Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all-time favorites are 'The Wire', 'Breaking Bad', and 'The Sopranos.'
What Shows Are Like "Game of Thrones?"
We get enough brain-dead TV series every week. Every once in a while, though, a show like Game of Thrones lands on our screens and hooks us.
It’s gripping, gory, and beautiful. From dark dungeons to snowy mountains, the contrasting landscapes are captivating, each with a new story to tell. With its strong narrative and jaw-dropping visuals, there is no wonder that it has broken all sorts of records. The acting might seem a little wooden at times, but this is perfectly in keeping with the medieval look and feel of the show. Yes, it is dark and gloomy, but again in keeping with the narrative. Yes, some scenes can be hard to stomach for some people. If you can digest a lot of nudity (which is awesome), heart-wrenching deaths, and shocking betrayals, though, Game of Thrones is just the thing.
It also happens to be one of the most pirated TV shows ever. No wonder they premiered the 6th season in 172 countries simultaneously (by far the largest TV simulcast ever)! The only problem with Game of Thrones is that there isn’t enough of it. With only ten episodes every year (only seven in 2017), we are left craving more.
So of course, a lot of people are looking for TV series like Game of Thrones, including me. I decided to take a look around and compile a list of some other shows similar to Game of Thrones.
What Series Are Like Game of Thrones
- Black Sails
- House of Cards
- The Tudors
- Boardwalk Empire
- The Bastard Executioner
- The Last Kingdom
- The Borgias
- American Gods
- The Expanse
- The Wticher
Rome could easily have achieved Game of Thrones's popularity. It’s a shame that it was canceled after only two seasons. Rome never got the audience it needed to keep it on the screen and it was crazy expensive to produce.
Good news is, you can still watch 22 episodes of this excellent series on HBO Go or Amazon on Demand. Everything you need to know is covered in those few episodes. It doesn’t feel unfinished. You’ll know who is standing and who has fallen by the end of the second season.
Rome lacks in nail-biting fights, but it more than makes up for it with its gritting storyline and convincing acting. If you are looking for a great storyline like Game of Thrones, Rome is your best bet.
Vikings follows the story of Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer who ultimately becomes the king of Denmark, as he terrorizes France and England with his constant raids. He is joined by his troubled brother Rollo, his first wife Lagertha, and the shipbuilder Floki in his quest.
Although it’s not Game of Thrones by any stretch of the imagination, I still love its storyline that has managed to captivate for four seasons. As you watch, you'll find yourself pulling for guys you loathed in the first season and booing last season's heroes. The plot and character development are artful, and as far as the depiction of medieval Scandinavia goes, I’d say it’s pretty accurate. If you love Game of Thrones but its nudity and violence are sometimes a bit too much to handle, you should defiantly give Vikings a shot. If you love this drama, check out some similar shows to Vikings.
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3. Black Sails
Sex, violence, and nudity – Black Sails doesn't lack in these elements.
Airing on Starz and set as a prequel to Treasure Island, the plot follows the adventure of one of the most feared and infamous pirates of the golden age, Captain Flint. On an island overrun with thieves, pirates, and prostitutes, Flint has to maintain control. The first season helps you get acquainted with the characters and style of storytelling. You might think that everything is a tad flashy, but the second and third seasons will help change your opinion.
If you are looking for some action, Black Sails is a good bet. Check out some more shows like Black Sails while you're at it.
4. House of Cards
If the plot twists, back-stabbing, and political intrigue are what you love most about Game of Thrones, House of Cards is for you. The plot follows politicians of various rank and influence in Washington D.C. With familiar faces like Kevin Spacey and Kate Mara, the whole cast thrives under Fincher’s direction. Fincher has pulled off this drama in the best way possible. Taking the plunge of 13 episodes per season is not easy.
House of Cards is a serious political drama. What if someone is not into politics? Would they like it? The short answer is ‘yes'. Even if politics is not your cup of tea, you should find House of Cards enjoyable. The writing is to the point, sharp, and accurate. It never goes over the top or underwhelms, either.
