most Evil

    American Experience

    American Experience

    Finding Your Roots

    Finding Your Roots

    The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns

    The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns

    America's Book Of Secrets

    America's Book Of Secrets

    Wolf Hall

    Wolf Hall

    Warrior

    Warrior

    Britannia

    Britannia

    Middlemarch

    Middlemarch

    Ozzy and Jack's World Detour

    Ozzy and Jack's World Detour

    Wu-Tang: An American Saga

    Wu-Tang: An American Saga

    Ken Burns: Jazz

    Ken Burns: Jazz

    TUT

    TUT

    I, Claudius

    I, Claudius

    Borgia

    Borgia

    Empire

    Empire

    Seven Deadly Sins (2009)

    Seven Deadly Sins (2009)

    Found

    Found

    Mr. Selfridge

    Mr. Selfridge

    Active Shooter: America Under Fire

    Active Shooter: America Under Fire

    The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    Land Girls

    Land Girls

    A.D. The Bible Continues

    A.D. The Bible Continues

    Elizabeth R

    Elizabeth R

    The Great

    The Great

    The Strongest Man in History

    The Strongest Man in History

    Mysteries at the Museum

    Mysteries at the Museum

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

    A Crime to Remember

    A Crime to Remember

    Troy: Fall of a City

    Troy: Fall of a City

    The American Revolution

    The American Revolution

    Small Island

    Small Island

    Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series

    Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series

    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

    The Red Tent

    The Red Tent

    The Lost World

    The Lost World

    Sons of Liberty

    Sons of Liberty

    Mobsters

    Mobsters

    Battles BC

    Battles BC

    Road to 9/11

    Road to 9/11

    The Tesla Files

    The Tesla Files

    The Wild West

    The Wild West

    The Warfighters

    The Warfighters

    The 2000s

    The 2000s

    Constitution USA with Peter Sagal

    Constitution USA with Peter Sagal

    Revelation: The End of Days

    Revelation: The End of Days

    CopyCat Killers

    CopyCat Killers

    The Plot Against America

    The Plot Against America

    Ken Burns: America

    Ken Burns: America

    Egypt

    Egypt

    UFOs: The Lost Evidence

    UFOs: The Lost Evidence

    Frontier

    Frontier

    The Seventies

    The Seventies

    Ken Burns: Prohibition

    Ken Burns: Prohibition

    Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

    Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

    Dark Side of the Ring

    Dark Side of the Ring

    Conspiracy?

    Conspiracy?

    Charite

    Charite

    The Making of The Mob

    The Making of The Mob

    I Killed My BFF

    I Killed My BFF

    Washington

    Washington

    Outback Opal Hunters

    Outback Opal Hunters

    Million Dollar American Princesses

    Million Dollar American Princesses

    History Specials

    History Specials

    Disasters at Sea

    Disasters at Sea

    Shakespeare Uncovered

    Shakespeare Uncovered

    Gunpowder

    Gunpowder

    The Crimson Petal And The White

    The Crimson Petal And The White

    The Curse of Civil War Gold

    The Curse of Civil War Gold

    The World Wars

    The World Wars

    Killer Instinct

    Killer Instinct

    Long Strange Trip

    Long Strange Trip

    Edward and Mrs Simpson

    Edward and Mrs Simpson

    America Unearthed

    America Unearthed

    Die Trying

    Die Trying

    Forbidden History

    Forbidden History

    The Story Behind

    The Story Behind

    Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox

    Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox

    Alcatraz

    Alcatraz

    The Sixties

    The Sixties

    Dancing On The Edge

    Dancing On The Edge

    Guns, Germs and Steel

    Guns, Germs and Steel

    Savage Family Diggers

    Savage Family Diggers

    The Crimson Field

    The Crimson Field

    Brad Meltzer's Lost History

    Brad Meltzer's Lost History

    The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen

    The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen

    The Bonfire of Destiny

    The Bonfire of Destiny

    Angels Among Us

    Angels Among Us

    Gunslingers

    Gunslingers

    Underground Railroad

    Underground Railroad