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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best History TV series.

The very best history shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest history shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular history TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining history show of all time is. Don't let your favorite history television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of history television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

This is a list that features shows like Gettysburg and Chandragupta Maurya.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best history show of all time?" and "What are the greatest history shows?"

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Hetalia - Axis Powers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Hetalia - Axis Powers Daisuke Namikawa, Hiroki Takahashi, Katsuyuki Konishi

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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Code Geass Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with ...more

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Blackadder Goes Forth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Blackadder Goes Forth Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry Blackadder Goes Forth is the fourth and final series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 28 September to 2 November 1989 on BBC One. The ...more

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National Geographic Explorer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best History TV Shows
National Geographic Explorer Lisa Ling, Peter Coyote National Geographic Explorer is an American documentary television series that originally premiered on Nickelodeon on April 7, 1985, after having been produced as a less costly and intensive ...more

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American Masters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best History TV Shows
American Masters Julianna Margulies, Laura Linney, William Hurt American Masters is a PBS television show which produces biographies on artists, actors and writers of the United States who have left a profound impact on the nation's popular culture. It is ...more

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War & Peace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best History TV Shows

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Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Rache Golden added Liberty's Kids Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson, Billy Crystal Liberty's Kids is an animated educational historical fiction television series produced by DIC Entertainment, originally broadcast on PBS Kids from September 2, 2002 to April 4, 2003, although ...more

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Solving History with Olly Stee... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Solving History with Olly Steeds Oliver Steeds Solving History with Olly Steeds is a weekly American documentary adventure reality television series that premiered on January 13, 2010 on the Discovery Channel. Produced by JWM Productions, ...more

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Time Team is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Time Team Tony Robinson, Phil Harding, John Gater Time Team is a British television series which has been aired on British Channel 4 from 1994. Created by television producer Tim Taylor and presented by actor Tony Robinson, each episode ...more

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Unsolved History is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Unsolved History J.V. Martin, Daniel Martinez, Mike Sode Unsolved History is an American documentary television series that aired from 2002 to 2005. The program was produced by MorningStar Entertainment, Termite Art Productions, Lions Gate Television, ...more

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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Marco Polo Leonard Nimoy, Anne Bancroft, Burt Lancaster Marco Polo is an American-Italian television miniseries originally broadcast by NBC in the United States, by Antenne 2 in France and by RAI in Italy in 1982. It starred Kenneth Marshall as Marco ...more

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Dick Turpin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Dick Turpin Richard O'Sullivan, Christopher Benjamin, David Daker Dick Turpin is a British television drama series starring Richard O'Sullivan and Michael Deeks. It was created by Richard Carpenter, Paul Knight and Sydney Cole and written by Richard Carpenter, ...more

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BBC Television Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best History TV Shows
BBC Television Shakespeare The BBC Television Shakespeare is a series of British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina and broadcast by BBC Television. Transmitted in the UK ...more

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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best History TV Shows
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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Shaka Zulu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Shaka Zulu Christopher Lee, Trevor Howard, Edward Fox Shaka Zulu is a television series directed by William C. Faure and written by Joshua Sinclair for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, based on Sinclair's novel of the same name. It is ...more

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Saints and Strangers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Saints and Strangers Nick Boraine, Anna Camp, Dylan Edy

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Profiles in Courage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Profiles in Courage Profile in Courage was a TV show based on John F. Kennedy's book of the same name.

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From the Earth to the Moon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best History TV Shows
From the Earth to the Moon Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith From the Earth to the Moon is a twelve-part HBO television miniseries co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick, telling the story of the landmark Apollo ...more

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Secrets of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Secrets of the Dead Liev Schreiber Secrets of the Dead is an ongoing PBS television series produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which began in 2000. The show generally follows an investigator or team of investigators exploring ...more

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The Great Adventure is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best History TV Shows
The Great Adventure The Great Adventure is a historical anthology series that appeared on CBS for the 1963-1964 television season. The series, narrated each week by Van Heflin, and featuring theme music by Richard ...more

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Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives David Attenborough Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives is a four-part BBC documentary series concerning the discovery of fossils. It is written and presented by David Attenborough, produced by Mike Salisbury, and was ...more

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The First Churchills is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best History TV Shows
The First Churchills Susan Hampshire, John Neville, John Standing The First Churchills was a BBC serial from 1969 about the life of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and his wife, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. It starred John Neville as the ...more

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Decisions that Shook the World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Decisions that Shook the World Decisions that Shook the World is a TV mini-series.