One advantage House of Cards has is that you can watch one episode after another without any commercial breaks or programming schedules. You could even watch the whole season in one sitting (wouldn’t recommend it) if that’s your thing. On top of that, episodes don't include any flashbacks or recaps, thus freeing up significant time for more stories, conspiracy, and action. However difficult it is to get used to this kind of program scheduling, once you start paying attention, House of Cards grows on you.
One of the best things about this show is the removal of the fourth wall. You’ll find Frank Underwood talking to the camera every once in a while as a way of explication and expressing his opinion. Actor Kevin Spacey pulls those scenes off in style.
5. The Tudors
The Tudors is the story of Henry VIII’s reign over England. It’s about his political control over the region.
Just like Game of Thrones, this show is all about politics and the struggle for power. It might not be historically accurate, but it still is a lot of fun to watch all the four seasons. If you’re looking for historical accuracy, skip this entry. Then again, I don't think historical inaccuracy is a problem for a Game of Thrones fan. You’re here for some serious, gritty drama, and The Tudors has plenty of that in the store.
Spartacus is a series crammed with some intense action, violence, and drama – everything you’d expect from a TV show like Game of Thrones. Though this show doesn’t dwell in fantasy, it has gladiators with swords. Did I mention that there are tons of plot betrayals? You can stream the entire thing on Netflix.
7. Boardwalk Empire
Taking place amidst a thriving illegal alcohol business during the era of Prohibition, when the political landscape was laced with violence and corruption,Boardwalk Empire is a story about Nucky Thompson, a politician who also happens to be a mobster, playing both sides to his gain. Due to his lavish lifestyle, the federal government starts looking into him, making life a little bit harder for our man than it already is.
What surprised me is how far the makers of this series were willing to go with every little detail. It’s beyond accurate. Every furnishing, every corner, every street looks and feels authentic, as if everything was shot in 20s. In this show, a new standard is set for storytelling with everything far beyond perfect. With a talented and experienced cast, amazing cinematography, and twisting story lines, Boardwalk Empire cements its place as one of the best historical shows to ever air on TV.
8. The Bastard Executioner
The Bastard Executioner started airing September, 2015. After watching the one season aired before it was canceled, I was convinced that this medieval epic deserved a place in this list of shows like Game of Thrones.
It cost a whopping $10 million to make the two hour premiere, and subsequent episodes cost almost $2 million each. Judging by the quality of content and ratings, though, I’d say it was money well spent.
The story is set in Wales somewhere around 1300. It’s about Wlikn Brattle, a soldier who has had enough of the war and is looking to live rest of his life in peace. Unfortunately, he finds out that he has no option but to pick up the sword again, this time as a badass executioner. The first few episodes don’t reveal much, but it’s certain that The Bastard Executioner isn’t going to be a weekly execute-bad-guys episode. It’s trying to tell a larger story.
This might be the ultimate cure of Game of Thrones withdrawal. Less fantasy, and perhaps less nudity, but we have a lot of gore, blood, story line, and violence crammed in every episode.
9. The Last Kingdom
It’s a shame that more people don’t know about this series or the story it's based on. Just like Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom is based on a series of books called The Saxon Stories. Set during 10th century AD in England at the time when Viking invasions were at their peak, The Last Kingdom is a story about Uhtred, an orphan born in Northumbria who must choose between the people who raised him and his native country.
Eye-gouging, beheading, stabbing, and crucifixion, amongst other things, is all here for your pleasure. There are a lot of bone-crunching battles with ever so satisfying clings of swords. The only thing lacking is explicit nude scenes, something we have grown accustomed to in Game of Thrones. It’s not surprising as the show is aired on BBC, which is not a premium channel. Still, a show well worth your time.
This Tom Hardy starrer takes us back to 1814 in London, as his character struggles to get back his lost pride in a land where he has almost no friends.
FX network has been home to some of the best TV dramas in recent times. From the madness in American Horror Story to the irreverent Fargo, they have been delivering one hit after another. If anything, they lacked a good historical drama. Not anymore.
