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The Best Historical Drama TV Shows

Updated May 7, 2021 73.0k votes 13.5k voters 410.4k views113 items

List RulesVote up the best true historical dramas. No fantasy series that feature overly imaginative elements like space travel or dragons.

Learn about real-world history while you binge watch the best historical drama shows on television. Some of the greatest TV dramas feature realistic settings from history and characters who actually existed. This list of the greatest historical drama shows is ranked best to worst, and it also includes information about the cast. Popular historical drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining historical drama show of all time is.

Including Rome and Vikings, the list of good historical series features period dramas and medieval epics. These shows usually have colorful costumes, beautiful set pieces, and even ancient languages. They can be set at the turn of the 20th century or at the end of it.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best historical drama show of all time?" and "What are the greatest historical drama shows?" Want a little between-wars England with your Downton Abbey? Some Henry VIII with your The Tudors? Don't let your favorite historical drama television programs in history get to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of historical drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast and premiere date when available and also include some of the best historical dramas of the decade.

 

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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Peter Franzén

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    The Last Kingdom

    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

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    Band of Brothers

    Philip Barantini, Matthew Leitch

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    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

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    Outlander

    Graham McTavish, Tobias Menzies

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    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

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    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan

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    Rome

    Zuleikha Robinson, Lyndsey Marshal

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    Poldark

    Aidan Turner

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    The Tudors

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill

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    Black Sails

    Jeremy Crutchley, Toby Schmitz

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    Medici: Masters of Florence

    Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden

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    The White Queen

    Aneurin Barnard, Amanda Hale

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    Call The Midwife

    Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart

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    Versailles

    George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos

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    Pride and Prejudice

    Marlene Sidaway, Lucy Briers

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    Turn

    Jamie Bell, Owain Yeoman
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    Spartacus: Blood and Sand

    Eric McIntire, Daniel Spink

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    The Americans

    Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich

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    Victoria

    Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes

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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen

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    Poldark

    Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson

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    John Adams

    Danny Huston, David Morse

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    The White Princess

    Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson

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    The Borgias

    Joanne Whalley, Holliday Grainger


     

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