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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Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
American Experience
American Experience
Air Disasters
Air Disasters
Drunk History
Drunk History
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum
Million Dollar American Princesses
Million Dollar American Princesses
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
Seven Deadly Sins (2009)
A Crime to Remember
A Crime to Remember
Forbidden History
Forbidden History
The World Wars
The World Wars
The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America
Ken Burns: Jazz
Ken Burns: Jazz
John Adams
John Adams
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour
Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots
Roots: The Next Generations
Roots: The Next Generations
Inside Windsor Castle
Inside Windsor Castle
Mysteries of the Abandoned
Mysteries of the Abandoned
CopyCat Killers
CopyCat Killers
What History Forgot
What History Forgot
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
The Civil War: A Film By Ken Burns
Gunslingers
Gunslingers
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
How the World Ends
How the World Ends
The Untold Story of the '90s
The Untold Story of the '90s
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
Hitler: The Rise and Fall
TUT
TUT
I, Claudius
I, Claudius
The Crimson Field
The Crimson Field
The Warfighters
The Warfighters
Evolution of Evil
Evolution of Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Gangsters: America's Most Evil
Home Fires
Home Fires
Myth Hunters
Myth Hunters
Borgia
Borgia
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Story of Film: An Odyssey
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
UFOs: Uncovering The Truth
South Riding
South Riding
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Natural Born Outlaws
Natural Born Outlaws
Codes & Conspiracies
Codes & Conspiracies
American Genius
American Genius
The Sixties
The Sixties
Mail Call
Mail Call
Legends & Lies: The Real West
Legends & Lies: The Real West
Dateline on OWN
Dateline on OWN
MovieStar
MovieStar
Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad
The Story of Diana
The Story of Diana
SEC Storied
SEC Storied
Britannia
Britannia
Egypt
Egypt
Fault Lines
Fault Lines
Civil War Gold
Civil War Gold
How It Works
How It Works
Top Secrets
Top Secrets
The Knights Templar
The Knights Templar
The Dovekeepers
The Dovekeepers
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Troy: Fall of a City
Troy: Fall of a City
Mysteries at the Hotel
Mysteries at the Hotel
The Cars That Made America
The Cars That Made America
Princess Ja-Myung Go
Princess Ja-Myung Go
Rise and Fall of the Mayans
Rise and Fall of the Mayans
A Cemetery Special
A Cemetery Special
Mummies Alive
Mummies Alive
War Stories
War Stories
Secrets of the Bible
Secrets of the Bible
War Stories with Oliver North
War Stories with Oliver North
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
Liberty's Kids, The Complete Series
Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Les Miserables
Les Miserables
The Wild West
The Wild West
Empire
Empire
Middlemarch
Middlemarch
The Lost World
The Lost World
Arlington: Field of Honor
Arlington: Field of Honor
Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color
Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color
Nazi Death Squads
Nazi Death Squads
Battles BC
Battles BC
Prospectors
Prospectors
How We Got Here
How We Got Here
The Somme
The Somme
A.D.
A.D.
The Making of The Mob
The Making of The Mob
Search For The Lost Giants
Search For The Lost Giants
WWII's Most Daring Raids
WWII's Most Daring Raids
Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Biography: David and Goliath
Biography: David and Goliath
Edward and Mrs Simpson
Edward and Mrs Simpson
The Tower: Tales from a Vanished Land
The Tower: Tales from a Vanished Land
Monarchy
Monarchy
Frontier
Frontier
The Titanic
The Titanic
Witness to Jonestown
Witness to Jonestown
African American History
African American History