Launched in 1995, The History Channel was a spin off of the A&E Television Network and a joint project of multiple networks including Disney-ABC, NBC Universal and Rogers Media. The network's programming offers documentary-style non-fiction programs, reality shows as well as fiction and non-fiction historical content and the occasional series that speculates history's impact on the future.
Marvels Throughout History
The History Channel made its mark with its World War II specials documenting everything from weapons at war to the battles to the men who led the world's nations. Educational and informative, the series, mini-series and specials rapidly gained respect in both the academic and private sectors. Other eras soon became popular fodder for the channel, along with profiles of obscure facts and figures that impacted history including series such as History's Mysteries and Alien Artifacts.
Additional programming such as Modern Marvels and Weapons of War offered a different look at historical programming, including the evolution of technology and how it affected different eras and may yet impact the future. As the History Channel expanded into new markets, programming such as the Legacy of Star Wars, Star Trek Technology and more added to the network's content.
21st Century History
In 2008, the network redubbed itself simply History and added a new logo. In 2010, the History Channel faced controversy over a docudrama mini-series about the Kennedy family. When historians pointed out gross inaccuracies in the drama's portrayal, the network eventually shied away from airing the million-dollar production.
In 2011, the network declared it celebrated its best year ever, scoring fifth highest rated cable channel overall. The network scored especially high with men, outranking every other cable network except ESPN. The most popular show included Pawn Stars, a series that follows a family that purchases and sells necklaces, watches and other family heirlooms and artifacts.
In addition to the rich programming content, History distinguishes itself by providing a History store to sell collectibles, gear, gadgets, toys, DVDs, and books. History's website offers multiple articles, research and even a This Day in History feature for curiosity seekers and a History travel guide with information on historical sites, guides and more for vacation planners.
Despite continuing to produce some fictional content, History's programming line up includes slice of life stories such as Swamp People (which focuses on alligator hunters) and Ice Truckers as well as their signature historical fair with specials like Gettysburg and Vietnam in HD.