The Best TV Series Exploring War and Conflict

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20. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10
> IMDb user votes: 13,300
> Cast: Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan, Marc Warren

One of several historical dramas on the list, “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” is set in an alternate reality. During the Napoleonic Wars in the 19th century, two men – one a magician who lives as a recluse, the other is his protégé — use magic to help England in the war.

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19. SAS Rogue Heroes (2022-2024)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10
> IMDb user votes: 14,844
> Cast: Connor Swindells, Jack O’Connell, Alfie Allen

“SAS Rogue Heroes” is a historical drama telling the story of how the now revered British Army Special Air Service (SAS) was created during World War II. The second season is expected to air in 2024.

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18. TURN: Washington’s Spies (2014-2017)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10
> IMDb user votes: 22,258
> Cast: Jamie Bell, Heather Lind, Samuel Roukin

In the middle of British-occupied Long Island, former childhood friends become unlikely spies and help the aspiring American nation win independence. This series was inspired by the actual Culper Ring, an early espionage network that was sometimes directed by George Washington himself. The series was based on the Alexander Rose novel of the same name.

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17. War & Peace (2016)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10
> IMDb user votes: 24,281
> Cast: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James

This drama, adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel of the same name, is set during the height of Napoleon’s war with Russia. Starring A-listers like Lily James and Paul Dano, the show follows five wealthy families in Russia and how their lives change in the shadow of war.

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16. Strike Back (2010-2020)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10
> IMDb user votes: 32,191
> Cast: Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton, Michelle Lukes

This eight-season British-American co-production, based on the novel of the same name, follows a clandestine British military intelligence secret unit called Section 20 as members embark on action-packed missions around the world.

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