It’s good to be the Queen. Or King. Or vaguely affiliated with either. 

The British royals are having quite the moment in pop culture, between Oscar hopefuls “The Favourite,” about Queen Anne, “Mary, Queen of Scots,” about the titular Scottish Queen’s relationship with Elizabeth I, and “Victoria” returning on PBS for a third season Sunday. Plus the third season of “The Crown” is forthcoming and the actual royals are popping up every other day with new outfits and tabloid dramas. 

In honor of this very posh pop culture season, we’ve picked the five best TV shows to watch about the British royals. If you get through them all, don’t worry, there are many, many more. 

If you love politicking: ‘Victoria’ 

A young Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman) takes her place in British history in Masterpiece’s ‘Victoria.’ (Photo: ©ITV, TV)

If you have time to catch up on “Victoria” before it returns, it’s worth it. Starring “Doctor Who” alumna Jenna Coleman, the series begins with Queen Victoria’s ascension to the British throne at age 18, and follows all the pitfalls and victories of her early time on the throne as she navigates the British parliament and foreign relations. Coleman is electric as the young queen, offering a picture of one of the most famous monarchs that is far removed from the aging widow we’re all so familiar with. 

Stream it on Amazon. 

If you love the Windsors: ‘The Crown’

Claire Foy as Elizabeth II on ‘The Crown.’ (Photo: Robert Viglasky/Netflix)

If very old period pieces aren’t your thing but  you’re still dying to know what goes on behind the walls of Buckingham Palace, Netflix’s detailed dramatization of the life of Queen Elizabeth II is the one for you. The first two seasons feature Claire Foy as the young queen, and focus on her marriage with the restless Prince Phillip (Matt Smith). The forthcoming season will sub out Foy and Smith for older actors (Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies) as it documents her later life. 

Stream it on Netflix. 

If you love Henry VIII: ‘Wolf Hall’ 

Shown from left to right: Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn and Damian Lewis as King Henry VII in ‘Wolf Hall’ on ‘Masterpiece’ on PBS. (Photo: Ed Miller, Playground & Company Pictures for Masterpiece/BBC)

Speaking of Foy, if you want to see a very different royal character from her, watch this miniseries about the rise of Thomas Cromwell during Henry VIII’s reign. Foy plays Anne Boleyn, and manages to offer a new spin on a role that’s been played many, many times in film and television. 

Stream it on Amazon. 

If you’d rather focus on Elizabeth I: ‘Elizabeth I’ 

Speaking of royals who have been portrayed a lot, Margot Robbie just became the latest actress to take on Elizabeth I in “Mary, Queen of Scots.” But for our money, the best take on the character comes from Helen Mirren (herself an expert on playing the royals) in this HBO mini-series about Elizabeth balancing politics and desires 20 years into her reign. 

Stream it on HBO Go/Now. 

If you want to go older: ‘The Last Kingdom’ 

Gerard Kearns (as Halig), Alexander Dreymon (as Uhtred), Ian Hart (as Beocca) and Eva Birthistle (as Hild) on “The Last Kingdom” (streaming on Netflix). (Photo: Deswille/Netflix)

If Tudor-era England is too modern for you in the 16th century, you can travel all the way back to the ninth and the Anglo-Saxons with “The Last Kingdom.” The series covers the Anglo-Saxon wars with the Danes, as England is divided into seven separate kingdoms that are under attack. If you like the battles in “Game of Thrones” and long hair and beards, this one is for you. 

Stream it on Netflix. 

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