Rome: Season 1 (2005)

Television Series
Creators: Bruno Heller, William J. MacDonald, John Milius
Cast: Ray Stevenson, Kevin McKidd, Polly Walker, Lindsay Duncan, Tobias Menzies, Kerry Condon, Indira Varma, Max Pirkis, Kenneth Cranham, James Purefoy, Ciarán Hinds, Chiara Mastalli

This HBO/BBC co-production, a show boasting outstanding production values and excellent performances that explores the political machinations, power struggles, and day-to-day lives of ancient Romans, is a visceral, sickeningly violent, and thoroughly compelling experience. Iain Stott