History TV Shows

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.

Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
The Strongest Man in History
The Strongest Man in History
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
TUT
TUT
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Drunk History
Drunk History
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
Britannia
Britannia
Borgia
Borgia
A.D. The Bible Continues
A.D. The Bible Continues
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Warrior
Warrior
John Adams
John Adams
American Experience
American Experience
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Time Team
Time Team
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Sixties
The Sixties
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Disasters at Sea
Disasters at Sea
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
America Unearthed
America Unearthed
Catherine The Great
Catherine The Great
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Troy: Fall of a City
Troy: Fall of a City
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
The Wild West
The Wild West
The Lost World
The Lost World
The Tesla Files
The Tesla Files
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Mail Call
Mail Call
Battles BC
Battles BC
The World Wars
The World Wars
Road to 9/11
Road to 9/11
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
SEC Storied
SEC Storied
Joseph Smith Papers
Joseph Smith Papers
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
Air Warriors
Air Warriors
Elizabeth R
Elizabeth R
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
History Specials
History Specials
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Conspiracy?
Conspiracy?
CIA: Declassified
CIA: Declassified
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Walking with Cavemen
Walking with Cavemen
Million Dollar American Princesses
Million Dollar American Princesses
The Lost Corvette
The Lost Corvette
America in Color
America in Color
Titanic: Blood and Steel
Titanic: Blood and Steel
JFK Jr. and Carolyn's Wedding: The Lost Tapes
JFK Jr. and Carolyn's Wedding: The Lost Tapes
Shakespeare Uncovered
Shakespeare Uncovered
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
True Monsters
True Monsters
Dark Side of the Ring
Dark Side of the Ring
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Battle of the 80s Supercars With David Hasselhoff
Battle of the 80s Supercars With David Hasselhoff
Sacred Sites
Sacred Sites
The Bonfire of Destiny
The Bonfire of Destiny
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
1968: The Year That Changed America
1968: The Year That Changed America
South Riding
South Riding
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
Myth Hunters
Myth Hunters
Codes & Conspiracies
Codes & Conspiracies
The Manners of Downton Abbey
The Manners of Downton Abbey
Anno 1790
Anno 1790
The Seventies
The Seventies
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
Found
Found
Ancient Black Ops
Ancient Black Ops
Epic Warrior Women
Epic Warrior Women
Christmas Through the Decades
Christmas Through the Decades
The Lost Tapes
The Lost Tapes
The Titanic
The Titanic
The Dark Ages
The Dark Ages
Empire
Empire
Truth and Lies
Truth and Lies
Princess Ja-Myung Go
Princess Ja-Myung Go
Frontier
Frontier
Knights
Knights
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Ken Burns: Prohibition
The Cars That Made America
The Cars That Made America