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The Best Current Historical Drama Series 

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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, 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 one of many other good period dramas currently airing on television and is considered one of the best historical dramas of the past decade.

Other great shows that appear on this top current historical drama series list include the English series The Crown, Outlander, and Call The Midwife, so make sure to give your favorites a thumbs up!

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

Premiered: 2013

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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Debbie Duke added Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore, based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. A married former WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) is ...more

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Lizie16 added Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory

Premiered: 2013

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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jackie90 added Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Premiered: 2016

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter Morgan. A young Queen Elizabeth II's (Claire Foy) political rivalries and romances guide the events ...more

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Narcos: Mexico is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Michael Peña, Diego Luna, Tenoch Huerta Mejía
Narcos: Mexico (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama web television series created by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, and a companion series to Narcos. The rise of the Guadalajara Cartel as an ...more
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Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles

Premiered: 2016

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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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Hobbit4Lyfe added Versailles George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan

Premiered: 2015

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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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Julie Rockhold added Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Laura Main

Premiered: 2012

Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The lives of a group of midwives living in East London are documented in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

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Tom Hardy, David Hayman, Oona Chaplin

Premiered: 2017

Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips" Hardy, and Steven Knight. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Cory Meza added Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann

Premiered: 2015

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

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Medici is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden, Stuart Martin
Medici (RAI 1, 2016) is a television drama series about the Medici dynasty set in 15th century Florence. Cosimo the Elder (Richard Madden) was elected head of the Florentine Republic in 1434; ...more
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Frontier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Jason Momoa, Alun Armstrong, Landon Liboiron
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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The Spanish Princess is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John, Angus Imrie

Premiered: 2019

The Spanish Princess (Starz, 2019) is a historical drama television limited series developed by Emma Frost and Matthew Graham, based on the novels by Philippa Gregory. The beautiful Spanish ...more

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Anne with an E is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Brittany L. Sorg added Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James, R.H. Thomson

Premiered: 2017

Anne with an E (2017, Netflix) is a Canadian television series created by Moira Walley-Beckett, based on the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne Shirley (Amybeth ...more

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World on Fire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
World On Fire Sean Bean, Julia Brown, Yrsa Daley-Ward

Premiered: 2019

World on Fire (BBC One, 2019) is a British war drama series written by Peter Bowker. The series follows the hidden lives of ordinary people from Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the USA ...more
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The English Game is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Edward Holcroft, Kevin Guthrie, Charlotte Hope

Premiered: 2020

The English Game (Netflix, 2020) is a historical drama series created by Julian Fellowes, Tony Charles, and Oliver Cotton. The story of the invention of football and how it quickly rose to ...more

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Derry Girls is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Ronnie Traylor Pastecki added Derry Girls Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Louisa Harland

Premiered: 2018

Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), her cousin Orla (Louisa Harland), their friends Clare (Nicola Coughlan) and Michelle ...more
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Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys, Georgina Reilly

Premiered: 2008

Murdoch Mysteries (Citytv, 2008) is a Canadian television drama series based on characters from the Detective Murdoch novels by Maureen Jennings. In the 1890s, William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) ...more

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Mrs America is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Uzo Aduba, Elizabeth Banks, Cate Blanchett

Premiered: 2020

Mrs. America (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series created by Dahvi Waller. Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly (Cate Blanchett) leads an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights ...more

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When Calls the Heart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Lori Loughlin

Premiered: 2014

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

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The Last Czars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert, Ben Cartwright

Premiered: 2019

The Last Czars (Netflix, 2019) is an American docu-drama television series. Blending a scripted drama and documentary format, the series examines the fall of the Romanov dynasty.
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Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Patti LuPone, Elizabeth Smidth, Jake Picking

Premiered: 2020

Hollywood (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. The series is a love letter to Tinseltown starring Patti LuPone, Elizabeth Smidth, Jake ...more

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Babylon Berlin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
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
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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
John Turturro, Damian Hardung, Rupert Everett

Premiered: 2019

The Name of the Rose (Sundance, SBS, BBC, 2019) is an international co-produced English language television drama series based on the international bestseller novel of the same name by Umberto ...more
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The Great is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Odin Cartwright

Premiered: 2020

The Great (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series written and executive produced by Tony McNamara. The series details the rise to power of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) and her explosive ...more

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