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This list of the top current and cancelled History Channel TV series includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best History Channel TV programs of all time include the most viewed shows on History Channel, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list. Tons of new History Channel shows are added each year, as well as traditional History Channel specials. Were you bummed out when Brad Meltzer Decoded cancelled? We were too! But don't worry. This History Channel Miniseries list and History Channel documentary list will help you find new shows on History Channel to love. 

The History Channel is home to some of the best shows on television today. Over the years, it has become less about actual history shows, and more about rough-and-tumble reality television. If you love rednecks and cold weather, you'll totally love Ice Road TruckersPawn Stars and American Restoration are other great reality TV shows on the History Channel. If learning about ancient civilizations, cultures, and life forms, Ancient Discoveries is an awesome show for you to check out. The Men Who Built America and The Bible are more historically accurate programs for viewers who want to delve deep into history. 

Although television fans in different locations grew up with History Channel shows on different channels, the top TV shows on the History Channel should be pretty familiar to everyone. The list of top History Channel television shows below includes cast, creator, and premiere date when available. This list contains only TV series on the History Channel network, even cancelled History Channel shows. Vote up the best shows on the History Channel below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Mark Lanzarotta added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen 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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American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
American Pickers Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby 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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America: The Story of Us is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
America: The Story of Us America: The Story of Us is a 12-part, 9-hours documentary-drama television miniseries that premiered on April 25, 2010, on History channel. Produced by Nutopia, the program portrays more than ...more

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Ancient Discoveries is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Ancient Discoveries Phil Crowley^! Christopher Kelly^! Sean Barrett Ancient Discoveries was a television series that premiered on December 21, 2003, on The History Channel. The program focused on ancient technologies. The show's theme was that many inventions ...more

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Modern Marvels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Modern Marvels Lloyd Sherr, Harlan Saperstein, Franklin D. Roosevelt Modern Marvels is a television series on the History Channel. The program focuses on how technologies affect and are used in today's society. It is among History's first, and longest-running, ...more

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WWII in HD is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
WWII in HD Gary Sinise, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles Scheffel WWII in HD is a 10-part American documentary television miniseries that originally aired from November 15 to November 19, 2009 on the History Channel. The program focuses on the firsthand ...more

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History's Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
History's Mysteries History's Mysteries is an American documentary television series that aired on the History Channel.

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Vietnam in HD is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Vietnam in HD Tempestt Bledsoe^! Edward Burns^! Dean Cain Vietnam in HD is a 6-part American documentary television miniseries that originally aired from November 8 to November 11, 2011 on the History Channel. From the same producers as WWII in HD, the ...more

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Ancient Aliens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Ancient Aliens Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress 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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The Presidents is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
The Presidents The Presidents is a 2005 American documentary television series about the history of each President of the United States of America, narrated by Edward Herrmann. The show documents each of the ...more

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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Gettysburg Framed by former President Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address, this documentary takes a hard look at the battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of the soldiers on either side of the ...more

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Pawn Stars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Pawn Stars Rick Harrison, Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison 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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How the States Got Their Shape... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
How the States Got Their Shapes Brian Unger How the States Got Their Shapes is a television series that airs on the History Channel. It is hosted by Brian Unger and is based on Mark Stein's book, How the States Got Their Shapes. The show ...more

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How the Earth Was Made is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
How the Earth Was Made How the Earth Was Made is a documentary television series produced by Pioneer Productions for the History channel. It began as a two-hour special exploring the geological history of Earth, ...more

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Alone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Cameron Manchester added Alone Dustin Feher, Alan Kay, Sam Larson 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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American Restoration is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
American Restoration Rick Dale, Tyler Dale, Brettly Otterman 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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Brad Meltzer's Decoded is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Brad Meltzer's Decoded Brad Meltzer, Buddy Levy, Christine McKinley Brad Meltzer's Decoded, is an American mystery and conspiracy theory investigation television series, produced by Go Go Luckey and Berman/Braun, that premiered December 2, 2010 on the History ...more

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America Unearthed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
max-e-winebrinner added America Unearthed America Unearthed is an American television series that was the first original series to air on the A&E Networks channel H2. The show premiered on 21 December 2012 and is produced by ...more

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Battle 360° is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Battle 360° Battle 360°, also written as Battle 360, is an American documentary television series that originally aired from February 29 to May 2, 2008 on History. The program focuses on the World War ...more

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Battles BC is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Battles BC Battles BC is a 2009 documentary series looking at key battles in ancient history. The show was known for its very gritty nature, visual effects similar to the film 300 and its highly ...more

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Declassified is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Declassified Declassified is an American television series produced by Ten Worlds Productions on The History Channel that originally aired on November 9, 2004. The series takes viewers inside vaults and ...more

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Engineering an Empire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Engineering an Empire Peter Weller^! Michael Carroll^! J.J. Huckin Engineering an Empire is a program on The History Channel that explores the engineering and/or architectural feats that were characteristic of some of the greatest societies on this planet. It ...more

