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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    Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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    Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs

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    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

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    Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh

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    Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Greg Kinnear

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    David Bradley, Oliver Maltman

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    Meryl Streep, Ian Holm, Michael Moriarty

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    Gerard Kearns, Alec Newman, Madeleine Power

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    Eric McIntire, Daniel Spink, Matthew Felker

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    Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman

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    Ron Harper, Cesare Danova, Brendon Boone

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    Leonard Nimoy, Anne Bancroft, Burt Lancaster

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    Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen

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    Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips

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    Tom Burke, Luke Pasqualino, Santiago Cabrera

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    Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune

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    George Blagden, Stuart Bowman, Evan Williams

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    Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott, Stephen Wight

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    John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Asia Argento

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    Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal

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    John Leyton, Don Francks and Marino Masé

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    Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud

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    The Cleopatras Michelle Newell, Graham Crowden, Helen Sparks

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    Paul McGann, Bill Fellows, Matthew Marsh

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    Christmas and the Civil War is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows


    Christmas and the Civil War

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