The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows TV Programs
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The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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

The very best historical fiction shows on television, ranked from best to worst. 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 what the most entertaining historical fiction show of all time is. 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 items include Vikings, The Tudors, Deadwood, and many other history TV shows. 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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    Natalie Dormer, Joss Stone, Henry Cavill

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  2. 2
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    Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Colm Feore

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  3. 3
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    Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Alexander Ludwig

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  4. 4
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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds

    ) open
  5. 5
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    most listed
    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson

    ) open
  6. 6
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    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

    ) open
  7. 7
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    Donald Sutherland, Hayley Atwell, Ian McShane

    ) open
  8. 8
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    John Hurt, Katie McGrath, Anthony Head

    ) open
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    Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson

    ) open
  10. 10
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    Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Greg Kinnear

    ) open
  11. 11
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    Meryl Streep, Ian Holm, Michael Moriarty

    ) open
  12. 12
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    Eva Green, Claire Forlani, Joseph Fiennes

    ) open
  13. 14
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    Robert Ridgely, Richard X. Slattery, Roland La Starza

    ) open
  14. 15
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    often listed
    Anthony Hopkins, David Swift, Rupert Davies

    ) open
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cesare Danova, Ron Harper, Rudy Solari

    ) open
  16. 17
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    Brett Tucker, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca

    ) open
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    No image

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    Anna Popplewell, Adelaide Kane, Caitlin Stasey

    ) open
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    Lucy Lawless, Craig Parker, Lesley-Ann Brandt

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    Anne Bancroft, Leonard Nimoy, Burt Lancaster

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    Paul Giamatti, Shirley MacLaine, Maggie Smith

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    Art Malik, John Doman, Mark Ryder

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    Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

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    Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, Derek Jacobi

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    added by TimothyWalley
    Ioan Gruffudd, Jamie Bamber, Robert Lindsay

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    added by Greer Baudreau
    Ed Asner, Maya Angelou, Louis Gossett, Jr.

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    Leslie Nielsen, David Carradine, Keith Carradine

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    Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Jennifer Ehle

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    Lesley-Anne Down, Keeley Hawes, Eileen Atkins

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    Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud

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    John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Charlotte Gainsbourg

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    added by TimothyWalley
    Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune

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