Best History TV shows

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best History TV shows" contains films with the following parameters. Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized, exciting and epic. Plot: rivalry, society, intrigue, historical character, state affairs, dishonesty, female nudity, power struggle, male nudity and nudity (full frontal - brief). Genre: History, Drama and Romance. Country: UK, USA and Ireland.
Best History TV shows
Best History TV shows
TOP TV Shows: Rome (2005), The Last Kingdom (2015), Poldark (2015), Vikings (2013), Marco Polo (2014), Domina (2021), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), War & Peace (2016), Isabel (2011), The Borgias (2011), Victoria (2016), Knightfall (2017), TURN: Washington's Spies (2014), Jamestown (2017), I, Claudius (1976), Call the Midwife (2012), Spartacus (2010), The White Queen (2013), The Bonfire of Destiny (2019), The Tudors (2007).

List of Best TV Shows

 8.7
 167K
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, sexual, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: roman empire, historical character, ancient history, emperor, ancient rome, betrayal, incest, warrior, intrigue, rivalry, power struggle, slavery ...
Time: 1st century b.c., 1st century
Place: rome italy, europe, alexandria egypt, italy, egypt
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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, viking, castle, rivalry, escapades, political unrest, kidnapping, heroes, vengeance, british ...
Time: middle ages, 9th century
Place: england, europe
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 8.3
 31K
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: family saga, captivating, realistic, saga, serious
Plot: countryside, estate, love and romance, family relations, society, love affair, master and servant, romance, rich and poor, social differences, poverty, couple relations ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s, georgian era
Place: england, cornwall
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 8.5
 507K
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: heroic, exciting, atmospheric, captivating, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, norse mythology, king, battles, legends and myths, historical character, adventure, heroes, viking, leader, adventurer, tough heroes ...
Time: middle ages, 8th century, 9th century, 7th century
Place: scandinavia, europe, iceland
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 8.0
 71K
Marco Polo (2014)
Genre: Action, 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: intrigue, culture clash, rivalry, adventure hero, forbidden love, escapades, strong violent content, adventure, kung fu master, palace, royal family, martial arts ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century
Place: asia, mongolia, china, venice, beijing china
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 7.0
 3K
Domina (2021)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Domina follows Livia’s journey from a naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, to Rome’s most powerful and influential Empress, driven by a deep desire to avenge her father and secure power for her ...
Plot: roman empire, ancient rome, palace intrigue, historical figure, historical character, power struggle, wife, intrigue, roman emperor, high society, political intrigue, husband wife relationship ...
Place: rome italy
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Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 331 min.
TV show
Story: Before Spartacus struck down his first opponent in the arena, there were many gladiators who passed through the gates onto the sand.'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' tells the story of the original Champion of the House of Batiatus: Gannicus ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, realistic, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ancient history, roman empire, gladiator, strong sexual content, ancient rome, slave, arena, heroes, master warrior, roman, warrior, pride and honor ...
Time: 1st century b.c.
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 8.1
 23K
War & Peace (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 380 min.
TV show
Story: Sumptuous BBC mini-series following the fortunes and the rise and fall of five aristocratic families in the waning days of imperial Russia.
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, epic, emotional ...
Plot: aristocracy, love and romance, imperial russia, society, wartime life, love story, napoleonic wars, fall in love, war, life is a bitch, romance, tragic love ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia
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 8.3
 2K
Isabel (2011)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 75 min.
TV show
Story: Charting the life of Isabella I of Castile, one of the most important women in Spain’s history, Isabel follows her passionate story from childhood to being crowned Queen. From her political struggles within King Henry IV's court to her ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized, family saga
Plot: queen, unfaithful husband, royal family, aristocracy, royalty, palace intrigue, conquering, throne, state affairs, heir, rise to the top, religions or cults ...
Time: 15th century
Place: spain, europe, portugal
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 7.9
 51K
The Borgias (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, Hungary, Ireland, Canada
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Set in 15th century Italy at the height of the Renaissance, The Borgias chronicles the corrupt rise of patriarch Rodrigo Borgia to the papacy, where he proceeds to commit every sin in the book to amass and retain power, influence and enormous wealth ...
Style: clever, serious, captivating, epic, realistic ...
Plot: historical character, siblings relations, brother sister incest, lust, intrigue, rivalry, clergy, sin, greed, sex scene, catholic church, ambition ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, florence
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 8.2
 26K
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, serious ...
Plot: british history, queen victoria, monarchy, royal family, royalty, european history, queen of england, queen, female protagonist, power, british monarchy, prime minister ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1830s
Place: britain, london, united kingdom, buckingham palace
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 6.8
 20K
Knightfall (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Go deep into the clandestine world of the legendary brotherhood of warrior monks known as The Knights Templar.
Style: christian film, captivating, exciting, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: crusader, knights templar, crusade, medieval, religious faith, chivalry, relic, warrior, mystery, battles, human spirit, tradition ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century, 13th century
Place: france
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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: captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american revolution, spy, army, historical character, colonial america, political unrest, rivalry, ambition, rebellion, undercover, treason, rebelliousness ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, connecticut
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 6.9
 5K
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, captivating ...
Plot: colony, settler, love affair, working class family, society, intrigue, rivals, love triangle, conspiracy, women, colonization, love story ...
Time: 17th century
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 8.9
 17K
I, Claudius (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 669 min.
TV show
Story: Tracing the lives of several Roman emperors, this is an epic of ruthless ambition, shocking debauchery and murderous intrigue set in one of history's most fascinating eras. Bearing witness to the saga is Claudius, whose stutter and limp have ...