Taboo is easily one of the top 10 shows to land on the small screen in 2017. After a strong season 1, FX is gearing up to air the second season sometime in 2019. Here's hoping that the second season maintains the intrigue of the first.
My only gripe so far is that it's too focused on a single character at this moment. It would be infinitely more interesting if more players get involved in it. For now, the show lacks a multi-layered storyline, something a historical fiction must have. Despite its shortcomings, it delivers on most of its promises.
11. The Borgias
The Borgias follows the story of a family who rose to prominence in Italy during the period of Renaissance. This 9 part mini-series is crammed with all the nudity, incest, murder, blood, and violence you can stomach, so much so that it's cartoony at times. Think of it as Game of Thrones lite, except with way more incest. It's said that this family didn't discriminate when it came to sleeping with someone. On that account, this insidious depiction stays true to the grim historical reality.
A strong ensemble cast has done an amazing job with their characters, but Jeremy Irons steals the spotlight with the portrayal of Rodrigo Borgia, a conniving, capricious diplomat with a silver tongue. As he uses his authority and reach to become Pope, the downward spiral begins for his family.
It's a shame that Borgias doesn't get as much attention or paise series like Game of Thrones and Vikings (it has gone downhill) garner. If you haven't watched it, there couldn’t be a better time to get started.
12. American Gods
An ex-convict is hired by a cheerful, mysterious old man as his bodyguard. Little does he know that he's about to find himself in the middle of a brewing war between the old and new Gods. As they engage in a power-shifting war, he learns more about this secret side of America where mythical Gods and magic are real.
Rarely does a show stays as faithful to the original material as American Gods. Whatever liberties this show takes are essential for the small screen adaptation. If anything, this show has expanded the horizons of this fantasy world. If you're already familiar with the book, American Gods will get you hooked in its high fantasy world in no time.
Those who haven't had the chance will find it a little difficult to get into this show, especially in the first few episodes. Stick to it, however. If you pay close attention, you'll understand it's symbolism as well as the main storyline as all the seemingly disparate phases converge into a beautifully weaved story-one that ends with a cliffhanger in season 1.
Even at its weakest, American Gods is a visual extravaganza - an anomaly that's unlike anything else on contemporary TV. This part comedy part supernatural thriller will provoke quite a few people, thanks to its mocking underlying tone beneath its no-nonsense, capricious exterior. Suffice to say that this show will leave a different impact on people from different backgrounds.
Directed by Stephen Williams, Westworld is a cerebral show with a storyline so convoluted that you'd almost wanna give up on it. It's a show that rewards loyalty and persistence with some mind-boggling storytelling-one that's filled with treacherous twists and turns along the way.
Sci-fi is usually a niche genre, but this is one of the very few series that has managed to garner worldwide attention despite having the same hooks of every other sci-fi shows. It works, mostly because of an unfathomable production value only the likes of HBO can afford. Couple it with a star-studded cast and you have a recipe for one of the best mind-benders of this generation.
The showrunners and the giant network itself should get a hat-tip for pushing this show beyond the boundaries of normalcy, into the uncharted realm.
It's not easy to get unit this show, especially if you're coming on the heels of a causal, brain-dead series that doesn't demand a lot from the audience. Westworld, however, trusts you enough to let you piece together some of its most confusing moments. It plays like a Chinese puzzle and treats you like a seasoned player who's flawless at his game. Are you up for a challenge?
Despite the uneven nature of the second season, it sets up an intriguing premise for what's next to come. Catch up with its twisted stories before the third season begins airing.
If you love Westworld, come back and checkout out some similar shows to it.
Outlander has seen both highs and lows over the course of the past four seasons, partly because it can be brilliant and mundane in such a short span of time, sometimes in a single episode. While it doesn't hit every attempted mark, it certainly hits pretty close to the home.
Its emphasis on time transcending romance might have you believe that this show is a light-hearted historical piece. It sure is, for the first few episodes. Make no mistake. This series has an uncanny ability to fool its viewers and catch them off guard with a few twists up its sleeve.
