The Best Historical Drama TV Shows

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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?"

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    Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

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    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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    Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, 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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    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston

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    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

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    Brett Tucker, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca

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    LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs

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    Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen

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    Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman

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    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

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    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

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    Elizabeth Taylor, Kirstie Alley, Johnny Cash

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    Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr

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    Versailles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Historical Drama TV Shows

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    George Blagden, Stuart Bowman, Evan Williams

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    Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh

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    Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy

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    Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight

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    Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks, Anthony Howell

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    Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton

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    Gillian Anderson, Carey Mulligan, Charles Dance

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    Gerard Kearns, Alec Newman, Madeleine Power

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    Judy Geeson, Ralph Bates, Angharad Rees

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    Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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    Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Nikesh Patel, Jemima West

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