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The Best Shows on The History Channel

Updated February 23, 2021 14.1k votes 4.1k voters 182.5k views67 items

List RulesVote up the best original TV shows that have ever debuted on The History Channel.

This list of the top current and canceled History Channel TV shows includes the date when each show first aired, as well as which actors starred in the show. The best History Channel shows 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 canceled? We were too! But don't worry. This list includes History Channel miniseries and History Channel documentaries to 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. There are even dramas based in historical events, like their first original scripted series Vikings.

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 canceled 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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  • Vikings1
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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

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  • America: The Story of Us2
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    America: The Story of Us

    Daniel Webb, Liev Schreiber

    Premiered2010

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  • The Men Who Built America3
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    The Men Who Built America

    David Donahoe, Matt Boliek

    Premiered2012

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  • Ancient Discoveries4
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    Ancient Discoveries

    Phil Crowley, Christopher Kelly

    Premiered2003

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  • WWII in HD5
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    WWII in HD

    Gary Sinise, Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Premiered2009

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    Modern Marvels

    Lloyd Sherr, Harlan Saperstein

    Premiered1995

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  • History's Mysteries7
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    Premiered1994

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  • The Men who built America: Frontiersmen8
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    The Men who built America: Frontiersmen

    Jonathan C. Stewart, Gareth Reeves

    Premiered2018

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  • Ancient Aliens9
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    Ancient Aliens

    Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos

    Premiered2010

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  • Vietnam in HD10
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    Vietnam in HD

    Tempestt Bledsoe, Edward Burns

    Premiered2011

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  • Gettysburg11
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    Gettysburg

    Sam Rockwell

    Premiered2011

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  • American Pickers12
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    American Pickers

    Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz

    Premiered2010

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  • Knightfall13
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    Knightfall

    Tom Cullen, Jim Carter

    Premiered2017

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  • The Presidents14
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    The Presidents

    Edward Herrmann

    Premiered2005

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    How the States Got Their Shapes

    Brian Unger

    Premiered2010

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  • Declassified16
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    Declassified

    Eric Edwards Abud, Heather Dorff

    Premiered2004

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  • Brad Meltzer's Decoded17
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    Brad Meltzer's Decoded

    Brad Meltzer, Buddy Levy

    Premiered2010

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  • History's Lost & Found18
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    History's Lost & Found

    Edward Herrmann

    Premiered1999

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  • Forged in Fire19
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    Forged in Fire

    Rich Greenwood, Adam Ison

    Premiered2015

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  • Banned from the Bible20
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    Banned from the Bible

    Edward Herrmann

    Premiered2003

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  • Alone21
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    Alone

    Dustin Feher, Alan Kay

    Premiered2015

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  • How the Earth Was Made22
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    How the Earth Was Made

    Corey Johnson, Jonathan Keeble

    Premiered2009

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  • Battle 360°23
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    Battle 360°

    Alan Pietruszewski, Garth R. Hassell

    Premiered2008

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  • Engineering an Empire24
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    Engineering an Empire

    Peter Weller, Michael Carroll

    Premiered2006

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  • Banned from the Bible II25
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    Banned from the Bible II

    Edward Herrmann

    Premiered2007

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