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List Rules 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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Rome is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Rome Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Borgias Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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Reign is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Reign Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs

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Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Black Sails Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Last Kingdom Gerard Kearns, Alec Newman, Madeleine Power

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
John Adams Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

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The Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Pillars of the Earth Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne

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Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Spartacus: Blood and Sand Eric McIntire, Daniel Spink, Matthew Felker

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Spartacus: Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Spartacus: Vengeance Brett Tucker, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca

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

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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Marco Polo Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen

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Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman

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Wolf Hall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Wolf Hall Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy

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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Upstairs, Downstairs Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh

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The Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Musketeers Tom Burke, Luke Pasqualino, Santiago Cabrera

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Camelot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Camelot Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton

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World Without End is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
World Without End David Bradley, Oliver Maltman

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I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
I, Claudius Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips

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Roots is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Versailles George Blagden, Stuart Bowman, Evan Williams

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Hornblower is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Hornblower Fred Astaire, Peter Arne, David Buck

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Shōgun is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Shōgun Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune

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Sharpe's Rifles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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The Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Kennedys Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Greg Kinnear

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The Paradise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Paradise Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight

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Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Holocaust Meryl Streep, Ian Holm, Michael Moriarty

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Narcos Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal

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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Marco Polo Leonard Nimoy, Anne Bancroft, Burt Lancaster

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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
War and Peace Anthony Hopkins, Alan Dobie, Morag Hood

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Beau Brummell: This Charming M... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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Borgia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Borgia Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, Diarmuid Noyes

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Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Les Misérables John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Asia Argento

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The Gallant Men is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Gallant Men Robert McQueeney, William Reynolds, Robert Ridgely

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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

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Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Generation Kill Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen

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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Jericho John Leyton, Don Francks and Marino Masé

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Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Brideshead Revisited Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud

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Lewis & Clark - The Journey of... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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Garrison's Gorillas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Garrison's Gorillas Ron Harper, Cesare Danova, Brendon Boone

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The Cleopatras is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Cleopatras Michelle Newell, Graham Crowden, Helen Sparks

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Christmas and the Civil War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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The Monocled Mutineer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Monocled Mutineer Paul McGann, Bill Fellows, Matthew Marsh