There is a rape scene, which I won't talk about in detail, that plays a huge role in shaping the story. This particular scene is just a preview of the ordeal to follow. Outlander is permeated with disconcerting themes like this, and this is pretty much everything you need to know about this time-warping period piece. Take Game if Thrones, add some mature romance and slow burn drama, and strip it off the epic battles; the end result will be Outlander.
If you like this show, maybe checkout out some similar shows to Outlander while you're at it.
15. The Expanse
This crackerjack sci-fi drama might not have the splender of HBO's Game of Thrones, but its enigmatic storytelling will hook you right from the get go.
The whole drama is set in the space, revolving around our solar system for the most part. Though it starts off slow, things pick up pace gradually. Unlike GoT, this heavy-handed series is best watched in small doses.
Cacneled by SyFy, the network it was on, Amazon came to the rescue and ordered the 4th season. Though the show has been nothing short of exceptional with its storytelling, here is hoping that the deep pockets of Amazon will help the showrunners with the CGI department.
16. The Witcher
Originally a video-game trilogy, Geralt of Rivia has finally made his way to the small screen. Captivating and poignant, the TV series takes a slow-burn approach for its morbid stories. Though the series doesn't quite hit home, especially for the long-time fans like me, it's still worth your time getting to know the world and its morally corrupt characters.
It's an irony that in a world where witchers are considered monsters, they're usually the ones humans rely on to get rid of otherworldly problems. In a world crawling with dragons, trolls, and wicked humans, a sword-weilding witcher should be the least of their concern.
When Henry Cavill of DC's Superman fame was primed for the lead role as Geralt, I was cautiously optimistic at best. Thankfully, all my reservations were alleviated when the trailer launched. He's done a remarkable job in immersing himself in the role, a testimony to his adaptability and dynamism.
Are there any other TV shows like Game of Thrones that should have been on this list? Let me know in the comments section, and I’ll be sure to check them out!
Carmen on July 14, 2020:
Definitely " Peaky Blinders" AND "Animal Kingdom"
Cheers everyone for your input :0)
mohanraj1978 on April 16, 2020:
Ahatisham Nawab on January 31, 2020:
The witcher you can compare ths series with GoT..
Jacqueline G Rozell on October 30, 2019:
I think Arthdal should be added to the list upon completion of the series. Inventive, amazing and outstanding series.
Leah papadopoulos on August 15, 2019:
Loved outlander !!! Also Poldark Excellent series
Rob Hatfield on May 29, 2019:
Very hard to compare to GOT but I'm amazed no one has mentioned The Man in the High Castle. Alternative history, great period feel (if the Nazis and Japanese had won the war that is), interesting twists and characters.
yisrael on May 25, 2019:
peaky blinders should be on this list 100 percent
Dee on March 07, 2019:
I think Marco Polo on Netflix should be on this list. When I saw it i thought for sure it'd be on here.
AS on February 13, 2019:
not better than got
Jo Anne on February 13, 2019:
I watched The Borgias and it was OK nothing really special. You can't compare it with Game of Thrones as it really set the highest bar for TV development; from the script to production and acting. HBO is known for brilliant quality TV shows. Boardwalk Empire & Rome were also fantastic another HBO shows. I would say I'm always impressed with HBO TV series. Though there are some that tried to copy an element but it's lacking of gravitas. That Reign series was a joke. I only watched 2 episodes and it was enough. Versailles was good - I would say it was almost there. I like Outlander because I read the novels. Though the show tends to be slightly dragging. I watched seasons 1-3. And I only watched 4 or 5 episodes for season 4. The show became extremely boring and annoying, and the acting of Brianna is not stellar.
conrad on December 18, 2018:
Jennifer on December 10, 2018:
Frontier on Netflix!!!
Jaja on October 28, 2018:
Game of Thrones
The Last Kingdom
Donald on September 22, 2018:
Got, Vikings, the originals, vampire diaries nothing else.
john on August 23, 2018:
there r no show like GOT
Scott on July 26, 2018:
Poldark. POLDARK. POLDARK!
