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
Dark Side of the Ring
Dark Side of the Ring
The White Queen
The White Queen
American Experience
American Experience
The Strongest Man in History
The Strongest Man in History
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Borgia
Borgia
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Drunk History
Drunk History
TUT
TUT
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
John Adams
John Adams
The Plot Against America
The Plot Against America
Middlemarch
Middlemarch
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
The Tesla Files
The Tesla Files
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
Warrior
Warrior
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
A.D. The Bible Continues
A.D. The Bible Continues
America's Book Of Secrets
America's Book Of Secrets
Time Team
Time Team
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Britannia
Britannia
Ken Burns: America
Ken Burns: America
Troy: Fall of a City
Troy: Fall of a City
Small Island
Small Island
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Million Dollar American Princesses
Million Dollar American Princesses
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Battles BC
Battles BC
Frontier
Frontier
The 2000s
The 2000s
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Billion Dollar Wreck
Billion Dollar Wreck
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct
Charite
Charite
Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox
Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox
Shakespeare Uncovered
Shakespeare Uncovered
Gunslingers
Gunslingers
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Catherine The Great
Catherine The Great
The Bush Years: Family, Duty, Power
The Bush Years: Family, Duty, Power
Home Fires
Home Fires
How the World Ends
How the World Ends
The Lost World
The Lost World
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Washington
Washington
Disasters at Sea
Disasters at Sea
Revelation: The End of Days
Revelation: The End of Days
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
The Wild West
The Wild West
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
America Unearthed
America Unearthed
Land Girls
Land Girls
America in Color
America in Color
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Road to 9/11
Road to 9/11
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
Elizabeth R
Elizabeth R
Egypt
Egypt
Hunting Nazi Treasure
Hunting Nazi Treasure
How the Earth Was Made
How the Earth Was Made
The Bonfire of Destiny
The Bonfire of Destiny
The Sixties
The Sixties
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Secrets Unlocked
Secrets Unlocked
Monarchy
Monarchy
The Bible
The Bible
Evolution of Evil
Evolution of Evil
Walking with Monsters
Walking with Monsters
The Cars That Made America
The Cars That Made America
Savage Family Diggers
Savage Family Diggers
History Specials
History Specials
Titanic: Blood and Steel
Titanic: Blood and Steel
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
The Crimson Petal And The White
The Crimson Petal And The White
Air Warriors
Air Warriors
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
Texas Rising
Texas Rising