Are you looking for realistic and exciting Viking shows that can bring you back to the brave men’s culture of the cold North? Maybe you have a passion about Scandinavia or the Viking Age? So have we. That’s why we created this top list: Top 3 Best Viking TV Shows Now – Realistic and exciting. Read on to check which TV shows we highly recommend.

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#1 The Vikings

The Vikings is an award winning TV Show with 25 wins and 85 nominations, according to IMDb. 5 seasons and still running.

What is The Vikings about? The series is inspired by the tales of the Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia. The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history – a man on the edge of myth. The series begins at the start of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid in 793.

The first season was an achievement by the History channel in showing audiences that they could pull off a legitimate drama series rather than their usual docudramas. Since then, the storytelling and production values have only gone up. As epic as the narrative has become, the show is still grounded in realism. This is easily one of the best historical costume dramas that has aired in recent years.


#2 Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones (also known as GOT)  is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. 8 seasons and still running. The series is generally praised for what is perceived as a sort of medieval realism. According to Wikipedia, the first story arc centers on the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms and follows a web of alliances and conflicts among the dynastic noble families either vying to claim the throne or fighting for independence from the throne. The second story arc focuses on the last descendant of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty, exiled and plotting a return to the throne. The third story arc centers on the longstanding brotherhood charged with defending the realm against the ancient threats of the fierce peoples and legendary creatures that lie far north, and an impending winter that threatens the realm.

Game of Thrones is set in the Ancient period in a place very similar to Europe called ‘Westeros’ which is divided into seven kingdoms and many free cities.   ‘Kings Landing’ is the Capital of these 7 Kingdoms which are ruled by seven main families (Houses) out of which 4 are very important for us to start watching the show. The cool thing is, each family has a special quality, which you’ll soon find out.

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#3 The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell’s,  The Saxon Stories series of novels. The series airs on BBC America and on BBC Two in the UK. But how does it stand out to the already mentioned TV Series? According to RadioTimes, audiences found that The Last Kingdom was a different beast to Thrones, and could stand on its own two feet as a historical drama with something to say about life, love and the formation of Britain.

The Last Kingdom is not Game of Thrones, and that’s a good thing. We don’t want a weak knockoff cooked up to imitate George R.R. Martin’s creation, but rather a brand new feast, and that’s what Kingdom delivers. While it doesn’t have the immensely complex political and family conflicts of Thrones (what show does?), Kingdom delivers plenty of intrigue and deception, and it gains depth by mining the religious and cultural tensions of its era, dramatic themes that don’t predominate the world of Thrones.

I really can’t say too many appreciative things about The Last Kingdom. It’s not perfect, but it’s packed with great characters and storylines willing to venture into the unexpected. The first season is wildly entertaining, while the second season is revelatory.


Which is the best Best Viking TV Shows Now?

We hope that you liked this Top list of the Best Viking TV Shows Now. But if we had to choose just ONE not 3,  which is the Best Viking TV Shows Now? Which one gives the most realistic picture of how the vikings lived? Is any of these Viking TV shows more exciting than the others? If you consider watching one of these series from the very first episode of Season 1 you want to know that the show is worthwhile watching, and that all seasons have a good plot. It could be interesting to do a quick Google search:

  • “Why The Vikings Is The Best Show”
  • “Why Game Of Thrones Is The Best Show”
  • “Why The Last Kingdom Is The Best Show”

You will find plenty of reasons why each of these Viking TV Shows are worthwhile watching.

The Vikings pros

Vikings tends to give viewers everything they want regularly, including blood and conquest, according to Uproxx, in an article where they explain why they think The Vikings is better than Games of Thrones:

Norse folklore, sexy times, massive fight scenes… it’s almost like a Game Of Thrones episode except, as they say, without all the bare butt and dragons.

People at Quora seems to be amazed with the Vikings:

It is definitely worth watching, not an episode goes by in which you feel bored. Along with the intense suspense and drama you actually get to know the viking culture. All the actors do a really commendable job, everything about that show is just perfect. The adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok never cease to amaze me.

Excellent series. Well worthwhile watching. Never dull, never boring… its amazing! One of the best ones out there, if you ask me :)

Daily Break loves the styling of the viking characters:

The hairstyles and beards alone are enough of a reason to give “Vikings” a chance. Everyone on the show, regardless of gender, rocks some seriously sick fashion. Intricate braids, full beards, elaborate tattoos and thick eye makeup are all defining visual characteristics of the show that you can expect to see in every episode.

The Guardian warns people about underestimating The Vikings:

It has been casually dismissed by some as Game of Thrones-lite, but to ignore Vikings would be a mistake. Don’t bother making comparisons with Westeros – Vikings is rich in intensity, historical relevance (sometimes) and depth.

A review and recap of the History Channels Vikings show:

Game of Thrones pros

The Odyssey Online points out several reasons why Games of Thrones is worthwhile watching. Among 9 reasons, they mention that women steal the show and have strong personalities. It is also an unpredictable show – everything can happen, which makes it exciting to watch every time. Dragons are also used in a cool way in the show. According to a Rotten Tomatoes Survey, Games of Thrones is the best show of the last 20 years.

Enthusiasts at Reddit also praise the show:

I swear this show will be objectively considered the pinnacle of TV entertainment 50 years from now. Everything about this show is so amazing.

No show has ever been so brilliant at badness, according to Rolling Stone:

More than anything, it’s the characters that make the show thrilling year after year. Westeros is full of unforgettable heroes and villains – except virtually all the heroes also double as villains, betraying both their lovers and kingdoms in the blink of an eye. Anybody can get killed off, any time. Game of Thrones can blend big moments and tiny moments like nothing else on TV. Six years after it invented a whole new style of TV storytelling, the show keeps dropping fresh surprises.

Jeremy gives his thoughts on the show:

The Last Kingdom pros

Winteriscoming thinks people that like GOT will LOVE The Last Kingdom:

It’s a show you’ll want to watch and keep watching based on it’s own considerable merits. The show is beautifully layered with flawed and evolving characters, both Saxon and Dane, striving to be honorable in their own fashion, even though their different perspectives often put them at odds. The Last Kingdom is not Game of Thrones, and that’s a good thing. We don’t want a weak knockoff cooked up to imitate George R.R. Martin’s creation, but rather a brand new feast, and that’s what Kingdom delivers.

Rotten Tomatoes gives The Last Kingdom Season 1 an overall rating of 92% while their audience gives 90%:

The Last Kingdom fuses beautiful cinematography and magnificent action sequences to create highly gratifying historical drama.

Should you watch The Last Kingdom? Is it worth watching? All this and more in this introduction video to the new series The Last Kingdom:

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