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Banned from the Bible is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Banned from the Bible Banned from the Bible is a documentary television series that originally aired on the History Channel as Time Machine: Banned from the Bible in 2003. Banned from the Bible discusses the ancient ...more

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Banned from the Bible II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Banned from the Bible II Banned from the Bible II continues from the original documentary Banned from the Bible, and was aired on The History Channel. The documentary introduces several books that were excluded from the ...more

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Cities of the Underworld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Cities of the Underworld Cities of the Underworld is an American documentary television series that premiered on March 2, 2007, on the History channel. The program explores the subterranean environment and culture ...more

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History's Lost & Found is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
History's Lost & Found Edward Herrmann History's Lost and Found is a television show from the History Channel that debuted as a three part series in December 1998. It first aired as a weekly series on August 7, 1999. Each episode is ...more

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The Real Face of Jesus? is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
The Real Face of Jesus? What did Jesus look like? Artists, scholars and millions of Christians around the world have been pondering the question for centuries. And on Tuesday, March 30, at 9/8c, HISTORY viewers may get ...more

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Life After People: The Series is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Life After People: The Series James Lurie, Steven S. Ross, Gordon Masterton Life After People is a television series on which scientists, structural engineers, and other experts speculate about what might become of Earth should humanity instantly disappear. The featured ...more

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Swamp People is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Swamp People Troy Landry, Jacob Landry, Bruce Mitchell 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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Cowboys and Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Cowboys and Outlaws Cowboys and Outlaws is a documentary series on The History Channel that details key figures and events in the history of the American West in the latter half of the 19th century. It uses ...more

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Dogfights is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Dogfights Phil Crowley, Frederick Blesse, Ralph Parr Dogfights is a military aviation themed TV series depicting historical re-enactments of air-to-air combat that took place in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as ...more

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Digging for the Truth is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Digging for the Truth Josh Bernstein^! Hunter Ellis^! Zahi Hawass Digging for the Truth was a History Channel television series. The first three seasons of the show focused on host Josh Bernstein, who journeyed on various explorations of historical icons and ...more

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Surviving History is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Surviving History Surviving History was a series that aired on the History Channel. In the show, ancient weapons, devices, and execution methods are recreated and tested.

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UFO Files is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
UFO Files Burton Richardson, Stanton Friedman, William J. Birnes UFO Files is an American television series that was produced from 2004 to 2007 for The History Channel. The program covers the phenomena of unidentified flying and submerged objects, close ...more

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Top Gear is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Top Gear Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May Top Gear is an American motoring television series, based on the BBC series of the same name. The show's presenters are professional racing driver Tanner Foust, actor and comedian Adam Ferrara, ...more

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Clash of the Gods is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Clash of the Gods Clash of the Gods is a one-hour weekly mythology television series that premiered on August 3, 2009 on the History channel. The program covers many of the ancient Greek and Norse Gods, monsters ...more

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Knightfall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Alexander Hicktor added Knightfall Tom Cullen, Jim Carter, Pádraic Delaney 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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Gangland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Gangland Gangland was a television series that aired on The History Channel. It usually aired on Thursday evenings although it had been known to arbitrarily change days every so often. Gangland explored ...more

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Battlefield Detectives is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Battlefield Detectives Gavin MacFadyen, Simon West, Ivan Williams Battlefield Detectives is a forensic documentary television series that aired on the History Channel from 2003 to 2006. The series explores famous battles focusing on the battlefield itself, and ...more

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Mega Disasters is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Mega Disasters Mega Disasters is an American documentary television series that originally aired from May 23, 2006 to July 2008 on The History Channel. Produced by Creative Differences, the program explores ...more

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Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Alexander Hicktor added Black Sails Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New Black Sails is an American dramatic adventure television series set on New Providence Island and a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. The series was created by Jonathan ...more

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Found is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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Fast N' Loud is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
ChrisLaur added Fast N' Loud Christie Brimberry, Richard Rawlings, Aaron Kaufmann Fast N' Loud is a reality styled Discovery Channel TV show featuring Richard Rawlings, 45, and Aaron Kaufman, 33, from the Dallas, Texas-based Gas Monkey Garage as they search for run-down cars, ...more

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Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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War & Peace is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel

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Lost Worlds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Lost Worlds Lost Worlds is a documentary television series by The History Channel that explores a variety of "lost" locations from ancient to modern times. These "great feats of engineering, ...more

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The History of Sex is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
The History of Sex Peter Coyote The History of Sex is a 1999 five part documentary series by Jim Milio, Kelly McPherson, and Melissa Jo Peltier; and narrated by Peter Coyote. It was first aired on The History Channel. It ...more

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Man, Moment, Machine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Man, Moment, Machine Hunter Ellis^! Alexander Cukor^! A.J. Hunt Man, Moment, Machine is a television series which aired on The History Channel and was hosted by Hunter Ellis. It documented an important event in history and went into detail about, as the ...more

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Ozzy and Jack's World Detour -... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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