Style: epic, clever, stylized, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: roman empire, emperor, political intrigue, ancient rome, power struggle, ambition, betrayal, ancient, intrigue, incest, ancient history, conspiracy ...
Time: 1st century b.c., 1st century, 50s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe
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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, sincere, touching, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: convent, nurse, midwife, childbirth, nun, doctor, family life, family relations, friends, nursing, pregnancy, home birth ...
Time: 50s, 60s, year 1961, 20th century, year 1957 ...
Place: england, london, europe
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 8.6
 237K
Spartacus (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, sexy, sexual, heroic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gladiator, ancient rome, roman empire, rebellion, ancient history, warrior, slavery, battles, swords and armor, sword fight, death, strong sexual content ...
Time: 1st century b.c.
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The White Queen (2013)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, France
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Set against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses, the series is the story of the women caught up in the protracted conflict for the throne of England.
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, suspense, realistic
Plot: aristocracy, queen, royal court, royal family, monarchy, king, throne, seduction, love and romance, young woman, intrigue, betrayal ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
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The Bonfire of Destiny (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: After a devastating fire in 1897 Paris, three women find their lives upended by betrayal, deception, and romantic turmoil. Inspired by real events.
Style: suspenseful, touching, disturbing, rough, suspense ...
Plot: fire, tragedy, catastrophe, death, vengeance, crimes, conflict, social differences, danger, deadly, netflix
Time: 19th century, 1890s
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 8.1
 73K
The Tudors (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The Tudors is a history-based drama series following the young, vibrant King Henry VIII, a competitive and lustful monarch who navigates the intrigues of the English court and the human heart with equal vigor and justifiable suspicion.
Style: captivating, stylized, serious, sexual, realistic ...
Plot: historical character, royal court, love triangle, queen, king, royal family, intrigue, aristocracy, throne, betrayal, power struggle, heir ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, europe
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 7.2
 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, suspense, visually appealing ...
Plot: american indian, indigenous people, settler, murder investigation, land grab, rivalry, preaching, colonization, power struggle, survival, showdown, forest ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century
Place: quebec, france, canada, north america
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 7.2
 23K
Barbarians (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Germany
Duration: 280 min.
TV show
Story: Three people's fates are interwoven in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 A.D., during which Germanic warriors halt the spread of the Roman Empire.
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, breathtaking, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: roman empire, barbarian, invasion, german history, legends and myths, mythology, tribe, battles, myth, sword, war, viking ...
Time: middle ages, 1st century
Place: scandinavia
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 7.4
 882
Maximilian (2017)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Austria, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 275 min.
TV show
Story: In 1477 Charles the Bold dies, his only child is a girl which cannot rule without a husband. Meanwhile in Austria, Emperor Frederick III and his antagonist Louis XI France battle over said marriage prospects, battles ensue, tragedy falls.
Style: sentimental, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: prince, arranged marriage, love and romance, forbidden love, monarchy, scandal, couple relations, state affairs, society, palace intrigue, male nudity, female nudity ...
Time: 15th century
Place: austria, france
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 8.6
 104K
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, sheriff, crimes, prostitute, gold rush, power struggle, brothel, rivalry, small town life, dishonesty, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1880s
Place: south dakota, usa
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The Spanish Princess (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: The beautiful Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon, navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: royal court, king, royal family, queen of england, historical figure, death, intrigue, tudors, rivalry, dishonesty, ambition, family ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: england, spain
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 7.9
 40K
The Spy (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy for Mossad.
Style: factual, serious, realistic
Plot: espionage, mossad, secret mission, spy, israeli palestinian conflict, national security, arab, arab israeli conflict, politics, male nudity, airplane, sex party ...
Time: 60s
Place: middle east, syria, israel
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 9.4
 686K
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: thought provoking, dark, heartbreaking, harsh, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: radiation, radiation poisoning, nuclear power plant, nuclear holocaust, nuclear threat, nuclear explosion, nuclear reactor, scientist, save the day, salvation, rescue mission, accident ...
Time: 80s, year 1986, 20th century
Place: ussr, chernobyl, ukraine, russia, moscow russia ...
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 8.7
 190K
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: clever, atmospheric, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: british royal family, royal family, british history, monarchy, queen, winston churchill, prime minister, woman, queen elizabeth ii, power, monarch, palace intrigue ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 70s, 80s
Place: england, buckingham palace, london
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Da Vinci's Demons (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The series follows the "untold" story of Leonardo Da Vinci: the genius during his early years in Renaissance Florence. As a 25-year old artist, inventor, swordsman, lover, dreamer and idealist, he struggles to live within the confines of ...
Style: exciting, captivating, intellectual, witty, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, leonardo da vinci, inventor, adventure, renaissance, historical character, talented, escapades, a vision, visionary, unconventional method, magical ...
Time: 15th century
Place: italy, europe, florence, ottoman empire, istanbul turkey ...
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Dirilis: Ertugrul (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Turkey
Duration: 120 min.
TV show
Story: Ertuğrul Bey and the Knights Templar in the 13th century Alba and step and step with the struggle against brutal Mongols depicts the process of establishing the Ottoman principality.
Style: exciting, brutal, tense, suspense, stylized ...
Plot: historical character, betrayal, rivalry, life & death, adventure, heroes, military coup, war, vengeance, father son relationship, culture clash, crimes ...
Time: 14th century, 13th century
Place: turkey
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