CharlersChrargger on July 15, 2018:
The only shows that I would add: Legion, from FX, first season on Netflix. They've renewed for a 3rd season. Also try Altered Carbon, I really enjoyed it.
Game Of Thrones I got into last Fall and its my favorite show of all time.
Black Sails to me is a 2nd to GOT in terms of plot, epic swashbuckling feel..
Also love the Last Kingdom.
Another show I would rank in the top 5, the "spiritual source" for GOT, Rome. Amazing show, way before its time.
The Borgias is great, the one with Jeremy Irons as the Pope.
Medici: Masters of Florence is good, I didn't know they were making another season.
Versailles is fun though I stopped watching the second season.
Into The Badlands and all the Marvel series on NF are fun, though not historical in genre.
People mentioned Narcos, but I am married to a Colombiana and we both agree that Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal is way better and more authentic, on NF.
I didn't like Reign much. I couldn't hang in there with Brittania. Didn't enjoy The Tudors much try as I might.
Will have to try Camelot, The Pilars of The Earth or Wolf Hall, Legend of the Seeker, Da vinci's demons and some of the other recos...
SAS on July 14, 2018:
Please please, lets not forget penny dreadful. I think that deserves a spot. :)
Wikkid on July 10, 2018:
Wish I could "like" that Britannia comment!! It definitely should be on this list .... Especially if you like Vikings and/or The Last Kingdom!!
angel wilding on July 07, 2018:
you forgot britannia lol
C on July 01, 2018:
I love Game of Thrones!!! Thank you all for your helpful choices of other shows to watch... I’ve watched Outlander, Vikings ( one of my favs) Poldark ( am caught up to new season ) DO UPU HAVE ANYMORE SUGGESTIONS????
Vibin on May 23, 2018:
This article is really helpful
Kace on May 23, 2018:
Melissa Campbell on April 22, 2018:
Connor on March 22, 2018:
You should add Medici: Masters of Florence. It's on Netflix, and stars the actor who plays Rob Stark(Richard Madden). It's better than Rome, and has already been confirmed to be renewed. It's produced in Italy so it may take some time for season 2 to actually hit Netflix. Sean Bean is confirmed to have a starring role in season 2. I'm actually surprised it wasn't on this list.
Felicis on March 13, 2018:
The White Queen and The White Princess is good too!!
Sam Shepards from Europe on March 11, 2018:
Ik liked Rome a lot. Vikings was great till somewhere in season 4, now it's just ok.
I enjoyed GOT, but it started to bore and you can't keep doing those so called very unexpected twists. Some people seem to complain about the sex, but it seems they have dialed that down in later seasons, or I just don't notice it anymore. :)
I liked last kingdom also.
My favourite shows are the wire, generation kill etc.
dearaghu on March 10, 2018:
Outlander is best of all after GOT
Splendid performances by lead actors and is swashbuckling at times
One of best made shows and one of best performances by lead actress.
Be patience we with first 3 episodes n you won't regret
Vikings (first 3 seasons)
Ashley on February 26, 2018:
We loved GOT, Vikings, The Tudors.
But the Bastard Executioner was a little too gory for us. Just started watching Britannia now and we and really enjoying it.
supernatural on February 25, 2018:
i rather watch Tom and Jerry i love them
Bonnie on February 18, 2018:
Louella on February 07, 2018:
Outlander. The best of all. Historically accurate, time travel, adventure, romance and beautiful production values. Multi-layered plot and characterisations, beautifully adapted from intelligently written books by Diana Gabaldon
Maulden25@comcast.net on January 22, 2018:
Hbo makes the best tv shows period
Josie on January 20, 2018:
Wanted an alternative to GOT as an avid and prolific fantasy reader GOT just came across very simplistic to me though all the sex scenes make it obvious how it gained its audience. It’s a shame that people are so easily lead, it’s like the 50 shades of grey for fantasy. I put myself through 4 and a half seasons of cliched, pretentious rubbish of game of thrones before finally finding series more worthy of the genre, vikings and last kingdom are so much better despite a much more toned down fantasy element! I’m hopeful for the new Britannia series too
firstname.lastname@example.org on January 17, 2018:
Geez on January 05, 2018:
This article is the best I've read this far about shows that game of thrones fans would likely find entertaining.
