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The Best Current Historical Drama Series

Updated December 4, 2020 6.6k votes 2.3k voters 70.0k views42 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

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    Outlander
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    Outlander

    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Premiered2014

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    Peaky Blinders
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    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill

    Premiered2013

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    The Crown
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    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter... more on Wikipedia

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    Narcos: Mexico
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    Narcos: Mexico

    Michael Peña, Diego Luna
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    Victoria
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    Victoria

    Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes

    Premiered2016

    Victoria (ITV, 2016) is a drama television series created by Daisy Goodwin. The show depicts ... more on Wikipedia

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    Versailles
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    Versailles

    George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos

    Premiered2015

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    Taboo
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    Taboo

    Tom Hardy, David Hayman

    Premiered2017

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    Call The Midwife
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    Call The Midwife

    Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart

    Premiered2012

    Call the Midwife (BBC, 2012) is a British period drama series created by Heidi Thomas. The... more on Wikipedia

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    The Last Kingdom
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    The Last Kingdom

    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

    Premiered2015

    The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based... more on Wikipedia

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    The Spanish Princess
    59
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    The Spanish Princess

    Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John

    Premiered2019

    The Spanish Princess (Starz, 2019) is a historical drama television limited series developed... more on Wikipedia

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    Medici
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    Medici

    Dustin Hoffman, Richard Madden

    Premiered2016

    Medici (RAI 1, 2016) is a television drama series about the Medici dynasty set in 15th century... more on Wikipedia

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    Frontier
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    Frontier

    Jason Momoa, Alun Armstrong

    Premiered2016

    Frontier (Netflix, 2016) is a Canadian-American historical drama television series co-created... more on Wikipedia

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    Anne with an E
    37
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    Anne with an E

    Amybeth McNulty, Geraldine James

    Premiered2017

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    The Great
    12
    5

    The Great

    Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult

    Premiered2020

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    World On Fire
    8
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    World On Fire

    Sean Bean, Julia Brown

    Premiered2019

    World on Fire (BBC One, 2019) is a British war drama series written by Peter Bowker. The... more on Wikipedia
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    The English Game
    21
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    The English Game

    Edward Holcroft, Kevin Guthrie

    Premiered2020

    The English Game (Netflix, 2020) is a historical drama series created by Julian Fellowes, Tony... more on Wikipedia

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    Ratched
    4
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    Ratched

    Sarah Paulson, Alice Englert

    Premiered2020

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    Barkskins
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    Steven McCarthy, James Bloor

    Premiered2020

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    Hollywood
    7
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    Hollywood

    Patti LuPone, Elizabeth Smidth

    Premiered2020

    Hollywood (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Last Czars
    28
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    The Last Czars

    Robert Jack, Susanna Herbert

    Premiered2019

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    Murdoch Mysteries
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    Murdoch Mysteries

    Lisa Ray, Paul Rhys

    Premiered2008

    Murdoch Mysteries (Citytv, 2008) is a Canadian television drama series based on characters... more on Wikipedia

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    The Queen's Gambit
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    The Queen's Gambit

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp

    Premiered2020

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    La Révolution
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    La Révolution

    Doudou Masta, Julien Sarazin

    Premiered2020

    La Révolution (Netflix, 2020) is a French adventure historical drama created by Aurélien... more on Wikipedia