When you hear the name ‘Spartacus,’ what comes to mind? Sex? What about gore and blood? Roman women who are hot and sultry? Or dripping-wet, hulking men with chiseled frames? All of these characteristics may only make up the skeleton of a hugely successful television show. The television series, which is based on the historical figure of Spartacus, a renown gladiator who rebelled against the powerful Roman Empire, has succeeded in engrossing and gluing us to our television screens. There are only a few things that have remained from the original – namely, the extremes in terms of sex, violence, and gore. The rest of the story has been changed and embellished. Also, explicit nudity could be a factor.
SPARTACUS evolved and grew in power with each passing episode from Season 1, “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” to Season 2, “Spartacus: Vengeance,” and Season 3, “Spartacus: War of the Damned,” which concluded the series. Though the lead actor’s casting caused a lull, the show came to a satisfying conclusion, even with a spin-off midway through. While the series does feature a lot of blood and gore, it also places a lot of emphasis on the political climate in Europe at the time.
These shows (and possibly even more) will rekindle your passion for shows like “Spartacus” if you enjoy equally enjoyable and thrilling television.
The following is a ranking of motion pictures similar to Spartacus that we think you’ll enjoy. Some of these shows, such as Spartacus, are available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. We’ve made an effort to include series with plenty of action, blood, gore, sex, and thrills. You can rest assured that you will never again be without your favorite television series. So, without further ado,
13. Merlin (2008-2012)
“Merlin’s Beard!” is a well-known expression. ‘Merlin’ makes an attempt to capture the allure and mysticism of the venerable warlock in a film, and it succeeds right away. According to the plotline, the show follows Merlin as he embarks on an adventure to protect a kingdom, save a prince, and bring back the magic that once reigned in it. As with ‘Spartacus,’ this show features historical (albeit fictitious) depictions, magic, treacherous turns, and dragons. It’s a promising show, but it has a weak cast.
12. The Borgias (2011-2013)
In a softer, more accommodating way, ‘The Borgias’ is reminiscent of ‘Game of Thrones’ in a softer, more accommodating way, though its resemblance to Spartacus is even more convincing. A series depicting the ascent and ascent of the Borgia family to the pinnacle of the papacy, their incessant power struggle, and their philosophical battles among allies and nemeses alike, some steamy sex After three seasons, ‘The Borgias’ has been canceled, but its impact and cliffhanger from the third season remain. In addition, Jeremy Irons as Rodrigo Borgia is an unmissable performance. Psst…
11. The Last Kingdom (2015-Present)
“The Last Kingdom” may be following in the footsteps of “Game of Thrones” and “Vikings” with its near-successful two-season run and current renewal for its third season. ‘The Last Kingdom’ follows the story of Uhtred, the Saxon leaders, the Ragnars, and revolves around slavery, violence, revenge killings, contests for power, and the invasions, with similar references such as seven kingdoms and many characters resembling the Vikings of legend. The Last Kingdom, while having the ability to see “Game of Thrones” as a predecessor, has the potential to develop in an unprecedented manner in order to become much more.
10. Marco Polo (2014-2016)
It is one of the most expensive Netflix series based on the famous Italian explorer and his time in the Mongol Empire’s court of Kublai Khan, ‘Marco Polo’ tells of how the explorer remains loyal to Kublai Khan even as a war threatens his empire and as he must face a power struggle with his own brother. It is a story that is both historically accurate and historically fascinating. Marco Polo’s rise from prisoner to trusted Kublai Khan aide is depicted in the story, but it also highlights Marco Polo’s love interests, his inventiveness, and his resourcefulness when things go wrong. With some brilliant production design, more expensive setups, good visual cosmetics as well as an average storyline this is a respectable effort. Last but not least, the king does indeed appear odd.
9. The Tudors (2007-2010)
‘The Tudors’ and ‘Spartacus’ have many similarities that can be drawn without much effort. A four-season series centered on England’s King Henry VIII in the 14th century, “The Tudors” chronicles the ups and downs of a King and his Kingdom during that time period, including political unrest, corruption, shifting loyalties, and war. All in all, the term ‘Tudors’ refers to a difficult period endured by the ancestors of the current British Monarch, Elizabeth I, beginning with. “The Tudors” has a compelling story, but the scope is much smaller than what was expected of a series of this nature, and this further undermines the show’s credibility.” Watch out for the seductive Natalie Dormer, too.
8. Da Vinci’s Demons (2013-2015)
After ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Under the Dome,’ the opening credits to ‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ are among my favorite TV show openings. Following Leonardo da Vinci in 14th-century Italy, the David S. Goyer series revolves around the brilliant inventor and generous philanthropist. In the first episode, we meet a young Leonardo da Vinci and learn about his strange and unusual inventions, inner struggles, early failures, love interests, and quests to discover the Book of Leaves’ secrets, as well as his allegiance to shaping the history of the Italian Renaissance. However, as the series progresses, cults and fantasy quests become more prevalent, but medieval Europe and Leonardo da Vinci’s hypothesized life and times remain charmingly depicted (even if fictionally).