I'm a huge fan of game of thrones and truly there's nothing like it right now because of the fantasy element but I will say Vikings is very fun to watch but I recommend starting from the beginning with patience. Next to Vikings I would pick a very similar story in The last kingdom. It even speaks of some of the same people and places as Vikings. Aside from that I really enjoy The walking dead, fear the walking dead, animal kingdom and Grimm.
Whatev on December 26, 2017:
Taboo on FX with Tom Hardy is really good. Costumes, writing, music all A+++
yas on December 23, 2017:
Love Spartucas legit binge-watched all of it 6 days. So Filled the game of throne void. Think i might watch last kingdom trailer seems good
ems on December 12, 2017:
try korean drama like iron empress, jumong and a lot more.
ARD on December 11, 2017:
Game of Thrones is a great show but has way too many sex scenes. Once in a while that's fine but every other scene is too much. Whets the point?
email@example.com on November 26, 2017:
I have seen Game of Thrones, Viking, The Tudors, Spartacus, Reign, Rome, Black Sails, Marco Polo. I am running out of med evil shows to watch!!!Hit me with some new ones!!I said I would never get into these shows!!!NOW!!! I can't get enough!!!I'm like GAME OF THRONE JUNKIE!!!LOL!!!
xavi619 on November 22, 2017:
If you really want to be hooked try these shows:
#Marco Polo (a great series might even content with GOT)
#Da Vinci's Demons
@jbd if u are fan of Medici then Da Vinci's Demons is the one for, its the same genre and about Florence with Cossimo's grandson Lorenzo.
ddz on November 12, 2017:
jbd on October 31, 2017:
Love Game of Thrones and found myself wanting more after season 7. my list of favorites would be:
The Last Kingdom
Medici (sad only 1 season)
House of Cards
Sons of Anarchy
kxka on October 13, 2017:
found VIKING sooo good......
watched all 4 season in 5 days.....
Jeff on October 01, 2017:
The Last Kingdom is incredibly good. So good, it gets better every time you see it. It's historical fiction rather than fantasy but I think it's as good or neAR as good as GOT. Alfred the great is as brilliant as Uhtred is skilled with a sword, the books provide a clear story with great characters, and no chance of a red wedding. I would predict now if there turn out to be 5 seasons or more it will become a rival of the great shows in modern history.
shami on September 22, 2017:
which season is closed to the last kingdom? i really liked it ..
RAHUL VASHISHTHA on September 12, 2017:
some new shows to learn of .. thanx for the listing ... Rome & Tudors held me for long .. Reign must have been in the listing ... i wish there was something like GOT
Mohsin A shaikh on September 09, 2017:
Some shows in the list are good........But No Show come close to Game Of Thrones.
Mohsin Shaikh on September 09, 2017:
Some shows here are Good.........But No Show come Close to Game of Thrones....
Mark on September 06, 2017:
sons of anarchy
... 7 series, awesome
Jennifer targaryen on September 06, 2017:
In my opinion, nothing compares to game of thrones. There's a reason it's the #1 show in the world. The story is multi faceted and complex, there's a lot of character building and just a great and interesting story line like no other. I have checked out many of these shows above and really enjoyed bastard executioner but was disappointed it was cancelled. The last kingdom, black sails and Vikings were good. Spartacus is good but I prefer game of thrones. I'd recommend Medici, Marco Polo, The frontier (actor who plays khal drogo), and Borgias on Netflix (way better than the showtime version). Reign and Versailles are also very good shows. Btw whoever said there are no attractive actresses on both tudors and the borgias is clearly blind or has bad taste. I.e hollliday grainger and Natalie dormer are beautiful. Additionally, people shouldn't be watching a show purely for the eye candy, it should be about the storyline and the acting in general but either way none of these shows lack eye
dd on September 05, 2017:
I rate house of cards above game of thrones. better intrigue, better acting and equally gripping plot.
