The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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List Criteria: Shows near the top must be only the best Historical Fiction TV series.

This is a list of the best historical fiction shows on television, ranked from best to worst. Whether dramas, comedies, or action shows, TV series set in real history have rich source material and great stories to tell. This list of the greatest historical fiction shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular historical fiction TV shows have been a staple of television for years, because we love to learn about our ancestors via a compelling narrative rather than dumb books, so there's often debate about which are the top history shows of all time. Never heard one of these debates? Then you live under a rock. Don't let your favorite historical fiction 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 fiction television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List shows include Vikings, The Tudors, Deadwood, and many other history TV shows. Just because every detail in the series isn't textbook-level accurate doesn't mean the show isn't realistic. These are the best historical fiction series of all time!

This list answers the questions, "What is the best historical fiction show of all time?" and "What are the greatest historical fiction shows?"
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    Vikings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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    Rome is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Rome Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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    The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    The Tudors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

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    The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    The Borgias Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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    Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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    Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

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    Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Black Sails Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

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    The Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    The Pillars of the Earth Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne

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    The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    The Last Kingdom Gerard Kearns, Alec Newman, Madeleine Power

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    Spartacus: Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Spartacus: Vengeance Brett Tucker, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca

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    John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    John Adams Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

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    Reign is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Reign Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs

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    Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman

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    Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Spartacus: Blood and Sand Eric McIntire, Daniel Spink, Matthew Felker

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    Camelot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Camelot Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton

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    Roots is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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    World Without End is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    World Without End David Bradley, Oliver Maltman

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    The Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    The Kennedys Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Greg Kinnear

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    Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Upstairs, Downstairs Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh

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    Wolf Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Wolf Hall Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy

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    Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Marco Polo Leonard Nimoy, Anne Bancroft, Burt Lancaster

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    Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Holocaust Meryl Streep, Ian Holm, Michael Moriarty

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    I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    I, Claudius Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips

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    War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    War and Peace Anthony Hopkins, Alan Dobie, Morag Hood

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    Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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    Hornblower is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Hornblower Fred Astaire, Peter Arne, David Buck

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    The Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    The Musketeers Tom Burke, Luke Pasqualino, Santiago Cabrera

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    Borgia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Borgia Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, Diarmuid Noyes

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    The Gallant Men is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    The Gallant Men Robert McQueeney, William Reynolds, Robert Ridgely

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    Shōgun is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Shōgun Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune

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    Sharpe's Rifles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Sharpe's Rifles

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    Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Peaky Blinders

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    Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Marco Polo Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen

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    Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Les Misérables John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Asia Argento

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    Jericho John Leyton, Don Francks and Marino Masé

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    Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

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    The Paradise is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    The Paradise Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight

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    Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Generation Kill Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen

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    Garrison's Gorillas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Garrison's Gorillas Ron Harper, Cesare Danova, Brendon Boone

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    Narcos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Narcos Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal

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    Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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    Brideshead Revisited Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud

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    Henry VIII is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Henry VIII Ray Winstone, Joss Ackland, Sid Mitchell

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    Pan Am is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Pan Am Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley

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    Labyrinth John Hurt, Tom Felton, Jessica Brown Findlay

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    The Cleopatras Michelle Newell, Graham Crowden, Helen Sparks

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    Understanding Islam Mohammed Alkobaisi

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    The Monocled Mutineer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    The Monocled Mutineer Paul McGann, Bill Fellows, Matthew Marsh

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    Christmas and the Civil War is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Christmas and the Civil War

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    Lewis & Clark - The Journey of... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

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