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.
Premiered: 2015The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based... more
Premiered: 2013Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A... more
Premiered: 1998Merlin is a television miniseries which originally aired in 1998 on NBC that retells the... more
Premiered: 2013The White Queen (BBC One, 2013) is a British historical drama television miniseries based on... more
Premiered: 2013Marco Polo is an American drama series about Marco Polo's early years in the court of Kublai... more
Premiered: 2008Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure drama television series based on the... more
Premiered: 2017The White Princess (Starz, 2017) is a historical drama television miniseries developed by... more
Premiered: 2010The Pillars of the Earth (Starz, 2010) is an eight-part TV miniseries based on the 1989 novel... more
Premiered: 2019The Spanish Princess (Starz, 2019) is a historical drama television limited series developed... more
Premiered: 2011Camelot (Starz, 2011) is a historical-fantasy-drama television series developed by Chris... more
Premiered: 2016Norsemen (NRK, 2016), originally premiering in Norway as Vikingane, is a Norwegian comedy TV... more
CadfaelDerek Jacobi, Sean Pertwee
Premiered: 1994Cadfael is the name given to the TV series adapted from The Cadfael Chronicles novels written... more
Premiered: 2001The Mists of Avalon is a 2001 miniseries based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Marion... more
Premiered: 2012World Without End is an eight-episode 2012 television miniseries based on the novel of the... more
- 4146Robin Hood is a British television programme, produced by independent production company Tiger... more
Premiered: 2020El Cid (Prime Video, 2020) is a Spanish action-adventure, political war drama created by Luis... more
1066 The Battle for Middle EarthIan Holm
Premiered: 20091066: The Battle for Middle Earth is a British television documentary series. In this blend of... more
Premiered: 2012The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's... more
Premiered: 2014Galavant is an American fairy tale-themed musical comedy television series that was created,... more
Premiered: 2015The Bastard Executioner (FX, 2015) is an American historical fiction drama television series,... more
Premiered: 2012DreamWorks Dragons is an American computer-animated television series based on the 2010 film... more
Premiered: 1955The Adventures of Robin Hood is a British television series comprising 143 half-hour, black... more
Premiered: 1997Roar is a 1997 American fantasy action adventure television series that originally aired on... more
Premiered: 1999Redwall is an animated series made by Canada-based Nelvana, France-based Alphanim and UK-based... more
Premiered: 2005Kaamelott is a French television series running originally 2005–2009. It combines medieval... more