Diana writes articles about Korean dramas. She also writes about other popular TV shows.
Need to Binge Something Over the Holidays?
You’ve probably already watched every episode of Game of Thrones, and now you need a new show to start binging over the holidays. Well, I’ve got you covered with the list of TV shows like Game of Thrones! Here you have 20 series to choose from (the list is in no particular order)!
If you like watching captivating and compelling bloody TV shows with a lot of violent scenes and nudity–both male and female–and you think you would like a series about the Roman history, then you should watch Spartacus. The American TV series is loosely based on the tale of heroic Thracian gladiator, who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. It is filled with jaw-dropping action and emotional moments. So, if you are a fan of visually great historical drama series, check out the first season (titled Spartacus: Blood and Sand), a six-episode prequel miniseries Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, and also two more seasons: Spartacus: Vengeance and Spartacus: War of the Damned.
2. The Tudors
The Tudors retells the life of King Henry VIII: his reign and marriages. This series introduces viewers a young Henry – he is hunky and lustful. Though it does tells us about England’s 16th-century royal court, the production is mostly a cut down version of history, playing loose with facts to tell a dramatic tale of intrigue and tragedy. If you don’t expect the show to bring you a perfect history lesson and want episodes to keep you at the edge of your seat, you should give this one a chance.
3. Da Vinci's Demons
This historical fantasy series follows Leonardo Da Vinci’s early years in Renaissance Florence. We are told the story of the artist, inventor, dreamer and idealist, lover, swordsman and simply a genius in his mid 20’s, whose name would know not just Florence but the whole Italy.
Though Da Vinci’s Demons does follow historical facts, one must remember that there are many productions of fantasy too (like in any other non-documentary TV show). So it’s better not to start complaining about historical inaccuracy and just enjoy the episodes. I would definitely recommend it for those who love Game of Thrones.
4. The Borgias
The Borgias is centered on the life of the infamous crime family that controlled all power in 15th-century Italy. Rodrigo Borgia tries to secure his position as Pope Alexander VI with the help of his several sons, marriage alliances, through murder and intrigue. So, if you are looking for a show focused on power, family, religion, and affairs of both the heart and state, you shouldn’t miss out on this one.
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5. The White Queen
And here’s one more historical drama about court intrigue, murder, romance, and seduction. The White Queen is a portrayal of a war-torn 15th-century England. The story follows three different but equally relentless women who will stop at nothing on their way onto the English throne. This ten episode miniseries provides a gripping storyline that will have you riveted to the screen.
So, if you need to binge-watch some entertaining historical drama, you should give it a go. But keep in mind that it's historical fiction, not a documentary.
6. The Last Kingdom
The Last Kingdom is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s book series The Saxon Tales. The TV show is set in the 872, when England is divided into various kingdoms, lands of which are gradually attacked, plundered and ruled by Vikings. The story follows Untred, a Saxon whose parents have been killed by the invading Vikings; he was captured as a boy and raised as one of them. From there, the story revolves around his struggle with his two identities.
Watching this series, you will see not only all its glorious fight scenes, fantastical story and breathtaking photography but also notice there’s a great attention paid to every character. If you’re at a loss because you can’t find a series similar to Game of Thrones you like, The Last Kingdom should be your best bet.
Knightfall chronicles the fall of the Knights Templar, a military group of the Middle Ages who protected Christianity’s most precious relics. The series primarily focuses on the Templar’s leader, Landry, who is on his quest to find the Holy Grail. From the battles in the Holy Land to the betrayal that would lead to their dissolution on Friday the 13th – the most cursed day in the calendar – where everything is fated to go wrong.
If you enjoy swordplay and some politic in the castle, give this courtly drama a go.
Vikings tells us about a Viking warrior and farmer who explores and raids the distant shores across the ocean. The original Canadian-Irish series has been originally planned as a miniseries but after the tremendous support it got from fans and critics, more than five seasons have been released! If you are a true fan of Game of Thrones, it would be a mistake to ignore Vikings.
This historical drama tells the tale of a 15-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, as she arrives in France to marry to Prince Francis. Here’s when the teenage girl faces political and sexual intrigue of the court. Parents of the Prince want to delay the arranged marriage, while Francis’ half-brother also develops romantic feelings for Mary. If you want to binge watch some entertaining historical drama, Reign is worth a try.
10. Black Sails
Black Sails was created as a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island: the series tells the story of Captain Flint with his pirates twenty years prior to when novel’s actions took place. Maybe you are looking for a decent pirate show? With its intriguing, extremely compelling storyline, it definitely has to get your attention.
Merlin is a servant to young Prince Arthur on the royal court of Camelot, whose destiny is to be the greatest king in history, while the destiny of Merlin is to protect the Prince. The magic is outlawed, so the powers have to be used in secret… But the show differs from traditional versions of the Arthurian legends. There are 5 seasons released with a total of 65 episodes!
Rome has also been originally planned as a TV miniseries, but we know that great series should become actual TV shows, right? In this historical drama, the transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire is told from the viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his successor Octavian Augustus, and also from the viewpoint of some ordinary soldiers and their families. If you feel like you would like to watch the TV series that doesn’t attempt to hide the dirty aspects of the Roman Empire, try this one!
Outlander is based on the historical time travel novels by Diana Gabaldon. The plot of the story centers on a married World War II nurse, Claire, who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1740th Scotland. Her heart tears between two totally different men in two irreconcilable lives, not to mention the fact that Scotland people think she might be an English spy…
If you still are looking for a series that has the look and feel of Game of Thrones: filled with romance, violence and intrigue, Outlander should be in your must-watch list!
14. Marco Polo
The first season of this TV series tells us about the adventures of Venetian explorer Marco Polo in 13th-century China. After he is taken prisoner by Kublai Khan, Marco must learn how to navigate through the culture of life in the court.
The expensive production definitely shines in many aspects. The colorful sets and breathtaking outdoor scenes will really pull you in within the first several minutes of watching!
Other TV Shows Like Game of Thrones
"The Shannara Chronicles", "The Walking Dead", "Outcast", "Westworld", "Black Death", "Into the Badlands" are some other TV shows similar to Game of Thrones.
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Lebogang on May 27, 2020:
how can i get series
Brian from kenya on June 10, 2019:
I am a very big fan of Vikings, knightfall and the last kingdom I like the historical fiction so much
Pedja on May 07, 2019:
Outcast is also great TV show
Tiaquanius p seay on April 14, 2019:
Love you more Tiaquanius p Seay
Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on November 13, 2018:
I'm a huge fan of medieval/historical fantasy but living in Japan we don't get any western TV shows beyond what's showing on Netflix. I love the look of White Queen; anything with "Queen" in the title tends to capture my attention immediately. This is a great list!