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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American Experience
American Experience
Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Britannia
Britannia
Drunk History
Drunk History
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
John Adams
John Adams
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Gunpowder
Gunpowder
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
American Epic
American Epic
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
TUT
TUT
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Mysteries at the Museum
CopyCat Killers
Active Shooter: America Under Fire
Sons of Liberty
America in Color
Mr. Selfridge
Million Dollar American Princesses
The Seventies
Time Team
The Titanic
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
My Classic Car
Revelation: The End of Days
America's Book Of Secrets
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment
True Monsters
Walking with Prehistoric Beasts
The Knights Templar
Long Strange Trip
Empire
Life on Fire
The Draft
American Experience: The Presidents
Dateline on OWN
The Sixties
Underground Railroad
American Pickers: Best of
How It Works
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
The Men Who Built America
Soviet Storm: WWII in the East
Wingmen
The Last Nazis
Alexander's Lost World
Egypt
The Ghosts of Oxford Street
Treasure Trader
Genealogy Roadshow
Deep Wreck Mysteries
Waterways: The Royal Canal
Pompeii - The Last Day
Secret Door
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
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
Taking Back the Years
Holy Land Revealed
Hiroshima
The Dark Ages: An Age of Light
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Edward and Mrs Simpson
NOVA: Becoming Human
Bomber Boys: The Fighting Lancaster
Monarchy
African American History
Drive Thru History: Discovering America's Founders
Egypt (2013)
Home Fires
Chuck Knows Church
Pure History
The Naked Archaeologist
How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson
Time to Remember
American Experience: We Shall Remain
Ken Burns: America
Ken Burns: American Lives
Great Drives
Cities of the Underworld
Elizabeth R
African American Lives
Dick Cavett's Vietnam
Secrets of Highclere Castle
Planet Egypt