7. Black Sails (2014-2017)
As with any depiction of pirates, ‘Black Sails’ centers on a high-profile treasure hunt and the struggle to keep it, as well as other players, pirate ships, naval commands, and hidden secrets that come to the fore in the series. The series, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island,’ follows a former naval officer turned piratical pirate named Captain Flint. The whole story is centered around Captain Flint’s exploits, and there are numerous allusions to bloodshed, assassinations, power shifts, and the never-ending pursuit of treasure.
6. Rome (2005-2007)
A historical television drama with all the necessary twists, shocking revelations, and heart-pounding moments, “Rome” depicts Julius Caesar’s rise and fall, his death, followed by Octavian’s rise to become Augustus, the first Roman emperor. What I liked best about the show was how historically accurate it was, how well it depicted the fall of Rome, and how tragic the ending was. Although the road to ‘Rome’ is less traveled, it was certainly very promising when it was disguised as such.
5. Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014)
‘Boardwalk Empire,’ the Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Award-winning series, is frequently hailed as one of the most historically accurate on television.. It is set in the 1920s and follows Atlantic City treasurer and politician Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is the brains behind all the corruption and is in cahoots with gangsters and thieves alike while appearing to be innocent and morally upright in public during Prohibition Era. An all-star cast, well-layered performances, the involvement of Martin Scorsese, a thrilling plot, bloodshed, a faultless screenplay, and an epic power struggle are the key ingredients in this critically and commercially successful project. When we have a better version of ‘Spartacus,’ even if it is modern and engrossing, what else can we ask for?
4. True Blood (2008-2014)
To be fair, the blood is splattered in a different pattern. During the seven seasons of this epic TV series, Anna Paquin plays the vampire Sookie in a world where vampires and synthetic blood are completely acceptable, and the Vampires have fast-forwarded to fighting for their own rights rather than looking for humans or animals to prey upon instead. While trying to make sense of the strange happenings around her, Sookie falls in love with a vampire, which changes the ecosystem even more. ‘True Blood’ is the modern-day equivalent of ‘Spartacus,’ with plenty of steamy sequences, bordering on homosexual stereotypes, and a healthy dose of violence.
3. Vikings (2013-Present)
With Ragnar Lothbrok at the helm, ‘Vikings’ is mostly ‘Spartacus,’ sparing the geographical and mythological differences. Now to the touted series of the intimidating Norsemen (or rather, Norse Gods) of Scandinavia. With many fictional elements and little left to the historical record or viewers’ imagination, ‘Vikings’ depicts the vast Viking empire, the sieges of French and British territories and the attacks they led on their adversaries, as well as the religious, social, and political inclinations of those who lived in those times. Most importantly, it portrays their sense of justice and their sense of courage. The lack of sexual depictions in “Vikings” is greater than in “Spartacus,” but the film still has a relatable script, feudal struggles, and plenty of blood splattered all over.
2. House of Cards (2013-Present)
‘House of Cards’ had the potential to be one of the greatest television shows of all time if it weren’t mired in controversy. Frank Underwood, a former congressman who went on to become the 46th president of the United States, has a chilling and edgy demeanor that makes us want to lash out in vengeance. Claire, Frank’s wife, shares his cunning, insatiable desire for power, and as the series progresses, Frank uses a variety of methods to eliminate his arch-enemies and rise to the position of President of the United States, which he does at the start of season three. Thrilling moments of suspense include murder, sexual advances, political betrayals, and a deep, sinister undertone throughout this critically acclaimed series.
1. Game of Thrones (2011-Present)
This was a no-brainer: the best TV show of all time. Regardless of how well-liked it may be, when it comes to coherence, dramatization, dialogue, music, and storyline, there is a clear winner among all the television programs currently on the air. With each new episode, ‘Game of Thrones’ has not only raised the bar for other television shows, but it has also raised the bar for itself, and it has been sitting atop those new standards with an uncanny ease. There are numerous characters, such as Tyrion Lannister, Jaime Lannister, Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen who are involved in the power struggle that leads to the single Iron Throne and many contenders.
The stories are interwoven in such an intricate and perfect manner that it is impossible to pick a side. And that’s before we even get to the shocking deaths, breathtaking battle scenes, double standards, political implications, fantasy, gore, and character depths that we all know about (like “Battle of the Bastards,” “The Spoils of War,” etc.”) A phenomenon, “Game of Thrones” has always been more than just a show on TV. And there’s a century-defining television series in the works. Let’s hope for the best.