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A Guide to Television Programs at the Library: Historical

Categorical listings of a variety of TV shows available for check out at the library.


Biography - History - Drama

TV-14 - National Geographic

The discoveries, relationships and life stories of history's greatest minds. Season 1 (Albert Einstein) and 2 (Picasso) available. 


Action - Drama - History
TV-14 - 44 Minutes - History Channel

Set during during the dawn of the Viking Age, the show is based off the life of mythological Norse hero Viking Ragnar Lothbrok. Ragnar is supported by his family and warriors as he rises in power as he raids his way through England. While Vikings is a fictional TV show, it includes plenty of Norse traditions and history. Seasons 1-5 available.

The Crown


History - Drama

TV-MA - Netflix

Follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and events that shaped the second half of the 20th century. It begins just before her father passes away, and she ascends to the crown. Season 1 and 2 available. 



Adventure - Drama - History


On the brink of civil war, a group of slaves plan an escape from a Georgia plantation. Their freedom is a 600 mile journey. Season 1 and 2 available.


Action - Drama - Historical

The History Channel

Inspired by real events, follows a Navy Seal team as they go on missions. See inside the life of a Navy Seal, life and death decisions, personal lives, and captures. Season 1 available.


Action - Adventure - Drama

TV-14 - The History Channel

Chronicles the stories of the Knights Templar and their quest to find the Holy Grail. Season 1 available. 

The Terror

Adventure - Drama - History

TV-14 - AMC

In 1848 two Royal Navy warships become trapped in ice near the Arctic. Season 1 available. 

The Last Kingdom


Action - History - Romance
TV-14 - 60 Minutes - BBC
In 872 the Kingdom of Wessex, led by King Alfred, is fighting the invading Danes. Caught in the midst is a man torn between both sides. While born a native a Wessex, he was stolen as a child and raised with the Danes. Series contains both fictional and historical characters. Seasons 1 - 3 available.