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List Rules Vote up your favorite historical drama TV shows that aired in the 2010s

These are they best 2010s historical drama series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. From some good 2010s historical drama TV shows that  are about a very specific global event, to others that take place during a broader era of history, all of these shows shed light on the lives and issues of the time period in which they take place.

What shows will you find on this best 2010s historical drama series list? Downton Abbey shows that while classism may exist, everyone has to cope with unexpected bumps in the road of life. Michelle Cockery, Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith are a few of the talented members of the cast for this PBS program. Vikings is another good historical drama TV show that aired on television during the 2010s.

Prohibition-era problems created plenty of drama on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire which aired from 2010 – 2014. Other great shows that appear on this top 2010s historical drama series list include Mr. Selfridge, Mad Men and Masters of Sex.

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Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Spartacus: Blood and Sand Spartacus: Blood and Sand is the title of the first and most critically acclaimed season of Spartacus, a television series that premiered on Starz on January 22, 2010. The series was inspired by ...more

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Downton Abbey Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...more

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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Mad Men Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Vikings Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more

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The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
The Pacific Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Pacific is a 2010 television series produced by HBO, Seven Network Australia, Sky Movies, Playtone and DreamWorks that premiered in the United States on 14 March 2010. The series is a ...more

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Narcos Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American crime drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord ...more

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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
The Borgias The Borgias is an historical-fiction drama television series created by Neil Jordan; it debuted in 2011 and was canceled in 2013. The series is set around the turn of the 16th century and ...more

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The Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
The Kennedys The Kennedys is a Canadian-American television miniseries chronicling the lives of the Kennedy family, including key triumphs and tragedies it has experienced. It stars Greg Kinnear, Barry ...more

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Hatfields & McCoys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Hatfields & McCoys It’s the true American story of a legendary family feud—one that spanned decades and nearly launched a war between Kentucky and West Virginia. Hatfields & McCoys, a three-part miniseries, ...more

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Mr Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Mr Selfridge Mr Selfridge is a British period television drama series about Harry Gordon Selfridge and his department store, Selfridge & Co, in London, set in the 1910s. It is co-produced by ITV Studios ...more

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Turn: Washington's Spies is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Amy Boal added Turn: Washington's Spies TURN: Washington's Spies is a period drama based on Alexander Rose’s book Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring, a history of the Culper Ring. The series debuted on AMC on ...more

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Pan Am is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Pan Am Pan Am is an American period drama television series created by writer Jack Orman. Named for the iconic Pan American World Airways, the series features the pilots and stewardesses of the airline ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
The Americans Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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Magic City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Magic City Magic City is an American drama television series created by Mitch Glazer for the Starz network. Starz previewed the premiere episode on March 30, 2012. It premiered on April 6, 2012. Starz ...more

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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Marco Polo Marco Polo is an American drama series about Marco Polo's early years in the court of Kublai Khan, the Khagan of the Mongolian Empire and the founder of the Yuan dynasty, which lasted from ...more

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Wolf Hall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Wolf Hall Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Wolf Hall is a British television serial first broadcast on BBC Two in January 2015. It is a six-part adaptation of two of Hilary Mantel's novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.

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The Hour is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
The Hour Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Hour is a 2011 BBC drama series centred on a new current-affairs show being launched by the BBC in June 1956, at the time of the Hungarian Revolution and Suez Crisis. It stars Ben Whishaw, ...more

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Da Vinci's Demons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Da Vinci's Demons Da Vinci's Demons is an historical fantasy drama series that presents a fictional account of Leonardo da Vinci's early life. The series was conceived by David S. Goyer and stars Tom Riley in the ...more

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Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Masters of Sex Masters of Sex is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29, 2013, on Showtime. It was developed by Michelle Ashford and loosely based on Thomas Maier's biography ...more