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
Drunk History
Drunk History
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
John Adams
John Adams
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
American Experience
American Experience
The Titanic
The Titanic
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
The Knights Templar
The Knights Templar
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Shakespeare Uncovered
Shakespeare Uncovered
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
TUT
TUT
Air Disasters
Mr. Selfridge
Million Dollar American Princesses
War Stories with Oliver North
Mysteries at the Museum
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Time Team
Long Strange Trip
True Monsters
The Warfighters
The Making of The Mob
The Lost Tapes
CIA: Declassified
Joseph Smith Papers
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
The Last Nazis
Egypt
Treasure Trader
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
History of the Holidays
Ken Burns: American Lives
My Classic Car
Frontier
Mail Call
Somebody's Gotta Do It
Dateline on OWN
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
Wingmen
Alexander's Lost World
The Ghosts of Oxford Street
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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
Understanding Greek and Roman Technology: From Catapult to the Pantheon
The History and Function of the U.S. Government
King Arthur: History and Legend
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
Bomber Boys: The Fighting Lancaster
Egypt (2013)
Chuck Knows Church
Pure History
The Naked Archaeologist
The Draft
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
Time to Remember
Crimes of the Century
Ken Burns: America
Great Drives
Elizabeth R
Dick Cavett's Vietnam
How Sherlock Changed the World
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Secrets of Highclere Castle
Planet Egypt
Middlemarch
How It Works
Underground Railroad
The Great Wall of China
The Wild West
Walking with Monsters
Behind Enemy Lines
A.D.