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Top 50 History TV Shows



1. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith

Votes: 159,426

2. Vikings (2013–2020)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.

Stars: Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Georgia Hirst

Votes: 443,009

3. Chernobyl (2019)

TV-MA | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller

9.4
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In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 561,991

4. The Chosen (2017–2021)

TV-PG | 54 min | Drama, History

9.7
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A charismatic fisherman drowning in debt. A troubled woman wrestling with real demons. A young tax collector ostracized by society. A religious leader questioning his faith tradition.

Stars: Shahar Isaac, Jonathan Roumie, Noah James, Paras Patel

Votes: 15,187

5. The Last Kingdom (2015– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, History

8.4
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As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred - born a Saxon but raised by Vikings - seeks to claim his ancestral birthright.

Stars: Alexander Dreymon, Eliza Butterworth, Ian Hart, Arnas Fedaravicius

Votes: 88,473

6. Atlantic Crossing (2020)

441 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.0
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The story of Crown Princess Märtha, who fought for her country and her marriage during the tragic events of World War II.

Stars: Sofia Helin, Kyle MacLachlan, Tobias Santelmann, Søren Pilmark

Votes: 1,361

7. The Terror (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.0
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Supernatural, semihistorical, horror anthology series, where each season is inspired by a different infamous or mysterious real life historical tragedy.

Stars: Jared Harris, Derek Mio, Tobias Menzies, Kiki Sukezane

Votes: 39,065

8. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

9.4
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The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 382,622

9. Spartacus (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 225,295

10. Warrior (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.4
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During the Tong Wars in the late 1800s, Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy from China, immigrates to San Francisco and becomes a hatchet man for the most powerful tong in Chinatown.

Stars: Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin, Dianne Doan

Votes: 18,716

11. This Is a Robbery: The World's Greatest Art Heist (2021)

TV-MA | 210 min | Documentary, Crime, History

6.5
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March 18, 1990, 13 works of art were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Guards admitted two men posing as police officers responding to a disturbance call, and the thieves tied the guards up and looted the museum.

Stars: Shelley Murphy, Anne Hawley, Dick Ellis, Martin Leppo

Votes: 1,496

12. Exterminate All the Brutes (2021– )

TV-MA | 232 min | Documentary, History

6.3
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The path to the new world, an unsettling and intricate story of genocides. Conquest, slavery and the fabrication of "Whiteness".

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Raoul Peck, Denis Lyons, Caisa Ankarsparre

Votes: 917

13. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.5
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An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 173,810

14. It's a Sin (2021)

TV-MA | 239 min | Comedy, Drama, History

8.8
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A chronicle of four friends during a decade in which everything changed, including the rise of AIDS.

Stars: Olly Alexander, Nathaniel Curtis, Shaun Dooley, Omari Douglas

Votes: 18,745

15. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

8.4
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Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 20,585

16. The Great (2020– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A royal woman living in rural Russia during the 18th century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.

Stars: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Sacha Dhawan

Votes: 20,168

17. The Tudors (2007–2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, James Frain

Votes: 69,418

18. Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV-G | 382 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.5
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Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Stars: Robert Powell, Olivia Hussey, Laurence Olivier, James Mason

Votes: 20,270

19. Poldark (2015–2019)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.3
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Ross Poldark returns home after American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it.

Stars: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing, Beatie Edney

Votes: 26,608

20. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.6
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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 95,900

21. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 156,655

22. Genius (I) (2017– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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The life stories of history's greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.

Stars: Samantha Colley, Seth Gabel, Antonio Banderas, Clémence Poésy

Votes: 16,715

23. The Lost Pirate Kingdom (2021– )

Documentary, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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The real-life pirates of the Caribbean violently plunder, stealing and form a surprisingly egalitarian republic in this documentary series.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, James Oliver Wheatley, Sam Callis, Tom Padley

Votes: 1,594

24. Victoria (2016– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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The early life of Queen Victoria, from her ascension to the throne at the tender age of eighteen to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

Stars: Jenna Coleman, Adrian Schiller, Tommy Knight, Jordan Waller

Votes: 23,097

25. Dirilis: Ertugrul (2014–2019)

TV-14 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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The heroic story of Ertugrul Ghazi, the father of Osman (Uthman) who founded the Ottoman Empire.

Stars: Engin Altan Düzyatan, Hülya Darcan, Cengiz Coskun, Nurettin Sönmez

Votes: 29,178

26. Medici (2016–2019)

TV-14 | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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A political family drama set in Florence in the early fifteenth century. Cosimo de Medici finds himself at the helm of his banking dynasty when his father, Giovanni, dies suddenly.

Stars: Daniel Sharman, Alessandra Mastronardi, Synnove Karlsen, Sebastian De Souza

Votes: 16,041

27. Leonardo (2021– )

Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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The series recounts Leonardo da Vinci's extraordinary life through the works that made him famous, through the stories hidden within those works, revealing little by little the inner torment of a man obsessed with attaining perfection.

