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
Found
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
The 2000s
The 2000s
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
John Adams
John Adams
The Sixties
The Sixties
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
UFOs: The Lost Evidence
The American Revolution
The American Revolution
TUT
TUT
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
The Curse of Civil War Gold
The Curse of Civil War Gold
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
Gunslingers
Gunslingers
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
US Weekly's Famous Feuds
US Weekly's Famous Feuds
America Unearthed
America Unearthed
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Texas Rising
Texas Rising
How the World Ends
How the World Ends
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Sons of Liberty
Sons of Liberty
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Billion Dollar Wreck
Billion Dollar Wreck
The Tesla Files
The Tesla Files
True Monsters
True Monsters
Hear No Evil
Hear No Evil
Natural Born Outlaws
Natural Born Outlaws
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Frontier
Frontier
Christmas Through the Decades
Christmas Through the Decades
Secrets of the Lost
Secrets of the Lost
Drunk History
Drunk History
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
American Experience
American Experience
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Apocalypse: HItler
Apocalypse: HItler
Borgia
Borgia
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Making a Dictator
Making a Dictator
Egypt
Egypt
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Titanic
The Titanic
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
History Specials
History Specials
The Lost Tapes
The Lost Tapes
The Knights Templar
The Knights Templar
Home Fires
Home Fires
America in Color
America in Color
Secrets of the Bible
Secrets of the Bible
Treasure Trader
Treasure Trader
Empire
Empire
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Art of The Western World
Art of The Western World
Hardcore Heroes
Hardcore Heroes
A.D. The Bible Continues
A.D. The Bible Continues
Guns, Germs and Steel
Guns, Germs and Steel
Behind Enemy Lines
Behind Enemy Lines
Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Time Team
Time Team
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
The Story Of The Jews
The Story Of The Jews
Most Infamous
Most Infamous
Cities of the Underworld
Cities of the Underworld
Secret Door
Secret Door
Raiders of the Lost Art
Raiders of the Lost Art
Die Trying
Die Trying
Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox
Legends of the Lost With Megan Fox
Revelation: The End of Days
Revelation: The End of Days
Nazi Death Squads
Nazi Death Squads
How We Got Here
How We Got Here
Unearthing Ancient Secrets
Unearthing Ancient Secrets
Fake Off
Fake Off
WWII's Most Daring Raids
WWII's Most Daring Raids
A YoungArts Masterclass
A YoungArts Masterclass
Genealogy Roadshow
Genealogy Roadshow
Monarchy
Monarchy
How the Earth Was Made
How the Earth Was Made
Million Dollar American Princesses
Million Dollar American Princesses
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Constitution USA with Peter Sagal
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Apocalypse: WWI
Apocalypse: WWI
What History Forgot
What History Forgot
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