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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    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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    LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs

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    Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman

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    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

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    Tom Riley, Gregg Chillin, Eros Vlahos

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    Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr

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    Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy

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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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    Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton

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    Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight

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    David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

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    Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Chernus, Christopher Denham

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    Gillian Anderson, Carey Mulligan, Charles Dance

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