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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Historical Fiction TV series.

This is a list of the best historical fiction shows on television, ranked from best to worst. Whether dramas, comedies, or action shows, TV series set in real history have rich source material and great stories to tell. This list of the greatest historical fiction shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular historical fiction TV shows have been a staple of television for years, because we love to learn about our ancestors via a compelling narrative rather than dumb books, so there's often debate about which are the top history shows of all time. Never heard one of these debates? Then you live under a rock. Don't let your favorite historical fiction 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 fiction television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List shows include Vikings, The Tudors, Deadwood, and many other history TV shows. Just because every detail in the series isn't textbook-level accurate doesn't mean the show isn't realistic. These are the best historical fiction series of all time!

This list answers the questions, "What is the best historical fiction show of all time?" and "What are the greatest historical fiction shows?"
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Rome is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
MichaelCavanaugh added Rome Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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625 125
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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293 78
Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
JenShivel added Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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590 162
The Tudors is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Tudors Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy

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389 147
The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Borgias Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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198 123
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

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283 41
The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
alsrsr-sultan added The Last Kingdom Gerard Kearns, Alec Newman, Madeleine Power

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210 49
Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Joan H Jenkin added Hell on Wheels Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Robin McLeavy

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385 148
Reign is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
AnnieRobison added Reign Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs

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172 71
Black Sails is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
TimothyJHunte added Black Sails Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New

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142 73
John Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
RazvanPop added John Adams Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett

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199 99
The Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Pillars of the Earth Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne

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172 55
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
crystallandi added Spartacus: Blood and Sand Eric McIntire, Daniel Spink, Matthew Felker

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147 60
Spartacus: Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Spartacus: Vengeance Brett Tucker, Craig Parker, Viva Bianca

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84 26
Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Sharon López added Peaky Blinders

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93 38
Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Sharon López added Marco Polo Benedict Wong, Olivia Cheng, Joan Chen

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72 37
The Musketeers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
elza-elizabete-leice added The Musketeers Tom Burke, Luke Pasqualino, Santiago Cabrera

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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Meghan Lucey Freeman added Versailles George Blagden, Stuart Bowman, Evan Williams

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125 36
Pride and Prejudice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Greer Baudreau added Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth, Lucy Davis, Alison Steadman

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66 37
Wolf Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
aj-hudson added Wolf Hall Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis, Claire Foy

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34 35
Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Greer Baudreau added Upstairs, Downstairs Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh

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66 49
Roots is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Greer Baudreau added Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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48 29
World Without End is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
World Without End David Bradley, Oliver Maltman

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Camelot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Camelot Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton

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51 30
I, Claudius is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Greer Baudreau added I, Claudius Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips

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44 32
Hornblower is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
TimothyWalley added Hornblower Fred Astaire^! Peter Arne^! David Buck

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44 35
Shōgun is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
TimothyWalley added Shōgun Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune

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42 32
Sharpe's Rifles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
TimothyWalley added Sharpe's Rifles

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35 27
The Paradise is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Sharon López added The Paradise

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44 83
The Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Kennedys Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson, Greg Kinnear

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33 29
Narcos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Sharon López added Narcos Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal

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28 71
Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Holocaust Meryl Streep, Ian Holm, Michael Moriarty

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82 58
Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Marco Polo Leonard Nimoy, Anne Bancroft, Burt Lancaster

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36 61
War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
War and Peace Anthony Hopkins, Alan Dobie, Morag Hood

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7 28
Beau Brummell: This Charming M... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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Borgia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Borgia Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, Diarmuid Noyes

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58 67
Les Misérables is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Les Misérables John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu, Asia Argento

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12 60
The Gallant Men is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Gallant Men Robert McQueeney, William Reynolds, Robert Ridgely

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Kung Fu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Greer Baudreau added Kung Fu David Carradine, Keye Luke, Radames Pera

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9 21
Generation Kill is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Toscolani added Generation Kill Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen

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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Jericho John Leyton^! Don Francks and Marino Masé

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10 31
Brideshead Revisited is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Greer Baudreau added Brideshead Revisited Jeremy Irons, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud

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Lewis & Clark - The Journey of... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows

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Garrison's Gorillas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Garrison's Gorillas Ron Harper, Cesare Danova, Brendon Boone

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The Cleopatras is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Cleopatras Michelle Newell^! Graham Crowden^! Helen Sparks

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Christmas and the Civil War is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
Christmas and the Civil War

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The Monocled Mutineer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Historical Fiction TV Shows
The Monocled Mutineer Paul McGann^! Bill Fellows^! Matthew Marsh