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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.

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    The Chosen
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    Peaky Blinders
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    Downton Abbey
    Air Disasters
    Air Disasters
    Finding Your Roots
    Finding Your Roots
    Gangsters: America's Most Evil
    Gangsters: America's Most Evil
    American Experience
    American Experience
    The Great
    The Great
    Dark Side of the Ring
    Dark Side of the Ring
    Wu-Tang: An American Saga
    Wu-Tang: An American Saga
    The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
    The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
    The White Queen
    The White Queen
    John Adams
    John Adams
    Drunk History
    Drunk History
    Us
    Us
    Borgia
    Borgia
    Mobsters
    Mobsters
    A.D. The Bible Continues
    A.D. The Bible Continues
    Time Team
    Time Team
    Washington
    Washington
    Sons of Liberty
    Sons of Liberty
    Mysteries of the Abandoned
    Mysteries of the Abandoned
    Mr. Selfridge
    Mr. Selfridge
    The Bible
    The Bible
    Britannia
    Britannia
    TUT
    TUT
    The Wild West
    The Wild West
    Home Fires
    Home Fires
    The Vietnam War
    The Vietnam War
    Ken Burns: Jazz
    Ken Burns: Jazz
    Underground Railroad
    Underground Railroad
    Warrior
    Warrior
    How It Works
    How It Works
    The Men Who Built America
    The Men Who Built America
    Ken Burns: America
    Ken Burns: America
    Wolf Hall
    Wolf Hall
    Roots: The Next Generations
    Roots: The Next Generations
    The Story Behind
    The Story Behind
    Revelation: The End of Days
    Revelation: The End of Days
    Christmas Through the Decades
    Christmas Through the Decades
    The World Wars
    The World Wars
    Empire
    Empire
    The Underground Railroad
    The Underground Railroad
    The Lost World
    The Lost World
    Mysteries at the Museum
    Mysteries at the Museum
    Shakespeare Uncovered
    Shakespeare Uncovered
    The Real Jesus of Nazareth
    The Real Jesus of Nazareth
    The American Revolution
    The American Revolution
    I, Claudius
    I, Claudius
    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
    The Tesla Files
    The Tesla Files
    Carlos
    Carlos
    American Experience: We Shall Remain
    American Experience: We Shall Remain
    Domina
    Domina
    Apocalypse: WWI
    Apocalypse: WWI
    Ken Burns: Prohibition
    Ken Burns: Prohibition
    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
    The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
    The Scholar Who Walks the Night
    The Scholar Who Walks the Night
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    A Crime to Remember
    A Crime to Remember
    Frontier
    Frontier
    The Sixties
    The Sixties
    I Killed My BFF
    I Killed My BFF
    The Seventies
    The Seventies
    Hardcore Heroes
    Hardcore Heroes
    My Classic Car
    My Classic Car
    Space Disasters
    Space Disasters
    The Story Of The Jews
    The Story Of The Jews
    RFDS Royal Flying Doctor Service
    RFDS Royal Flying Doctor Service
    America in Color
    America in Color
    Barbarians
    Barbarians
    Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
    Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
    Middlemarch
    Middlemarch
    American Epic
    American Epic
    MovieStar
    MovieStar
    America's Book Of Secrets
    America's Book Of Secrets
    Hear No Evil
    Hear No Evil
    The Italian Americans
    The Italian Americans
    The Crimson Petal And The White
    The Crimson Petal And The White
    The Cook of Castamar
    The Cook of Castamar
    The Making of The Mob
    The Making of The Mob
    Walking with Cavemen
    Walking with Cavemen
    The Dovekeepers
    The Dovekeepers
    Gunslingers
    Gunslingers
    The 60's
    The 60's
    History of Christianity
    History of Christianity
    The 2000s
    The 2000s
    The Strongest Man in History
    The Strongest Man in History
    Mummies Alive
    Mummies Alive
    Long Strange Trip
    Long Strange Trip
    Somebody's Gotta Do It
    Somebody's Gotta Do It
    Hemingway
    Hemingway
    The Red Tent
    The Red Tent
    African American History
    African American History
    History Specials
    History Specials
    The Knights Templar
    The Knights Templar
    Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
    Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
    Outback Opal Hunters
    Outback Opal Hunters
    The Curse of Civil War Gold
    The Curse of Civil War Gold
    The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
    The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen