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The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens 

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Updated October 8, 2019 5.3k votes 1.4k voters 59.7k views 30 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

Number of Seasons: 1

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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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

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

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

Network: ITV

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

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 38

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, Showtime, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC Television, TV3

The Tudors (Showtime, 2007) is a British-Irish-Canadian historical fiction television series created by Michael Hirst and produced for the American premium cable television channel Showtime. The ...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

Network: Netflix

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

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: BBC One

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 White Princess is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Susan Bertolini added Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson, Jacob Collins-Levy

Premiered: 2017

Network: Starz

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 About Kings & Queens
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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Network: Starz

Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon and created by Ronald D. Moore and produced ...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
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
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
John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

Premiered: 2008

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC HD

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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Wolf Hall is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Wolf Hall Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy

Number of Episodes: 6

Network: BBC Two

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 Royals is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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

Network: Netflix

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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Elizabeth I is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Dancy

Network: Channel 4

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 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

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: Starz

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) 18 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 Six Wives of Henry V... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Patrick Troughton, Anthony Quayle, Annette Crosbie

Premiered: 1970

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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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Camelot is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: Starz

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 Virgin Queen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Tom Hardy, Kevin McKidd, Sienna Guillory

Premiered: 2006

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Ben Whishaw

Premiered: 2012

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Susan Bertolini added Diana Rigg, Peter Ustinov, Nigel Hawthorne

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 2

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

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) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Ian McShane, Christopher Egan, Susanna Thompson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: NBC

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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Monarchy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens
Monarchy David Starkey

Premiered: 2004

Network: Channel 4

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