10+ Entertaining History Shows on YouTube That You Should Be Watching


10+ Entertaining History Shows From YOUTUBE That You Should BE WATCHING

Article by Jeremy Kaye

I’m a huge history nerd, and I’ve always been a fan of history shows, films, books, and documentaries. There is a ton of history-related content on YouTube to choose from as well, and if you've been wondering where to find the best history shows that you should be watching, you've come to the right place! We’ve focused on highlighting excellent history shows that will not just teach you who did what and where in the past, but make it exciting and entertain for you to watch!


#1 | The Great War

The Great War is one of the best, if not the best history show on YouTube. The show’s host Indy Neidell takes us through the history of WW1 week by week, as if it were happening today. In addition to keeping up to date with weekly events in the war from all theaters of battle, The Great War also has specials dedicated to prominent individuals, weapons, tactics, countries, and mustaches of WW1.


#2 | Its History

A sister channel to The Great War, It’s History takes you on a journey through a single topic per season with subjects like The Cold War, The Industrial Revolution, Chinese History, and more. New episodes feature historical reenactors to showcase ancient armor and weapons.


#3 | Epic History TV

Epic History TV brings you history’s most dramatic and awesome events, from giant conflicts like World War One to the epic history of nations such as Russia, to the true story behind legends like Blackbeard the pirate using animated maps, images and carefully researched scripts.


#4 | Feature History

Feature History tackles some less-well know and obscure topics in history such as the Emu War, Chechen Wars, and the Opium Wars. With some solid animation & Aussie narration, these 10min videos could teach you something.


#5 | Extra Credits — Extra History

Extra Credits is a channel that is normally about video game design, however the creators have recently branched out to create some interesting history lessons for their audience. You’ll find playlists on some common topics like WW1, but they also feature areas of history that you may not have heard as much about such as the Punic Wars & the Zulu Empire.


#6 | Crash Course — World History

Crash Course episodes are produced by the prolific YouTube creators John and Hank Green. Each episode of the 2 season World history show is focused on a different time period and/or region, and they manage to squeeze in a lot of information into each episode (by talking really fast). 


#7 | Crash Course — US History

Crash Course US History is another history show from John and Hank Green, but rather than world history, this show is focused exclusively on examining the history of the United States of America.


#8 | Alternate History Hub

Alternate history hub is an entire show dedicated to the 'What If?", using knowledge of geography, population and other historical facts to predict what could have happened had things gone differently in history.


#9 | Invictus: Moments In History

Learn about the moments that define history! Invictus presents a series which covers a wide range of topics and time periods from unconventional angles, all the way from the daily life of a Roman Soldier to pivotal battles that helped to defined history!


#10 | The School of Life: History

Rather than covering people, places, and wars, The School of Life History curriculum focuses on the history of ideas, religion, manners, & rituals. Even art history had to start somewhere!