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179 History Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now (No Membership Required)

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All of these programs are available to watch right now without a membership — but, bear in mind that some won't stay free-to-watch forever, so catch them now before they're gone.

Have you decided that it’s high time to take a step back and look at the big picture? Is your teenager sick of your attempts to remember history class in your newly-founded home school? Or are you just desperate to watch a story that doesn’t include a certain word that rhymes with Arizona? Whatever your motivation, we’ve got you covered. Here are 179 history documentaries you can watch right now, no membership required. Just click the links and press play. You can also find these shows in the free PBS Video app for your Roku, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV Stick, phone or tablet. Enjoy!


boysofsudan

Africa


Firestone and the Warlord

Lost Boys of Sudan


pharoah

Ancient


After Stonehenge

Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb

Decoding the Great Pyramid

Egypt’s Darkest Hour

Lost Ships of Rome

The Nero Files

Nero’s Sunken City

The Silver Pharaoh


dam

Architecture


10 Monuments That Changed America

10 Modern Marvels That Changed America

10 Streets That Changed America

10 Towns that Changed America

Grand Coulee Dam

Hollywood’s Architect

Paul Revere Williams


The Big Picture


Blank on Blank

History Detectives

The Origin of Everything


griffithpark

California


Beach Culture

Before the Dodgers

Bootlegger Tunnels: A Journey Through LA’s Prohibition Lore

Borderlands

Building the Metropolis

Coded Geographies

Descanso Gardens

Desert Fantasy

Discovering the Universe

Dream Factory

Fantasyland

Ghost Town

Griffith Park: The Untold Story

Pacific Rim

Reshaping L.A.

Shindana Toy Company: Changing the American Doll Industry

Three Views of Manzanar: Adams, Lange, Miyatake

Venice

Wild L.A.

Wild West

Yosemite


wallst

Capitalism


Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

American Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

The Business of Disaster

The Facebook Dilemma

The Gilded Age

Money, Power and Wall Street

The Secret History of the Credit Card


williamstill

Civil Rights


The Fight

First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty

Memories of the March

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story


firefighters

Disasters


The Big Burn

Ebola in Congo

Fire in Paradise


jamestown

Early America


Ben Franklin's Bones

Secrets of Spanish Florida


terracotta

East Asia


Battle for Hong Kong

China's Terracotta Warriors

Myanmar’s Killing Fields

On the President’s Orders

The Tank Man


jacquespepin

Food


Jacques Pépin: The Art of Craft

James Beard: America’s First Foodie

LA Foodways

The Poison Squad


richardiii

Great Britain


Arthur’s Lost Kingdom

Resurrecting Richard III


outbreak

Health


The Age of AIDS

Chasing Heroin

Flint’s Deadly Water

Outbreak

Right to Fail


holocaust_survivors

The Holocaust


Escape from Auschwitz

The Last Survivors

The Last Laugh

Memory of the Camps

Shtetl


immigration

Immigration


Immigration Battle

Targeting El Paso

Marcos Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

North Korea’s Deadly Dictator

Separated: Children at the Border

Zero Tolerance


justice

Justice


American Patriot

The Gang Crackdown

Last Days of Solitary

Life on Parole

A More or Less Perfect Union

The Mueller Investigation

Out of Gitmo/Forever Prison

Second Chance Kids

Supreme Revenge

The Trial of Ratko Mladić



teotihuacan

Latin America


Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty

Into the Amazon

Teotihuacán’s Lost Kings


Thumbnail image for "Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia."

Middle East


Bitter Rivals: Iran and Saudi Arabia

Children of Syria

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

For Sama

Losing Iraq

Mosul/Inside Yemen

Netanyahu at War

Saudi Arabia Uncovered

Our Man in Tehran


A still from "RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World."

Music


RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World


Myths


Monstrum


Portraits of Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Politics


Anti-Abortion Crusaders

The Abortion Divide

America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump

Bannon’s War

Emma Goldman

Gunned Down

Hillary’s Class

Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts

McCain