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The Best Current History Shows 

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Updated June 5, 2020 603 votes 203 voters 7.1k views 19 items

Here are the best History shows on now. While the network's occasionally criticized for their rather liberal definition of the term "history," these current shows on History have nevertheless struck a chord with audiences. Whether historically accurate or not, these programs have fans captivated. Wondering what to watch on History? You can find your answer below. 

Some of the best History shows currently airing are historical dramas set in different eras. Vikings and Knightfall, for example, follow the adventures of Scandinavian warriors and the Knights of Templar, respectively. Other popular History shows are reality or documentary style programming. The ever popular Pawn Stars deals with old, intriguing objects bought and sold at a Las Vegas pawn shop. Ancient Aliens - often spoofed in popular culture - explores conspiracy theories surrounding the possibility aliens once lived on earth and had an effect on early humans. Whether you want an informative series or a guilty pleasure, there are plenty of shows on now to meet your needs. 

Browse this list of History channel programs below to find your next show. Remember to vote your favorites to the top. 

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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The Curse of Oak Island ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Robert Clotworthy, Rick Lagina, Marty Lagina

Premiered: 2014

The Curse of Oak Island (History, 2014) is a reality television series that follows brothers Marty and Rick Lagina, originally from Kingsford, Michigan, through their efforts to find the ...more
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Knightfall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Tom Cullen, Jim Carter, Pádraic Delaney

Premiered: 2017

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Knightfall (History, 2017) is a historical fiction drama television series created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner. Templar leader Landry du Lauzon (Tom Cullen), a brave warrior discouraged ...more
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Project Blue Book is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Aidan Gillen, Laura Mennell, Michael Harney

Premiered: 2019

Project Blue Book (History, 2019) is an American historical drama television series created by Robert Zemeckis, David O'Leary, and Sean Jablonski, co-produced by History Channel and A&E ...more

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Ancient Aliens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Ancient Aliens Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress

Premiered: 2010

Ancient Aliens (History, 2010) is an American television series that presents hypotheses of ancient astronauts and proposes that historical texts, archaeology, and legends contain evidence of ...more

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American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby

Premiered: 2010

American Pickers (History, 2010) is an American reality television series that follows antique and collectible pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz who travel around the United States to buy or ...more

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Alone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Dustin Feher, Alan Kay, Sam Larson

Premiered: 2015

Alone (History, 2015) is an American reality television series. Ten survival "experts" attempt to survive alone, and the winner receives $500,000.
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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison

Premiered: 2009

Pawn Stars (History, 2009) is an American reality television series that chronicles the daily activities at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family business operated by ...more

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Forged in Fire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Rich Greenwood, Adam Ison, Jamie Lundell

Premiered: 2015

Forged in Fire (History, 2015) is an American competition series hosted by Wil Willis. Four bladesmiths compete in a three-round elimination contest to forge bladed weapons, with the overall ...more
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Mountain Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current History Shows
D.B. Sweeney, Eustace Conway, Tom Oar

Premiered: 2012

Mountain Men (History, 2012) is an American reality television series that follows the lives, adventures, and struggles of people living in the wilderness.
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Kingdom of the Mummies ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Ramadan Hussein

Premiered: 2020

Kingdom of the Mummies (National Geographic, 2020) is a historical documentary series produced by BBC Studios. The series follows a team of archaeologists led by Ramadan Hussein from Germany’s ...more
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History 101 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current History Shows

Premiered: 2020

History 101 (Netflix, 2020) is a British educational documentary television series. Infographics and archival footage deliver bite-size history lessons on scientific breakthroughs, social ...more

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American Restoration is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Rick Dale, Tyler Dale, Brettly Otterman

Premiered: 2010

American Restoration (History, 2010) is an American reality television series, and a spinoff of Pawn Stars. The series focuses on Rick's Restorations, a company owned and operated by Las Vegas ...more
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Asian Americans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Daniel Dae Kim, Tamlyn Tomita, Sandra Oh

Premiered: 2020

Asian Americans (PBS, 2020) is an American political documentary series narrated by Daniel Dae Kim and Tamlyn Tomita. The five-part series traces the story of Asian Americans, spanning 150 years ...more
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Counting Cars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Ryan Evans, Danny Koker, Rick Harrison

Premiered: 2012

Counting Cars is an American reality television series, shown on History, and produced by Leftfield Pictures. The series, which is the third spinoff of Pawn Stars, is filmed in Las Vegas, ...more

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Swamp People is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Troy Landry, Jacob Landry, Bruce Mitchell

Premiered: 2010

Swamp People (History, 2010) is an American reality series that follows the day-to-day activities of Louisiana natives living in the swamps of the Atchafalaya River Basin who hunt American ...more

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Iron and Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Charlie Casey, Daniel Casey, Bob Thatcher

Premiered: 2016

Iron & Fire (History, 2016) is an American reality television series that portrays the lives of Daniel Casey's family & friends, who became successful from their family-operated
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Big Easy Motors is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Charles Handler

Premiered: 2016

Big Easy Motors (History, 2016) is an American reality television series. Charles Handler and his team of car experts search all over Louisiana for classic cars to restore and sell.
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Ozzy & Jack's World ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current History Shows
Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Osbourne

Premiered: 2016

Ozzy & Jack's World Detour (A&E, 2016) is an American reality television series that follows self-proclaimed history nerds Ozzy and Jack Osbourne as they visit one or more sites to learn ...more