I recently watched the first three seasons of Vikings. It was referred to me by a friend who also watched and loved Sons of Anarchy. I have to give him credit in that he sold it to me based on the similiarity between Jax and Ragnar. There is definitely something very similiar about the two shows and main characters. Vikings is sort of like medieval SOA, though less silly than SOA.
I’ve also watched part of The Last Kingdom, which is kind of the flipside of Vikings in roughly the same time period. The Last Kingdom isn’t bad, but the characters are more compelling and story lines more interesting in Vikings. I’m not a fan of shows where there are no likeable characters, and The Last Kingdom is shaping to be like Breaking Bad in that way. Nobody to root for.
I’ve also recently watched Marco Polo, another historically based show.
The three of them are periods and cultures I knew little about going in, so they are at least as interesting because of the historical context as they are in entertainment value. Rome and Deadwood are similiar shows that I loved. While Hell on Wheels, I struggle to get through.
Is it better for learn your history from TV shows or not at all? It has at least inspired me to poke around wikipedia a bit to find out more.