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Old October 29th, 2016, 08:10 AM   #1
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Best historical TV shows?


Any time period is acceptable
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Old October 29th, 2016, 02:03 PM   #2

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Even though both of them have quite a few inaccuracies, I really like both Rome (2005 - 2007) and Vikings (2013 -). Both of them feel incredibly authentic and believable to the time periods, and they're also very entertaining and exciting.
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"The Tudors" is interesting show The Tudors (TV Series 2007?2010) - IMDb
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Old October 30th, 2016, 09:25 AM   #4
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If by "historical", you mean any TV show set in historical times, then The Peaky Blinders (set in post-WW I England) is a really entertaining show.

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Old October 31st, 2016, 02:58 AM   #5

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I'd recommend War and Peace
as you might guess, this is an adaptation of Tolstoy's novel, and a good one. I enjoyed it.
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Old October 31st, 2016, 04:26 AM   #6

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Even though both of them have quite a few inaccuracies, I really like both Rome (2005 - 2007) and Vikings (2013 -). Both of them feel incredibly authentic and believable to the time periods, and they're also very entertaining and exciting.
i started vikings a few months ago, it started slow but its unbelievably good! to go with that, ive started watching last kingdom, also pretty decent.

can anybody reccomend me some good medieval tv shows? i really enjoyed GOT so anything similar would be fantastic
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There have been a number of medical shows. I really like The Knick (the Knickerbocker Hospital) set in New York in the early 1900s. It's similar to a British series that came before it called Casualty 1906 and two subsequent years in England, and London Hospital in the U.S., set in the emergency room of the East End charity hospital in, obviously, 1906 and subsequent years. Call the Midwife set in London's East End in the early 50s is quite good. There's a hospital series set in occupied Richmond during the Civil War called Mercy Street that I didn't think was very good. I loved The Crimson Field set in a World War I field hospital, but it was not renewed after the first season. A six part mini-series based on true stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses called Anzac Girls is very good.

Two more good Showtime or HBO series are Deadwood, set in the Dakotas in the late 1800s, and Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City during Prohibition. A more mass market series that's reasonably good is AMC's Turn: Washington's Spies.

If by "shows" you include mini-series, there are some medieval choices: The Pillars of the Earth (OK), World Without End, and The White Queen (I liked it). I'm also a big fan of Les Rois Maudits (The Cursed Kings).
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Name:
Rating:
Setting:
Accuracy:
Acting:
Writing:
Eye Candy:
Family Friendliness:

#1
Name: Sharpe's Rifles
Rating: Five stars
Setting: 19th century Napoleonic Wars; Spain; France; Britain.
Accuracy: the history was accurate and the antiquities seemed ok.
Acting: Excellent - it stars a young Sean Bean and other fine actors.
Writing: Also excellent.
Eye Candy: Good, but not great, beauties in every show though.
Family Friendliness: completely family friendly.

#2
Name: Have Gun will Travel
Rating: Five star. (is an ancient black and white series)
Setting: The Old West in America
Accuracy: average
Acting: excellent
Writing: excellent
Eye Candy: Excellent, plenty of very beautiful women with a lot of them becoming famous actresses.
Family Friendliness: completely FF, just has some racism mainly in The Hop Sing character - so don't watch with Hans/Chinese.

#3
Name: Poldark (the currently being made one)
Rating: 4 stars
Setting: 18th century Britain (Cornwall)
Accuracy: very accurate
Acting: very good
Writing: very good
Eye Candy: very good and most of the beauties are highly amiable, so you'll love them as well as lust after them.
Family Friendliness: good; but the second season had a rape scene, was fully clothed and she consented after it started,,,but still.

#4
Name: Reign
Rating: 3 stars
Setting: 16th century France; Scotland and England.
Accuracy: lol not at all. The main character is Mary queen of Scots
Acting: good
Writing: good
Eye Candy: good
Family Friendliness: ok; but one episode has a woman masturbating fully clothed to seduce a king, so I would not let small children watch it.

Name: Vikings
Rating: weak 4 stars
Setting: the Viking Age
Accuracy: highly inaccurate both historically and in antiquities
Acting: fair
Writing: very good
Eye Candy: fair
Family Friendliness: marginally FF. has a fair amount of Paganism in it, so likely unacceptable in the United Arab Emirates.
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I wrote a blog post a while ago about several historical tv shows and movies. Not all of them were true historicals, and many had horrible inaccuracies... most were entertaining, though. I described each a bit.

Mostly Historical movies and shows
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PS - Sharpe's was one of my favorite all-time series.
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