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1. Greatest Heroes of the Bible (1978– )

510 min | Drama, Family, History

Anthology of famous events of the Old Testament.

Stars: Brad Crandall, Victor Jory, Peter Mark Richman, Will Kuluva

Votes: 130

2. Great Castles of Europe (1993–1994)

Documentary, History

Beginning to think about locks today, we imagine enormous banquet halls, crack of firewoods in a fire-place, romantic times of noble knights and wonderful ladies. In actual fact, rooms look... See full summary »

Stars: Sheldon Smith, Larry Lewman, Rob List

Votes: 20

3. My Classic Car (1997– )

30 min | Documentary, History

Dennis Gage travels around North America, and occasionally overseas, visiting car shows and meeting interesting collectors with all sorts of cool vehicles.

Stars: Dennis Gage, Jay Leno, Rick Schmidt, Jorgen Moller

Votes: 36

4. History's Mysteries (1998–2011)

TV-PG | Documentary, History, Mystery

Explore the stories, events, legends and myths that have incited debate throughout the ages.

Stars: David Ackroyd, Arthur Kent, William L. MacDonald, Carole Fontaine

Votes: 166

7. The Most Evil Men and Women in History (2001– )

23 min | Documentary, History

Documentary series with each episode focusing on a solitary historical figure who, for various reasons, including despotism, canibalism, genocide, and too many atrocities to imagine, are ... See full summary »

Stars: Ben Taylor, David Carpenter, Orlando Figes, Harold Shukman

Votes: 36

8. Unsolved History (2002– )

60 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

Historical mysteries are scientifically investigated.

Stars: Daniel Martinez, J.V. Martin, Mike Sode, Kathleen Kern

Votes: 101

9. Conquest (2002– )

30 min | Documentary, Action, History

Actor and fight director Peter Woodward explores various forms of competition throughout the ages, reenacting historic fights with the help of a stunt team. Episodes have focused on topics ... See full summary »

Stars: Al Gregg, Chris Torres, Peter Woodward, Derek Hagen

Votes: 77

11. Barbarians (2004– )

TV-PG | 184 min | Documentary, History

This 4 part series documents the history of the Vikings, Goths, Mongols, and Huns.

Stars: Clancy Brown, Thomas Burns, Peter Heather, Michael Kulikowski

Votes: 80

12. A Haunting (2005–2019)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Drama, History

An American paranormal anthology previewing stories told by the victims. Victims tell their terrifing encounters with the paranormal. This show contains narrations, frightening reanactments, & religious content.

Stars: Anthony D. Call, Andrew Ragan, Kelley Davis, Tony Wade

Votes: 2,788

13. Digging for the Truth (2005– )

60 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

Digging for the Truth is a History Channel's television series hosted for the first three seasons by Josh Bernstein, who explores various historical mysteries.

Stars: Josh Bernstein, Hunter Ellis, Zahi Hawass, Zay Harding

Votes: 205

14. Battleground: The Art of War (2005– )

Action, History

Battleground: Alexander the Great follows the battlefield strategy of one of history's fiercest warriors. The battle at Galgamela is re-enacted through live action & CGI.

Stars: David Lain Baker, Dean Battaglia, James P. Bennett, Stephen Alan Brown

Votes: 41

15. Technological Marvels of the Ancient World (2005)

TV-G | 50 min | History

Impossible discoveries have been made. Some of the world's greatest historical inventions are merely reinventions of contraptions made thousands of years before. See the incredible ... See full summary »

16. Animal World (1968–1976)

30 min | Documentary

Hosted by veteran wildlife film-maker Bill Burrud, this series provided viewers with an up-close look at the lives of wild animals from all over the world in their natural habitats. ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Burrud, Molly Sisson, Bill Baldwin

Votes: 24

17. 60 Minutes (1968– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, News

The classic long-running prime time TV investigative news magazine.

Stars: Lesley Stahl, Andrew Rooney, Steve Kroft, Morley Safer

Votes: 2,897

18. Nova (1974– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Science documentaries about various topics.

Stars: Jay O. Sanders, Craig Sechler, Lance Lewman, Will Lyman

Votes: 2,135

19. In Search of... (1976–1982)

30 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

Leonard Nimoy hosts investigations into various mysteries.

Stars: Leonard Nimoy, Francis Hitching, George O. Abell, Sylvia Browne

Votes: 819

20. 20/20 (1978– )

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, News

A.B.C.'s original hour-long news magazine.

Stars: David Muir, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Barbara Walters

Votes: 1,546

21. Secrets and Mysteries (1983–1989)

30 min | Documentary

An examination of unnatural phenomena, such as UFOs, serial killers, dream interpretations, etc.

