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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era  

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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
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
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
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
John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James
Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure television programme, created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps and starring Colin Morgan in the title role. It was broadcast on ...more
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The White Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Janet McTeer, Rebecca Ferguson
The White Queen is a British television drama series in ten parts, based on Philippa Gregory's historical novel series The Cousins' War. The first episode was premiered on BBC One on 16 June ...more
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The Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne
The Pillars of the Earth is an eight-part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name. It debuted in the U.S. on Starz and in Canada on The Movie Network/Movie Central ...more
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The White Princess is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
mamabre927 added Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson, Jacob Collins-Levy
The White Princess (Starz, 2017) is a British-American historical fiction television miniseries based on Philippa Gregory's 2013 novel of the same name and is a sequel to The White Queen. In the ...more
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The Spanish Princess is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
mamabre927 added Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John, Angus Imrie
The Spanish Princess (Starz, 2019) is an American drama television miniseries based on the novels by Philippa Gregory. A beautiful teenaged princess of Spain (Charlotte Hope) arrives in a grey, ...more
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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen
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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Camelot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton
Camelot is a historical-fantasy-drama television series which premiered on 1 April 2011. It was co-produced by the Starz cable network and GK-TV which began production during the summer of 2010. ...more
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World Without End is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
David Bradley, Oliver Maltman
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) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Anjelica Huston, Samantha Mathis, Michael Vartan
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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Norsemen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Kåre Conradi, Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Trond Fausa Aurvåg
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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Cadfael is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Cadfael Derek Jacobi, Sean Pertwee, Michael Culver
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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The Bastard Executioner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Lee Jones, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst
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
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DreamWorks Dragons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, T.J. Miller
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) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Ben Whishaw
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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Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Brian Jacques' Redwall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Tim Curry, Alison Pill, Sarah Gadon
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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Roar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Heath Ledger, John Saint Ryan, Vera Farmiga
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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The Adventures of Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Donald Pleasence, Ian Hunter, Paul Eddington
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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Covington Cross is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Nigel Terry, Cherie Lunghi, James Faulkner
Covington Cross is a British/American television series that was broadcast on the ABC in the United States from August 25 to October 31, 1992. The program also aired in the United Kingdom and ...more
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Disney's Adventures of the Gum... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
June Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music
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
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Galavant is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era
Labyrinth John Hurt, Tom Felton, Jessica Brown Findlay
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