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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Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
American Experience
American Experience
John Adams
John Adams
Drunk History
Drunk History
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
Home Fires
Home Fires
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip
TUT
TUT
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Crimes of the Century
Crimes of the Century
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
A Crime to Remember
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
Ken Burns: Prohibition
The Making of The Mob
A.D. The Bible Continues
The Vietnam War
Air Disasters
The Sixties
Codes & Conspiracies
Natural Born Outlaws
The Story of Diana
Million Dollar American Princesses
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Buffalo Soldiers
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Borgia
Revelation: The End of Days
Egypt
Ken Burns: America
Forbidden History
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
King Arthur: History and Legend
Hiroshima
The Italian Americans
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
The Civil War: Brothers Divided
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
The Manners of Downton Abbey
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
The Last Nazis
Alexander's Lost World
The Ghosts of Oxford Street
Treasure Trader
Deep Wreck Mysteries
Empire
Waterways: The Royal Canal
Pompeii - The Last Day
Secret Door
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Anno 1790
City Of Vice
Historians on Civil Rights
The Curator's Vault
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
Einsatzgruppen: The Nazi Death Squads
Shakespeare Uncovered
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon
The History and Function of the U.S. Government
Prospectors
Taking Back the Years
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Holy Land Revealed
The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
Edward and Mrs Simpson
NOVA: Becoming Human
Life on Fire
Bomber Boys: The Fighting Lancaster
The Crimson Field
Egypt (2013)
Chuck Knows Church
Pure History
The Naked Archaeologist
The Draft
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
Time to Remember
Ken Burns: American Lives
Great Drives
My Classic Car
Cities of the Underworld
Elizabeth R
Dick Cavett's Vietnam
Secrets of Highclere Castle
Planet Egypt
Wolf Hall
Frontier
The Great Wall of China
Dateline on OWN
Princess Ja-Myung Go