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The Best Shows on The History Channel

Updated March 8, 2021 14.2k votes 4.1k voters 185.3k views68 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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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Peter Franzén

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    America: The Story of Us

    Daniel Webb, Liev Schreiber
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    The Men Who Built America

    A.J. Achinger
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    WWII in HD

    Justin Bartha, Jason Ritter
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    Ancient Discoveries

    Phil Crowley, Christopher Kelly
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    Modern Marvels

    Lloyd Sherr, Harlan Saperstein

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    The Men who built America: Frontiersmen

    Jonathan C. Stewart, Gareth Reeves
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    Ancient Aliens

    David Wilcock, Linda Moulton Howe

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    Gettysburg

    Sam Rockwell
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    Vietnam in HD

    Tempestt Bledsoe, Edward Burns
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    American Pickers

    Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz

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    The Presidents

    Edward Herrmann
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    Knightfall

    Tom Cullen, Jim Carter

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    Declassified

    Eric Edwards Abud, Heather Dorff
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    How the States Got Their Shapes

    Brian Unger
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    History's Lost & Found

    Edward Herrmann
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    Alone

    Dustin Feher, Alan Kay
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    Banned from the Bible

    Edward Herrmann
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    Brad Meltzer's Decoded

    Buddy Levy, Christine McKinley
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    Battle 360°

    Alan Pietruszewski, Garth R. Hassell
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    How the Earth Was Made

    Corey Johnson, Jonathan Keeble

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    Forged in Fire

    Rich Greenwood, Adam Ison
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    Engineering an Empire

    Peter Weller, Michael Carroll
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    Battles BC

    Bryan McGowan, Cazzey Louis Cereghino