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

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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


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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


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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

Secrets, Politics and Torture

Trump’s Road to the White House

Trump’s Takeover

Trump’s Trade War

United States of Secrets

Waco: The Inside Story

War on the EPA


A child and a woman walk through a dark hallway.

Poverty


Left Behind America

Poverty, Politics and Profit

Poor Kids

Prehistory


First Face of America

Great Human Odyssey

Making North America Human

Making North America: Life

Making North America: Origins


race

Race


The Chinese Exclusion Act

The Eugenics Crusade

Roads to Memphis

Separate and Unequal

Tell Them We Are Rising

Two American Families


vatican

Religion


Bones of the Buddha

From Jesus to Christ

God in America

The Mormons

Secrets of the Vatican


monalisa

Renaissance


Building the Great Cathedrals

Decoding da Vinci

The Mona Lisa Mystery


putin

Russia


Putin’s Revenge

Putin’s Way


space

Science


Apollo’s Daring Mission

Chasing the Moon

Forgotten Genius

The Gene: An Intimate History

Leonardo, the Man Who Saved Science

Sealab

The Secret of Tuxedo Park



nfl

Sports


Ken Burns’ Baseball

Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson

League of Denial: The NFL’s Corruption Crisis


isis_terrorism

Terrorism


American Terrorist

Confronting ISIS

The Man Who Knew

My Brother’s Bomber

The Rise of ISIS

The Secret History of ISIS

Terror in Europe

Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald


soldiers

War and Revolution


Bush’s War

Carthage’s Lost Warriors

Ground War

The Hunt for Nazi Scientists

Hallowed Grounds

The Man Who Saved the World

The Mine Wars

Obama at War

Slave Ship Mutiny

The War of 1812

World War Speed


annieoakley

Wild West


Annie Oakley

The Klondike Gold Rush

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