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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era 

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Updated September 30, 2019 1.9k votes 502 voters 19.1k views 33 items

List Rules Vote up the best shows set in the Medieval Era (from the 5th to the 15th century).

The Medieval era spans a whopping thousand years, from the 5th to the 15th century. Appropriately also called the Middle Ages, it's a giant span of time between the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. Television shows set in the Middle Ages have lots of themes to play with, including Vikings, knights, magic, and dragons.

Medieval TV shows seem to have a fondness for King Arthur's court, multiple Robin Hood adaptations and the appearance of Merlin as a main or side character. Although some shows set in the Middle Ages play the idea of knights and Vikings for laughs or fun, most series seem to embrace what the Medieval era used to be called: The Dark Ages. Treachery, battles and lots of gloom, shows such as The Last Kingdom and Marco Polo examine the ferocity with which the world reclaimed territory after the fall of the Romans.

Which of these top TV shows set in the Middle Ages are the best? Check out the list below and vote up your favorite period dramas and series, while voting down the shows that aren't as great.

And if you like these shows, check out our list of the best Renaissance movies.

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann

Premiered: 2015

The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. In 872 England, an unlikely hero (Alexander ...more
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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more
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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

Premiered: 1998

Merlin is a television miniseries which originally aired in 1998 on NBC that retells the legend of King Arthur from the perspective of the wizard Merlin. Sam Neill stars in the title role in a ...more
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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James

Premiered: 2008

Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure drama television series based on the Arthurian legends. Merlin (Colin Morgan), a young and powerful wizard, sets out to fulfill his destiny: ...more
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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen

Premiered: 2013

Marco Polo is an American drama series about Marco Polo's early years in the court of Kublai Khan, the Khagan of the Mongolian Empire and the founder of the Yuan dynasty, which lasted from ...more
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The White Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay

Premiered: 2013

The White Queen (BBC One, 2013) is a British historical drama television miniseries based on the novel series by Philippa Gregory. In 1460s England, three women - Elizabeth Woodville (Rebecca ...more
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The Pillars of the Earth... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne

Premiered: 2010

The Pillars of the Earth (Starz, 2010) is an eight-part TV miniseries based on the 1989 novel by Ken Follett. Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears ...more
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The White Princess is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
mamabre927 added Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson, Jacob Collins-Levy

Premiered: 2017

The White Princess (Starz, 2017) is a historical drama television miniseries developed by Jamie Payne and Alex Kalymnios, based on the 2013 novel by Philippa Gregory. After the marriage of Henry ...more
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The Spanish Princess is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
mamabre927 added Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John, Angus Imrie

Premiered: 2019

The Spanish Princess (Starz, 2019) is a historical drama television limited series developed by Emma Frost and Matthew Graham, based on the novels by Philippa Gregory. The beautiful Spanish ...more
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Camelot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Eva Green

Premiered: 2011

Camelot (Starz, 2011) is a historical-fantasy-drama television series developed by Chris Chibnall and Michael Hirst, based on the Arthurian legend. After the sudden death of King Uther, Arthur ...more
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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Robin Hood is a British television programme, produced by independent production company Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC One, with co-funding from the BBC America cable television channel in ...more
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Norsemen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Kåre Conradi, Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Trond Fausa Aurvåg

Premiered: 2016

Norsemen (NRK, 2016), originally premiering in Norway as Vikingane, is a Norwegian comedy TV series. Set in 790s Norway, the story covers the life of Vikings in the town of Norheim and them ...more
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World Without End is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
David Bradley, Oliver Maltman

Premiered: 2012

World Without End is an eight-episode 2012 television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Ken Follett. It is a sequel to the 2010 miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, also based on ...more
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The Mists of Avalon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Anjelica Huston, Samantha Mathis, Michael Vartan

Premiered: 2001

The Mists of Avalon is a 2001 miniseries based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Produced by American cable channel TNT, adapted by Gavin Scott, and directed by Uli ...more
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DreamWorks Dragons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, T.J. Miller

Premiered: 2012

DreamWorks Dragons is an American computer-animated television series based on the 2010 film How to Train Your Dragon. The series serves as a bridge between the first film and its 2014 sequel. A ...more
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The Hollow Crown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Ben Whishaw

Premiered: 2012

The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first cycle is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the ...more
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Cadfael is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Cadfael Derek Jacobi, Sean Pertwee, Michael Culver

Premiered: 1994

Cadfael is the name given to the TV series adapted from The Cadfael Chronicles novels written by Ellis Peters. It was produced by the ITV Central between 1994 and 1998. The series was broadcast ...more
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Brian Jacques' Redwall ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Tim Curry, Alison Pill, Sarah Gadon

Premiered: 1999

Redwall is an animated series made by Canada-based Nelvana, France-based Alphanim and UK-based BBC One and is based on the Redwall novels by Brian Jacques. The series currently spans three ...more
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Galavant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones
Galavant is an American fairy tale-themed musical comedy television series that was created, written, and executive produced by Dan Fogelman with executive producers Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, ...more
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The Bastard Executioner ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst

Premiered: 2015

The Bastard Executioner (FX, 2015) is an American historical fiction drama television series, created by Kurt Sutter. The show follows the exploits of Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones) as the strife of ...more
21
Roar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Heath Ledger, John Saint Ryan, Vera Farmiga

Premiered: 1997

Roar is a 1997 American fantasy action adventure television series that originally aired on the FOX network in July 1997. In the year 400 AD, a young Irish man, Conor, sets out to rid his land ...more
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Kaamelott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Alexandre Astier, Audrey Fleurot, Jacques Chambon

Premiered: 2005

Kaamelott is a French television series running originally 2005–2009. It combines medieval fantasy and comedy to present a new "realistic epic" version of the Arthurian legend. While ...more
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The Adventures of Robin ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Donald Pleasence, Ian Hunter, Paul Eddington

Premiered: 1955

The Adventures of Robin Hood is a British television series comprising 143 half-hour, black and white episodes broadcast weekly between 1955 and 1959 on ITV. It stars Richard Greene as the ...more
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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Labyrinth John Hurt, Tom Felton, Jessica Brown Findlay

Premiered: 2012

Labyrinth is a historical television miniseries based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Kate Mosse. The setting jumps between modern and medieval France and follows two women who are ...more
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Disney's Adventures of t... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
June Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music

Premiered: 1985

Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears is a Disney animated television series that first aired in the United States in the mid-1980s through the early 1990s. The series was the first animated ...more