The channel first launched in 1991 as Court TV, a merger between two projects to create a court-oriented news channel. The channel's original focus was on live courtroom footage and news as it happened and grew to fame by showing the Menendez brothers' first trial in 1994 and the murder trail of O.J. Simpson in 1998. That same year it would add syndicated programming with a crime theme to prime time. In 2005 the network split its programming into two parts with courtroom coverage getting the Court TV News name and airing during daytime on weekdays while other programming used the Seriously Entertaining name.
On January 1, 2008 the network was re-branded as truTV, and shifted its focus away from crime-related programming to "caught on camera" type shows. The networks' new slogan became "Not reality, Actuality" to maintain its position that their programming was less scripted than even most reality shows. With the re-brand, daytime trial coverage was re-branded In Session and cut down to six hours a day on weekdays. Courtroom coverage would be fully eliminated from the channel in September 2013. That was also the year the network began carrying coverage of the NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament.
The channel would re-brand again in 2015 to focus more on live-action comedy shows along with an advertising effort to move away from its original focus on crime shows.
Coming back full circle a new channel called Court TV launched in May 2019 as a digital broadcast subnetwork, once again showing live daytime coverage during the day and crime news at night.
Shows that air or have aired on the network include:
- Adam Ruins Everything
- The Carbonaro Effect
- Hardcore Pawn
- Impractical Jokers
- Operation Repo
- Tacoma FD
- World's Dumbest...