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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!

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
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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Reign is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs
Reign is an American historical fantasy television series following the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots living in France. The series, created by Stephanie SenGupta and Laurie McCarthy, airs ...more

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The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy
The Tudors is a British-Irish-Canadian historical fiction television series set primarily in sixteenth-century England, created by Michael Hirst and produced for the American premium cable ...more

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Victoria is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles
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 Crown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby
The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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The White Queen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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 Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan
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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Wolf Hall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy
Wolf Hall is a British television serial first broadcast on BBC Two in January 2015. It is a six-part adaptation of two of Hilary Mantel's novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Patrick Troughton, Anthony Quayle, Annette Crosbie
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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Elizabeth I is listed (or ranked) 13 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 Virgin Queen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Tom Hardy, Kevin McKidd, Sienna Guillory
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 Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Royals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park
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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Kings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Ian McShane, Christopher Egan, Susanna Thompson
Kings is an American television drama series which aired on NBC. The series' narrative is loosely based on the Biblical story of King David, but set in a kingdom that culturally and ...more

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Camelot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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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The Hollow Crown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
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) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Jonas Armstrong, Gordon Kennedy
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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Monarchy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Monarchy David Starkey
Monarchy is a Channel 4 British TV series, 2004-2006, by British academic David Starkey, charting the political and ideological history of the English monarchy from the Saxon period to modern ...more

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Fall of Eagles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Gayle Hunnicutt, Charles Kay, Michael Bates
Fall of Eagles is a 13-part British television drama aired by the BBC in 1974. The series was created by John Elliot and produced by Stuart Burge. The series portrays historical events from 1848 ...more

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Monarchy: The Royal Family at ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work
Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work is a fly on the wall documentary TV series made by the BBC and RDF Media which follows the British Royal Family over the course of a year. The promotion for ...more

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The House of Windsor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
The House of Windsor Leslie Phillips, Warren Clarke, Louise Germaine

The House of Windsor is a fictional six-part series from ITV, following the efforts of a PR man hired to improve the reputations and images of those surrounding the royal family.