Watch History TV Shows Online

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 Chosen
    The Chosen
    Earth at Night in Color
    Earth at Night in Color
    Time Team
    Time Team
    Warrior
    Warrior
    Air Disasters
    Air Disasters
    Peaky Blinders
    Peaky Blinders
    The Men Who Built America
    The Men Who Built America
    America's Book Of Secrets
    America's Book Of Secrets
    The White Queen
    The White Queen
    Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
    Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
    Downton Abbey
    Downton Abbey
    The Real Jesus of Nazareth
    The Real Jesus of Nazareth
    Washington
    Washington
    The Bible
    The Bible
    The World Wars
    The World Wars
    Britannia
    Britannia
    How the Earth Was Made
    How the Earth Was Made
    Finding Your Roots
    Finding Your Roots
    The Tesla Files
    The Tesla Files
    Drunk History
    Drunk History
    A.D. The Bible Continues
    A.D. The Bible Continues
    Dark Side of the Ring
    Dark Side of the Ring
    Enslaved
    Enslaved
    The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
    The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
    Million Dollar American Princesses
    Million Dollar American Princesses
    Disasters at Sea
    Disasters at Sea
    Outback Opal Hunters
    Outback Opal Hunters
    Texas Rising
    Texas Rising
    Wu-Tang: An American Saga
    Wu-Tang: An American Saga
    Cities of the Underworld
    Cities of the Underworld
    The Cars That Made America
    The Cars That Made America
    The Titanic
    The Titanic
    TUT
    TUT
    Borgia
    Borgia
    American Experience
    American Experience
    Gangsters: America's Most Evil
    Gangsters: America's Most Evil
    The Great
    The Great
    A Crime to Remember
    A Crime to Remember
    Wolf Hall
    Wolf Hall
    John Adams
    John Adams
    Ken Burns: America
    Ken Burns: America
    I, Claudius
    I, Claudius
    Lincoln: Divided We Stand
    Lincoln: Divided We Stand
    Air Warriors
    Air Warriors
    Sacred Sites
    Sacred Sites
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    The Six Wives of Henry VIII
    Middlemarch
    Middlemarch
    Conspiracy?
    Conspiracy?
    Mysteries at the Museum
    Mysteries at the Museum
    Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
    Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
    The Curse of Civil War Gold
    The Curse of Civil War Gold
    America Unearthed
    America Unearthed
    The American Revolution
    The American Revolution
    Ken Burns: Jazz
    Ken Burns: Jazz
    Mr. Selfridge
    Mr. Selfridge
    The Strongest Man in History
    The Strongest Man in History
    UFOs: The Lost Evidence
    UFOs: The Lost Evidence
    Mobsters
    Mobsters
    Sons of Liberty
    Sons of Liberty
    My Classic Car
    My Classic Car
    Billion Dollar Wreck
    Billion Dollar Wreck
    The Wild West
    The Wild West
    Secrets Unlocked
    Secrets Unlocked
    The Red Tent
    The Red Tent
    Revelation: The End of Days
    Revelation: The End of Days
    Elizabeth R
    Elizabeth R
    Small Island
    Small Island
    The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
    The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
    America in Color
    America in Color
    Charite
    Charite
    Underground Railroad
    Underground Railroad
    The Lost World
    The Lost World
    The Dovekeepers
    The Dovekeepers
    Jackie Robinson
    Jackie Robinson
    The Sixties
    The Sixties
    Frontier
    Frontier
    Shakespeare Uncovered
    Shakespeare Uncovered
    Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
    Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
    UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
    UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
    Alcatraz
    Alcatraz
    Mysteries of the Abandoned
    Mysteries of the Abandoned
    The Making of The Mob
    The Making of The Mob
    The Seventies
    The Seventies
    Active Shooter: America Under Fire
    Active Shooter: America Under Fire
    History of Christianity
    History of Christianity
    History Specials
    History Specials
    Roots: The Next Generations
    Roots: The Next Generations
    Killer Instinct
    Killer Instinct
    Forbidden History
    Forbidden History
    The Crimson Field
    The Crimson Field
    Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox
    Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox
    The Warfighters
    The Warfighters
    I Killed My BFF
    I Killed My BFF
    CopyCat Killers
    CopyCat Killers
    Walking with Cavemen
    Walking with Cavemen
    Ken Burns: American Lives
    Ken Burns: American Lives
    The Long Song
    The Long Song
    Titanic: Blood and Steel
    Titanic: Blood and Steel
    Ken Burns: Prohibition
    Ken Burns: Prohibition
    American Genius
    American Genius