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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American Experience
American Experience
Drunk History
Drunk History
Britannia
Britannia
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
The Knights Templar
The Knights Templar
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Curse of Civil War Gold
TUT
TUT
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Home Fires
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Million Dollar American Princesses
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
The Klondike Gold Rush
America in Color
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Roots: The Next Generations
The Seventies
The World Wars
Air Warriors
CopyCat Killers
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Long Strange Trip
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
The Red Tent
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
Sons of Liberty
The Vietnam War
The Story Of The Jews
The Naked Archaeologist
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Egypt
Deep Wreck Mysteries
Anno 1790
America's Book Of Secrets
King Arthur: History and Legend
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Bomber Boys: The Fighting Lancaster
Monarchy
The Titanic
African American History
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
Ken Burns: America
My Classic Car
John Adams
Planet Egypt
Legends & Lies: The Real West
The Sixties
Prospectors
Dateline on OWN
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
Wingmen
The Last Nazis
Earth on Edge
Alexander's Lost World
The Ghosts of Oxford Street
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Treasure Trader
Empire
Secret Door
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Sustainable Futures
City Of Vice
Historians on Civil Rights
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads
Hardcore Heroes
Shakespeare Uncovered
Nomad's Planet
Ghost Towns: America's Lost Worlds
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon
The History and Function of the U.S. Government
Taking Back the Years
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Buffalo Soldiers
Holy Land Revealed
Hiroshima
The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
NOVA: Becoming Human
Life on Fire
The Lost Tapes
Moby Dick
Drive Thru History: Discovering America's Founders
The Crimson Field
Egypt (2013)
Chuck Knows Church