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Shows like Spartacus: Historical Action Series

If you prefer your fight scenes with swords over guns, and love a good carriage chase, this list of action-packed shows set in the past is for you.

Shows like Parade's End: Best TV Adaptations of Classic Novels

In an era where every peripheral comic character has their own series, these shows go in a different direction, looking to great novels for their inspiration.

Shows Like War & Peace: Finally, Some Continental History

It seems like every period drama made these days is about the British aristocracy; these shows broaden the scope, and focus on continental history, from Carolingian era to the Napoleonic.

Shows Like Peaky Blinders: Period Shows for Dudes

Forget the emotional life of butlers and wind-swept moors. These gritty shows are all about sword-wielding soldiers and Victorian bad guys.

Shows like Spartacus: Live by the sword, Die by the Sword

What do Ancient Rome, Medieval Florence, and the Eastern Han Dynasty have in common? No not great art or literature--sword fights. Lots and lots of sword fights. Sure some of them gratuitous in terms of advancing the plot, but how else are you going to kill your enemies (or zombies, or vampires)?

Shows Like The Borgias: Renaissance Women and Men

These renaissance men and women know how to paint, hunt, write, engineer, and most importantly from the producers' perspective - engage in drawn out sex scenes. Who knew the past was so steamy!

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