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
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
American Experience
American Experience
Drunk History
Drunk History
John Adams
John Adams
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
The Tesla Files
The Tesla Files
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
Gunslingers
Gunslingers
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Evolution of Evil
Evolution of Evil
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
The Untold Story of the '90s
The Untold Story of the '90s
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
Natural Born Outlaws
Natural Born Outlaws
Codes & Conspiracies
Codes & Conspiracies
Million Dollar American Princesses
Million Dollar American Princesses
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
Borgia
Borgia
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
How the World Ends
How the World Ends
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
America in Color
America in Color
The World Wars
The World Wars
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
Most Infamous
Most Infamous
What History Forgot
What History Forgot
Secrets of the Lost
Secrets of the Lost
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
History Specials
History Specials
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Myth Hunters
Myth Hunters
1968: The Year That Changed America
1968: The Year That Changed America
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Bomb Girls
Bomb Girls
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Legends & Lies: The Real West
Legends & Lies: The Real West
Hunting Nazi Treasure
Hunting Nazi Treasure
Shakespeare Uncovered
Shakespeare Uncovered
Epic Warrior Women
Epic Warrior Women
Inside Windsor Castle
Inside Windsor Castle
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Lost World
The Lost World
Brad Meltzer's Lost History
Brad Meltzer's Lost History
South Riding
South Riding
The Vietnam War
The Vietnam War
Dateline on OWN
Dateline on OWN
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
TUT
TUT
Middlemarch
Middlemarch
Prospectors
Prospectors
War Stories with Oliver North
War Stories with Oliver North
The Wild West
The Wild West
The Toys That Made Us
The Toys That Made Us
The Seventies
The Seventies
How It Works
How It Works
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
Cleopatra (2018)
Cleopatra (2018)
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Die Trying
Die Trying
Princess Ja-Myung Go
Princess Ja-Myung Go
Land Girls
Land Girls
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Walking with Cavemen
Walking with Cavemen
So You Think You'd Survive?
So You Think You'd Survive?
Somebody's Gotta Do It
Somebody's Gotta Do It
Guns, Germs and Steel
Guns, Germs and Steel
Revelation: The End of Days
Revelation: The End of Days
The Cars That Made America
The Cars That Made America
SEC Storied
SEC Storied
Britannia
Britannia
Egypt
Egypt
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Fault Lines
Fault Lines
MovieStar
MovieStar
Mail Call
Mail Call
America's Book Of Secrets
America's Book Of Secrets
Charite
Charite
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Biblical Conspiracies
Biblical Conspiracies
CMT Small Town Secrets
CMT Small Town Secrets
The Titanic
The Titanic