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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Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
The 2000s
The 2000s
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
The Sixties
The Sixties
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
John Adams
John Adams
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Curse of Civil War Gold
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
How the World Ends
How the World Ends
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
Gunslingers
Gunslingers
Frontier
Frontier
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
Billion Dollar Wreck
Billion Dollar Wreck
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Hear No Evil
Hear No Evil
The Tesla Files
The Tesla Files
US Weekly's Famous Feuds
US Weekly's Famous Feuds
True Monsters
True Monsters
Borgia
Borgia
Found
Found
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
America Unearthed
America Unearthed
Christmas Through the Decades
Christmas Through the Decades
Drunk History
Drunk History
American Experience
American Experience
Apocalypse: HItler
Apocalypse: HItler
Secrets of the Lost
Secrets of the Lost
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
TUT
TUT
Making a Dictator
Making a Dictator
The Lost World
The Lost World
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Time Team
Time Team
History Specials
History Specials
My Classic Car
My Classic Car
Air Warriors
Air Warriors
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Land Girls
Land Girls
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Home Fires
Home Fires
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
SEC Storied
SEC Storied
Walking with Cavemen
Walking with Cavemen
Guns, Germs and Steel
Guns, Germs and Steel
Egypt
Egypt
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Anno 1790
Anno 1790
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Myth Hunters
Myth Hunters
United Stats of America
United Stats of America
The Cars That Made America
The Cars That Made America
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
American Genius
American Genius
War Stories
War Stories
Natural Born Outlaws
Natural Born Outlaws
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
The Real Jesus of Nazareth
Million Dollar American Princesses
Million Dollar American Princesses
Epic Warrior Women
Epic Warrior Women
WWII's Most Daring Raids
WWII's Most Daring Raids
South Riding
South Riding
Mummies Alive
Mummies Alive
Secrets of the Bible
Secrets of the Bible
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
Alexander's Lost World
Alexander's Lost World
Waterways: The Royal Canal
Waterways: The Royal Canal
The Seventies
The Seventies
Hidden City
Hidden City
King Arthur: History and Legend
King Arthur: History and Legend
Combat Trains
Combat Trains
Secrets of the Arsenal
Secrets of the Arsenal
The Naked Archaeologist
The Naked Archaeologist
Truth and Lies
Truth and Lies
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Nazi Death Squads
Nazi Death Squads
Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct