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The Best Historical Drama TV Shows

List Criteria: Only true historical dramas - no fantasy, including dragons or time / space travel.

Learn about real-world history while you binge watch the best historical drama shows on television. Some of the greatest TV dramas feature realistic settings from history and characters who actually existed. This list of the greatest historical drama shows is ranked best to worst, and it also includes information about the cast. Popular historical drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining historical drama show of all time is. Want a little between-wars England with your Downton Abbey? Some Henry VIII with your The Tudors? Don't let your favorite historical drama television programs in history get to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of historical drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

Examples of shows on this list include Rome and Vikings.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best historical drama show of all time?" and "What are the greatest historical drama shows?"

The Best Historical Drama TV Shows TV Programs
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    Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Alexander Ludwig Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Kevin McKidd, Ciarán Hinds, Ray Stevenson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Holliday Grainger The Borgias is a historical-fiction drama television series, created by Neil Jordan.  This series follows the life of the Borgia family in Rome. 

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    Natalie Dormer, Henry Cavill, Joss Stone Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Paul Giamatti, Maggie Smith, Shirley MacLaine Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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    Brett Tucker, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca

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    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Janet McTeer, Rebecca Ferguson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Laura Haddock, Lara Pulver, Elliot Cowan

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    Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman

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    Maya Angelou, Ed Asner, Louis Gossett

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    Kevin Costner, Tom Berenger, Bill Paxton

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    Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Jon Hamm

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    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Kirstie Alley, Johnny Cash

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    Lesley-Anne Down, Eileen Atkins, Keeley Hawes

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    Leslie Nielsen, David Carradine, Keith Carradine

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    Eva Green, Claire Forlani, Joseph Fiennes

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    Hayley Atwell, Donald Sutherland, Eddie Redmayne

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    Fess Parker, Jimmy Dean, Veronica Cartwright

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    John Benjamin Hickey, Ashley Zukerman

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    Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Julian Ovenden

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