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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Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
The 2000s
The 2000s
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
American Experience
American Experience
TUT
TUT
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Drunk History
Drunk History
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Million Dollar American Princesses
Million Dollar American Princesses
America in Color
America in Color
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
The Sixties
The Sixties
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
A.D. The Bible Continues
A.D. The Bible Continues
Hear No Evil
Hear No Evil
The Victorian Slum
The Victorian Slum
Troy: Fall of a City
Troy: Fall of a City
The Untold Story of the '90s
The Untold Story of the '90s
The Knights Templar
The Knights Templar
Home Fires
Home Fires
Guns, Germs and Steel
Guns, Germs and Steel
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
America's Book Of Secrets
America's Book Of Secrets
John Adams
John Adams
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Curse of Civil War Gold
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Sacred Sites
Sacred Sites
The Tesla Files
The Tesla Files
Evolution of Evil
Evolution of Evil
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
1968: The Year That Changed America
1968: The Year That Changed America
Mysteries at the Castle
Mysteries at the Castle
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
Hardcore Heroes
Hardcore Heroes
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
The World Wars
The World Wars
My Classic Car
My Classic Car
Codes & Conspiracies
Codes & Conspiracies
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
CIA: Declassified
CIA: Declassified
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
SEC Storied
SEC Storied
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Middlemarch
Middlemarch
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Dateline on OWN
Dateline on OWN
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
The Contenders
The Contenders
Empire
Empire
History Specials
History Specials
Bomb Girls
Bomb Girls
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
Time Team
Time Team
Egypt
Egypt
Mail Call
Mail Call
Prospectors
Prospectors
Legends & Lies: The Real West
Legends & Lies: The Real West
So You Think You'd Survive?
So You Think You'd Survive?
Britannia
Britannia
The Story Behind
The Story Behind
Land Girls
Land Girls
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
Frontier
Frontier
The Titanic
The Titanic
Somebody's Gotta Do It
Somebody's Gotta Do It
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Crimes of the Century
Crimes of the Century
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
The Cars That Made America
The Cars That Made America
War Stories
War Stories
The Wild West
The Wild West
American Pickers: Best of
American Pickers: Best of
Hunting Nazi Treasure
Hunting Nazi Treasure
How It Works
How It Works
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Charite
Charite
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Billion Dollar Wreck
Billion Dollar Wreck
The Lost Tapes
The Lost Tapes
Gunslingers
Gunslingers
48 Hours on ID
48 Hours on ID
Raiders of the Lost Art
Raiders of the Lost Art
Mobsters
Mobsters
Titanic: Blood and Steel
Titanic: Blood and Steel