Stars: Edward Mulhare, Donald Cyr, John Andreson, John Fleck

Votes: 28

22. Wacky World of Sports (1985–1996)

30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Sport

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Star: Bob Uecker

Votes: 6

23. Unsolved Mysteries (1987–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

Combines dramatic re-enactments, interviews and updates, to tell stories of real mysteries, from human to the supernatural.

Stars: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Brosnan, Christopher Chacon

Votes: 4,001

24. Shark Week (1987– )

43 min | Documentary

Documentary following sharks and shark attacks.

Stars: Devon Massyn, Andy Casagrande, Amy Kukulya, Forrest Galante

Votes: 227

25. 48 Hours (1988– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, News

One of television's most popular true-crime series, investigating shocking cases and compelling real-life dramas with journalistic integrity and cutting-edge style.

Stars: Dan Rather, Maureen Maher, Erin Moriarty, Peter Van Sant

Votes: 1,526

26. MTV Rockumentary (1989– )

30 min | Documentary, Music

Documentaries about famous musicians.

Stars: Paul Arthurs, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Paul McGuigan

Votes: 10

27. World of Discovery (1990– )

60 min | Documentary

World of Discovery - The Complete Series

Stars: James Brolin, Richard Crenna, Richard Kiley, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 13

28. Sightings (1991–1997)

60 min | Documentary

A look at the world of the paranormal, including visitors from outer space, ghosts and spirits, cryptozoology, and other phenomena outside the realm of conventional science. The show ... See full summary »

Stars: Dale Timothy White, Christopher Chacon, Budd Hopkins, Tony Cornell

Votes: 196

29. Time Machine (1991– )


A look at the history of various topics.

Stars: Stewart C. Billett, Jack Perkins, Lee Rich, James Rosenfield

30. Dateline NBC (1992– )

60 min | Documentary, News

Hosted by noted reporters Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley, and now Lester Holt, this program presents in-depth coverage of news stories in the tradition of 60 Minutes and 20/20. Rather than just... See full summary »

Stars: Lester Holt, Keith Morrison, Dennis Murphy, Josh Mankiewicz

Votes: 1,863

31. Animal Adventures (1992– )

60 min | Documentary

Jack Hanna's exciting adventures about protecting wildlife from extinction.

Stars: Jack Hanna, Kathleen Hanna, Kevin Joseph McCarthy

Votes: 27

32. Bill Nye, the Science Guy (1993–1998)

TV-Y | 30 min | Documentary, Comedy, Family

Scientist/comedian Bill Nye explores various aspects of science for young viewers.

Stars: Bill Nye, Pat Cashman, Michaela Leslie-Rule, Jaffar Smith

Votes: 6,348

35. America's Castles (1994–1999)


They were the royal residences of the American aristocracy: lavish mansions built by railroad barons, oil tycoons, industrialists and financiers. Featuring stunning works of art and lavish ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe van Riper, Richard Guy Wilson, Kathryn A. Jacob, John Tschirch

Votes: 58

37. Encounters: The Hidden Truth (1994– )

60 min | Documentary

A look at people, places and events that exist outside the boundaries of traditional science. Host John Marshall takes a look at such phenomena as hauntings, UFO sightings, alien abductions... See full summary »

Stars: John Marshall, Natalie Brunt, Sandra Pinckney, Russell Rhodes

Votes: 9

38. Wild About Animals (1995– )

30 min | Documentary, Family

Traveling the globe to deliver young viewers fascinating stories about animals around the world.

Star: Mariette Hartley

Votes: 27

39. The History of Rock 'n' Roll (1995)

Documentary, History, Music

The history of rock n' roll and pop music are explored are explored via interviews and footage of well-known music stars.

Stars: Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Pete Townshend

Votes: 66

40. Lost Civilizations (1995– )

40 min | Documentary

From the bloodletting of Maya kings and a pharaoh's last journey to the secret pleasures of a Roman empress.

Stars: Sam Waterston, Hans-Peter Bögel, Richard Neave, James Wright

Votes: 72

41. UFO Diaries (1995– )

25 min | Documentary, Mystery

They are around us. Everywhere. Everytime. People talk about it, movies and TV shows talk about it, but what are UFO? What they want? And the most important: what do they in our daily life?

Stars: Charles E. Sellier Jr., Vicki Cooper-Ecker, Kevin D. Randle, Robert O. Dean

Votes: 8

42. The Real Las Vegas (1996– )

200 min | Documentary

It's a city that's larger than life. A city without limits. A glittering mecca of excess and forbidden desires. THE REAL LAS VEGAS tells the fascinating story of this fabled place and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Crenna, Muhammad Ali, Rod Amateau, Bob Arum

Votes: 22

44. Ghost Stories (II) (1997– )

55 min | Documentary, Horror, Mystery

A series of real-life ghost stories presented and narrated by Patrick MacNee alongside archive footage.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Susan O'Leary-Hull, Jim Romanovich

Votes: 58