Compilation of 10 best historical series
Real and fictional characters will help you feel the atmosphere of past eras. Bemorepanda collected the best series for you to watch during quarantine.
Having finally conquered Gaul, Julius Caesar triumphantly returns to Rome. The main characters of the series - the legionnaires Lucius Vorenus and Tit Pullon - inevitably find themselves involved in an insidious plot against the ruler.
The action takes place in England XVI century. Each season is focused on a separate period of the reign of King Henry VIII, famous for having married six times (and beheaded his two wives) and reformed the English church.
Nicolas Le Floch
France, the era of King Louis XV. The young detective Nicolas le Flock arrives to serve in Paris. Each series is devoted to the investigation of a new case, and gradually the series becomes more confusing and exciting.
Another series in the scenery of Ancient Rome. The protagonist is the legendary rebellious gladiator Spartak. He will become famous not only in the arena, but also in the political arena.
The action takes place at the end of the XV century. The series tells about the ascension to the throne of the new Pope Alexander VI and the rise of his native - and far from saint - family of Borgia.
The Hollow Crown
The plot was based on the historical plays of William Shakespeare. In the best traditions of English drama, the series tells about the rise and fall of three unlike each other monarchs. The fate of each of them largely predetermined the history of the whole country.
The events of the series are centered around the semi-legendary Viking Ragnar Lodbroka and his relatives. Ragnar, a direct descendant of Odin, has to overcome many trials to become a Viking Jarl.
The action takes place in England at the beginning of the 20th century. In the difficult post-war period, many people lose their jobs and barely make ends meet. The general atmosphere of despair leads to the fact that in the English town of Birmingham, one after another, small gangs are emerging. Of these, the bloody and cruel group that calls itself the sharp peaks stands out the most.
The French king Louis XIII fully trusts his faithful musketeers - Athos, Aramis and Porthos. Meanwhile, the young Gascon D’Artagnan arrives in Paris, where during a night skirmish he loses his father. The last thing he managed to say before his death was Athos. D’Artagnan sets off in search of an unknown villain to take revenge.
The series tells about the adventures of the famous Venetian traveler Marco Polo in China, under the rule of the Mongols. To appease the Mongol lord, Father Marco offers the khan to give his son to him in service in exchange for permission to trade on the Silk Road. After this, the young man begins a new life. The young Italian learns local traditions, becomes an approximate of the khan and inevitably becomes involved in political intrigues at court.
This is the compilation of the best series about or with werewolves. Everyone, even the hopeless romantics, and lovers of scary stories will find here something interesting for themselves. Choose the best from this list to watch for the rest of quarantine.
As the quarantine measure have not been lifted in full across most of the countries, we still have time to stay at home and enjoy watching a good movie compiled by Bemorepanda.
16-year-old lovers Harry and June escape from the supervision of their parents. Suddenly strange things begin to happen to the heroes, after which June discovers the ability to transform into other people. Perhaps professor Halvorson will help her control supernatural powers.
To avenge the death of his mother, freshman Jack Morton enters a secret community that involves him in a dangerous game. Gradually, the hero finds himself in the center of hostility between werewolves and dark magicians.
The only werewolf woman in the world, Elena Michaels, is trying to live a normal human life. But once something happens, because of which she has to return to the pack, leaving the groom - an ordinary guy.
In the town of Hemlock Grove, one of the local girls dies, and this event strangely coincides with the arrival of young Peter Rumancek, whom evil tongues call a werewolf. Rumors attract the attention of Roman Godfrey, the heir to the richest family in the city. The guys become friends and together try to reveal the secret of the killer’s identity, especially since he is clearly not going to stop on one victim.
The notorious werewolf and depressed vampire decide to rent a house, but do not suspect that there they will meet another neighbor. It turns out to be a cynical ghost of a girl.
A sixteen-year-old teenager, Scott McCall, once bites a mysterious beast, after which the hero realizes that he has become a werewolf. Now he must learn to control himself in order to protect his loved ones.
This British fantasy series will be interesting mainly for a very young audience. In the story, the young girl Maddy lives in a family of half-wolves and carefully hides her nature from others. Once at a school where the heroine studies, a new one appears, in whose veins wolf blood also flows. After some time, an unusual relationship develops between teenagers.
An ordinary girl, Bo, learns that she is a born succubus, feeding on the energy of people. At the same time, the heroine refuses to take the side of dark or light forces and simply lives on her own, moonlighting as a private detective. She is assisted by Russian thief Kenzie, detective-werewolf Dyson and researcher Lauren Lewis.
Detective Nick Burkhardt learns that he is from an old family of fighters against evil spirits. Now the hero has to lead a double life in order to continue the work of his ancestors and protect everyone who is in danger. Nick’s associate is the re-educated werewolf Eddie Monroe, whom you can always turn to for help and advice.
