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
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
American Experience
American Experience
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
Home Fires
Home Fires
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
The Naked Archaeologist
The Naked Archaeologist
American Epic
American Epic
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
The Last Nazis
The Last Nazis
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Lost World
The Lost World
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Inside Windsor Castle
Inside Windsor Castle
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
John Adams
Roots: The Next Generations
Frontier
Time Team
Bible Secrets Revealed
TUT
Million Dollar American Princesses
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Angels Among Us
CopyCat Killers
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Victorian Slum
Mr. Selfridge
Truth and Lies
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
Forbidden History
Bomber Boys: The Fighting Lancaster
Monarchy
The Knights Templar
Long Strange Trip
Ken Burns: America
Ken Burns: American Lives
My Classic Car
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Dateline on OWN
How It Works
Wolf Hall
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
The Sixties
Ken Burns: Jazz
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Wingmen
Alexander's Lost World
Egypt
The Ghosts of Oxford Street
Treasure Trader
Deep Wreck Mysteries
Empire
Waterways: The Royal Canal
Pompeii - The Last Day
Secret Door
The Story Of The Jews
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Anno 1790
City Of Vice
Historians on Civil Rights
The Curator's Vault
Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon
History of the Holidays
The History and Function of the U.S. Government
King Arthur: History and Legend
Prospectors
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Holy Land Revealed
Hiroshima
The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
Edward and Mrs Simpson
NOVA: Becoming Human
Life on Fire
The Titanic
Drive Thru History: Discovering America's Founders
Egypt (2013)
The Dovekeepers
Chuck Knows Church
Pure History
The Draft
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
Time to Remember
American Experience: The Presidents
The Truth Behind
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Great Drives
The Italian Americans
Cities of the Underworld
Elizabeth R
Dick Cavett's Vietnam
How Sherlock Changed the World