Best History TV shows

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Best History TV shows
Best History TV shows
TOP TV shows: Chernobyl (2019), The Crown (2016), Vikings (2013), The Last Kingdom (2015), The Knick (2014), Call the Midwife (2012), Boardwalk Empire (2010), Band of Brothers (2001), Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010), The Looming Tower (2018), When They See Us (2019), Genius (2017), The Right Stuff (2020), Marco Polo (2014), Poldark (2015), Drunk History (2013), Show Me a Hero (2015), Warrior (2019), Deadwood (2004), Victoria (2016).

List of Best TV shows

 9.4
 545K
Chernobyl (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 330 min.
TV show
Story: A dramatization of the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, the catastrophic nuclear accident at Chernobyl. A tale of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Style: based on true events, thought provoking, harsh, atmospheric, dark ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear explosion, nuclear threat, nuclear holocaust, nuclear power plant, nuclear reactor, accident, scientist, post nuclear, save the day, salvation ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: ussr, ukraine, chernobyl, soviet union, russia ...
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 8.7
 151K
The Crown (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: The gripping, decades-spanning inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny. The Crown tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world – Buckingham ...
Style: atmospheric, clever, serious, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: royal family, british royal family, monarchy, queen, british history, winston churchill, woman, prime minister, power, monarch, palace intrigue, politics ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
Place: england, buckingham palace, london
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 8.5
 434K
Vikings (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, captivating, breathtaking, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, vikings, norse mythology, battles, legends and myths, king, heroic, historical character, heroes, adventure, tough heroes, graphic violence ...
Time: middle ages, 8th century, 7th century
Place: scandinavia, europe
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The Last Kingdom (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A show of heroic deeds and epic battles with a thematic depth that embraces politics, religion, warfare, courage, love, loyalty and our universal search for identity. Combining real historical figures and events with fictional characters, it is the ...
Style: realistic, captivating, epic, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: king, battles, kingdom, danger, castle, escapades, rivalry, vengeance, heroes, political unrest, british, viking ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: england, europe
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 8.5
 44K
The Knick (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 58 min.
TV show
Story: Set in downtown New York in 1900, 'The Knick' is centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and ...
Style: serious, rough, psychological, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: addiction, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, hospital, realism, workplace situations, surgeon, drugs/alcohol, gory, medicine, society, nun ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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Call the Midwife (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Drama following the lives of a group of midwives working in the poverty-stricken East End of London during the 1950s, based on the best-selling memoirs of Jennifer Worth.
Style: stylized, touching, sincere, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: convent, midwife, nurse, nun, child birth, childbirth, doctor, family life, family relations, friends, nursing, pregnancy ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 1960s, 60s, year 1961 ...
Place: england, london, europe
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Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson), a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, captivating, tense, saga ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, crimes, criminal heroes, mob boss, smuggling, crime boss, businessman, politician, corruption, americana, ambitious ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: new jersey, usa, atlantic city, chicago illinois, atlantic city new jersey ...
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Band of Brothers (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 594 min.
TV show
Story: Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as their journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men from paratrooper training in Georgia through the end of the war. As an elite rifle company ...
Style: suspenseful, captivating, rough, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, war, military, military life, world war two, combat, battles, sniper, paratrooper, survival, warrior, war violence ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, france, netherlands, paris france ...
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Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: Spartacus is an American television series inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus, a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BCE led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic departing from Capua.
Style: epic, sexual, sexy, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, gladiator, rebellion, ancient rome, battles, slavery, sword fight, warrior, gory, sword and sandal, ambition, heroes ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
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The Looming Tower (2018)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 492 min.
TV show
Story: Tracing the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, it takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently might have set the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the war in Iraq.
Style: based on true events, rough, suspense, disturbing
Plot: cia, terrorism, fbi, war, brutality, danger, deadly, iraq war, 9/11
Time: september 11 2001
Place: usa
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When They See Us (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 296 min.
TV show
Story: Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.
Style: suspense, psychological, rough, thought provoking, based on true events ...
Plot: investigation, rape, racial issues, interracial relations, black cast, social issues, suspect, central park, racism, false accusation, lawyer, couple relations ...
Time: 80s, year 1989
Place: new york
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 8.4
 16K
Genius (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Anthology series about famous geniuses with the first season charting how Albert Einstein unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe, and the second exploring the passionate nature and relentless creative drive of Pablo Picasso.
Style: anthology, intellectual, captivating, enigmatic, inspirational ...
Plot: genius, physicist, adolescence vs adulthood, husband wife relationship, life, painter, painting, passage of time, nazi germany, nazi
Time: 1930s
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The Right Stuff (2020)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: At the height of the Cold War, newly formed NASA selects seven of the military’s best test pilots to become astronauts. Competing to be the first in space, these men achieve the extraordinary, inspiring the world to turn towards a new horizon of ...
Style: political, factual, sincere, exciting, experimental
Plot: cold war, nasa, astronaut, test pilot, heroic mission, top secret, rivalry, space travel, ambition, adultery, race against time, space exploration ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: united states, usa
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 8.0
 65K
Marco Polo (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An epic adventure that follows the early years of the famous explorer as he travels the exotic Silk Road to the great Kublai Khan’s court. But Marco soon finds that navigating the Khan’s world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry will ...
Style: captivating, exciting, epic, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: culture clash, intrigue, forbidden love, adventure hero, rivalry, danger, escapades, strong violent content, adventure, martial arts, royal family, battles ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century
Place: asia, mongolia, china, beijing china, venice
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 8.3
 26K
