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
Drunk History
Drunk History
Britannia
Britannia
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
John Adams
John Adams
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
American Epic
American Epic
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Time Team
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
America in Color
The Story Behind
The Seventies
The Titanic
A.D. The Bible Continues
Genealogy Roadshow
My Classic Car
Million Dollar American Princesses
The Victorian Slum
True Monsters
Borgia
I, Claudius
Home Fires
Underground Railroad
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
The Last Nazis
The Knights Templar
The Draft
Long Strange Trip
Ken Burns: America
Elizabeth R
Dateline on OWN
TUT
The Sixties
African American History
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
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
American Pickers: Best of
The Story Of The Jews
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
City Of Vice
Historians on Civil Rights
The Curator's Vault
30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World
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
Taking Back the Years
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Holy Land Revealed
Hiroshima
The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Edward and Mrs Simpson
NOVA: Becoming Human
Life on Fire
Bomber Boys: The Fighting Lancaster
Monarchy
Drive Thru History: Discovering America's Founders
Egypt (2013)
Chuck Knows Church
Pure History
The Naked Archaeologist
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
Time to Remember
American Experience: The Presidents
Mobsters
Ken Burns: American Lives
Great Drives
The Italian Americans
Cities of the Underworld
Dick Cavett's Vietnam
How Sherlock Changed the World
Secrets of Highclere Castle
Planet Egypt
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
The Wild West
Middlemarch