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The Best Shows on The History Channel  

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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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Ancient Discoveries is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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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Don't Know is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
rat123 added Don't Know
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WWII in HD is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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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America: The Story of Us is listed (or ranked) 4 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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The Men Who Built America is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
micahsmithday added The Men Who Built America
The Men Who Built America is a History six-hour, four-part miniseries docudrama broadcast in Fall 2012, and on the History Channel UK in Spring 2013. The series focuses on Cornelius Vanderbilt, ...more
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History's Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
History's Mysteries is an American documentary television series that aired on the History Channel.
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Modern Marvels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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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The Men who built America: Fro... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
micahsmithday added The Men who built America: Frontiersmen
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Knightfall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Alexander Hicktor added 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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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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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Vietnam in HD is listed (or ranked) 11 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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The Presidents is listed (or ranked) 12 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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American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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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Ancient Aliens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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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How the States Got Their Shape... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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America Unearthed is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Forged in Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Kyle James added Rich Greenwood, Adam Ison, Jamie Lundell
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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Alone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Cameron Manchester added 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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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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How the Earth Was Made is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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
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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Brad Meltzer's Decoded is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
Brad Meltzer's Decoded
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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Banned from the Bible is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Battles BC is listed (or ranked) 25 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