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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 of 2019, 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.

Other great shows that appear on this top current historical drama series list include the English series The Crown, Outlander, and Poldark, 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
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
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
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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
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
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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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook
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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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Julie Rockhold added 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
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Call The Midwife is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Julie Rockhold added 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
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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
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Versailles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Hobbit4Lyfe added 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
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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. James Delaney (Tom Hardy) returns to England after twelve years in ...more
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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Cory Meza added 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
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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
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The Son is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
voting closed at #14 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.
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When Calls the Heart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
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
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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson
Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by Craig Mazin. In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes ...more
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Medici Masters of Florence is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden, Stuart Martin
Medici: Masters of Florence 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 ...more
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Frontier is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John, Angus Imrie
The Spanish Princess (Starz, 2019) is an American drama television miniseries based on the novels by Philippa Gregory. A beautiful teenaged princess of Spain (Charlotte Hope) arrives in a grey, ...more
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Knightfall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Tom Cullen, Jim Carter, Pádraic Delaney
Knightfall (History, 2017) is a historical fiction drama television series created by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner. Templar leader Landry du Lauzon (Tom Cullen), a brave warrior discouraged ...more
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Project Blue Book is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Aidan Gillen, Laura Mennell, Michael Harney
Project Blue Book (History, 2019) is an American historical drama television series created by Robert Zemeckis, David O'Leary, and Sean Jablonski, co-produced by History Channel and A&E ...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
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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Catherine the Great is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Joseph Quinn
Catherine the Great (Sky Atlantic/HBO, 2019) is a British-American television miniseries following the life of Catherine The Great.
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The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
John Turturro, Damian Hardung, Rupert Everett
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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Babylon Berlin is listed (or ranked) 24 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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I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Historical Drama Series
Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays
I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is a six-episode limited television series directed by Patty Jenkins, Victoria Mahoney, and Carl Franklin. Given away as an infant by her teenage mother to a black ...more