Entertainment The Best History TV Shows  

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

The very best history shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest history shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular history TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining history show of all time is. Don't let your favorite history 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 history television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

This is a list that features shows like Gettysburg and Chandragupta Maurya.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best history show of all time?" and "What are the greatest history shows?"
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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with ...more
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Hetalia - Axis Powers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Daisuke Namikawa, Hiroki Takahashi, Katsuyuki Konishi
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Blackadder Goes Forth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry
Blackadder Goes Forth is the fourth and final series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 28 September to 2 November 1989 on BBC One. The ...more
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13 10
National Geographic Explorer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Lisa Ling, Peter Coyote
National Geographic Explorer is an American documentary television series that originally premiered on Nickelodeon on April 7, 1985, after having been produced as a less costly and intensive ...more
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Liberty's Kids is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Rache Golden added Whoopi Goldberg, Liam Neeson, Billy Crystal
Liberty's Kids is an animated educational historical fiction television series produced by DIC Entertainment, originally broadcast on PBS Kids from September 2, 2002 to April 4, 2003, although ...more
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American Masters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Julianna Margulies, Laura Linney, William Hurt
American Masters is a PBS television show which produces biographies on artists, actors and writers of the United States who have left a profound impact on the nation's popular culture. It is ...more
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Gettysburg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Framed by former President Abraham Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address, this documentary takes a hard look at the battle of Gettysburg from the perspective of the soldiers on either side of the ...more
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Time Team is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Tony Robinson, Phil Harding, John Gater
Time Team is a British television series which has been aired on British Channel 4 from 1994. Created by television producer Tim Taylor and presented by actor Tony Robinson, each episode ...more
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War & Peace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best History TV Shows
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Unsolved History is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best History TV Shows
J.V. Martin, Daniel Martinez, Mike Sode
Unsolved History is an American documentary television series that aired from 2002 to 2005. The program was produced by MorningStar Entertainment, Termite Art Productions, Lions Gate Television, ...more
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Solving History with Olly Stee... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Solving History with Olly Steeds Oliver Steeds
Solving History with Olly Steeds is a weekly American documentary adventure reality television series that premiered on January 13, 2010 on the Discovery Channel. Produced by JWM Productions, ...more
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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby
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 Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne
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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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Leonard Nimoy, Anne Bancroft, Burt Lancaster
Marco Polo is an American-Italian television miniseries originally broadcast by NBC in the United States, by Antenne 2 in France and by RAI in Italy in 1982. It starred Kenneth Marshall as Marco ...more
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Dick Turpin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Richard O'Sullivan, Christopher Benjamin, David Daker
Dick Turpin is a British television drama series starring Richard O'Sullivan and Michael Deeks. It was created by Richard Carpenter, Paul Knight and Sydney Cole and written by Richard Carpenter, ...more
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BBC Television Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best History TV Shows
BBC Television Shakespeare
The BBC Television Shakespeare is a series of British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina and broadcast by BBC Television. Transmitted in the UK ...more
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The Bible is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Keith David, Roma Downey, Diogo Morgado
The Bible is a television miniseries based on the Bible. It was produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett and was broadcast weekly between March 3 and March 31, 2013 on History channel. It has ...more
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Auschwitz: The Nazis and the '... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Linda Hunt, Linda Ellerbee, Samuel West
Auschwitz: The Nazis and 'The Final Solution' is a BBC six-episode documentary film series presenting the story of Auschwitz through interviews with former inmates and guards to include ...more
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Shaka Zulu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Christopher Lee, Trevor Howard, Edward Fox
Shaka Zulu is a television series directed by William C. Faure and written by Joshua Sinclair for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, based on Sinclair's novel of the same name. It is ...more
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Saints and Strangers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Nick Boraine, Anna Camp, Dylan Edy
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Dong Yi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Han Hyo-joo, Park Ha-sun, Jin-hee Ji
Dong Yi is a 2010 South Korean historical television drama series, starring Han Hyo-joo, Ji Jin-hee, Lee So-yeon and Bae Soo-bin. About the love story between King Sukjong and Choi Suk-bin, it ...more
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Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Northanger Abbey is a 1986 made-for-television film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey, and was originally broadcast on the A&E Network and the BBC.
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Profiles in Courage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Profile in Courage was a TV show based on John F. Kennedy's book of the same name.
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From the Earth to the Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Tom Hanks, Nick Searcy, Lane Smith
From the Earth to the Moon is a twelve-part HBO television miniseries co-produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, and Michael Bostick, telling the story of the landmark Apollo ...more
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Secrets of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best History TV Shows
Liev Schreiber
Secrets of the Dead is an ongoing PBS television series produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which began in 2000. The show generally follows an investigator or team of investigators exploring ...more