Stars: Aidan Turner, Matilda De Angelis, Freddie Highmore, James D'Arcy

Votes: 368

28. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.9
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Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 96,621

29. The Vineyard (2021– )

Drama, History, Romance

7.0
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Based on the novel by María Dueñas, a romantic drama set in 1860 against the backdrop of different historic world cities.

Stars: Leonor Watling, Rafael Novoa, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, Nathaniel Parker

Votes: 292

30. Barbarians (2020– )

TV-MA | 280 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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The famous battle of the Teutoburg Forest, in which Germanic warriors united by a strong woman, halted the northward advance of the Roman Empire in AD 9.

Stars: Laurence Rupp, Jeanne Goursaud, David Schütter, Bernhard Schütz

Votes: 18,484

31. Vinland Saga (2019)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.8
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Thorfinn pursues a journey with his father's killer in order to take revenge and end his life in a duel as an honorable warrior and pay his father a homage.

Stars: Naoya Uchida, Hiroki Yasumoto, Yûto Uemura, Kenshô Ono

Votes: 16,258

32. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 101,217

33. Les Misérables (2018–2019)

372 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.8
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Television adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, which follows Jean Valjean as he evades capture by the unyielding Inspector Javert. Set against a backdrop of post-Napoleonic France as unrest begins to grip the city of Paris once more.

Stars: Dominic West, David Oyelowo, Adeel Akhtar, David Bradley

Votes: 6,830

34. The Knick (2014–2015)

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

8.5
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A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.

Stars: André Holland, Clive Owen, Jeremy Bobb, Juliet Rylance

Votes: 44,386

35. Versailles (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.

Stars: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman

Votes: 14,302

36. The Spanish Princess (2019–2020)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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The beautiful Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon, navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne.

Stars: Laura Carmichael, Aaron Cobham, Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John

Votes: 5,617

37. Des (2020)

Not Rated | 60 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.7
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In 1983 Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen was arrested after the discovery of human remains which had blocked a drain near his London home.

Stars: David Tennant, Daniel Mays, Jason Watkins, Ron Cook

Votes: 11,428

38. The Last Dance (2020)

TV-MA | 491 min | Documentary, Biography, History

9.1
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Charting the rise of the 1990's Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

Stars: Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, David Aldridge, Scottie Pippen

Votes: 85,753

39. Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.0
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Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War.

Stars: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger

Votes: 24,813

40. Marco Polo (2014–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.0
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In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, "Marco Polo" is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century Mongolia.

Stars: Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Remy Hii

Votes: 65,586

41. TURN: Washington's Spies (2014–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, War

8.1
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A Long Island farmer bands together a group of childhood friends to form an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence.

Stars: Jamie Bell, Heather Lind, Samuel Roukin, Daniel Henshall

Votes: 19,817

42. Kurulus: Osman (2019– )

TV-14 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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The series will focus on the life of Osman Bey, the son of Ertugrul Gazi and the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

Stars: Burak Özçivit, Nurettin Sönmez, Ragip Savas, Emre Basalak

Votes: 4,303

43. The Spy (2019)

TV-MA | 53 min | Drama, History

7.9
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Based on the life of the Israeli spy, Eli Cohen.

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Hadar Ratzon Rotem, Yael Eitan, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 33,296

44. Frontier (2016–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.2
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Follows Declan Harp, a half-Irish/half Cree Native-Canadian outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson's Bay Company's monopoly on the fur trade in Canada.

Stars: Jason Momoa, Landon Liboiron, Zoe Boyle, Greg Bryk

Votes: 17,539

45. Mrs. America (2020)

TV-MA | 458 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly leads an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights Amendment movement during the 1970s.

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks

Votes: 9,138

46. The Borgias (2011–2013)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.9
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In the fifteenth century, Pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war, and marriage alliances.

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Peter Sullivan

Votes: 48,552

47. Ghost Adventures (2008– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV

7.5
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Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley investigate the scariest, most notorious, haunted places in the world.

Stars: Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, Jay Wasley

Votes: 8,219

48. The Good Lord Bird (2020)

TV-MA | 335 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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Ethan Hawke stars as abolitionist John Brown in this series based on the novel. "Onion" is a fictional enslaved boy who becomes a member of Brown's family of abolitionist soldiers and finds himself in the 1859 raid at Harpers Ferry.

Stars: Ethan Hawke, Hubert Point-Du Jour, Beau Knapp, Nick Eversman

Votes: 4,584

49. The White Queen (2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.8
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Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th-century England.

Stars: Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay

Votes: 24,219

50. War & Peace (2016)

TV-14 | 379 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

Stars: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James, Adrian Edmondson

Votes: 21,153


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