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1. Vikings (2013– )
15 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
8.6 Rate this
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: 376,012
2. The Crown (2016– )
15 | 58 min | Drama, History
8.7 Rate this
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: 106,517
3. Chernobyl (2019)
15 | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller
9.4 Rate this
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: 419,986
4. Ottoman Rising (2020)
15 | 44 min | Drama, History, War
8.1 Rate this
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: 10,791
5. The Last Kingdom (2015– )
18 | 60 min | Action, Drama, History
8.3 Rate this
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: 60,176
6. McMillions (2020– )
60 min | Documentary, Crime, History
7.6 Rate this
A detailed account of the McDonald’s Monopoly game scam during the 1990s as told by the participants in the case, including the prizewinners and the FBI agents involved.
Stars: Nelson Hayne, Michael C. Pizzuto, Pelé Kizy, Cristal Bubblin
Votes: 547
7. Call the Midwife (2012– )
12 | 60 min | Drama, History
8.4 Rate this
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: 18,538
8. Band of Brothers (2001)
15 | 594 min | Action, Drama, History
9.5 Rate this
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: 344,467
9. Spartacus (2010–2013)
18 | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
8.5 Rate this
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: 212,251
10. The Tudors (2007–2010)
15 | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance
8.1 Rate this
A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, James Frain
Votes: 65,128
11. When They See Us (2019)
15 | 296 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
9.0 Rate this
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: 62,202
12. Who Killed Malcolm X? (2019–2020)
12 | 43 min | History
7.6 Rate this
Activist Abdur-Rahman Muhammad begins his own investigation into the perplexing details surrounding the assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X.
Stars: Zak A. Kondo, Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, Zaheer Ali, A. Peter Bailey
Votes: 530
13. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)
18 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History
8.5 Rate this
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: 164,704
14. Poldark (2015– )
12 | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance
8.3 Rate this
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: 23,131
15. Dirilis: Ertugrul (2014–2019)
120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
7.6 Rate this
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: 19,643
16. Versailles (2015–2018)
15 | 52 min | Biography, Drama, History
7.9 Rate this
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: 12,122
17. Medici (2016– )
60 min | Biography, Drama, History
7.9 Rate this
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: 12,845
18. Deadwood (2004–2006)
18 | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History
8.6 Rate this
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: 89,105
19. The Spy (2019)
15 | 53 min | Drama, History
7.9 Rate this
Based on the life of the Israeli spy, Eli Cohen.
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Hadar Ratzon Rotem, Yael Eitan, Noah Emmerich
Votes: 20,555
20. The Terror (2018– )
15 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History
8.0 Rate this
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: 32,773
21. Roman Empire (2016– )
48 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama
6.9 Rate this
Chronicles some of the most famous leaders of the Roman Civilization.
Stars: Aaron Irvin, Corey Brennan, Jerry Toner, Steve West
Votes: 4,215
22. Rome (2005–2007)
18 | 52 min | Action, Drama, History
8.7 Rate this
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: 146,603
23. Knightfall (2017– )
60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
6.8 Rate this
A look at the final days of the Knights Templar during the 14th century.
Stars: Tom Cullen, Pádraic Delaney, Simon Merrells, Julian Ovenden
Votes: 14,639
24. Victoria (2016– )
12 | 60 min | Biography, Drama, History
8.2 Rate this
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: 20,203
25. Genius (I) (2017– )
43 min | Biography, Drama, History
8.4 Rate this
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: 14,942
26. Frontier (2016–2018)
60 min | Adventure, Drama, History
7.2 Rate this
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: 14,727
27. The Bonfire of Destiny (2019– )
48 min | Drama, History
7.7 Rate this
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: 1,436
28. Thieves of the Wood (2018– )
45 min | Drama, History
6.9 Rate this
An eighteenth century bandit becomes a local hero.
Stars: Dirk Roofthooft, Matteo Simoni, Stef Aerts, Anne-Laure Vandeputte
Votes: 950
29. Marco Polo (2014–2016)
15 | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History
8.0 Rate this
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: 59,366
30. The Pacific (2010)
15 | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
8.3 Rate this
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: 92,892
31. The Forgotten Army – Azaadi ke liye (2020– )
Action, Drama, History
8.1 Rate this
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: 2,187
32. Warrior (2019– )
60 min | Action, Crime, Drama
8.2 Rate this
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: 9,321
33. The Spanish Princess (2019– )
15 | 55 min | Drama, History
6.8 Rate this
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: 2,540
34. TURN: Washington’s Spies (2014–2017)
60 min | Drama, History, War
8.1 Rate this
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: 18,293
35. War & Peace (2016)
15 | 379 min | Drama, History, Romance
8.2 Rate this
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: 18,760
36. Pan Am (2011–2012)
PG | 42 min | Drama, History, Romance
7.0 Rate this
Period drama about the pilots and flight attendants who once made Pan Am the most glamorous way to fly.
Stars: Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley, Karine Vanasse
Votes: 18,416
37. Ghost Adventures (2008– )
12 | 45 min | Documentary, History, Reality-TV
7.5 Rate this
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: 7,623
38. The White Queen (2013)
15 | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance
7.8 Rate this
Three different, yet equally relentless women vie for the throne in 15th Century England.
Stars: Aneurin Barnard, Rebecca Ferguson, Amanda Hale, Faye Marsay
Votes: 21,887
39. Six (2017–2018)
60 min | Action, Drama, History
7.3 Rate this
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: 10,171
40. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)
15 | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance
8.1 Rate this
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: 27,450
41. Vinland Saga (2019– )
24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
9.0 Rate this
Thorfinn pursue a journey with his father killer in order take revenge and end his life in a duel as a honorable warrior and pay his father a homage.
Stars: Naoya Uchida, Hiroki Yasumoto, Yûto Uemura, Kenshô Ono
Votes: 4,802
42. Roots (1977)
588 min | Biography, Drama, History
8.4 Rate this
A dramatization of author Alex Haley’s family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte’s enslavement to his descendants’ liberation.
Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.
Votes: 15,410
43. The Borgias (2011–2013)
15 | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History
7.9 Rate this
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: 46,445
44. Drunk History (2013– )
22 min | Comedy, History
7.8 Rate this
Historical reenactments by A-list talent are presented by inebriated storytellers.
Stars: Derek Waters, Bennie Arthur, Craig Cackowski, Maria Blasucci
Votes: 8,240
45. The Devil in the White City
Drama, History, Thriller | Announced
An architect works to build up the 1893 World’s Fair, while the serial killer Jack the Ripper uses the fair to attract and kill women.
Star: Leonardo DiCaprio
46. Ancient Aliens (2009– )
90 min | Documentary, History, Sci-Fi
7.3 Rate this
Science and mythology – and how they are the same thing.
Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David Childress, Jonathan Young
Votes: 8,592
47. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)
18 | 331 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
8.5 Rate this
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: 120,130
48. Les Misérables (2018–2019)
372 min | Drama, History, Romance
7.8 Rate this
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: 4,971
49. ‘Allo ‘Allo (1982–1992)
PG | 45 min | Comedy, History, War
8.3 Rate this
In France during World War II, Rene Artois runs a small café where Resistance fighters, Gestapo men, German Army officers and escaped Allied POWs interact daily, ignorant of one another’s true identity or presence, exasperating Rene.
Stars: Gorden Kaye, Carmen Silvera, Vicki Michelle, Richard Marner
Votes: 22,605
50. The White Princess (2017)
60 min | Drama, History
7.6 Rate this
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: 7,523