8 Best Series on Starz

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When it comes to television, Starz seems to get its hands on some great stories. Some of the best historical fiction can be found on Starz. Is it totally accurate historical fiction? Not really, but it makes for some fantastic dramatic moments and characters you can’t help rooting for. 

Whether you love romance, drama, comedy, or something with a little bit of everything, you won’t be disappointed with the lineup of shows Starz has available. Grab some popcorn, and let’s take a look at some of the best TV series that Starz has to offer.

8 of the Best Series Available on Starz

  1. Outlander
  2. American Gods
  3. Spartacus
  4. The White Princess
  5. Black Sails
  6. Power
  7. Da Vinci’s Demons
  8. Luther

1. Outlander

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Outlander (2014) – IMDb

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8.4/ 1088/ 100Star free trial
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Outlander is a great mix of fantasy and realism. Based on books of the same name, fans have fallen in love with the characters and their unconventional love story. The show is great, and it’s full of drama, action, and danger.

However, I will throw in a warning that it has some pretty graphic sexual assault scenes in season two. While sexual assaults were common during this period, there was no warning before the episode. So, if you aren’t expecting it, the scene can be very upsetting, to say the least.

The show introduces Claire (Caitriona Balfe), who is a World War II combat nurse. She gets mysteriously transported across time and finds herself in 1743. Desperate to return to her own time of 1945 but surrounded by danger, she’s forced to marry a young Scotsman. This new relationship adds a complication that Claire herself wasn’t expecting.

2. American Gods

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American Gods – IMDb

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7.8/ 1080/ 100Star free trial
Amazon Prime Free Trial (Season 1 only)

If you’re looking for a show that gets your mind turning, and has a lot of great acting, look no further than American Gods. This show’s first season was a hit with fans. It was full of mind-twisting questions that the characters answered through their own development. 

However, most fans were unimpressed with season two. The storyline wasn’t as great as season one, and the show suffered from it. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the first season! It’s jam-packed with some great actors that give fantastic performances.

The show follows a recently released convict named Shadow (Ricky Whittle), who finds out that his wife died in a terrible car accident. On the plane ride home, he meets a stranger who seems to know an awful lot about Shadow. After giving Shadow a warning that a storm was coming, his life was never the same.

3. Spartacus

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Spartacus – IMDb

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8.5/ 1083/ 100Star free trial
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This TV show is full to the brim with sex, violence, and gore. It’s a Gladiator show, so it’s to be expected. This show doesn’t disappoint with the action. It might seem a bit slow in the beginning, but it’s worth sticking it out until the end.

The actor playing the lead role of Spartacus was actually played by two actors in this series. The first is Andy Whitfield, who was diagnosed with cancer at the end of season one. When he passed shortly after that, Liam McIntyre took over the role and did a fantastic job with it.

The series is inspired by the real-world Spartacus, a Gladiator who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. In the show, Spartacus is arrested, and his wife is sold into slavery. After being sentenced to death in the Gladiator fights, Spartacus ultimately proves he’s a valuable fighter. He uses that to bargain for his wife’s release. However, in the Roman Republic, you can’t trust anyone, and betrayal lurks at every turn.

4. The White Princess

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The White Princess – IMDb

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7.6/ 1072/ 100Star free trial
Amazon Prime (buy)

Historical fiction is a favorite genre among many films and TV fans, and The White Princess features a popular time in history. This show was based on a novel known as The Cousins’ War series.

What’s great about this show and something that the fans really love is the acting in it. However, many fans aren’t impressed with the way the show seemed to stray from actual history.

The story follows Elizabeth of York (Jodie Comer) as she marries Henry VII (Jacob Collins-Levy). She is the White Queen’s daughter, who actually had a mini TV series of her own. England is in danger as the relationship between Elizabeth and Henry rages war in their politics and personal lives.

5. Black Sails

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Black Sails – IMDb

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8.2/ 1082/ 100Star free trial
Amazon Prime Free Trial (Episode 1 free)

If you love pirates and tales of looting and treasure, Black Sails is the show for you. Based 20 years before the events of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, you’ll get a mix of real-life pirates and fictional ones in this action-packed adventure drama.

Black Sails follows the story of Captain Flint and his crew of pirates as they seek to end a deadly war that will change the world forever. Viewers get introduced to the characters from the novel, but also to real-world characters such as Charles Vane, who was a real pirate from the 1700s. 

6. Power

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Power – IMDb

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8.2/ 1082/ 100Star free trial
Amazon Prime (buy)

This show is full of great acting and wonderful storytelling. You’ll instantly get swept up into the world they’ve created. As far as crime dramas go, Power is one you won’t want to miss.

The plot follows Omari Hardwick’s character James “Ghost” St. Patrick, as he lives a double life in NYC. By day he is the man who has it all. He’s a wealthy nightclub owner with a beautiful wife. What no one knows is that he’s also the drug kingpin of the area, but he wants out. He wants to live a legitimate life in NYC—if he could just figure out how to do that.

7. Da Vinci’s Demons

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Da Vinci’s Demons – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch It
8.0/ 1078/ 100Star free trial
Amazon Prime (buy)

If you’re looking to get swept away in fiction and fantasy of a historical figure, this is a great option. It’s not meant to be accurate, as it’s just a dramatization of Leonardo da Vinci. This bothers some fans, but it shouldn’t bother you too much if you know it before going into it.

The series follows Leonardo da Vinci in his early years in Florence, Italy. The show follows him through life as he figures out how he fits in the world. His dreams and ideas take shape through his art and inventions until he starts to see that he’s not only dreaming of the future. He’s creating it.

8. Luther

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Luther – IMDb

IMDb RatingRotten Tomatoes RatingWhere Else to Watch It
8.5/ 1086/ 100 Star free trial
Amazon Prime Free Trial
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Lovers of crime dramas will love this series. Set in the United Kingdom, Idris Elba stars as the police detective, John Luther. The show is full of great acting, and Idris portrays a wonderfully rounded character who is a bit damaged after his marriage falls apart. 

Returning to work after his marriage fell apart, Luther is back to dealing with murder every day. The show follows his struggles with his personal life as well as wading through the trouble his crime-fighting methods get him into.