If you’re looking for the best Netflix shows that are filled with blood, gore, swords, and warriors combined with politics and war strategies, then you’ve come to the right place. From vicious Vikings to scheming royals, we’ve put together a list of the best shows for you to watch.
Whether you’re interested in history or want to see some good action-packed shows, we have something for everyone. So without further ado, here are the best Viking shows on Netflix, along with shows that compliment the genre!
1. Vikings: Valhalla (2022-)
Director: Steve Saint Leger, Hannah Quinn , Niels Arden Oplev
Writer: Jeb Stuart, Vanessa Alexander, Declan Croghan, Eoin McNamee
Cast: Pollyanna McIntosh, Frida GustavssonJóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, David Oakes, Leo Suter, Sam Corlett, Laura Berlin, Caroline Henderson, Bradley Freegard, Julian Seager, Asbjørn Krogh Nissen
IMDB Rating: Upcoming
The show is a direct continuation of the original Vikings series, set 100 years later and marking the end of the Viking Era. The focus is on the characters of Harald Hardrada, Leif Erikson, and Freydis as they embark on a quest that takes them to many different places as they battle to survive and gain glory.
The show also focuses on William the Conqueror and the conflicts between Vikings and the English monarchy, as well as the disagreements between different Viking factions over their religious beliefs.
2. Barbarians (2020-)
Director: Barbara Eder, Irishman Steve St. Leger
Writer: Andreas Heckmann, Arne Nolting and Jan Martin Scharf
Cast: Laurence Rupp, Jeanne Goursaud and David Schütter
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
The story of the show is based on the time when the Roman Empire occupied Magna Germania. This was an area that was situated between the Rhine river and Elbe. The Roman Empire had been ruling this region for 20 years and had imposed very high taxes that caused a lot of problems for the people living there.
There were many attempts made by leaders of various clans to form a united front but they all failed because of the political infighting within the tribes. Arminius was a Cherusci eques who was taken as a hostage when he was just an infant. He later joined the Roman Imperial Army.
He returns to Germania on behalf of his foster father Varus to bring order to the area. When he witnesses the cruelties imposed by Roman soldiers on Germanic people, he takes upon the role of a chieftain within the Cherusci tribe and becomes their new leader.
He starts a rebellion by uniting different tribes with the help of two friends – Thusnelda (daughter of Segestes) and Folkwin Wolfspeer, who were raised together as children. The rebellion led to the events of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, in which the Germanic people gained victory.
This was an important moment in history as it marked the first time that Rome had been defeated and driven out of an area. Arminius is celebrated as a hero by modern Germans.
3. Norsemen (Aug. 2017 – Nov. 2017)
Director: Jon Iver Helgaker, Jonas Torgersen
Writer: Jon Iver Helgaker, Jonas Torgersen
Cast: Kåre Conradi, Nils Jørgen Kaalstad, Trond Fausa Aurvåg, Silje Torp, Henrik Mestad
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Set in the year 790, Norsemen is a comedy series that follows a group of Vikings living in the village of Norheim who are in constant conflict with one another over territory. This leads to battles between rival tribes, such as a dispute between Jarl Varg and Rufus, or a Roman slave seeking to modernize their culture. With various characters taking leading roles as the series develops, it is an interesting show to watch.
4. Vikings (2013-2020)
Director: Jeff Woolnough, Kari Skogland, Ken Girotti, and Ciaran Donnelly
Writer: Michael Hirst
Cast: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgård, Gabriel Byrne, George Blagden, Donal Logue, Alyssa Sutherland, Linus Roache, Alexander Ludwig, Ben Robson, Kevin Durand, Lothaire Bluteau, John Kavanagh
The series begins during the Age of Viking and follows the story of Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer who successfully rises to become a Viking king. Ragnar and his children are known for their fearlessness as they raid and conquer various lands throughout Scandinavia and England.
Ragnar’s band is made up of other strong warriors who share a deep pride for their Norse heritage. In fact, Ragnar is said to be a descendant of Odin himself!
5. The Last Kingdom (Oct 2015-)
Wilmshurst, Anthony Byrne, Ben Chanan, Nick Murphy
Writer: Lydia Adetunji, Stephen Butchard, Bernard Cornwell, Jamie Crichton, Martha Hillier, Peter McKenna, Sophie Petzal, Ben Vanstone, Charlotte Wolf
Cast: Eliza Butterworth, Alexander Dreymon, Arnas Fedaravicius, Millie Brady, Emily Cox, Mark Rowley, Ian Hart, James Northcote, Ewan Mitchell, David Dawson, Harry McEntire
IMDB Rating: 8.4/10
Uhtred is a Saxon boy who was taken by the Danish invaders and raised as part of their tribe during a raid in 872. Now he must choose between the people who raised him and his birth country. His loyalty is tested at every turn as he struggles with his identity, eventually leading him back home to claim his birthright.