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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Medieval Era

Updated September 30, 2019 3.7k votes 733 voters 26.2k views33 items

List RulesVote 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
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    The Last Kingdom

    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

    Premiered2015

    The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Vikings
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    90

    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

    Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Merlin
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    Merlin

    John Hurt, Colin Morgan

    Premiered1998

    Merlin is a television miniseries which originally aired in 1998 on NBC that retells the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The White Queen
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    50

    The White Queen

    Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale

    Premiered2013

    The White Queen (BBC One, 2013) is a British historical drama television miniseries based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Merlin
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    90

    Merlin

    Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby

    Premiered2008

    Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure drama television series based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The White Princess
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    31

    The White Princess

    Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson

    Premiered2017

    The White Princess (Starz, 2017) is a historical drama television miniseries developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    Marco Polo
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    Marco Polo

    Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng

    Premiered2013

    Marco Polo is an American drama series about Marco Polo's early years in the court of Kublai... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Pillars of the Earth
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    46

    The Pillars of the Earth

    Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen

    Premiered2010

    The Pillars of the Earth (Starz, 2010) is an eight-part TV miniseries based on the 1989 novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    The Spanish Princess
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    31

    The Spanish Princess

    Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John

    Premiered2019

    The Spanish Princess (Starz, 2019) is a historical drama television limited series developed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Camelot
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    Camelot

    Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower

    Premiered2011

    Camelot (Starz, 2011) is a historical-fantasy-drama television series developed by Chris... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Mists of Avalon
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    The Mists of Avalon

    Anjelica Huston, Samantha Mathis

    Premiered2001

    The Mists of Avalon is a 2001 miniseries based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Marion... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    Norsemen
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    Norsemen

    Kåre Conradi, Nils Jørgen Kaalstad

    Premiered2016

    Norsemen (NRK, 2016), originally premiering in Norway as Vikingane, is a Norwegian comedy TV... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Cadfael
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    Cadfael

    Derek Jacobi, Sean Pertwee

    Premiered1994

    Cadfael is the name given to the TV series adapted from The Cadfael Chronicles novels written... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    World Without End
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    World Without End

    David Bradley, Oliver Maltman

    Premiered2012

    World Without End is an eight-episode 2012 television miniseries based on the novel of the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Robin Hood
    Robin Hood is a British television programme, produced by independent production company Tiger... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Galavant
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    Galavant

    Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson

    Premiered2014

    Galavant is an American fairy tale-themed musical comedy television series that was created,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    The Hollow Crown
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    The Hollow Crown

    Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons

    Premiered2012

    The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    DreamWorks Dragons
    26
    39

    DreamWorks Dragons

    Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera

    Premiered2012

    DreamWorks Dragons is an American computer-animated television series based on the 2010 film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    The Bastard Executioner
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    The Bastard Executioner

    Lee Jones, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2015

    The Bastard Executioner (FX, 2015) is an American historical fiction drama television series,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Roar
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    Roar

    Heath Ledger, John Saint Ryan

    Premiered1997

    Roar is a 1997 American fantasy action adventure television series that originally aired on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    The Adventures of Robin Hood
    14
    30

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    Donald Pleasence, Ian Hunter

    Premiered1955

    The Adventures of Robin Hood is a British television series comprising 143 half-hour, black... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Brian Jacques' Redwall
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    Brian Jacques' Redwall

    Tim Curry, Alison Pill

    Premiered1999

    Redwall is an animated series made by Canada-based Nelvana, France-based Alphanim and UK-based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Kaamelott
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    Kaamelott

    Alexandre Astier, Audrey Fleurot

    Premiered2005

    Kaamelott is a French television series running originally 2005–2009. It combines medieval... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears
    15
    46

    Premiered1985

    Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears is a Disney animated television series that first aired... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Labyrinth
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    Labyrinth

    John Hurt, Tom Felton

    Premiered2012

    Labyrinth is a historical television miniseries based on the 2005 novel of the same name by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button