“The originals” grew out of the multi-part teenage drama “The Vampire Diaries”. As in the original series, they immediately tell about werewolves and vampires, and a significant part of the timing is involved in the analysis of complex characters' family relationships.
A report from Wuhan cut off from the world, the story of the fight against the Ebola virus, memories of the Spanish epidemic and other educational projects.
Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak
At the beginning of the year, when coronavirus was not yet widely publicized, Pandemic appeared on Netflix - a six-part project dedicated to the global cause of the fight against viruses and, in fact, summarizing many documentaries from this collection. Its creators methodically analyze the process of the emergence of new strains; answer why it usually happens in poor countries and how some infections spread through animals.
American Experience: Influenza 1918
The history of the spread of coronavirus is often compared with the events of a hundred years ago. Then, in a world not yet recovering from World War I, an epidemic of Spanish flu was raging. The episode of the cult documentary series American Adventure is dedicated to her.
We Heard the Bells: the Influenza of 1918
This movie is also dedicated to the well known 1918 epidemic. But this is not an attempt to recreate the events of a century ago, but rather the desire to reflect them. The main characters are old people from different parts of the USA who, as children, became eyewitnesses of the spread of the disease. They recall how they did not believe that the Spaniard would touch them, how they had faced the death of relatives and friends, how they were ill themselves - and after that they had a long biased attitude, because other people were afraid that they would infect them too. According to many heroes of the movie, the events of those years became the most terrible memories in life.
The Lockdown: One Month in Wuhan
A documentary project about life in the famous city of Wuhan during its complete isolation. At the beginning of 2020, 11 million people remained on their own at the epicenter of the spread of coronavirus. The main characters are doctors, officials and ordinary citizens, who were able to organize themselves in the face of the disease.
How to Survive a Plague
Contrary to the name, this movies is not a training manual on what to do in the event of a “black death” pandemic. We are talking about HIV and AIDS - diseases that they preferred to remain silent about until a certain time - but somewhere they are still silent today.
Fire in the Blood
If treating HIV-infected people in America is a difficult but solvable problem, then in Africa it is almost impossible. The fact is that many pharmaceutical giants refuse to voluntarily supply medicines necessary for antiretroviral therapy to poor countries. Because of this, dozens of people who are unable to receive treatment die every day.
Why Do Viruses Kill?
Of all the projects on the list, this is perhaps the least optimistic. The movie was released 10 years ago after the swine flu pandemic, which killed some 18,000 people. Then it became obvious that we are still powerless in front of some of the creatures of nature and that modern science is not fully aware of the mechanisms of the emergence of new strains. "Why are viruses killing?" introduces us to the device of viruses and answers the question why, even today, scientists cannot stop their spread in time.
Hero with a Thousand Faces
From 2014 to 2016, a disease was raging in West Africa, killing more than 11,000 people. But this movie is not about how quickly Ebola destroys a person from the inside, but about people who are fighting an epidemic. The focus of the crew going to Sierra Leone is doctors and volunteers risking their lives.
Speaking of Ebola and other viral diseases, one can not help but talk about other human enemies. We have long been accustomed to them and often do not even take them seriously, but they very often carry deadly infectious diseases. That's right, we are talking about mosquitoes. The movie contains a fascinating and consistent story about how they reproduce, what they feed on and for what global epidemics these seemingly harmless insects are responsible.
The most relevant project on the list. This is the new season of the Explained documentary series, whose authors in half-hourly videos answer simple questions about health, sex, politics and economics in simple language. One of the episodes of last season was devoted to epidemics - in it, Bill Gates and a team of visiting doctors discussed the likelihood that a new pandemic will happen in the next decade. Alas, their predictions came true even faster.
Jason and Nikki are happy together, but can not have a baby. The couple have to go through many trials that will make them only closer.
A new series from the creator of American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy, will talk about young actors who are struggling to make their way in post-war Hollywood.
Mankind has invented a way to choose the options for the afterlife. After a sudden death, Nathan goes to his own paradise, where he meets the girl Nora. Now he needs to get used to a new kind of existence, and Nora to learn how to combine human everyday life with work in Nathan’s “paradise”.
American pianist Elliot Udo settled in a small Parisian club. True, the institution often causes losses. The hero contacts crime, but soon meets his 15 ‑ year-old daughter. Now he will have to radically change his life.
Several aliens flee from a dying planet and crash on Earth. They are forced to pretend to be ordinary people, but they can not get used to human society.
I Know This Much Is True
Mark Ruffalo will play the twin brothers Dominic and Thomas, one of whom suffers from schizophrenia. Together they have to endure the complexities of life: betrayal, love and a midlife crisis.
The comedy series from Hulu will tell the story of the formation of Empress Catherine II. The young daughter of a German prince arrives in Russia and decides to change the order in the country. To do this, she only needs to kill her husband, start a feud with the church, confuse the military and attract judges to her side.
