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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Drunk History
Drunk History
American Experience
American Experience
Britannia
Britannia
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Deep Wreck Mysteries
Deep Wreck Mysteries
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Gunpowder
The World Wars
TUT
Roots: The Next Generations
Sons of Liberty
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Air Warriors
Egypt
John Adams
Million Dollar American Princesses
Bible Secrets Revealed
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Raiders of the Lost Art
Mail Call
CopyCat Killers
The Klondike Gold Rush
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
War In The Shadows
A.D. The Bible Continues
Cleopatra (2018)
The Dovekeepers
Evolution of Evil
History Specials
Search For The Lost Giants
Billion Dollar Wreck
Road to 9/11
Apocalypse: WWI
The Story Of The Jews
The Naked Archaeologist
Civil War Gold
Long Strange Trip
Legends & Lies: The Real West
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Fault Lines
Secret Door
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Edward and Mrs Simpson
The Titanic
The Lost Tapes
The Crimson Field
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
Ken Burns: America
My Classic Car
Planet Egypt
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Underground Railroad
Johnny Cash: Song by Song
SEC Storied
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
Wingmen
The Last Nazis
Earth on Edge
Alexander's Lost World
The Ghosts of Oxford Street
Treasure Trader
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
Empire
The Story Behind
Middlemarch
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Sustainable Futures
Anno 1790
City Of Vice
Historians on Civil Rights
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads
America's Book Of Secrets
Hardcore Heroes
Shakespeare Uncovered
Nomad's Planet
Ghost Towns: America's Lost Worlds
Land Girls
How It Works
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon
The History and Function of the U.S. Government
King Arthur: History and Legend