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The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series  

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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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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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Spartacus: Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Boardwalk Empire is an American period 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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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Victoria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Victoria (ITV, 2016) is a drama television series created by Daisy Goodwin. The show depicts first few years of the reign of Queen Victoria (Jenna Coleman), from her accession to the throne at ...more
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The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Versailles (Canal+, 2015) is a television series created by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft. In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV (George Blagden), decides to build ...more
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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more
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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian Pablo Escobar, as well ...more
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The Pillars of the Earth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
The Pillars of the Earth is an eight-part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name. It debuted in the U.S. on Starz and in Canada on The Movie Network/Movie Central ...more
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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby ...more
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Mr Selfridge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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The Kennedys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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Turn: Washington's Spies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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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Frontier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Frontier (Netflix, 2016) is a Canadian-American historical drama television series co-created by Brad Peyton, Rob Blackie, and Peter Blackie. Declan Harp (Jason Momoa), a part-Irish, part-Cree ...more
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War and Peace is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
War & Peace is a 2016 British-American historical period drama television serial, based on Leo Tolstoy's classic novel.
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Harlots is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
Harlots (Hulu, 2017) is a British period drama television series inspired by "The Covent Garden Ladies" by Hallie Rubenhold. Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton) runs a brothel in 18th ...more
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Pan Am is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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Magic City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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The Hour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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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Marco Polo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2010s Historical Drama Series
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