Top 50 History TV Shows



1. Vikings (2013– )

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

8.6
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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: 372,060

2. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

8.7
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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, Matt Smith, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 103,705

3. Rise of Empires: Ottoman (2020– )

44 min | Drama, History, War

8.3
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Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II wages an epic campaign to take the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and shapes the course of history for centuries.

Stars: Cem Yigit Uzümoglu, Tommaso Basili, Selim Bayraktar, Birkan Sokullu

Votes: 4,711

4. Chernobyl (2019)

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

9.5
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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: 412,646

5. The Last Kingdom (2015– )

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

8.3
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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, David Dawson

Votes: 59,538

6. Band of Brothers (2001)

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

9.5
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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: 342,729

7. 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, Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 18,423

8. 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: 211,666

9. Thieves of the Wood (2018– )

45 min | Drama, History

6.9
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An eighteenth century bandit becomes a local hero.

Stars: Matteo Simoni, Stef Aerts, Anne-Laure Vandeputte, Charlotte Timmers

Votes: 750

10. 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: 64,902

11. When They See Us (2019)

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

9.0
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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: 60,215

12. The Forgotten Army - Azaadi ke liye (2020– )

Drama, History

8.3
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Lieutenant Sodhi and his army fight for Indian Independence during World War II as part of the Indian National Army; the journey and sacrifice of the Indian National Army from its soldiers' point of view.

Stars: Sunny Kaushal, Sharvari Wagh, Tj Bhanu, Rohit Chaudhary

Votes: 1,035

13. 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: 19,717

14. 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: 164,273

15. The Bonfire of Destiny (2019– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Drama, History

7.7
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After a devastating fire in 1897 Paris, three women find their lives upended by betrayal, deception, and romantic turmoil. Inspired by real events.

Stars: Audrey Fleurot, Julie De Bona, Camille Lou, Gilbert Melki

Votes: 1,180

16. Poldark (2015– )

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: 22,982

17. Medici (2016– )

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: 12,712

18. Knightfall (2017– )

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

6.8
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A look at the final days of the Knights Templar during the 14th century.

Stars: Tom Cullen, Pádraic Delaney, Simon Merrells, Julian Ovenden

Votes: 14,447

19. 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: 32,505

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: 88,763

21. 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, Jordan Waller, Tommy Knight

Votes: 20,062

22. 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: 146,107

23. 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: 14,573

24. Warrior (2019– )

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

8.2
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Set during the Tong Wars in the late 1800s, Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy originating from China to San Francisco, ends up becoming a hatchet man for the most powerful tong in Chinatown

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

Votes: 9,153

25. 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: 92,458

26. 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: 11,991

27. 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: 59,067

28. 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: 4,885

29. Dirilis: Ertugrul (2014–2019)

120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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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: 19,499

30. Genius (I) (2017– )

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

8.4
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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: 14,880

31. Vinland Saga (2019– )

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

9.0
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Thorfinn is the son of one of the Viking's greatest warriors, Thors. However, his father is killed by the mercenary leader Askeladd, who is not as powerful as Thorfinn's father, but cruel ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 4,328

32. 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: 18,647

33. Drunk History (2013– )

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, History

7.8
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Historical reenactments by A-list talent are presented by inebriated storytellers.

Stars: Derek Waters, Bennie Arthur, Craig Cackowski, Maria Blasucci

Votes: 8,185

34. The Spanish Princess (2019– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, History

6.8
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The beautiful Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon, navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne.

Stars: Charlotte Hope, Ruairi O'Connor, Richard Pepper, Olly Rix

Votes: 2,452

35. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

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

8.1
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Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.

Stars: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 27,363

36. Six (2017–2018)

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

7.3
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Navy SEAL Team Six attempt to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan when they discover an American citizen working with the enemy.

Stars: Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Edwin Hodge

Votes: 10,106

37. 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: 7,605

38. 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: 46,322

39. Roman Empire (2016– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.9
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Chronicles some of the most famous leaders of the Roman Civilization.

Stars: Aaron Irvin, Corey Brennan, Jerry Toner, Steve West

Votes: 4,041

40. 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: 23,095

41. The Devil in the White City

Drama, History, Thriller | Announced

An architect works to build up the 1893 World's Fair, while a serial killer uses the fair to attract and kill women.

Star: Leonardo DiCaprio

42. 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: 18,231

43. 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: 21,772

44. Catherine the Great (2019– )

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

6.1
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Story of the greatest Czarina, Catherine the Great (Dame Helen Mirren) and the Hermitage.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Gina McKee, Kevin McNally

Votes: 2,948

45. The Frankenstein Chronicles (2015– )

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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Inspector John Marlott investigates a series of crimes in 19th Century London, which may have been committed by a scientist intent on re-animating the dead.

Stars: Sean Bean, Richie Campbell, Tom Ward, Ryan Sampson

Votes: 8,422

46. Ancient Aliens (2009– )

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi

7.3
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Science and mythology - and how they are the same thing.

Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David Childress, Jonathan Young

Votes: 8,540

47. The White Princess (2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History

7.6
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Based on the Philippa Gregory book of the same name, the story of Elizabeth of York, the White Queen's daughter, and her marriage to the Lancaster victor, Henry VII.

Stars: Jodie Comer, Rebecca Benson, Jacob Collins-Levy, Richard Dillane

Votes: 7,434

48. Kurulus: Osman (2019– )

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, Saruhan Hünel

Votes: 650

49. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)

TV-MA | 331 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

8.5
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In the time before the arrival of Spartacus, the House of Batiatus faces many challenges from competitors, and within its own household.

Stars: John Hannah, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare

Votes: 119,711

50. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, Duong Van Mai Elliott, James Willbanks

Votes: 15,516


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