Drama The Best Current Historical Drama Series  

Ranker TV
Originally by
6.4k votes 1.5k voters 52.1k views 19 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite historical drama shows either on TV or streaming that are either in season or expected to return

These are the best current historical drama series of 2017-2018, ranked from best to worst by user votes. From some good current historical drama TV shows that are espionage thrillers, to others that are ultra-violent and action-packed. What show do you think is the greatest current historical drama?

What shows will you find on this best current historical drama series list? Netflix's historical drama show Narcos takes a dramatic look at the life of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his cartel. Wagner Moura is excellent in the lead role as cocaine king. Peaky Blinders is another good historical drama series currently airing on television.

Other great shows that appear on this top current historical drama series list include The Crown, Outlander, and Poldark.

Give your favorites a thumbs up!

1
658 143
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen 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

2
256 96
Outlander is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Debbie Duke added Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

3
183 81
Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Lizie16 added Peaky Blinders Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action crime drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical criminal gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader ...more

4
263 183
Narcos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Narcos Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook 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

5
126 47
Ranker Video
jackie90 added The Crown Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby 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

6
100 88
Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Julie Rockhold added Call The Midwife Vanessa Redgrave, Helen George, Laura Main Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. It stars Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Helen George, Bryony ...more

7
124 83
Poldark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Julie Rockhold added Poldark Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ruby Bentall Poldark (BBC One, 2015) is a British-American drama television series created by Debbie Horsfield, based on the novels by Winston Graham. Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) returns home after American ...more

8
89 43
Ranker Video
Taboo Tom Hardy, David Hayman, Oona Chaplin Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. Following the death of his father, James Delaney (Tom Hardy) ...more

9
79 59
Versailles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Hobbit4Lyfe added Versailles George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan 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

10
75 42
Ranker Video
Victoria Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles 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

11
102 14
The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Cory Meza added The Last Kingdom Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. In 872 England, an unlikely hero (Alexander ...more

12
28 42
Ranker Video
Murdoch Mysteries Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly Murdoch Mysteries is a Canadian television drama series aired on both City and CBC Television, titled The Artful Detective in the United States, featuring Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a ...more

13
30 41
The Son is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
The Son Pierce Brosnan, Henry Garrett, Zahn McClarnon The Son (AMC, 2017) is a western drama television series based on the book of the same name by Philipp Meyer.

14
62 144
When Calls the Heart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
When Calls The Heart Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin When Calls the Heart (Hallmark Channel, 2014) is a Canadian-American television drama series developed by Michael Landon Jr., inspired by the book by Janette Oke. Accustomed to a high society ...more

15
12 44
Ranker Video
Z: The Beginning of Everything Christina Ricci, Gavin Stenhouse, David Hoflin Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon, 2015) is a period drama television series created by Tim Blake Nelson. It is based on Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. Starring ...more

16
7 8
Babylon Berlin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Babylon Berlin Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Peter Kurth Babylon Berlin (Netflix, 2018) is a German period drama television series based on the novels by Volker Kutscher. In 1921 during the Weimar Republic, police inspector Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) ...more

17
1 0
Trust is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Trust Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Harris Dickinson Trust (FX, 2018) is an American television anthology series directed by Danny Boyle. In 1973, heir John Paul Getty III is kidnapped by the Italian mafia, but the family seems disinterested in ...more

18
1 1
Genius is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Genius Geoffrey Rush, Johnny Flynn, Samantha Colley Genius (National Geographic, 2017) is an American anthology period drama television series developed by Noah Pink and Kenneth Biller. The first season follows the life of Albert Einstein ...more

19
0 2
The Terror is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
The Terror Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, CiarĂ¡n Hinds The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an anthology television series created by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, based on the novel by Dan Simmons. The crew of a Royal Naval expedition searching for the ...more