Tiff on September 02, 2017:
Reign is amazing, not as much sex and stuff but it's so good and Borgia defos deserves to be here - it has sex, politics, violence and backstabbing and you see it all
Boss Polo on September 02, 2017:
Try Marco Polo
Into the badlands...u wont be disappointed.
rames on August 25, 2017:
nothing comes to close to game of thrones
Rob barnard on August 22, 2017:
Da Vinci's demons
And Salem to other greats
koboi9 on August 20, 2017:
Thank you for writing this article. Now I got a long list to watch. Hopefully there will be series that on par with Got. Btw, GoT is the best ever series i'd watched so far. Everyone can die in GoT. . It's so emotional when Robb Stark and his mother got killed in the wedding ceremony and when tyrion speech to defend himself in silence everyone.
Bruno Rodrigues on August 14, 2017:
Comparing these tv shows to GoT is ridiculous. Only one comes close, Spartacus.
Peter on August 09, 2017:
Great list and great comments, no one seems to have mentioned Camelot, The Pilars of The Earth or Wolf Hall, which are all very enjoyable too
Shabbir on August 07, 2017:
Should add Legend of the Seeker to the list. Fantasy-Action-Drama as well
Ryan on August 05, 2017:
American Gods on Starz
chris on August 04, 2017:
I was watching Last Kingdom on Netflix before I got into GoT and I described as saying a lesser version of Game of thrones hahahaha
Terri G on August 02, 2017:
Try watching, Versailles and Reign these will hook you.
Yannis on July 24, 2017:
NOTHING IS AS NEAR AS GAME OF THRONES!!!!
Jaja Japitana on July 20, 2017:
I have a thing for this kind of series. I've watched GOT, The Tudors, Rome, Black Sails, The Last Kingdom, & Vikings. I highly recommend The Borgias. Everything is also there. Sex, violence, politics, drama, gripping story lines, historical basis, incest, crimes, heart-wrenching deaths, families fighting, & struggle for power. It's set in the renaissance era when Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI) has claimed the papacy. The 2nd season is where it will trully start to grip you. It only has 3 seasons though.
derow on July 20, 2017:
Last Kingdom is intelligent, but also gritty, and is historically accurate.
Sort of like a more serious vs of Vikings.
Erick on July 15, 2017:
You have great taste! Watched most of these and I agree with everything you said.
shame that the bastard executioner show was canceled. It was excellent. Had no idea cost that much to make each episode. Thanks for that bit of info.
Ash on June 29, 2017:
"Medici: Masters Of Florence" on Netflix is pretty good. It has Richard Madden(Dude who plays Rob Stark) in it.
Anon on June 01, 2017:
Into the badlands is an amazing show with gritty violence and amazing action.
Wizard on May 18, 2017:
Very good list, I'm pleasantly surprised that you have Rome and The Last Kingdom on here - they are just as good if sometimes not better than GoT. GoT can get wooden and too negative. Peakey Blinders is quite top notch too which you haven't mentioned, but it's a gangster show. I couldn't get into Vikings and some of the other shows you mentioned.
Kelsea on May 09, 2017:
Reign would be a good one as well
Patson on May 08, 2017:
Borgias deserves a shout
johnny on April 20, 2017:
i like all t he shows of the lists
Vishal on April 06, 2017:
I found vikings to be more interesting as this is a historical drama rather than a fantasy drama like game of thrones
Jebeth D. Bonggot on March 20, 2017:
I am going to try some of your lists. Thank you for these suggestions, though I can't deny the fact that I love Game of Thrones the most.
Dave on February 23, 2017:
Rahul sanap on February 22, 2017:
I like the Spartacus and game of thrown very good series. Must watch
vamsi777leo on January 26, 2017:
thanks for the list do you have any other series to recommend i already watched all these series
DC on January 20, 2017:
I thoroughly enjoy most of these shows, however I just recently binge watched all of Black Sails and now I feel empty that it's over...final season in 1 2 weeks!
hari on December 23, 2016:
NO ONE BEAT SHERLOCK HOLMES MASTER PEICE OF ACTING.....
