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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 1-6 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. All seasons 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. Seasons 1-3 available. 

Downton Abbey

2010 - 2015

Drama - Romance


Set in 1912, portrays the lives of the Crawley family and their servants. All seasons available. 

The Spanish Princess

Drama - History

TV-MA - Starz

Catherine of Aragon, Spanish princess, navigates the royal lineage of England. Season 1 available. 

The Tudors

Drama - History - Romance

TV-MA - Showtime


King Henry VIII and his marriages. All seasons available.


Drama - History - Romance

TV-14 - BBC


Following the American Revolutionary War, Poldark returns home to find Cornwall to find his family's land in ruins. All seasons available. 

The Terror

Adventure - Drama - History

TV-14 - AMC

In 1848 two Royal Navy warships become trapped in ice near the Arctic. Seasons 1 and 2 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 - 4 available.  


Action - Adventure - Biography

TV-MA - Starz


The life of Spartacus as a gladiator and rebel against the Romans. All seasons available.