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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.

    Warrior
    Warrior
    Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
    Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
    The Men Who Built America
    The Men Who Built America
    Time Team
    Time Team
    The White Queen
    The White Queen
    Air Disasters
    Air Disasters
    America's Book Of Secrets
    America's Book Of Secrets
    Peaky Blinders
    Peaky Blinders
    Downton Abbey
    Downton Abbey
    Disasters at Sea
    Disasters at Sea
    Britannia
    Britannia
    The Tesla Files
    The Tesla Files
    The Chosen
    The Chosen
    The Real Jesus of Nazareth
    The Real Jesus of Nazareth
    The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
    The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
    How the Earth Was Made
    How the Earth Was Made
    Drunk History
    Drunk History
    Washington
    Washington
    Secrets of Highclere Castle
    Secrets of Highclere Castle
    The World Wars
    The World Wars
    Enslaved
    Enslaved
    Brad Meltzer's Lost History
    Brad Meltzer's Lost History
    America in Color
    America in Color
    Battles BC
    Battles BC
    Mr. Selfridge
    Mr. Selfridge
    Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
    Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
    Gangsters: America's Most Evil
    Gangsters: America's Most Evil
    Finding Your Roots
    Finding Your Roots
    The Great
    The Great
    Mummies Alive
    Mummies Alive
    Dark Side of the Ring
    Dark Side of the Ring
    Million Dollar American Princesses
    Million Dollar American Princesses
    Wu-Tang: An American Saga
    Wu-Tang: An American Saga
    TUT
    TUT
    A Crime to Remember
    A Crime to Remember
    Borgia
    Borgia
    True Monsters
    True Monsters
    Middlemarch
    Middlemarch
    The Titanic
    The Titanic
    American Experience
    American Experience
    Texas Rising
    Texas Rising
    Ken Burns: Jazz
    Ken Burns: Jazz
    Wolf Hall
    Wolf Hall
    Drinks, Crime and Prohibition
    Drinks, Crime and Prohibition
    Mobsters
    Mobsters
    Air Warriors
    Air Warriors
    John Adams
    John Adams
    A.D. The Bible Continues
    A.D. The Bible Continues
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    Sons of Liberty
    Sons of Liberty
    I, Claudius
    I, Claudius
    Elizabeth R
    Elizabeth R
    The Bible
    The Bible
    The Lost World
    The Lost World
    I Killed My BFF
    I Killed My BFF
    Small Island
    Small Island
    Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
    Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
    Revelation: The End of Days
    Revelation: The End of Days
    Outback Opal Hunters
    Outback Opal Hunters
    The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
    The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
    My Classic Car
    My Classic Car
    Mysteries at the Museum
    Mysteries at the Museum
    Mysteries of the Abandoned
    Mysteries of the Abandoned
    Private Lives of the Monarchs
    Private Lives of the Monarchs
    The Red Tent
    The Red Tent
    Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
    Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
    Troy: Fall of a City
    Troy: Fall of a City
    Roots: The Next Generations
    Roots: The Next Generations
    The Strongest Man in History
    The Strongest Man in History
    Barbarians
    Barbarians
    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
    UFOs: The Lost Evidence
    UFOs: The Lost Evidence
    Charite
    Charite
    The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
    The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
    Bible Secrets Revealed
    Bible Secrets Revealed
    The 2000s
    The 2000s
    America Unearthed
    America Unearthed
    The Seventies
    The Seventies
    Killer Instinct
    Killer Instinct
    The Warfighters
    The Warfighters
    The Lost Tapes
    The Lost Tapes
    Ken Burns: Prohibition
    Ken Burns: Prohibition
    The Sixties
    The Sixties
    The Making of The Mob
    The Making of The Mob
    The Plot Against America
    The Plot Against America
    How the World Ends
    How the World Ends
    Conspiracy?
    Conspiracy?
    CopyCat Killers
    CopyCat Killers
    Raiders of the Lost Art
    Raiders of the Lost Art
    The Story of Film: An Odyssey
    The Story of Film: An Odyssey
    What History Forgot
    What History Forgot
    Frontier
    Frontier
    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    Active Shooter: America Under Fire
    Active Shooter: America Under Fire
    The Bonfire of Destiny
    The Bonfire of Destiny
    Titanic: Blood and Steel
    Titanic: Blood and Steel
    Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
    Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
    Forbidden History
    Forbidden History
    Road to 9/11
    Road to 9/11
    Shakespeare Uncovered
    Shakespeare Uncovered