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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Found
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
The 2000s
The 2000s
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
TUT
TUT
The Sixties
The Sixties
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
John Adams
John Adams
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
Gunslingers
Gunslingers
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
How the World Ends
How the World Ends
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
US Weekly's Famous Feuds
US Weekly's Famous Feuds
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Natural Born Outlaws
Natural Born Outlaws
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Curse of Civil War Gold
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
America Unearthed
America Unearthed
American Experience
American Experience
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Billion Dollar Wreck
Billion Dollar Wreck
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
The Tesla Files
The Tesla Files
Drunk History
Drunk History
Hear No Evil
Hear No Evil
True Monsters
True Monsters
Frontier
Frontier
Christmas Through the Decades
Christmas Through the Decades
Secrets of the Lost
Secrets of the Lost
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Disasters at Sea
Disasters at Sea
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
Apocalypse: HItler
Apocalypse: HItler
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Making a Dictator
Making a Dictator
Home Fires
Home Fires
Egypt
Egypt
Middlemarch
Middlemarch
The Lost World
The Lost World
Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
SEC Storied
SEC Storied
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Ken Burns: Prohibition
Ken Burns: Prohibition
History Specials
History Specials
Empire
Empire
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Titanic
The Titanic
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Oliver Stone's Secret History of America
Oliver Stone's Secret History of America
America Declassified
America Declassified
Big History
Big History
Planet Egypt
Planet Egypt
The Cars That Made America
The Cars That Made America
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
Secrets of the Bible
Secrets of the Bible
Treasure Trader
Treasure Trader
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
Fake Off
Fake Off
Time Traveling With Brian Unger
Time Traveling With Brian Unger
Die Trying
Die Trying
WWII's Most Daring Raids
WWII's Most Daring Raids
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
American Genius
American Genius
What History Forgot
What History Forgot
Buffalo Soldiers
Buffalo Soldiers
A.D. The Bible Continues
A.D. The Bible Continues
The Lost Tapes
The Lost Tapes
The Knights Templar
The Knights Templar
Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox
Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox
Time Team
Time Team
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
The Story Behind
The Story Behind
Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color
Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color
City Of Vice
City Of Vice
Ancient Black Ops
Ancient Black Ops
Epic Warrior Women
Epic Warrior Women
King Arthur: History and Legend
King Arthur: History and Legend
Walking with Cavemen
Walking with Cavemen
United Stats of America
United Stats of America
Cities of the Underworld
Cities of the Underworld
Generations Project
Generations Project
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