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The Adventure of English is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best History TV Shows
The Adventure of English Melvyn Bragg The Adventure of English is a British television series on the history of the English language presented by Melvyn Bragg as well as a companion book, also written by Bragg. The series ran in ...more

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Texas Ranch House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Texas Ranch House Randy Quaid Texas Ranch House is an PBS American reality television series that premiered in May 2006. Produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, Wall to Wall Media Limited, and PBS, the show placed fifteen modern ...more

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The Bible is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best History TV Shows
The Bible Keith David, Roma Downey, Diogo Morgado The Bible is a television miniseries based on the Bible. It was produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett and was broadcast weekly between March 3 and March 31, 2013 on History channel. It has ...more

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The Nazis: A Warning from Hist... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best History TV Shows
The Nazis: A Warning from History Samuel West, Fritz Arlt, Rudi Bamber The Nazis: A Warning from History is a 1997 BBC documentary film series that examines Adolf Hitler and the Nazis' rise to power, their zenith, their decline and fall, and the consequences of ...more

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101 Gadgets That Changed the W... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best History TV Shows

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Superheroes: A Never-Ending Ba... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle Examines the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy, as well as the evolution of the characters who leapt from the pages over the last 75 years and their ongoing worldwide cultural ...more

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Samurai Deeper Kyo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Samurai Deeper Kyo Yui Horie, Akira Ishida, Dan Green Samurai Deeper Kyo is a manga series written and illustrated by Akimine Kamijyo. Set during the Edo period of Japan's history, Samurai Deeper Kyo follows Demon Eyes Kyo, a feared samurai seeking ...more

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One in a Million is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best History TV Shows
One in a Million One in a Million is Malaysia's first ever reality singing competition to offer a RM 1 million prize to the winner. The second season began on 16 November 2007, resuming to its former timeslot at ...more

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Horizon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Horizon Horizon is an ongoing and long-running British documentary television series on BBC that covers science and philosophy.

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The States is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best History TV Shows
The States Edward Herrmann The States is a 2007 American documentary television series about the history of each state in the United States of America, narrated by Edward Herrmann. The show documents each of the 50 states ...more

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Frontier House is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Frontier House Frontier House is a historical reality television series that originally aired on the Public Broadcasting Service in the United States from April 29 to May 3, 2002. The series followed three ...more

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102 Minutes That Changed Ameri... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best History TV Shows
102 Minutes That Changed America New York City, September 11, 2001. The morning everything changed. 102 minutes passed between the first plane's impact into One World Trade Center, the second plane's attack on Two World Trade ...more

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Perfect Storms: Disasters That... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Perfect Storms: Disasters That Changed the World Kenneth Welsh Perfect Storm: Disasters That Changed The World was a Canadian Historical Documentary which was broadcast on History and Yesterday. The series travelled around the world and through the ages to ...more

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The Presidents is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best History TV Shows
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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Philadelphia: The Great Experi... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best History TV Shows

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History's Lost & Found is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best History TV Shows
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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Napoléon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Napoléon John Malkovich, Isabella Rossellini, Jessica Paré Napoleon is a historical miniseries which explored the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. In 2002, it was the most expensive television miniseries in Europe, costing the equivalent of $US46,330,000 to ...more

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The Legendary Curse of the Hop... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best History TV Shows
The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond is a 1975 TV movie.

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Auschwitz: The Nazis and the '... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution' Linda Hunt, Linda Ellerbee, Samuel West Auschwitz: The Nazis and 'The Final Solution' is a BBC six-episode documentary film series presenting the story of Auschwitz through interviews with former inmates and guards to include ...more

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Bible Ki Kahaniya is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Bible Ki Kahaniya Urmila Matondkar, Shammi Kapoor, Kabir Bedi Bible Ki Kahaniya was an Indian epic period serial based on Christian scriptures of the Bible in Hindi language. It was one of the first serials in India to involve high budget and use of fast ...more

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Shinsengumi! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Shinsengumi! Tatsuya Fujiwara, Kōichi Satō, Joe Odagiri Shinsengumi! is a Taiga drama television series produced by Japanese broadcaster NHK. It was a popular drama about the Shinsengumi, a Japanese special police force from the Bakumatsu period. ...more

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Hem till Midgård is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Hem till Midgård Sara Sommerfeld, Per Morberg, Markoolio Hem till Midgård is a Swedish sit-com which ran on TV4 in Sweden during 2003. It is currently being re-run on TV4 Komedi. The name is a pun of the classic Swedish TV series Hem till byn as ...more

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Gwanggaeto, The Great Conquero... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Gwanggaeto, The Great Conqueror Kim Jung-hwa, Im Ho, Kim Seung-soo Gwanggaeto, The Great Conqueror, also known as King Gwanggaeto the Great, is a historical drama based on the life of the nineteenth monarch of Goguryeo, Gwanggaeto the Great. The drama was based ...more

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Kahani Chandrakanta Ki is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Kahani Chandrakanta Ki Kahani Chandrakanta Ki was an Indian fantasy television series based on Devaki Nandan Khatri's second novel Chandrakanta Santati. The series premiered on Sahara One on June 6, 2011, and is ...more

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War is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best History TV Shows
War War: A Commentary by Gwynne Dyer is a 1983 Canadian television miniseries filmed by Gwynne Dyer. The miniseries was commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada and consists of 8 one-hour ...more

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America and Lewis Hine is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best History TV Shows
America and Lewis Hine America and Lewis Hine is a 1985 documentary film written by Daniel V. Allentuck, L.S. Block and John Crowley and directed by Nina Rosenblum.

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Freedom Fighter, Lee Hoe-young is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Freedom Fighter, Lee Hoe-young Freedom Fighter, Lee Hoe-young is a 2010 South Korean historical television series, starring Jung Dong-hwan, Ahn Jae-mo, Lee Ah-yi, Hong Il-kwon and Kwon Oh-joong. Based on the life of Korean ...more