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The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens 

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Updated June 2, 2020 6k votes 1.6k voters 72.1k views 31 items

One of the most fascinating, yet small, sects within society has always been the monarchy. While most Americans and Europeans are more familiar with the British or French monarchies, there have been incredible stories told about the kings and queens of other nations all over the world. Even in the modern age, monarchies continue to fascinate us, which is obvious if you simply turn on your TV.

Additions to the genre concerning more modern kings and queens of the world include The Crown, which is a biopic/miniseries about royalty and the life of Queen Elizabeth II of England. Her story unfolds across the seasons in a never before look at the life of a modern monarchy. More historical series like The Tudors explore the lives of Henry VIII and his wives. The politics of the day and the policies of the King unfold in a series of drama, action, and romance. For more recommendations, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows and movies you think are missing! And if you love these royal shows, be sure to check out these royal movies!

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Reign is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs

Premiered: 2013

Reign (The CW, 2013) is an American historical romantic drama television series created by Stephanie SenGupta and Laurie McCarthy. Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, (Adelaide Kane) faces political ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Victoria is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles

Premiered: 2016

Victoria (ITV, 2016) is a drama television series created by Daisy Goodwin. The show depicts first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her accession to the throne at ...more

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The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

Premiered: 2007

The Tudors (Showtime, 2007) is a historical fiction television series created by Michael Hirst. In 16th-century England, King Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) protects his throne from enemies ...more

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Premiered: 2016

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter Morgan. A young Queen Elizabeth II's (Claire Foy) political rivalries and romances guide the events ...more

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The White Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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 Spanish Princess is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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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The White Princess is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Susan Bertolini 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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore, based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. A married former WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) is ...more

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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Versailles George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan

Premiered: 2015

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Versailles (Canal+, 2015) is a television series created by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft. In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV (George Blagden), decides to build ...more

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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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The Royals is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park

Premiered: 2012

The Royals (E!, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn. Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) is the matriarch of a fictional contemporary British royal family who must ...more
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Elizabeth I is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Dancy
Elizabeth I is a two-part 2005 British historical drama television miniseries directed by Tom Hooper, written by Nigel Williams, and starring Helen Mirren as Elizabeth I of England. The ...more

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The Last Czars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright

Premiered: 2019

The Last Czars (Netflix, 2019) is an American docu-drama television series. Blending a scripted drama and documentary format, the series examines the fall of the Romanov dynasty.
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Wolf Hall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Wolf Hall Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy

Premiered: 2015

Wolf Hall (BBC Two, 2015) is a British historical drama television series based on the novels by Hilary Mantel. After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey (Jonathan Pryce), Thomas Cromwell (Mark ...more

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The Pillars of the Earth... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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 Great is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Odin Cartwright

Premiered: 2020

The Great (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series written and executive produced by Tony McNamara. The series details the rise to power of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) and her explosive ...more

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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Paul Dano, Lily James, James Norton
War & Peace is a 2016 British-American historical period drama television serial, based on Leo Tolstoy's classic novel.
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Camelot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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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The Six Wives of Henry V... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Patrick Troughton, Anthony Quayle, Annette Crosbie

Premiered: 1970

The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a series of six television plays produced by the BBC and first transmitted between 1 January and 5 February 1970. The series was later aired in the United States ...more
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The Virgin Queen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Tom Hardy, Kevin McKidd, Sienna Guillory

Premiered: 2006

The Virgin Queen is a 2005 BBC and Power co-production, four-part miniseries based upon the life of Queen Elizabeth I, starring Anne-Marie Duff. As a drama, it focused heavily on Elizabeth's ...more
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The Hollow Crown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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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Victoria & Albert is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Susan Bertolini added Diana Rigg, Peter Ustinov, Nigel Hawthorne

Premiered: 2001

Victoria & Albert is a 2001 British-US historical television serial. It focused on the early life and marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The series starred Victoria Hamilton as ...more
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Kings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Ian McShane, Christopher Egan, Susanna Thompson

Premiered: 2009

Kings (NBC, 2009) is an American serial drama television series created by Michael Green, loosely based on the biblical story of King David. A modern day, alternate-reality drama about a hero ...more

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