Poldark (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Britain is in the grip of a chilling recession... falling wages, rising prices, civil unrest - only the bankers are smiling. It's 1783 and Ross Poldark returns from the American War of Independence to his beloved Cornwall to find his world in ...
Style: captivating, family saga, realistic, saga, serious
Plot: countryside, family relations, love and romance, estate, love affair, society, rich and poor, master and servant, social differences, poverty, couple relations, romance ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 1780s, 1790s
Place: england, cornwall
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Drunk History (2013)
Genre: Comedy, History
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Historical reenactments from A-list talent as told by inebriated storytellers. A unique take on the familiar and less familiar people and events from America’s great past as great moments in history are retold with unforgettable results.
Style: talky, humorous, realistic, mumblecore, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: drunk, cultural icon, state affairs, americana, parody, guest, interview, absurd humor, comedian, political satire, joke, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s, 1940s
Place: usa
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 8.1
 10K
Show Me a Hero (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Mayor Nick Wasicsko took office in 1987 during Yonkers' worst crisis when federal courts ordered public housing built in the white, middle class side of town, dividing the city in a bitter battle fueled by fear, racism, murder and politics.
Style: rough, serious, tense, captivating, thought provoking ...
Plot: politics, racism, state affairs, society, crimes, life is a bitch, interracial relations, lawsuit, mayor, urban, murder, city council ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
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 8.3
 17K
Warrior (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century. The series follows Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who immigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, brutal, intense, captivating
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: martial arts, business, corporation, rivalry, standoff, hand to hand combat, showdown, fistfight, conflict, husband wife relationship, infidelity, sex scene ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: san francisco, usa
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 8.6
 95K
Deadwood (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: The story of the early days of Deadwood, South Dakota; woven around actual historic events with most of the main characters based on real people. Deadwood starts as a gold mining camp and gradually turns from a lawless wild-west community into an ...
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: old west, crimes, sheriff, prostitute, power struggle, gold rush, brothel, shooting, rivalry, small town life, cowboy, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s
Place: usa, south dakota
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 8.2
 23K
Victoria (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of Queen Victoria, who came to the throne at a time of great economic turbulence and resurgent republicanism – and died 64 years later the head of the largest empire the world had ever seen, having revitalised the throne’s public image ...
Style: realistic, romantic, touching, factual, based on true events ...
Plot: british history, monarchy, royal family, queen victoria, queen of england, european history, queen, royalty, power, female protagonist, prime minister, husband wife relationship ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1830s
Place: britain, london, buckingham palace
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 7.9
 9K
Mrs. America (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 458 min.
TV show
Story: The true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.”
Style: inspirational, touching, uplifting
Plot: conservative, feminist, activist, politics, labor union, feminism, society, sexism, corporate world, strong female character, female protagonist, workplace ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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 8.2
 1K
37 Days (2014)
Genre: History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of what happened in the few weeks immediately preceding World War I.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: world war one, historical character, politics, head of state, assassination, state affairs, society, political unrest, negotiation, political thriller, diplomacy, summer ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1914
Place: england, europe, france, germany
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TURN: Washington's Spies (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american revolution, spy, army, period piece, historical character, political unrest, rebellion, ambition, undercover, rivalry, treason, rebelliousness ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, connecticut
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 7.3
 2K
Barkskins (2020)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
TV show
Story: A disparate group of outcasts and dreamers battle to escape their pasts while navigating the brutal frontier hardships, competing interests, and tangled loyalties at the crossroads of civilization: the New World. Based on the novel by ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, tense, exciting, visually appealing ...
Plot: american indian, indigenous people, showdown, settler, colonization, murder investigation, land grab, preaching, rivalry, power struggle, class struggle, survival ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century
Place: quebec, canada, france, north america
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Indian Summers (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: Epic drama set in the summer of 1932 where India dreams of independence, but the British are clinging to power. Set against the sweeping grandeur of the Himalayas and tea plantations of Northern India, the drama tells the rich and explosive story ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, epic, atmospheric ...
Plot: class differences, racism, revolution, political unrest, culture clash, society, state affairs, rebellion, colonialism, british, empire, independence ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: india, himalaya, asia
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 8.0
 37K
The Terror (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The crew of a Royal Naval expedition searching for the Arctic's treacherous Northwest Passage discovers instead a monstrous predator.
Style: anthology, twist ending, psychological, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: expedition, arctic, cannibalism, beast, insanity, delusion, leadership, rescue, starvation, violence, paranoia, monster ...
Time: 1940s, 19th century
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 6.9
 4K
Jamestown (2017)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The early 17th Century story of three courageous, dynamic women who leave their dark pasts behind in England, and make the journey of a lifetime across the ocean for a new life in America.
Style: atmospheric, suspense, realistic, disturbing, melancholic
Plot: colony, love affair, working class family, society, intrigue, women, conspiracy
Time: 17th century, 1600s
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 8.5
 29K
John Adams (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 71 min.
TV show
Story: The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
Style: atmospheric, sentimental, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Plot: american history, historical character, leadership, politics, lawyer, president, freedom, human spirit, state affairs, head of state, army, politician ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, 1790s, 1770s
Place: usa, philadelphia, boston, paris france, france ...
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 7.2
 17K
Frontier (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in late 18th century Canada. Told from multiple perspectives, Frontier takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with ...
Style: atmospheric, suspense, exciting, harsh
Plot: native american, rivalry, fur, intrigue, trafficking, fight for supremacy, crimes, society, indigenous people, first nations, biracial
Time: 18th century
Place: canada
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 8.7
 155K
Rome (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, sexual, stylized ...
Plot: roman empire, historical character, emperor, incest, ancient rome, intrigue, warrior, rivalry, betrayal, power struggle, political conspiracy, slavery ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c., 1st century
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, egypt, alexandria egypt
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