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The Best Current Historical Drama Series Airing Now

Updated February 19, 2021 3.8k votes 2.3k voters 71.3k views21 items

List RulesVote up your favorite historical drama shows that are currently airing new episodes.

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!

  • Outlander
    Photo: Outlander / Starz
    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 suddenly transported back in time to 1740s Scotland where she meets a Highland warrior (Sam Heughan)....  more
    • Actors: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
    • Premiered: 2014
    • Network: Starz
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  • 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 that would shape the second half of the twentieth century....  more
    • Actors: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Eileen Atkins, Jeremy Northam
    • Premiered: 2016
    • Network: Netflix
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  • Peaky Blinders
    Photo: Peaky Blinders / BBC
    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 (Cillian Murphy) and his gang look to do anything to move up in the world...  more
    • Actors: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Annabelle Wallis, Joe Cole
    • Premiered: 2013
    • Network: BBC Two
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  • Narcos: Mexico
    Photo: Narcos: Mexico / Netflix
    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 American DEA agent (Michael Peña) learns the danger of targeting narcos in Mexico....  more
    • Actors: Michael Peña, Diego Luna, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Alyssa Diaz, Joaquín Cosío
    • Premiered: 2018
    • Network: Netflix
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