Talrak on November 17, 2016:
Try Penny Dreadful and Preacher as well. They are fantastic.
Brianna on October 21, 2016:
Can't wait to try some of these. Tudors was great. Bastard executioner was great too but cancelled after the first season.
Adrenaline on October 02, 2016:
Truly GOT is one of the best, and then try Spartacus..you won't regret. Two of the best series of all time. Then comes Viking..
mandella on September 18, 2016:
game of thrones spartacus and house of cards are my favorite.
you can also watch Narcos it is very good
Vidgo from Menomonee Falls, WI on September 12, 2016:
The last episode of The Last Kingdom was hilarious... I'm sure it was completely unintentional, which only makes it funnier.
Tim on September 04, 2016:
The Last Kingdom is also very good, as well as Marco Polo. Both must see's if you like GOT's, Vikings and Spartacus
Historical TV show lover on August 31, 2016:
Spartacus and Vikings are just SPECTACULAR!!!!! If you never watched them you're missing the best of the best!!!!!
Manjunath on August 28, 2016:
I love Spartacus series
Game of Thornes and Vikings, and Rome Love. on August 19, 2016:
The Tudors and The Borgias has the the most unattractive women of all tv series!!!!!!
How do think anyone can watch such ugly women for such a long series?
Who casted for those two TV series have no idea of what an attractive woman look like.
I just refused to watch either of those series because of so many ugly women; not one attractive woman, not one!!!!!!
fitse on August 13, 2016:
I remember watching spartacus. i knew then it was a once in a life time kind of movie!!!!! and i thought right. NO ONE WHO WATCHED THE WHOLE SPARTACUS SERIES WILL EVER BE SATISFIED BY ANY OTHER SERIES. I hope in my life time there comes another movie that will give me similar experience but Game of thrones although entertaining doesn't even begin to compare to SPARTACUS...
honestly if you have not seen IT go now. i envy you I can never see Spartacus for the first time again....
Kristi on July 23, 2016:
The Tudors is the closest thing you'll get to game of thrones. After a fee episodes, I got immediately hooked! It's basically GOT without dragons and whitewalkers. It lacked battle scenes but the fourth season had a brilliant battle scene , which made me wish they had more, but I seriously recommend The Tudors!
Lisa on July 18, 2016:
I loved Vikings and Black Sails and I am half way through The Tudors. Other shows to try are Outlander and The Borgias.
mounirarfi on July 14, 2016:
why not Spartacus Series!
thatlibrarianlady on June 30, 2016:
I don't understand why people think the acting on GoT is "wooden." I think these might be the same people who would score low on empathy tests - they don't notice the subtle changes in facial expression that the GoT actors excel at. Sometimes it's even all in the eyes (Maisie Williams!). I think the actors are extraordinary, and convey so much with just the tiniest motion or change in expression. The little things Peter Dinklage does with the props, what Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke can convey with a single eyebrow - all amazing. If you want over-the-top acting, go watch The Big Bang Theory or some other ridiculous sitcom.
babette_47@yahoo,com on June 24, 2016:
Games of thrones is number one to me and Daenerys and Tyriyon are my favorite characters. Vikings and Da vinci's demons and Nikita are also great.
Scott McAllister on June 12, 2016:
The Peaky Blinders is. Great show as well sith Cillian Murphy and what his name who played Dr grant from Jurassic park
I just finished both black sails and Peaky blinders until next years seasons, and waiting for game of thrones to complete this years season so I can view them all at once,
Think I might try Broadwalk empire today
Jen on June 07, 2016:
Great list! Thanks!
Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on May 16, 2016:
I love Game of Thrones, and several of the other series you recommended. Vikings is my next favorite, but I also enjoyed Rome, The Tudors and Boardwalk Empire. I think I will try some others on your list.