Current The History Channel Shows

The Curse of Oak Island

  • The History Channel
  • 6 seasons
  • Reality TV

In 1795, three teenage boys discovered a strange, man-made hole on Oak Island, a small, wooded island just off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. As the boys began to dig, they found a number of intriguing artifacts. It was the end of the piracy era and rumors of buried treasure were rampant. The boys’ discovery launched a treasure hunt that has spanned more than 200 years, cost millions of dollars and involved dozens of speculators, engineers and even famous personalities such as John Wayne, Errol Flynn and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

First aired January 5, 2014.

Ancient Aliens

  • The History Channel
  • 14 seasons
  • Documentary, History

According to ancient alien theorists, extraterrestrials with superior knowledge of science and engineering landed on Earth thousands of years ago, sharing their expertise with early civilizations and forever changing the course of human history. But how did this concept develop, and is there any evidence to support it?

Ancient alien theory grew out of the centuries-old idea that life exists on other planets, and that humans and extraterrestrials have crossed paths before. The theme of human-alien interaction was thrust into the spotlight in the 1960s, driven by a wave of UFO sightings and popular films like 2001: A Space Odyssey. The space program played no small part in this as well: If mankind could travel to other planets, why couldn’t extraterrestrials visit Earth?

In 1968, the Swiss author Erich von Däniken published Chariots of the Gods?, which became an immediate bestseller. In it, he put forth his hypothesis that, thousands of years ago, space travelers from other planets visited Earth, where they taught humans about technology and influenced ancient religions. He is regarded by many as the father of ancient alien theory, also known as the ancient astronaut theory.

Most ancient alien theorists, including von Däniken, point to two types of evidence to support their ideas. The first is ancient religious texts in which humans witness and interact with gods or other heavenly beings who descend from the sky—sometimes in vehicles resembling spaceships—and possess spectacular powers. The second is physical specimens such as artwork depicting alien-like figures and ancient architectural marvels like Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt.

If aliens visited Earth in the past, could they make an appearance in the future? For ancient alien theorists, the answer is a resounding yes. They believe that, by sharing their views with the world, they can help prepare future generations for the inevitable encounter that awaits them.

First aired April 20, 2010.

Pawn Stars

  • The History Channel
  • 7 seasons
  • History

Long before banks, ATMS and check-cashing services, there were pawn shops. Pawning was the leading form of consumer credit in the United States until the 1950s, and pawn shops are still helping everyday people make ends meet. Pawn Stars takes you inside the colorful world of the pawn business. At the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, three generations of the Harrison family--grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey--jointly run the family business, and there's clashing and camaraderie every step of the way. The three men use their sharp eyes and skills to assess the value of items from the commonplace to the truly historic, including a 16th-century samurai sword, a Super Bowl ring, a Picasso painting and a 17th-century stay of execution. It's up to them to determine what's real and what's fake, as they reveal the often surprising answer to the questions on everyone's mind, "What's the story behind it"? and "What's it worth?"

First aired July 19, 2009.

Forged in Fire

  • The History Channel

Competitors re-create weapons from historical periods ranging from Japanese katanas to medieval broadswords to ancient throwing blades. Each entry is judged on its artistry as well as its functionality and accuracy.

Alone

  • The History Channel

Hardcore survivalists are put by themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness, without camera crews, teams, or producers – on a single mission to stay alive for as long as possible.

American Pickers

  • The History Channel
  • 19 seasons
  • Family, Reality TV

This isn't your grandmother's antiquing. Pickers like Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner's land. Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person's trash into another's treasure. American Pickers follows them as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories. If you think the antique business is all about upscale boutiques and buttoned-up dealers, this show may change your mind--and teach you a thing or two about American history along the way.

First aired January 18, 2010.

Mountain Men

  • The History Channel
  • 8 seasons
  • Action, Adventure, Documentary, Drama, Family

For more than 25 years, Eustace Conway has lived off the land deep in Daniel Boone country at the western edge of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. In this unspoiled wilderness, dangers like mudslides, falling trees, ravaging weather and hungry bears are a fact of life. He does his own lumbering, tanning, and blacksmithing, subsisting solely on what he can grow, fish or hunt. Getting back to nature... going off the grid... searching for a more truthful existence... however you describe it, the "simple life" is not so simple.

First aired May 31, 2012.

Counting Cars

  • The History Channel
  • 8 seasons
  • Family, Sport

Danny "The Count" Koker bets with cars. He's a Sin City legend with an insatiable appetite for anything on wheels. Danny acquires, restores and customizes classic cars and motorcycles - and then "flips" them for a profit.

First aired August 13, 2012.

Hunting Hitler

  • The History Channel
  • Documentary

An FBI cold case that has laid dormant for 70 years, leads a group of world-renown investigators on the ultimate manhunt to finally answer the question: Did Adolf Hitler survive World War II?

The Curse of Civil War Gold

  • The History Channel
  • Documentary

A deathbed confession made by a lighthouse keeper in the 1890s leads Kevin Dykstra and his team to believe there is Civil War gold to be found in Michigan.

Swamp People

  • The History Channel
  • 10 seasons
  • Action, Adventure, History

Swamp People is the story of the American spirit, of the lost art of doing things the right way and of the unyielding desire to preserve a dying way of life from the encroaching modern world.

First aired August 22, 2010.

In Search Of

  • The History Channel
  • Documentary

Inspired by the iconic 1970s’ franchise, this series examines unexplained phenomena from all over the world.

The Selection: Special Operations Experiment

  • The History Channel

Pushing themselves to the limit, 30 civilians undergo extreme training and assessment exercises.

Hunting ISIS

  • The History Channel
  • Documentary

Follow along as American fighters embedded with the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, and medics supporting a coalition of local forces in Iraq, begin the difficult push to retake ISIS’ capital cities.

The Warfighters

  • The History Channel
  • Documentary

Featuring first-person accounts of recent US Special Forces missions in the war on terror, this unnarrated series gives viewers an inside and candid look at the realities of war.

American Ripper

  • The History Channel
  • Mystery

American serial killer H.H. Holmes has a dark legacy. Now, through his grandson's research, it may be that Holmes and Jack the Ripper are one in the same.

Ozzy & Jack's World Detour

  • The History Channel
  • 3 seasons
  • Reality TV

The self-proclaimed history nerds hit the road in a father-son journey they've waited years to take. No roadies, no tour buses and no boundaries - just a bucket list of iconic and historically significant spots that includes Mt. Rushmore, Stonehenge, The Alamo, Roswell, The Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios and a hit list of some fascinating sights and people that they've read about. From a Cold War era Missile Silo to Bletchley Park; from gold miner Rattlesnake Randy's stream of dreams to vintage tank collector Allan Cors' private museum of working war machines, Ozzy and Jack get their eyes and hands on history.

First aired July 27, 2016.