History Gift Guide – History Television Shows

History Gift Guide – History Television Shows

In the past couple of years, Hollywood history movies have taken a backseat to the new History television drama shows.  These television shows have been beautifully produced with enough drama to let anyone forget they might be learning something about history.  However, in order to achieve the high level of drama, some historical inaccuracies may ruffle the feathers of a History Buff.  Make sure you also check out the history books section of the history gift guide.

Here’s a list of some of the best History Television Shows!

[amazon_link id=”B00129H7VS” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Band of Brothers[/amazon_link]

Based on the bestseller by Stephen E. Ambrose, the epic 10-part miniseries Band of Brothers tells the story of Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as soldiers’ journals and letters, Band of Brothers chronicles the experiences of these men who knew extraordinary bravery and extraordinary fear. They were an elite rifle company parachuting into France early on D-Day morning, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and capturing Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden. They were also a unit that suffered 150 percent casualties, and whose lives became legend.

[amazon_link id=”B001VNB54A” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Pacific[/amazon_link]

The Pacific is an epic 10-part miniseries that delivers a realistic portrait of WWII’s Pacific Theatre as seen through the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie, John Basilone and Eugene Sledge. The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain firests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day. The viewer will be immersed in combat through the intimate perspective of this diverse, relatable group of men pushed to the limit in battle both physically and psychologically against a relentless enemy unlike any encountered before.

[amazon_link id=”B001IFZL50″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Generation Kill[/amazon_link]

Based on the national best-selling book by Evan Wright, Generation Kill is an authentic and vividly detailed 7 part HBO mini-series event that presents a uniquely epic and intimate portrait of the first 40 days of the Iraq war from the perspective of the Marines of the First Recon Battalion – a new breed of American soldiers.

[amazon_link id=”B00129AJFO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Deadwood[/amazon_link]

In an age of plunder and greed, the richest gold strike in American History draws a throng of restless misfits to an outlaw settlement where everything–and everyone–has a price. Welcome to Deadwood…a hell of a place to make your fortune.

[amazon_link id=”B0028RXXFC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Rome[/amazon_link]

Four hundred years after the founding of the Republic, Rome is the wealthiest city in the world, a cosmopolitan metropolis of one million people, epicenter of a sprawling empire. But now, the city’s foundations are crumbling, eaten away by corruption and excess…And two soldiers unwittingly become entwined in historical events, their fates inexorably tied to the fate of Rome itself.

[amazon_link id=”B003PIUC02″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Spartacus: Blood and Sand[/amazon_link]

Betrayed by the Romans. Forced into slavery. Reborn as a Gladiator. The classic tale of the Republic’s most infamous rebel comes alive in the graphic and visceral new series, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Torn from his homeland and the woman he loves, Spartacus is condemned to the brutal world of the arena where blood and death are primetime entertainment. But not all battles are fought upon the sands. Treachery, corruption, and the allure of sensual pleasures will constantly test Spartacus. To survive, he must become more than a man. More than a gladiator. He must become a legend.

[amazon_link id=”B0042RJWTC” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Tudors[/amazon_link]

Sexy and violent, The Tudors envisions Henry VIII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) as a young man of both passion and ambition, driven by boundless sexual energy and the desire to establish a legacy early in his monarchy. When he isn’t sleeping with any available beauty–heedless of whose daughter or wife a lover might be–he’s getting fired up about going to war with France. He is amenable, however, to alternative ideas, including the counsel of his Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey (Sam Neill), who wants his king to sign a treaty of universal peace with all of Europe. Henry’s fiery temperament endangers such a move, but Wolsey persists in hopes of gaining France’s support for his own, possible ascendance to the papacy. His ambitions are not to be, however, and his fortunes go downhill as Henry’s desire to wed Ann Boleyn (Natalie Dormer) puts Wolsey in the position of petitioning Rome for a hearing on the legitimacy of Henry’s marriage to Queen Katherine.

[amazon_link id=”B004QOB8O8″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Borgias[/amazon_link]

The Borgias is a complex, unvarnished portrait of one of history’s most intriguing families. Oscar®-winner Jeremy Irons stars as Rodrigo Borgia, the cunning, manipulative patriarch of the Borgia family who ascends to the highest circles of power within Renaissance-era Italy. The series begins as Rodrigo (Irons), becomes Pope Alexander VI, propelling him, his two Machiavellian sons Cesare and Juan, and his scandalously beautiful daughter, Lucrezia, to become the most powerful and influential family of the Italian Renaissance.

[amazon_link id=”B003Y5HWJU” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Boardwalk Empire[/amazon_link]

Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition. The series chronicles the life and times of Enoch Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the city treasurer whose double role as politician and bootlegger makes him the city’s undisputed czar at a time when illegal alcohol has opened up highly lucrative opportunities for rumrunners and distributors. In a city defined by notorious backroom politics and vicious power struggles, Nucky must contend with ambitious underlings, relentless Feds, rival gangsters — including Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Al Capone — and his own appetite for women, profits, and power.

[amazon_link id=”B004LROMSO” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Camelot[/amazon_link]

In the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, chaos threatens to engulf Britain. When the sorcerer Merlin has visions of a dark future, he installs the young and impetuous Arthur, Uther’s unknown son and heir, who has been raised from birth as a commoner. But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half sister Morgan will fight him to the bitter end, summoning unnatural forces to claim the crown in this epic battle for control. These are dark times indeed for the new king, with Guinevere being the only shining light in Arthur’s harsh world. Faced with profound moral decisions, and the challenge of uniting a kingdom broken by war and steeped in deception, Arthur will be tested beyond imagination. Forget everything you think you know this is the story of Camelot that has never been told before.

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