Zoe Walker comes to Ibiza to investigate the death of her brother - a famous DJ. He disappeared 20 years ago, but the body was discovered only now. The heroine will plunge into the world of money, filled with temptations and deception.
After the global catastrophe, a new ice age began on Earth. The few survivors settled in a giant train, where different sectors of society were divided into wagons. The poor are starving in the tail, and the elite feasting in the head of the train.
High school student Courtney Whitmore discovers that her father was an assistant superhero. And she also finds a staff with which you can fly, create a protective field and shoot energy. Then Courtney decides to assemble a new team of superheroes.
For many of us, the quarantine is never-ending soon, that’s why Bemorepanda prepared for you the best series that were underrated, but still you have to watch them.
Patriot (2015-2018) is a combination of drama, intrigue, suspense and comedy. If you like Better Call Saul, this series will also appeal to you.
Wonder Showzen (2005-2006) is a puppet show for adults, an unusual comedy designed obviously not for those who are easy to offend. This is a bit of a tougher version of South Park.
The Kingdom (2014-2017) is a hardcore series about a family whose members engage in mixed martial arts and try to overcome their addictions.
Joe Schmo Show (2003-2013) - a reality show from the creators of “Deadpool”, perhaps the best in history. All the participants are actually actors, and only the main character knows nothing and thinks that the competition is real.
Karachi Cops (1994) - It’s like any other reality show about cops, but the thing is happening in Karachi, so almost all protocols of the American police are ignored here. This multi-part documentary is sad, tense and exciting. Some episodes can be watched on YouTube, but nowhere to be found in its entirety.
Party Down (2009-2010) - a series of six novice artists who found work in a catering company. Only 20 short episodes, and they are all amazing. You will love it if you like Parks and Recreation and Studio 30, but want to see something a little more witty.
Justified (2010-2015) is perhaps the most famous series from this list. He managed to maintain high quality throughout all 6 seasons, which you rarely see. It combines the spirit of the stories of Elmore Leonard, on one of which it is based, with elements of western and excellent acting.
The Vice Guide To Everything (2010-2011) is a documentary series in which the team of the Vice channel goes to different parts of the world. Cool that there is an opportunity to look at all this, and even cooler that you yourself do not need to go anywhere. Gann was particularly impressed with the North Korea and Liberia issues.
First Person ( 2000-2001) is a series of documentaries from Errol Morris, each of them is a conversation with one person. All episodes are of different lengths, some of which can be found on the Web.
Happy Valley (2014-2016) is a British crime drama with Sarah Sankashir as a police sergeant in West Yorkshire. A very humane and exciting story.
Beautiful nature shots, crime investigation, research projects and immersion in history. This is the collection of top 10 series that will teach you something new.
Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer
A creepy real story that emotional people should watch with great care. Once an unknown man posted on the Internet a video of the killing of kittens. Several strangers to each other on the Web decided to figure out the offender themselves. But soon the case took a more terrible turn.
Night on Earth
A stunningly beautiful series from the British studio Plimsoll Productions explores the life of animals that are active at night. The project provides an opportunity to observe the hunting of lions, and bats, and even plunge into the night ocean.
Shock and Awe: The Story of Electricity
Today it is impossible to imagine our life without electricity. It gives not only light in homes, but also provides communication around the world. However, this was not always the case. The project of the BBC channel tells how humanity began to use electricity.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
A unique project gives fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Formula 1. The series allows you to follow the fight for the championship title, as well as learn more about the life of riders and the work of teams.
Making a murderer
Steven Avery was arrested on suspicion of rape. Despite the fact that the witnesses did not agree, he was sent to prison for 18 years. Having freed himself, Avery filed a lawsuit against the leadership of the district and several officials. But soon the man was arrested on murder charges.
Through the wormhole
Through the Wormhole is one of the most comprehensive documentary series. In it, even fantastic and philosophical questions are analyzed from a scientific point of view, inviting various experts. And the legendary actor Morgan Freeman brings together all the ideas and presents them in a simple and understandable language.
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The HBO channel is investigating a case involving billionaire Robert Durst. He was accused of a series of murders, and the defendant even admitted to one of them, but convinced everyone that he was only defending himself. The authors of this mini-series found new evidence related to the case.
30 for 30
Back in 2009, the ESPN cable channel launched a series of films dedicated to pivotal events in the sports world. Each season contains 30 episodes telling about important moments in the history of boxing, football, hockey and other popular competitions.
One strange rock
The series, received in the original ironic title “One Strange Rock”, is dedicated to the secrets of our planet. The authors talk about unexplored corners of the Earth and the most unusual phenomena.
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Scientist Neil Degrasse Tyson “travels” in space and time, telling viewers about scientific discoveries, space, secrets of the past and the likely future.
This series is based on the project "Space: a personal journey" in 1980, which was led by Carl Sagan. But over the years, science has gone far ahead, and the possibilities of television have greatly expanded. The series has a sequel called "Space: Possible Worlds."