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The Best Shows on The History Channel

Updated October 12, 2020 15.6k votes 3.9k voters 177.1k views61 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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  • 1
    Vikings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

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    America: The Story of Us is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    America: The Story of Us

    Daniel Webb, Liev Schreiber

    Premiered2010

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    Ancient Discoveries is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Ancient Discoveries

    Phil Crowley, Christopher Kelly

    Premiered2003

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    WWII in HD is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    WWII in HD

    Gary Sinise, Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Premiered2009

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    History's Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    The Men Who Built America is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    The Men Who Built America

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    Modern Marvels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Modern Marvels

    Lloyd Sherr, Harlan Saperstein

    Premiered1995

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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
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    The Men who built America: Frontiersmen

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    Ancient Aliens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Ancient Aliens

    Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos

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    American Pickers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    American Pickers

    Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz

    Premiered2010

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    Vietnam in HD is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Vietnam in HD

    Tempestt Bledsoe, Edward Burns

    Premiered2011

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    Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Gettysburg

    Sam Rockwell

    Premiered2011

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    America Unearthed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    America Unearthed

    Scott Wolter, Larry Yazzie

    Premiered2012

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    The Presidents is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    The Presidents

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    Declassified is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Declassified

    Eric Edwards Abud, Heather Dorff

    Premiered2004

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    How the States Got Their Shape is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    How the States Got Their Shapes

    Brian Unger

    Premiered2010

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    Brad Meltzer's Decoded is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Brad Meltzer's Decoded

    Brad Meltzer, Buddy Levy

    Premiered2010

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    Knightfall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Knightfall

    Tom Cullen, Jim Carter

    Premiered2017

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    History's Lost & Found is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    History's Lost & Found

    Edward Herrmann

    Premiered1999

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    Banned from the Bible is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Banned from the Bible

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    How the Earth Was Made is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    How the Earth Was Made

    Corey Johnson, Jonathan Keeble

    Premiered2009

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    Alone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Alone

    Dustin Feher, Alan Kay

    Premiered2015

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    Battle 360° is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Battle 360°

    Alan Pietruszewski, Garth R. Hassell

    Premiered2008

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    Engineering an Empire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Engineering an Empire

    Peter Weller, Michael Carroll

    Premiered2006

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    Forged in Fire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Shows on The History Channel
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    Forged in Fire

    Rich Greenwood, Adam Ison

    Premiered2015

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