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The Greatest TV Shows About Kings & Queens

Updated April 1, 2021 10.4k votes 2.3k voters 106.4k views32 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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