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
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
John Adams
John Adams
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Lost Tapes
The Lost Tapes
Home Fires
Home Fires
Middlemarch
Middlemarch
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Million Dollar American Princesses
Million Dollar American Princesses
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
SEC Storied
SEC Storied
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
The Tesla Files
The Tesla Files
Gunslingers
Gunslingers
The Untold Story of the '90s
The Untold Story of the '90s
TUT
TUT
What History Forgot
What History Forgot
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
Evolution of Evil
Evolution of Evil
South Riding
South Riding
Time Team
Time Team
Cities of the Underworld
Cities of the Underworld
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
American Genius
American Genius
Britannia
Britannia
Egypt
Egypt
Empire
Empire
America's Book Of Secrets
America's Book Of Secrets
The World Wars
The World Wars
The Titanic
The Titanic
The Knights Templar
The Knights Templar
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
The Story of Diana
The Story of Diana
Dateline on OWN
Dateline on OWN
The Sixties
The Sixties
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Waterways: The Royal Canal
Waterways: The Royal Canal
Secret Door
Secret Door
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads
Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
African American History
African American History
Legends & Lies: The Real West
Legends & Lies: The Real West
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
Great Drives
Great Drives
CIA: Declassified
CIA: Declassified
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
American Epic
American Epic
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
The Manners of Downton Abbey
The Manners of Downton Abbey
Wingmen
Wingmen
The Last Nazis
The Last Nazis
Earth on Edge
Earth on Edge
Alexander's Lost World
Alexander's Lost World
Resilient Cities
Resilient Cities
The Ghosts of Oxford Street
The Ghosts of Oxford Street
Treasure Trader
Treasure Trader
Deep Wreck Mysteries
Deep Wreck Mysteries
Walking with Monsters
Walking with Monsters
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Sustainable Futures
Sustainable Futures
Mail Call
Mail Call
City Of Vice
City Of Vice
Historians on Civil Rights
Historians on Civil Rights
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
Hardcore Heroes
Hardcore Heroes
Nomad's Planet
Nomad's Planet
Ghost Towns: America's Lost Worlds
Ghost Towns: America's Lost Worlds
Byron
Byron
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon
The History and Function of the U.S. Government
The History and Function of the U.S. Government
King Arthur: History and Legend
King Arthur: History and Legend
Taking Back the Years
Taking Back the Years
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Holy Land Revealed
Holy Land Revealed
Hiroshima
Hiroshima
The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction