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The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens

Updated June 2, 2020 10.3k votes 2.2k voters 101.4k views31 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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    Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson

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    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows

    Premiered2013

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    Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes

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    Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale

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    Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John

    Premiered2019

    The Spanish Princess (Starz, 2019) is a historical drama television limited series developed...  more
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    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill

    Premiered2007

    The Tudors (Showtime, 2007) is a historical fiction television series created by Michael...  more
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    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter...  more
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    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

    Premiered2015

    The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based...  more
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    George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos

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    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Premiered2014

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    Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult

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    Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby

    Premiered2008

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    Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert

    Premiered2019

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    Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley

    Premiered2012

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    Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen

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    Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons

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    Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower

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    Paul Dano, Lily James

    Premiered2016

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    Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis

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    Patrick Troughton, Anthony Quayle

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    Tom Hardy, Kevin McKidd

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    Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons

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    Ian McShane, Christopher Egan

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    Diana Rigg, Peter Ustinov

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