The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows TV Programs

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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    Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Alexander Ludwig

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    Kevin McKidd, Ciarán Hinds, Ray Stevenson

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    Natalie Dormer, Henry Cavill, Joss Stone

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    Paul Giamatti, Maggie Smith, Shirley MacLaine

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    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson

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    Hayley Atwell, Donald Sutherland, Eddie Redmayne

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    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson

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    Gerard Kearns, Alec Newman, Madeleine Power

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    Eva Green, Claire Forlani, Joseph Fiennes

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    Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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    Maya Angelou, Ed Asner, Louis Gossett

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    Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman

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    David Bradley, Oliver Maltman

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    Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Greg Kinnear

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    Meryl Streep, Ian Holm, Michael Moriarty

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    Anthony Hopkins, David Swift, Faith Brook

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    Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Derek Jacobi

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    Art Malik, John Doman, Isolda Dychauk

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    Leslie Nielsen, David Carradine, Keith Carradine

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    Emily Blunt, Helena Bonham Carter, Mark Strong

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    Ashley Greene, Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie

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    Labyrinth John Hurt, Katie McGrath, Jessica Brown Findlay

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    The Cleopatras John Hughes, Patrick Troughton, Richard Griffiths

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    Paul McGann, Jerome Flynn, Timothy West

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    Christmas and the Civil War

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