July 17, 2020

Real and fictional characters will help you to feel the atmosphere of past eras. Today we will tell you about best historical series.

1. Rome

  • USA, UK, Italy, 2005-2007
  • Historical drama
  • Duration: 2 seasons
  • IMDb: 8.8

Having finally conquered Gaul, Julius Caesar triumphantly returns to Rome. The protagonists of the series – the legionnaires Lucius Voren and Titus Pullon – inevitably find themselves involved in an insidious plot against the ruler.

The project will appeal to those who still live the Game of Thrones. Here, too, there are large-scale shootings, historical surroundings, and “Rome” was shot by the same channel – HBO. Only instead of magic, dragons and the King of the Night does the series take credibility: after watching it, the audience will learn a lot about the birth of the Roman Empire.

2. The Tudors

  • Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, 2007-2010
  • Historical drama
  • Duration: 4 seasons
  • IMDb: 8.1

The action takes place in England in the XVI century. Each season focuses on a separate period of the reign of King Henry VIII, famous for having married six times (and beheaded his two wives) and reformed the English church.

The stormy personal life of Henry VIII itself draws on a ready-made plot for the series. The ambiguous monarch was played by Jonathan Rhys Myers, whom viewers could see in Woody Allen ‘s drama “Match Point”. And Natalie Dormer, who embodied Anna Boleyn, later became famous for the role of Margaery Tyrell in the Game of Thrones.

3. Nicolas le Flock

  • France: 2008 – present
  • Historical detective
  • Duration: 6 seasons
  • IMDb: 8.4

France, the era of King Louis XV. The young detective Nicolas le Flock arrives to serve in Paris. Each series is dedicated to the investigation of a new case, and gradually the series becomes more confusing and exciting.

The project was based on the works of the French writer Jean-Francois Parot. “Nicolas le Flock” combines an entertaining detective story and an informative historical film. At the same time, as befits French cinema, he is full of subtle humour and irony.

4. Spartacus

  • USA, 2010-2013
  • Action, drama, adventure
  • Duration: 3 seasons
  • IMDb: 8.5

Another series in the scenery of Ancient Rome. The protagonist is the legendary rebellious gladiator Spartak. He will become famous not only in the arena but also in the political arena.

The series was shot in the spirit of “300 Spartans”: historical realities here are greatly embellished, and violence and sex are shown very openly. But thanks to its entertainment, Spartacus was liked by the audience so much that Starz also shot a prequel called Gods of the Arena.

5. Borgia

  • Hungary, Ireland, Canada, 2011-2013
  • Drama, crime, history
  • Duration: 3 seasons
  • IMDb: 7.9

The action takes place at the end of the XV century. The series tells about the ascension to the throne of the new Pope Alexander VI and the rise of his native – and far from saint – family of Borgia.

The producer of the series was Michael Hurst, also known for other cult historical television projects – The Tudors and Vikings.

6. The Hollow Crown

  • The United Kingdom, 2012-2016
  • Historical drama
  • Duration: 2 seasons
  • IMDb: 8.4

The plot was based on the historical plays of William Shakespeare. In the best traditions of English drama, the series tells about the rise and fall of three unlike each other monarchs. The fate of each of them largely predetermined the history of the whole country.

The roles of the rulers were performed by famous British actors. Ben Whishaw played Richard II, Jeremy Irons (incidentally, who embodied Alexander VI in the television series Borgia) – Henry IV, and Tom Hiddleston – Henry V.

7. Vikings

  • Ireland, Canada, 2013 – present
  • Action, historical drama, melodrama
  • Duration: 5 seasons
  • IMDb: 8.6

The events of the series are centered around the semi-legendary Viking Ragnar Lodbroka and his relatives. Ragnar, a direct descendant of Odin, has to overcome many trials to become a Viking Jarl.

“ Vikings ” is definitely one of the most spectacular series in recent years. And though it does not always accurately reflect the life of the inhabitants of ancient Scandinavia, thanks to the bewitching gloomy atmosphere, viewers around the world fell in love with it.

8. Peaky Blinders

  • The United Kingdom, 2013 – present
  • A historical drama, crime
  • Duration: 4 seasons
  • IMDb: 8.8

The action takes place in England at the beginning of the 20th century. In the difficult post-war period, many people lose their jobs and barely make ends meet. The general atmosphere of despair leads to the emergence of small gangs in the English town of Birmingham. Of these, the bloody and cruel group that calls itself the sharp peaks stands out the most.

The series was praised by the press. Critics especially praised the matchless game of Killian Murphy, who played the leader of the gang. Although in “Sharp peaks” there is enough charm, and style, and drama.

9. The Musketeers

  • The United Kingdom, 2014-2016
  • Adventures
  • Duration: 3 seasons
  • IMDb: 7.8

The French king Louis XIII fully trusts his faithful musketeers – Athos, Aramis and Porthos. Meanwhile, the young Gascon D’Artagnan arrives in Paris, where during a night skirmish he loses his father. The last thing he managed to say before his death was Athos. D’Artagnan sets off in search of an unknown villain to take revenge.

The British channel BBC as far away from the literary source of Alexander Dumas, retaining only the names of the main characters. The result was a frivolous, but very entertaining series, full of stylish fights and love affairs.

10. Marco Polo

  • USA, 2014–2016
  • Historical drama
  • Duration: 2 seasons
  • IMDb: 8.1

The series tells about the adventures of the famous Venetian traveler Marco Polo in China, under the rule of the Mongols. To appease the Mongol lord, Father Marco offers the khan to give his son to him in service in exchange for permission to trade on the Silk Road. After that, the young man begins a new life. The young Italian learns local traditions, becomes an approximate of the khan and inevitably becomes involved in political intrigues at court.

The audience appreciated the large-scale, vivid and expensive series, but critics did not like the creators’ too voluminous treatment of the story. Perhaps this is why the Netflix streaming service decided to close the project after the second season.

11. War and Peace

  • The United Kingdom, 2016
  • Historical drama
  • Duration: 1 season
  • IMDb: 8.2

The English series, shot for the BBC channel, offers a look at Russian classics, telling a complex family story familiar to the Russian audience since high school in a new way.

The series exactly follows the plot of the novel, even though the screenwriter Andrew Davis interpreted some scenes of L.N. Tolstoy quite boldly. The main roles were played by wonderful actors: Paul Dano organically fit into the image of Pierre Bezukhov, and Natasha Rostov was played by the refined Lily James.

12. The Crown

  • USA, UK, 2016 – present
  • Historical drama
  • Duration: 2 seasons
  • IMDb: 8.7

The series tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain from the time of her marriage in 1947 to the present day.

The creators invented their own original approach: every two seasons the cast will change to match the age of the characters. For example, young Elizabeth was played by Claire Foy. And in the upcoming third season, she will be replaced by Olivia Coleman. Literally from the first episodes, the series won the hearts of the audience thanks to the historical credibility and matchless play of the actors.

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